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Writing for and about the Theater

Drama 394W - Spring 2021

In this course, students will learn to write for and about the theater, exploring different forms of dramaturgical and scholarly research as well as journalistic and academic writing. Building skills in both critical analysis and interpretive synthesis, students will learn how the key elements of the playwright's text (e.g., language, character, plot, setting, etc.) work to create meaning within the work of dramatic literature, and how theater-makers use the various "languages" of the stage (e.g., costume/scenic/lighting design, music, acting, etc.) to give expression to an overarching interpretation of the play. Because research is essential to this course, students will learn how to access a variety of library resources, working closely with our subject librarians. By the end of the semester, students will have assembled a portfolio consisting of both journalistic and academic performance reviews, a dossier of dramaturgical research, and a research-based scholarly paper.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMAS WI IFA HUMAR HUM

Section 01

Writing for and about the Theater
INSTRUCTOR: Julia Walker
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