Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Intro to Theatre: D

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO THEATRE (D)

 Department:    DRMA&

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    500501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

An introduction to the art, craft, and history of the theater. The process of play production will be studied from the points of view of the playwright, actor, director, and designer.


Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU DR 107
EWU DR 101
UW DR 101
WSU DR 160
WWU DR 101

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the origins and development of theater in both the entertainment tradition (Europe, USA) and the ritualistic tradition (Asia, African, indigenous populations).
  2. Understand the role of the artist as a reflection of society including the exclusion/inclusion of women and artists of color and the relationships of minority artists with majority culture.
  3. Understand the political nature of the arts and how the theatre has been used to both promote the understanding of and demonize groups based on gender, race, class, and sexual orientation.
  4. Analyze a play as a director, actor, playwright, and designer.
  5. Understand the collaborative nature of theater, both in theory and practice.
  6. Understand the relationship between the theatre and the other arts.
  7. HUMANITIES: Apply skills, terms, concepts, research and/or analysis methods to express ideas within the humanities
  8. HUMANITIES: Analyze and/or interpret creative and communicative expressions of the humanities.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2018 and affects outlines for 2019 and later.


Definition: Interact with humans and the environment informed by an understanding of equity.

Course Contents

  1. Play construction and genre.
  2. Playwrighting in different eras.
  3. The history of directing, design, and acting theory and styles.
  4. Basic acting techniques.
  5. The origins of theater in ancient ritual.
  6. The development of the theater arts from the Golden Age of Greece to the present.
  7. Theater as a social/political statement.