CTAR 151 - African American Theatre: An Introduction [GEUS]
An introductory survey of the roots, purposes and contemporary manifestations of theatre and drama reflecting the African American experience. Emphasis will be placed on the reading, analysis and discussion of representative African American plays.
Credit 3 hrs
Grade Mode Normal (A-F) Course Rotation
CTAR 151- African American Theatre is a study of African American drama and theatre arts in the United States and its evolution from the nineteenth century to contemporary expressions. In examining African American drama and theatre arts from historical and contemporary viewpoints, through reading, viewing, discussion and writing and about plays, the course also compares and contrasts the African American experience with other cultural groups in the United States. This Afrocentric approach to drama and theatre arts develops an appreciate for “ideas, concepts, events, personalities and political and economic process from a standpoint of black people as subjects, and not as objects, basing all knowledge on the authentic interrogation of location.” In this course, students will further read, view, discuss and write about plays applying the concepts of Afrocentric perspective, dispelling stereotypes, theatre production, script analysis and specific examples. CTAR 151 meets the U.S. diversity requirement of general education because it uses the African Americans’ experiences in the plays read, and the participants’ contributions to drama and theatre arts, as a means to explore the diversity of the American experience. This course provides students with a multicultural perspective on the development of American drama and theatre arts and also exposes them to the diversity of the American condition, which is often ignored. Students are encouraged by this course to continue their pursuit of critical-thinking discussion and writing skills, as well as developing an increased appreciation for African American drama and theatre arts. When Afrocentric productions are presented on campus, students will be required to see a live theatrical production.
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