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COMM 215

Theatre, Culture and Society

Theatre, Culture and Society explores representations of social identity, culture, and ideology in live performance and film with special emphasis on issues of race, gender, class, and sexual identity. Live performances and historical performance descriptions are considered as texts to be 'read' within cultural contexts, alongside mediated events, such as film, television, or novels, with special focus on performance traditions of non-dominant social groups from cultural, critical, historical, and theoretical perspectives. The course also explores the role of the audience, historical performance, and strategies for recognizing, reinforcing, or subverting conventional depictions of power and ideology.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities- or -Privilege, Power And Diversity 1

Fall Semester information

Susan Anthony

215A: Theatre Culture Society

Spring Semester information

Timothy Good

215A: Theatre Culture Society

"Black Women in Theatre." This section of Theatre, Culture, and Society will study Black women who have been leaders in American Theatre, such as playwrights Zora Neale Hurston and Ntozake Shange, actors such as Hattie McDaniel and Audra McDonald, directors such as Phylicia Rashad and Liesl Tommy, and producers such as Ellen Stewart and Debbie Allen. We will pull apart ideas of power, privilege, and diversity, to better understand the specific contexts through which these leaders have had to struggle.