Theater and Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

Students enact a 5 minute performance as part of their final project.

Students enact a 5 minute performance as part of their final project. (Image courtesy of Daniel Bersak.)

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MIT Course Number

21M.621 / SP.595

As Taught In

Spring 2008

Level

Undergraduate

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This course explores contemporary American theatrical expression as it may be organized around issues of gender and cultural identity. This exploration will include the analysis of performances, scripts, and video documentation, as well as the invention of original documents of theatrical expression. Class lectures and discussions will analyze samples of Native American, Chicano, African American, and Asian American theater, taking into consideration the historical and political context for the creation of these works. Performance exercises will help students identify theatrical forms and techniques used by these theaters, and how these techniques contribute to the overall goals of specific theatrical expressions.

DeFrantz, Thomas. 21M.621 Theater and Cultural Diversity in the U.S., Spring 2008. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/music-and-theater-arts/21m-621-theater-and-cultural-diversity-in-the-u-s-spring-2008 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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