TH 405

Shakespeare in Performance

The course examines Shakespeare's plays not only through the text but also (and primarily) through the observation of varied artistic and scholarly interpretations in film and performance. Students will also learn how the examination of the Shakespeare text as an actor will add insight and appreciation nearly impossible in any other way. Additionally students will learn how through historical and sociological context, Shakespeare’s plays can be approached in such a way as to provide a richer theatrical experience for both performer and audience. Primarily the course will show performers how to approach Shakespeare’s work through a variety of approaches in order to create deeper and more vibrant performances. Credit, 3 hours.