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THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 19: Gregory Hines, Bill Robinson, Step Dance
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Jazz and Tap Dance ● Jazz Dance ○ Jazz Origins ■ Actually covers a wide range of Dance styles ■ Traditional ■ Before the 1950s Jazz Dance ...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: De Architectura, Pulpitum, Vomitorium
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Roman Theatre ● 2 periods of Romans ○ Roman Republic (509 BC-29 BC) ○ Roman Empire (29 BC-200 AD) ● Vitruvis (80-70 BC died after 15 BC) ○ Wrote De Architectura ...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Choregos, Peisistratos, Mesoamerican Chronology
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Greek Theatre ● Overview ○ Classic Period 5th c. BC ■ Actual (600-200 BC) ○ Athens (city-state) population approximately 150,000 ○ Thespis (actor-poet) ○...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture 16: The Ancients
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The Ancients ● How did drama begin? ○ Northern Africa ■ Along the Nile ■ 5,000 years ago ○ African Tribal Groups ■ Ritual performances ...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Gas Lighting, Bennington College, Rudolf Von Laban
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Modern Dance: ● Origins and Style ○ In the late 19th and early 20th c. several American and European dancers began to rebel against the strict structure of Ballet ○ Focused on c...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: World War I, George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden
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Ballet: ● Ballet Origins ○ Ballet began in the Italian Renaissance in the 15th c ■ It was not originally danced onstage but in a large room with audience on all side...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture 13: The Playwright
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The Playwright: ● We call the author of a play a ● Playwright" ○ A "wright" is someone who works on or creates something ○ Just like a Wheelwright built wagon wheels a playwright builds ...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Light Plot, Technical Rehearsal, Master Electrician
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Designer and Technicians: ● Designers Job ○ Fundamentally, the job of all designers is to COMMUNICTE!! ○ Designers do this in many ways ■ They communicate with the Directors...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Sweeney Todd, Stage Management, Harold Prince
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The Director ● History of Directors ○ Play production has had some type of "leader" since its inception ○ But the idea of a "director" is a very new concept ■ The term did n...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Harold Clurman, Clifford Odets, Al Pacino
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The Actor ● Actors and Acting ○ As we stated earlier in the course ■ Actors are different than other performers ■ When they say "I" they mean someone else ○...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Proscenium, Thrust Stage, Actin

Types of Theaters Proscenium Thrust Arena Black Box Greek Theater Origin of theaters Built on the side of a hill Skene (behind orchestra area) Actin infront of Proscenium Theater Most common theater Scenery behind prosceni...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Lysistrata

What is Play? Its what happens in the theatre A play is action Not just physical action Argument, struggle, persuasion, threats, passion, sound, color, dance, etc. Everything that happens in a play Action and Beyond A play...

Theatre Arts
THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Fourth Wall, Proscenium, Moscow Art Theatre

Realism: Realism 19th century Started in Europe likeness to life Instead of actors portraying characters the actors are the characters Instead of dialogue representing conversation the dialogue is conversation Sets and cos...

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THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Visual Imagination, Staccato, Dramatic Structure

How to Read a Play? Seeing and reading are 2 different things Music Notes on page vs hearing Play Reading is seeing in minds eye Clues from text Novels Descriptive and narrative Preliminary work Title 1st piece of informat...

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THEA 110
Brad Reissig
THEA 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Happening Now, Fourth Wall

What is Theatre? Theatre Several things Been around 1,000s of years Plays (and other forms of drama) Acting Directors Playwrights Business Scenery, Costumes, Lighting, etc. May be an occupation for some and vocation for ot...

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THEA 110
Brad Reissig

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