Physical Theatre History Assignment

Physical Theatre Introduction

Physical Theatre: History and Key Practitioners

Physical Theatre Assignment


Here's a link to a Doc with all of the exemplars used in class to highlight the various principles of physical theatre (with the exception of the student exemplars). Rewatch as many times as you like.

Doc with exemplars is here.

There are also additional clips below, some that we viewed in class.

Robin Hood: Part:One

Attraction Shadow Theatre on Britain's Got Talent

Noam Meiri: Storytelling and Physical Theatre

Frantic Assembly: Master Class in Flying

Frantic Assembly Masterclass: Building Blocks for Devising

Frantic Assembly: Chair Duet Student Exemplar

Frantic Assembly: Master Class in Chair Duet Composition

ECI: Pirates of the Carribean

World Theatre and Drama

THE355 and THE357


Class Outlines:   THE355   THE357



Theatre Links

Students enrolled in "World Theatre"
should consult their syllabus for assignment due dates.


This course enables students to discover the major theatrical achievements of Eastern and Western civilization and helps them to develop an appreciation for the creative impulse that shapes human value systems.  Students in World Theatre gain an understanding of the plays, physical theatres, actors, producer-directors, and production styles that contributed to the development of theatre from its ritual origins to the 21st century.

In addition to the analysis, communication and critical thinking skills acquired from lectures, in-class reports, reading assignments, discussions and cooperative group work, students will employ various in-class writing techniques and research writing exercises to help them interpret, evaluate, and explain the cultural significance of theatre.   Upon completion of this course and assessed by their papers, presentations, and exams, students will have demonstrated improved organizing, researching, writing, and speaking skills. 
For a list of all the competencies that students acquire in the course, see Student Outcomes.


1.  ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION:  Students are expected to attend every class on time and contact the instructor prior to class should conflicts arise.  Repeated lateness and/or three absences or more will lower grades.   The day-to-day operation of the classroom is conducted as a seminar where students report on their research of assigned identification items from the class outlines.  Students are expected to possess an active curiosity and an informed expression about the ideas, events, and people that make up the theatre history of each era.
2.  DISCUSSION BOARD:  Students are assigned five identifications from the course outlines, and are responsible for posting researched and well-written descriptions of each onto the Discussion Board area within Blackboard, a campus network that supplies web sites for CSUDH classes. The Discussion Board is designed to promote student reflection, discussion, and writing skills, while also serving the class as a review for both the Mid-term and Final exams.  Students need to consult the Writing Guidelines (posted on the Blackboard site) for complete directions on each writing assignment.   

3.  PANEL:  Students use classroom sessions to meet in groups to analyze and prepare a discussion of a single play from one area of theatre history.  Panels are intended to help students work collaboratively to develop a focused presentation on the characters, plot, language and themes of the play.

4.  RESEARCH PAPER:  Students are required to complete both a rough draft and a final 7 to 10 page research assignment.  Many students have elected to take the Creative Research Paper option where they can use diaries, letters, or journals to portray historical actors, directors, playwrights, designers, or managers in the process of creating theatre.   Grades for these papers are determined by the student's adherence to deadlines (20% off for late assignments), thoroughness of research, writing ability, and clarity of logic.  See the Writing Guidelines.

5.  RESEARCH PRESENTATION:  Students are required to present a ten-minute research presentation using their findings from their Research Paper.  At the presentation, students distribute an outline of the speech (purpose and main points) and a bibliography.  Grades for this research project are determined by the student's adherence to deadlines, thoroughness of research, speaking ability, and clarity of logic.  See the Guidelines for complete directions.

Students are encourage to begin their research into World Theatre by using our own library as well as online sources.  The following links can help you locate materials for your research:

Theatre Links

Course Bibliography

6.  EXAMS:  Two exams (Mid-Term and Final) are used to assess the student's familiarity with material from the course outlines.  Only numbered items on the outlines will be the content of both exams.  To do well on the exams, all students should listen and take notes on other students' presentations in class, read all the Discussion Board postings, and also do their own research readings on the numbered items from the outlines.  Both exams involve multiple choice, true and false, identifications and essays.   


    Attendance  & Participation = 40%    
    Research Paper & Presentation = 35%

    Exams = 25%


Keeping in mind that the grade of “A” is often associated with “outstanding” or “superior” work, to obtain an “A” in this course you must not only meet the minimum criteria delineated in the course requirements, but also accomplish each of the following three objectives:
1) Have perfect attendance and punctuality, complete assignments on time, speak often and participate openly in class activities.
2) Show a clear understanding of class material by knowing outline items and developing well thought-out writings on exams and web postings.
3) Compose well-written papers that reveal strong organization, logical progression, meaningful paragraphing, independent thought, engagement with the topic, and readable, unambiguous sentences that are virtually free of errors in grammar, usage, spelling, or mechanics.


World Theatre I (THE 355):

Introduction and Ritual

African Theatre

Greek Theatre

Theatre of Rome

Medieval Theatre

Asian Theatre

Asian-American Theatre

Theatre of the Italian Renaissance

The Spanish Golden Age

Hispanic-American Theatre

World Theatre II (THE 357):
The French Renaissance

Theatre of the English Restoration

Women's Theatre

Theatre of the 18th Century

19th Century Theatre

African-American Theatre

The Origins of Modern Theatre

20th Century Theatre

Contemporary Theatre



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