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Key Concepts in Theatre & Performance

Discover a range of short, authoritative, and accessible e-learning videos designed to introduce students to essential theatrical disciplines, including Shakespeare, theatre design, playwriting, musical theatre, Ancient Greek theatre, acting, and theatre for social change.

This series is perfect for undergraduate students taking their first steps into the study of specific theatrical disciplines, or for students looking to brush up on their existing knowledge.

Access engaging resources for key topics including:

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Introduce students to the fundamentals of five key concepts used to study  Shakespeare's texts:

  • Character

  • Contemporary productions

  • Chronology and History

  • Genre

  • Plot
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Ancient Greek Theatre

Introduce students to five areas of Ancient Greek Theatre:

  • Introduction
  • Mask
  • Tragedy
  • The Chorus
  • The Protagonist
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Musical Theatre

Introduces students to five areas of musical theatre:

  • Spectacle

  • Song

  • Dance

  • Chorus
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Introduce students to seven key concepts of acting and actor training:

  • Acting defined
  • Heightened language
  • Physical theatre
  • Playing Shakespeare
  • Psychological realism
  • Solo performance
  • Stanislavski system
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Introduce students to five aspects of playwriting:

  • Character

  • Dialogue

  • Genre

  • Plot

  • The World of the Play
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Theatre for Social Change

Introduces students to four ways that theatre can generate social change:

  • Democratizing Theatre

  • Acting Collectively

  • Theatricalizing Public Space

  • Analyzing Systems of Power
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Theatre Design

Introduce students to five theatre design disciplines:

  • Set Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Costume Design
  • Video and Projection Design

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Key Concepts

Key Concepts in Acting – access your free e-learning video!

This episode uses clips from On Acting: David Suchet, A Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Funny Girl as examples of different methods of acting and how actors transform themselves on stage.

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