Going Beyond Theatre Appreciation: Making the Introduction to Theatre Course Pertinent to the Non-Majors
Students who have a positive experience in Introduction to Theatre may not become theatre aficionados, but they may very well develop a keener interest in cultural heritage, global diversity, and creative expression. That in itself is a worthy goal for a required general elective fine arts course, but the potential for growth and development in the current student enrolled in an Introduction to Theatre class can be exponential because of the intrinsic nature of the in-class performance. This paper reveals how the Introduction to Theatre class can be taught using an experiential “hands-on” approach and how this approach will help students develop interpersonal skills such as a positive self-image, constructive criticism, flexibility and compromise, body language, first impressions, innovation, and team work.
Keywords: Going Beyond Theatre Appreciation:, Making the, Introduction to Theatre Course, Pertinent to the Non-Major through a, “Hands On” Experiential Approach
Assistant Professor of Theatre, The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Media Arts, University of Central Oklahoma