Theater Studies

Course Description

Have you ever wondered how a play goes from the playwright’s mind all the way into a multi-million-dollar Broadway production? In this course, students learn the whole process. This course provides a thorough introduction to the theater by providing an overview of major topics in theater studies, with a blend of theoretical and practical lessons. In the first half of this course students will learn about the definitions of theater, theater history, and contemporary theatrical genres. The second of half of the course will guide students through all of the elements of putting on a professional theatrical production. Students will learn about the entire production process, from playwriting through opening night, including elements of technical theater, the rehearsal process, and audience response. Whether the student is an aspiring actor, technician, director, producer, or even just an avid theatergoer, this course will be of interest.

Course Requirements

Grade Level





1 Semester



Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing
  • Email Communication

Semester A

Major Concepts

  • What is Theater?
  • Theater History: Ancient Greece through the 18th Century
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Theater
  • Theater Spaces
  • Pre-Production
  • Production
  • Acting and the Rehearsal Process
  • Opening Night and Beyond