College of DuPage

Theater 1100: Theater Appreciation

"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." Oscar Wilde

Why should one take Theatre 1100?

There are many reasons.  Certainly, if you’re interested in the theater industry, this is an excellent overview course, or if the theater is an interesting hobby or pastime (as either a patron or a participant), you will find this course engaging.  It is IAI approved for general education credit.

Probably even more importantly, though, is that this course (as do all theatre courses, one way or another) explores what it means to be human.  By reading and analyzing scripts, which are individual characters caught in situations for which they do not have a plan or all of the answers, we explore viewpoints and attitudes which may reflect our own, or ask us to consider other points of view.  By studying how to produce scripts, both by seeing and critiquing live theatre and by studying the elements of play production and the business of theater, we gain greater understanding for this industry and enrich our own communication and collaboration skills.  It’s an arena where ideas can be explored and knowledge deepened.

There is no previous theater experience required.  Play attendance is required.  IAI (F1 907).


Theater 1100 requires Reading Placement Test Score - Category One.


The online version of this course has eight units.  It is not self-paced.  Each unit has a specified length, and has assignments with due dates.  We’ll study five scripts in the term, read and use a textbook, and you will view at least three performances (though one will be electronically), submitting a critique as a part of your assessment.  There are quizzes (on both the textbook and the scripts), and a midterm and final examination.  We also use the discussion board extensively.

Should I take this course online or in a face-to-face classroom?

As it is offered in both places, we feel this is a very personal answer,that only you can ultimately know. 

This course is intended for a student interested in the discipline, and also the general student.  It is IAI approved for general education credit.  It will include both script analysis and production critique, as well as looking at the components of this part of the performance industry.

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."  Stella Adler

Feed your soul, as you interact with the material and your classmates in this class.

Photo: Midsummer Night's Dream, University of Minnesota