TH 141 - Introduction to Theatre

  • 3 credits
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The study of theatre as an art form and one of the humanities, its impact on society, and its relationship to other art forms.

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will discover the potential for learning, enjoyment and personal growth in the theatre experience through a knowledge and appreciation of:

  • The importance of theatrical movements, practices, and forms as expressions of social concerns throughout the ages;
  • The relationships of dramatic themes, characters, conflicts and their resolutions to the student’s own life journey;
  • The unique working relationships of theatre practitioners as collaborative artists and artisans; and
  • The significance of the ongoing tradition of theatre as a synthesis of the arts.

Therefore, you will be able to approach a theatrical event both comfortably and knowledgably and experience live performance as a responsive and responsible audience member.

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Arts/Humanities (Category 3B) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Arts and Expression (GT-AH1).

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • The Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction, 3rd Ed. (2013)
    Downs, William M.
    ISBN: 978-1111348311

This textbook also is available online for purchase or rental from among others.


Debbie Swann

.Debbie Swann graduated from Kansas State University with a B.A. in theatre and English in 2006. From there, she pursued her master’s in theatre with a directing emphasis from Texas State University. During her studies, she also traveled to England to receive acting training at The Shakespeare Center, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and The Royal Shakespeare Company. From 2008 to 2013 she taught, designed and directed theatre at Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska.