TH 141 - Introduction to Theatre

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).

Textbooks and Materials

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


  • The Art of Entertainment: An Introduction to Theatre w/Broadway HD
    Swann, D.
    ISBN: 978-1680756487

*digital text; automatically purchased through inclusive access upon course enrollment. Check your CSU email for instructions from the CSU Bookstore on how to activate your text.


Debbie Swann
Debbie Swann

Debbie Swann graduated from Kansas State University with a B.A. in theatre and English in 2006. From there, she earned her master's in theatre from Texas State University. During her studies, she also trained 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. She joined the theatre faculty at CSU in the fall of 2013 and teaches general theatre studies as well as advanced Shakespeare curriculum. She frequently directs and acts with OpenStage Theatre Company in Fort Collins, CO and enjoys biking and hiking with her husband and two young boys.

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