Script Analysis OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Theater Course on Script Analysis by MIT

Published Feb 11, 2009

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Explore different modes by which theatrical scripts are analyzed with 'Script Analysis,' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). By examining plays written in different time periods, participants of this free online course gain familiarity with established patterns for deciphering scripts. This course is perfect for aspiring actors, directors and theatrical designers seeking a bachelor's degree in Theater.

Script Analysis: Course Specifics

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Script Analysis: Course Description

Through the use of time-tested theatrical literature, this OpenCourseWare instructs students to methodically analyze scripts and improve overall comprehension. Much of the coursework involves writing papers with specific guidelines. These papers will hone different skills involving script analysis. One paper focuses on the ability to decipher themes and perceptions within a play. Another writing assignment asks students to compare the movie version and the stage version of a specific script. Additionally, instructions for an oral presentation are provided. Professor Michael Ouellette formulates this lecture-oriented course with techniques that develop students' skills for accurate, balanced script interpretation.

The complete reading list and assignment instructions are available for free online. Those interested in this OpenCourseWare can find more information on the 'Script Analysis' course home page.

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