Theater Arts OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Theater Class on Directing, Acting, and Stagecraft

Published Feb 13, 2009

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A broad range of concepts related to each aspect of theatrical productions serve as the course material for 'Theater Arts Topics,' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In this free online course, students read through key points of their theatrical specialty, whether it be acting, directing or design. This undergraduate course contains useful information for anyone working toward a bachelor's degree in Theater.

Theater Arts Topics: Course Specifics

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Theater Arts Topics: Course Description

This OpenCourseWare outlines the hands-on processes involved with a theatrical production. Aspiring actors, directors, lighting and set designers and sound technicians all learn production skills specific to their area of focus. Highlighting MIT's on-campus production of The Internationalist by Anne Washburn, three faculty members and two students provide notes on producing this play. These notes include directorial interpretations of the play, an actress' account of her role and creative decisions made by the design crews. Design students also explore lighting design images, set floor plans and models. Users of this OpenCourseWare can also gain insight on the rehearsal process with notes from the stage manager.

In addition to the notes and design images, this OpenCourseWare features photos from both the process and performance of this play. More information can be found on the 'Theater Arts Topics' course home page.

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