Globalization and Theater
This course surveys the various ways in which contemporary theatre has been created and circulated in a global context. With increasing globalization, new possibilities of theatre and performance have emerged, bringing together previously unconnected styles and artists. New forms of theatre have been used for political activism, social development, and cultural education. Globalization has also brought about vast commercialization of corporate-sponsored shows that have reached audiences worldwide. Topics of the course include: commercial theatre, political theatre, community theatres, ethnic theatre, interculturalism, multiculturalism, and diaspora. The course introduces representative works from around the world, but emphasis will be given to works that have been produced in the U.S. Readings include play scripts and critical essays.
Instructor: Lee. One course. C-L: International Comparative Studies 357s