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A guide to Crossett Library's resources related to American Theater Now, taught by Jenny Rohn.

“The Projects” presented by American Theater Company (Chicago, 2015)

Course Description

This non-performance based course will focus on a detailed, coast-to-coast examination of the state of the American Theater in 2018-2019 with a specific emphasis on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Who are the playwrights, directors, designers, actors, and producers that are shaping the landscape? Who is making theater? How and why are they making it? We will explore the history of theater in America, specifically the regional theater movement of the 1950s, and then turn our focus to the not-for-profit resident theaters and the for-profit theaters currently in operation. We will have a variety of guest speakers and attend several performances. Students will collaborate weekly on the presentation of group research. There will be a mid-term quiz and a final paper.