General theater terms (know definitions)
proscenium (end stage)
stage right and left
audience right and left
orchestra, mezzanine, balcony, box seats
front of house
Architectural terms (know definitions)
section, elevation, plan
Lighting and Sound
Natural light, candles, oil lamp, gas lamp/table, electricity
How did lighting technology shape or affect the style of performance?
What challenges do theater architects and sound designers face when managing acoustics in a performance space?
Acoustics: reflection, absorption, diffusions
Classical and Hellenistic Greece (know definitions)
Dionysus (god of what?)
Chorus (2 main purposes – entertainment, representing the community)
Deus ex machina
Tragedy (tragic flaw of protagonist, arch of fortune to misfortune, “goat song”)
Antigone by Sophocles (basic plot, characters, themes)
Democracy (polity) and Traditional Religion (the gods): tensions, transition, power, gender
Noh Theater (short answer or essay question, incorporate terminology)
Ka’nami and Zeami
Dojoji (plot and video)
Wayang (know definitions)
Intangible Cultural Heritage
Medieval European Theatre (know definitions)
Outdoor Public Playhouse, Elizabethan (know definitions)
Protestant Reformation (Martin Luther): Iconoclasm and the end of biblical plays in England
The Globe and the Swan theaters
My Lord’s Room
Henry V, by William Shakespeare (basic plot and main characters, nationalistic themes)
Metatheatricality: metaphorical connection between the world and stage
Development of Opera: 17th – 20th centuries
Single point perspective (Prince’s perspective)
Intermezzi and opera
Giacomo Torelli: Chariot and Pole system (wagon, capstan, counterweights, pulley, trap doors, elevators, cloud machines)
Scena per angelo
Bayreuth Festspielhaus (Richard Wagner)
19th century theater the U.S. and the Birth of Broadway (short answer or essay question, incorporate names and terminology)
Commercial theater in NYC: the relevance of the street Broadway and relationship between commercial entertainment and urban space
Tony Pastor’s Union Square Theatre
Steele Mackay’s Madison Square Theatre
The Shubert Brothers
Long Acre Square (Times Square)
The Little Theatre Movement in Europe and the U.S. (short answer or essay, incorporate names and terminology)
Andre Antoine and Théâtre Libre
Social Realism and Henrik Ibsen: Doll’s House
Moscow Arts Theatre and Constantin Stanislavski
Federal Theatre Project
It Can’t Happen Here
The Public Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival
Harlem Renaissance (short answer or essay, incorporate names and terminology)
The Cotton Club (commercial entertainment: jazz, dance, drinking)
Harlem NYC Public Library/135 St
Harlem Suitcase Theater
WEB Du Bois
Zora Neale Hurston
Mulatto: A Tragedy of the Deep South
Avant-Garde Theater (short answer or essay, incorporate names and terminology)
Festspielhaus at Hellerau
Marxism and ideology
Bauhaus: Design school (Germany, 1919 – 1933) that integrated the teaching of the full-range of design and fine arts and crafts into a common core that had as its overarching goal the reimagining of daily objects and architecture to 1) be affordable for the people, 2) fully utilize industry output, and 3) take abstraction and minimalist geometry as the main design driver.
Gropius’ Total Theatre
Performative Architecture (short answer or essay question, incorporating terminology)
Bernard Tschumi and “event” architecture
DS&R: The High Line and Lincoln Center
Four definitions of “performative architecture”:
1. Performance in respect to audiences and actors
- The engagement and movement of the spectator (Tschumi’s original idea).
- The architecture invites the spectator to become performer
2. Architecture as performance (geometry and color and texture)
- The image transforms as the subject moves around the object.
- Architecture as performance art
- Architecture takes the urban environment as a stage on which it literally and actively performs.
- Surface digitization and projection.
3. Structural performance: Kinetic effect of architecture — what work does it do?
- Mechanization, moveable parts
4. Environmental performance.
- Performance in respect to light, heat, energy, or sound.