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TH200 – From the Fringe to the Spotlight

From the bilingual flatbed truck actos of Luis Valdez to the rhythmic coffee house choreopoems of Ntozake Shange, this course focuses on theatrical styles cultivated by the American marginalized (post WWII) with a significant part dedicated to fostering students' own playwriting ability.

Luis Valdez is an American playwright who is regarded as the father of Chicano theater in the United States.
Luis Valdez is an American playwright who is regarded as the father of Chicano theater in the United States.

Instructor(s)

ACM/Mellon Post-Doc Idris Goodwin email

This course is designed to expose you to important contemporary North American playwrights representing a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We will examine how they unpack the complexities of their background, personally and politically, in both form and content. In addition to the reading and discussion of plays, you will draw from your own background to create original work. This course is equal parts historical analysis and creative writing workshop.

Also listed as: EN286, ES200, CO200