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The History of Theatre

Greek Theatre

  • 534 B.C. - Greek God Dionysus
  • Dithyrambic chorus
  • Amphitheatres
  • Leader & chorus
  • Thespis & Thespian - Stepped out of dithyrambic chorus
  • Playwrights included Aeschylus (Oresteia, which introduced the concept of a second actor); Sophocles (Oedipus Rex, which diminished the dithyrambic chorus); and Euripides (who provided a more naturalistic approach to works

Roman Theatre

  • "Play" comes from the Latin word ludas

Medieval Theatre

  • Religious re-enactments
  • Mystery, miracle, morality, and passion plays

Renaissance Theatre

  • Italy provided the first steps taken toward the development of the proscenium or "picture frame" stage.

Elizabethan Theatre

  • Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Romanticism and the Theatre

  • The Industrial Revolution brought about elaborate mechanisms for changing scenery: fly-lofts, elevators, revolving stages.

Realism and the Theatre

  • With the death of the silent movies musicians and actors became unemployed. That, combined with the Great Depression, leads the federal government to getting involved in Theatre.

Commercial Theatre

  • Musicals

Technological Advances: Musicals into Film, or how Hollywood competes with Broadway

Actor's Studio

  • Lee Strasberg

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