Theatre Appreciation Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Office Location

Music Building 302

Office Hours


*PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Newburg maintains office hours for students in the EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE on the WASHINGTON STREET CAMPUS from 1:00-2:00PM Monday through Friday unless out-of-town, in a meeting, or otherwise engaged. If a student cannot find Mr. Newburg during the aforementioned availability, he is happy to have students request an appointment at different times via the email listed above.  Mr. Newburg checks that email regularly (sometimes several times a day) and usually responds within twenty-four (24) hours from his receipt of the email; that being said, Mr. Newburg generally does not check his email as much or at all at night or in the very early morning hours, so students will most likely see responses from him between 8:00AM and 5:00PM.  As he is not in his office frequently enough to check, phoning him is only the second-best way to contact him—email is preferred.  A student should allow twenty-four (24) hours for Mr. Newburg to respond before trying to contact him again. 

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DRAM-1310-001 Theatre Appreciation


Course Description

Survey of theater including its history, dramatic works, stage techniques, production procedures and relation to other art forms. Participation in productions may be required.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


none required


none required

Student Performance

(minimum competencies)

After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program.

  1. Possess a limited understanding of theatre history.
  2. Define and explain theatre terminology, movements, and theories.
  3. Compose a critical analysis of two productions beyond the mere retelling of the plot.
  4. Develop an appreciation for the performing arts.

The course is designed to give a encapsulated view of the theatrical arts which includes, but is not limited to, its history, present status, design (in terms of production), theories on acting, plays, playwrights, directors, and critical analysis. Half the semester is devoted to the evolution on the fine art through an abridged study of its history. The class will also attend two productions during the semester to reinforce an appreciation for theatre arts. By the end of the semester, students completing the course will be able to execute all performance objectives with a 60% or better average competency rate.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Since this course is primarily presented via AC Online, common internet courtesy is required of all students particularly in the Discussions module of this course.  Students are encouraged and expected to articulate opinions on the art-form known as theatre as well as have the freedom to ask pertinent questions over the material to be discussed. This performing art can inspire "heated" discussion; however, each student must respect his or her fellow classmates' opinions as well. "Cyber-bullying" will not be tolerated. This class does inspire laughter, debates, and interrogatives, but these must be presented with the decorum demanded of a college classroom.

Grading Criteria

7 Tests (lowest dropped) = 20% of overall average
7 In-Class Discussion Grades (lowest dropped) = 20% of overall average
1 Critique = 30% of overall average
Final Exam = 30% of overall average

A = 90-100 overall competency percentage
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = -59

Makeup of missed tests and/or exams are left to the discretion of the instructor and only upon receipt of documentation justifying absence. Details to be discussed on first day of class.


Please see Amarillo College's Attendance Policy in your catalog.



Mon   23   Assigned: Welcome note request. Review Syllabus. Lesson 1 Lecture video. Lesson 1 PowerPoint. DT+ Reading Assignment for discussion forum.

Tue   24   Week 1 Discussion Forum (graded) assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM. Last day to withdraw with 100% refund.

Thu   26   Week 1 Test assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM.

Fri   27   Last day to withdraw with 70% refund.

Mon   30   Week 1 Test and Week 1 Discussion Forum due by 11:59PM. Lesson 2 Lecture video/PowerPoint assigned for viewing. DT+ video, Oedipus Rex, assigned for discussion forum.

Tue   31   Week 2 Discussion Forum (graded) assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM.


Wed   01   Last day to withdraw with 25% refund.

Thu   02   Week 2 Test assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM.

Mon   06   Week 2 Test and Week 2 Discussion Forum due by 11:59PM. Lesson 3 Lecture video/PowerPoint assigned for viewing. DT+ video, The Taming of the Shrew, assigned for viewing for discussion forum.

Tue   07   Week 3 Discussion Forum (graded) assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM.

Thu   09   Week 3 Test assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM.

Mon   13   Week 3 Test and Week 3 Discussion Forum due by 11:59PM. Lesson 4 Lecture video/PowerPoint assigned for viewing. DT+ video, A Doll’s House, assigned for viewing for discussion forum.

Tue   14   Week 4 Discussion Forum (graded) assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM.

Thu   16   Week 4 Test assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM.

Mon   20   Week 4 Test and Week 4 Discussion Forum due by 11:59PM. Lesson 5 Lecture video/PowerPoint assigned for viewing. DT+ video, Six Characters in Search of an Author, assigned for discussion forum.

Tue   21   Week 5 Discussion Forum (graded) assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM.

Thu   23   Week 5 Test assigned—due the following Monday at 11:59PM.  LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM THIS COURSE.

Fri     24   Almost, Maine opens tonight and will close Sunday, June 26th.  This is a required assignment for the Critique Assignment due June 29th.

Mon   27   Week 5 Test and Week 5 Discussion Forum due by 11:59PM. Final Exam assigned and will remain available until 11:59PM this Thursday.

Wed   29   Critique Assignment for ALMOST, MAINE due by 11:59PM. 

Thu   30   Final Exam due by 11:59PM.

Additional Information

Required On-Campus Assignment:

Almost, Maine at the Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street Campus June 24-25, 2022, at 7:30PM and June 25-26, 2022, at 3:00PM.  Students need see only one (1) performance of this production.  Please visit for more information about the show, and see the Course Calendar for assignment deadlines above.

Access to Digital Theatre+ for readings and videos needed for Discussion Forums and Tests:

Username: student.amarillocollege

Password: instrument@1913

Syllabus Created on:

05/22/22 7:50 PM

Last Edited on:

05/22/22 8:11 PM