Great Literature of the Stage
Great Literature of the Stage, taught by Mitchell Thomas, MFA
Great Literature of the Stage will study and preform some of the masterpieces of the Western dramatic tradition, from the ancient Greeks to today. Students will dive into the historical, cultural, literary, and performative worlds of the plays in an active class environment that includes lecture, extensive discussion, and on-your-feet exploration and performance of the texts. We will spend a great deal of time studying the formal elements of drama; relevant theory and history that deepens our understanding of play texts; staging and acting conventions popular during the periods when these plays were written; and modern and contemporary acting and staging practices that reveal what texts mean now. We will be centrally concerned with theatre as a living, vital, and meaningful activity that reveals the structure and patterns of human life.
Mitchell Thomas is an actor, director, producer, teacher, and recent Chair of the Westmont Theatre Arts department, where he directs productions and teaches all levels of acting, voice and speech, stage movement, world theatre, and dramatic literature courses. Mitchell received his MFA in Acting from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, and resides in Santa Barbara with his wife, Sarah, and their three daughters Madeleine, Zoe, and Gwyneth.
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