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Three human forms of expression (3)

imitation, role playing, storytelling

The Range of Theater's Goals

entertainment, efficacy

First Actor


Aristotle's Six Elements of Drama

plot, theme, music, language, character, spectacle

Greek Play Theateical Structures

prologos, parados, episode Chroal Ode, Exodos

purging/ purifying of emotion


Required for any improvisation scene (4)

character, relationship, objective, where

Theater anatomy

perspective, proscenium, drop, flats, legs, wings, fly space, pin rail, pit, thrust, apron, house

neo-classical ideas

Unity of time, place and action

actors voice (4)

pitch, rate, volume, action

actors body (5)

physical lead, center of gravity, facial expression, gestures, walk

artists tools (4)

body, voice, mind, heart


servant, comedy servant, light hearted, altruistic, gets out of trouble fast


selfish, servant, when he sees a woman he wants to posses them


comic servant, stands center stage watching men do stupid things, smartest person in play

3 comedy servants are called the ____


comedy sketches



dirty old man, has impure thoughts about women, very rich, selfish, protects his money pouch

Il Dottore

thinks hes very smart, uses malaprops, lots of books and knowledge around him but is always wrong


wants people to think hes brave, strong, actually very cowardly


the lovers


3 same jokes in a row


drunk humor

The best-known writer of dramatic theory and criticism in the Roman era. He stressed rules, such as violence happening off stage.


The best-known comic playwright of the Greek Golden Age, He wrote The Birds, Lysistrata, and The Frogs


Tragic playwright in Greece, credited with adding a thrid actor to Greek tradgedy, wrote 120 plays, seven of which survive, including Antigone, King Oedipus, and Electra


The father of theater criticism, he wrote The Poetics, which covers the six elements of Drama




The father of Greek drama. He was the first dramatist whose plays still exist. He added a second actor to dramatic performances. He wrote Prometheus Bound and the Oresteia


The most "modern" of the Greek tragic playwrights, he created characters with realistic behavior, and a mix of comedy and drama. He also wrote sympathetic women characters, including Medea, The Trojan Women, and Helen


The First actor, he stepped out in front of the chorus and spoke alone, in character, in a religious ceremony


The chief Roman tragic writer whose plays have survived. He was ordered to take his own life. He wrote Roman Versions of Medea, Oedipus, and the Trojan Women


____ to heavy nor ____ to light

Seneca, Plautus

A comical play involving a chrous of half-man, half-goat creatures

Satyr Play

Plots deal with romantic and domestic problems

Roman Comedy

Fantastical and improbable plots used in satire of local, political or cultural conditions of the time.

Greek Comedy

Board of Directors

hires the right and left-brained leaders

Artistic director

right-brained head of the company

left-brained head of the company

managing director

who remains with the show and runs it from the booth?

stage manager

who raises money that is not ticket income?

developent director

who is responsible for getting people to the show?

marketing director

what percentage of each production is paid for from ticket sales?


brings in actors for director to see

casting director

5 areas of tech

sets, lights, props, costume, sound

3 periods of time

design, build, run

trade groups that sponsored theater production


in the scene shop guilding set, makes sure everyone has what they need to build set

tech director

starts hireing design teams for the next season

production manager





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