American Ethnic Theatre: Contemporary Dramatists!

By January 8, 2018Uncategorized

Hello All,

American Ethnic Drama (THEA 630 B) has openings! We will read a number of plays and discuss issues of American identity, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and the various intersections of these topics. The focus of our readings will be CONTEMPORARY dramatists and plays. Our units will include writers who identify as LatinX, African-American, Jewish-American, Muslim-American, Native American and Asian-American. These include many queer artists and writers who identify as female.

This class requires READING. That said, you will be reading some of the most profound and important dramatists working today, including: Suzan-Lori Parks, Tony Kushner, Chay Yew, Luis Valdez, Ayad Akhtar, Quiara Alegría Hudes and many others. Don’t know these playwrights? Then take this class! The writers we will read include the most produced and influential playwrights of the last decade. Meaning, if you want to read NEW plays, take this class.

This class requires a good deal of reading, BUT it will be almost ALL discussion in a seminar setting. Meaning, if you want to learn about new plays, new ideas and new writers, take this class. This class is of particular interest for those planning on careers in education, social work AND artists interested in political engagement.

To enroll, please place 14039 in your shopping cart, then contact Shannon at for permission to enroll.

The class meets MWF 10:30-11:20.

ALL books and plays will be on reserve at Hale and many will be on digital reserve so you can access them from your computer. In essence, the materials for this class have no cost! Plus, this course will function as an upper division elective AND as an elective for minors. Remember, you are required to have electives in Theatre to meet the degree requirements for both majors and minors.