Theatre A invites students to explore the history of theatre and the basic elements of stage production. The course highlights the technology used to create early and modern stage productions and the basic fundamentals of acting. Theatre I provides students with a look at production elements such as stage lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. Students learn to apply voice and gesture skills in pantomimed and improvised scenarios, and they receive an overview of the responsibilities of the producer, director, and technical crew of a theatre production. Students develop insight to the motivations of a playwright in the development of a story, and they explore the careers and works of famous playwrights. Theatre I provides a balanced educational experience for all students so that they can gain the inquiry and critical skills involved in clarifying theatrical perceptions and knowledge.