An online 3-credit graduate-level course designed for high school and community college theatre educators:

Course Description:  TA 508 Topics In Drama: Postmodern Drama explores the work of some of the world most exciting contemporary playwrights.  Beginning with the 1986 The Colored Museum through 2008’s August: Osage County, this class will focus both on form and meaning in a postmodern context.  As a distance class, students will be expected to work independently completing reaction papers (2-3 pages per play) and to discuss the individual plays with peers and undergraduates in a chat room environment.  Familiarity with educational platforms such as Blackboard and Mootle are helpful but not necessary. The final project will be a research paper on a related topic of the students choosing.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarize students with the importance of the work of these playwrights historically and culturally.
  • Further develop critical skills in the areas of dramatic literature and dramaturgy
  • Explore the manner in which these plays inform culture both within their own context and within our own.
  • Identify dramatic elements of a play and use these elements to interpret meaning


  • The Colored Museum by George C Wolfe
  • Twilight Los Angeles by Ana Devere Smith
  • The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman et al
  • Urinetown by Greg Kotis and Marke Hollmann (also need copy of the soundtrack)
  • The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
  • The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler by Jeff Whitty
  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

Students will also have critical readings for each play that will be provided by the professor.

Eric Levin, SOU theatre arts director of education

Application Information

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor.

Note: ACTS Master of Theatre Studies students get first priority. This course may serve as one of the required additional 3-credit courses toward the ACTS Master of Theatre Studies.

Students who are new to Southern Oregon Univeristy and are not returning to or applying for admittance to the graduate program should apply online as non-admitted studentsPrior to going online to the link above; please contact ACTS at the phone or email listed below to obtain the course reference number for this course.

This online process will generate a MySOU account and provide registration instructions.







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