Course Description

Theater 106: History of American Theater and Drama, THEATER 106

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Survey of key works of American dramatic literature and landmarks of American theater history. P/NP or Letter grading.

Key Information

Credit: 5 quarter units / 3.33 semester units credit
UC Los Angeles, Theater

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: AH, WC.

UC Irvine:
Unit Credit

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: Foundations of Arts and Humanities - Literary and Cultural Analysis
Foundations of Arts and Humanities - Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice

UC Merced:
units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: TFDP Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: Seventh - 1 course towards Alternatives - Arts; ERC fine arts; Revelle - Fine Arts; TMC 1 course toward upper division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major; Muir: 1 course in a Fine Arts theme in "Theatre and Dance"
Major Requirement: Theatre Major and/or minor requirement;
Course Equivalence: UCSD TDHT 106

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
General Education: Area F - Arts

UC Santa Cruz:
Unit Credit

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Course Creator

S.M. Oswald

Sylvan Oswald is a writer and artist working at the intersection of theater and live art. His language-driven plays, texts, publications and videos unravel narrative forms to explore how we construct our identities.

Recent projects include Trainers, a theatrical essay; High Winds, a live show adapted from the artist’s book he co-created with Jessica Fleischmann (X Artists’ Books, 2017); Outtakes, a web series; and A Kind of Weather, a play, which will premiere at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre in 2020. Other plays include Sun Ra (Joe’s Pub), Profanity (Undermain Theater, Dallas; Nightlands (New Georges), Pony (About Face Theater, Chicago) and Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb).

Oswald is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama and Performance Art. Additional honors include the Dorothy B. Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship at Soho Rep, the Rosati Fellowship from Duke University Libraries, the Thom Thomas award from The Dramatists Guild, a Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and residencies at Sudance/Ucross, Macdowell Colony, Yaddo, Bau Institute/Camargo, and The Millay Colony for the Arts.

His interest in new approaches to playwriting led to Play A Journal of Plays (2003-2011), which he co-published with Jordan Harrison; and the Experimental Text Festival at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (2007), which he co-curated with Jennifer L. Tsuei; and the major essay "Cut Piece" at Three Hole Press. Other theater writing appears in Imagined Theatres (Routledge), Fifty Playwrights on Their Craft(Methuen); Audience (R)Evolution (TCG), Osmos, The Best American Non-Required Reading 2014PAJFactorialEncyclopedia and The Brooklyn Rail. Oswald also works on issues facing trans artists in theater.

More information about Professor Oswald can be found at sylvanoswald.xyz.

Sylvan Oswald is a writer and artist working at the intersection of theater and live art. His language-driven plays, texts, publications and videos unravel narrative forms to explore how we construct our identities. Recent projects include  Trainers , a theatrical essay;  High Winds , a live show adapted from the artist’s book he co-created with Jessica Fleischmann ( X Artists’ Books , ...

Sylvan Oswald is a writer and artist working at the intersection of theater and live art. His language-driven plays, texts, publications and videos unravel narrative forms to explore how we construct our identities.

Recent projects include Trainers, a theatrical essay; High Winds, a live show adapted from the artist’s book he co-created with Jessica Fleischmann (X Artists’ Books, 2017); Outtakes, a web series; and A Kind of Weather, a play, which will premiere at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre in 2020. Other plays include Sun Ra (Joe’s Pub), Profanity (Undermain Theater, Dallas; Nightlands (New Georges), Pony (About Face Theater, Chicago) and Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb).

Oswald is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama and Performance Art. Additional honors include the Dorothy B. Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship at Soho Rep, the Rosati Fellowship from Duke University Libraries, the Thom Thomas award from The Dramatists Guild, a Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and residencies at Sudance/Ucross, Macdowell Colony, Yaddo, Bau Institute/Camargo, and The Millay Colony for the Arts.

His interest in new approaches to playwriting led to Play A Journal of Plays (2003-2011), which he co-published with Jordan Harrison; and the Experimental Text Festival at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (2007), which he co-curated with Jennifer L. Tsuei; and the major essay "Cut Piece" at Three Hole Press. Other theater writing appears in Imagined Theatres (Routledge), Fifty Playwrights on Their Craft(Methuen); Audience (R)Evolution (TCG), Osmos, The Best American Non-Required Reading 2014PAJFactorialEncyclopedia and The Brooklyn Rail. Oswald also works on issues facing trans artists in theater.

More information about Professor Oswald can be found at sylvanoswald.xyz.


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