Students in this course will get a 360 degree experience of theatre and its disciplines. The class will start with an overview of theatre principles and concepts. Students will be divided into trios and quartets. Each group will see a professional play in Washington, D.C. and interview the director or producer. The group will research the author and the play’s historical, socio-political and artistic contexts. Group members will then collaborate to write a short play inspired by the play they have seen. For the spring research conference, each trio or quartet will stage a scene from their short play, with group members serving as director, actors and designer. Outcomes will be: the finished play, the staged scene, and a production book documenting the group’s creative process.