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Introduction to Theatre

--online course--

This page last modified: May 19, 2008 .

**Please read this entire page before continuing any further. Then to begin the class, please be sure you have read the SYLLABUS and then go HERE...**



Dr. Eric W. Trumbull, Professor, Theatre/Speech

Rm. 122, 703-878-5750
(If you call my office phone and I am not there, you may leave a voicemail message, which comes to me as a ".wav" file via e-mail).



PLEASE NOTE: ELI conducts a Student Technology Training Seminar in each Fall and Spring semesters at selected campuses. Unfortunately, many students are unable to to attend because of other commitments, schedules, etc. At the Seminar, ELI provides students with a useful Guide that familiarizes them with the basic technology and procedures that they will need to know in order to complete their courses. A copy of the Guide is available online at:...



Welcome to SPD 130, Introduction to Theatre, a three-credit course offered entirely online from Northern Virginia Community College's Extended learning Institute (ELI).

From this main page, you can click on my name (above) to see my home page at NVCC, and from there you can get more information about me.

You can also, from this main page, go to the syllabus, the "lessons," and to the forum / discussion area.

--Please contact me if you have any difficulty navigating through this course...




[You may use the menu below or click on any of the links on this page...]




Information about the short paper assignments...

Information about the critique assignments...


Discussion Area --- Information -- Grades -- and more...

--Use this area to discuss class / subject concerns with the instructor and other members of the class, and to post and read messages / comments about class readings and material.


Go to the VCCS Blackboard

PLEASE NOTE!!:  Students MUST use their VCCS e-mail address and password to gain access to Blackboard, and also to send and receive secure e-mail to and from NVCC instructors; please go here for information. Be sure to get your VCCS e-mail account established and to use that account to send e-mail to your instructors (Campus AND non-Campus classes).

If you cannot get on to NVCC's Blackboard then it's possible that you have not yet been assigned a username and password. In that case, please e-mail me and I'll see what I can do to get you one or to find out what your username and password are.

After logging on to Blackboard, click on the "Discussion Board" tab on the left side of the screen to get to the discussions...

You may also use Blackboard for a number of other functions -- you'll see them when you get there. I encourage you to experiment a bit with Blackboard's capabilities.

(Note: to get to your grades so far, you may click on the "Student Tools" tab, and then "Check My Grade..."




Image of the cover for textbook: Wilson and Goldfarb, Theater:  the lively Art; Click on the image to get to the publisher's web site.

Edwin Wilson and Alvin Goldfarb, Theater: The Lively Art, 6th edition, (McGraw-Hill). ISBN-13 9780073514116 (or go HERE for the text's Resource Page)
(you may use the earlier 5th edition if that is all you can get)...

          I'd also like to have you check out some other Introduction to Theatre web sites which I think you will find to be quite helpful. For now, I'd recommend the following: (this site is using the Wilson and Goldfarb text, Theater: The Lively Art, though perhaps an older version)


**And here is the web page for an older version of Wilson and Goldfarb's book, complete with online study tests (which I highly recommend you use--you can have them graded and sent back to you for helpful feedback...or you can use the sample study quizzes you will find on the CD that comes with the text...):**

Here is a useful site for Theatre Resources:


To begin the class, please be sure you have read the SYLLABUS and then go HERE...

PLEASE NOTE: When contacting me by e-mail or phone, PLEASE let me know what class you are contacting me about. During Summer 2007, for instance, I teach THREE sections each of THREE different theatre courses online and you MUST let me know what class you are referring to (SPD 130, SPD 141, or SPD 231) and what SEMESTER (Summer 2007, Spring 2007, etc.).

**NEW: I get so much student e-mail that I generally do not reply unless specifically asked to, so ASK SPECIFICALLY for a reply if you need one. And sometimes I miss that, too. So if you asked for a reply and haven't gotten one in a couple days, please try again (or leave me a voicemail message - 703-878-5750)... Thanks.

This page and all linked pages in this directory are copyrighted Eric W. Trumbull, 1998-2007.


This page last modified: May 19, 2008 .