After growing up in New York City with Broadway as my playground and attending the performing arts high school on which Fame was based, it was difficult to stray from my destined path as a self-proclaimed theatre snob. Such theatre snobs might think that leaving their theatrical hub of a home to move to a city known for cheesesteaks instead of The Great White Way would result in a lack of theatrical exposure and appreciation. I am ashamed to admit I was one of them. Thanks to Dr. Rose Malague and her freshman seminar “Theatre in Philadelphia,” however, I was proven wrong.
"Theatre in Philadelphia” is a class that explores script analysis, the art of being an audience member, theatrical criticism, and performance and production analysis through live performances in Philly. The structure of the class includes biweekly seminars with an outing to a local theatre once a week (totaling eleven shows this past semester!), with tickets and transportation paid for by the College of Arts & Sciences. Class time is devoted to prepping for the upcoming production and reviewing previous works. Occasionally, the class would read the script and discuss the intricacies of the play before seeing it, while other times Malague opted to keep the content a surprise. Writing and discussion preparation were required after every performance, and with each production I watched as my theatrical vernacular grew and my analysis became more sophisticated. Dr. Malague, who holds a doctorate in Theatre and is a published author, also finds every opportunity in class to educate her students on the greater social and economic implications of theatre.