Wikipedia:United States Education Program/Courses/Theatre Script Analysis (Leigh Clemons)

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Course description[edit]

This class, THTR 3130, focuses on understanding the many different forms of storytelling used by theatre practitioners. Students will learn how to read, analyze, and creatively interpret scripts for the purposes of production and research. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify various types of dramatic structures (through class discussion and written responses), merge the microcosmic world of the play with macrocosmic issues related to the text’s creation and reception (through oral presentations), identify how characters, dialogue and, sometimes, stage directions provide information needed to understand the play (through class discussion and quiz/responses), and synthesize all of these elements into an original play analysis project (final paper) in which you focus on a given play text from your chosen perspective as a theatre practitioner—actor, director, or designer.

Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

LSU Campus
Instructor: Leigh Clemons
Campus Ambassadors:
Online Ambassadors:
  • Ssilvers (talk) – I have been editing Wikipedia for over 5 years, including theatre articles, so feel free to ask me any questions about formatting, Wikipedia style guidelines, or our three core content policies: WP:V, WP:NOR and WP:NPOV. Just leave a message on my talk page, and I will respond on yours!

Wikipedia Project Description[edit]

The final project for this class will be to create, edit or expand a Wikipedia article on an assigned play or playwright. Students will work in groups of three on their assigned topic. In a Wikipedia sandbox, students will prepare their proposal and literature review to demonstrate their research and the feasibility of the topic. Next, students will draft their article in the sandbox and learn how to format it properly for Wikipedia. Following feedback from the instructor, students will move their articles to WP livespace where they will participate in discussions with the WP community who may or may not comment on their articles.

Students will write a reflection paper about their Wikipedia experience. They will also do a 5-7 minute presentation showcasing their article and discussing their research experience and their interaction with WP.

WP training and support will be provided during class time throughout the semester on Wikipedia culture and technology to help you prepare, and tutors will be available to assist you in preparing your projects. There is also a CXC lab in 251 M&DA where you can work on your projects.


The instructor reserves the right to modify the timeline to better serve the needs of the class.

  • September 7 – WP topic assignments and group formation
  • September 21 – Literature review due for WP topics
  • September 26 – WP Workshop: Everything you need to know to get started writing your article
  • October 7 – WP workday
  • October 10 – WP workday
  • October 12 – First drafts of WP articles due in sandbox for review by the instructor
  • November 4 – WP editing party
  • November 14 – WP workday
  • November 16 – WP workday
  • November 18 – WP workday
  • November 21 – WP LIVE ARTICLES DUE
  • December 9 – WP presentations; Reflection papers due


This table will list each article that a student is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article.

Article Task Group Members Sandbox
Charles Busch expand citations & content Ali, Courtney, Douglas Charles Busch Sandbox
Adam Rapp expand content related to plays & citations Chelsey, Rachel, Megan Adam Rapp Sandbox
Holly Hughes expand content & citations Emily, Chase, Stephen Holly Hughes Sandbox
Beth Henley expand content & citations, particularly on performances and writings Michael, Sofia, Laurel Beth Henley Sandbox
Lanford Wilson expand citations & content Sophie, Hannah, Elizabeth Landford Wilson Sandbox
Tina Howe expand content & citations Sarah, Jacob, Mercedes Tina Howe Sandbox
María Irene Fornés expand content & citations, particularly on performances and writings Timmy, Kenna, Mike A., Thomas María Irene Fornés Sandbox
George Lillo expand content & citations Bradford, Kate, Brittany George Lillio Sandbox
Susanna Centlivre expand citations & content from updated references Tyler, Devon, Chris Susanna Centlivre Sandbox
Snoo Wilson expand content & citations Wil, Daniel, Ben Snoo Wilson Sandbox

For an example of an excellent article about a playwright, see Harold Pinter. This will give you a good idea of how such a bio article can be structured, as well as how the technical sections, like the reference sections, can be set forth. By way of comparison, see Noël Coward and W. S. Gilbert. -- Ssilvers (talk) 21:42, 29 August 2011 (UTC)


Students: Please add the references that are missing in the articles (where it says "citation needed"). Information that remains unreferenced in Wikipedia must, unfortunately, be deleted. Please read these important policies: WP:V and WP:OR. Thanks! -- Ssilvers (talk) 21:02, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

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Group presentations - 100 pts.

Formal play analysis microthemes (4 @ 50 pts. each) - 200 pts.

Wikipedia Project - 700 pts. total

Proposal/Literature Review - 100 pts.
Article Draft - 100 pts.
Final Article - 200 pts.
Reflection Paper - 100 pts.
Final Presentation - 200 pts.