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Course Description

Reading, viewing and discussing the development of the Chicano (Mexican American) culture in American Society reflected in the works of playwright and director Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino (The Farm Worker's Theatre) are the focus of this course. It traces the historical and cultural influences of the theatrical company from its creation in 1965 to the present. Students will read actos, plays and view live theatrical production, film and video produced by El Teatro Campesino. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will indentify the societal influences behind the historical development of El Teatro Campesino and examine the struggle of the Chicano (Mexican-American) culture in American Society.
  • Students will restate the background, diverse cultural and artistic influence of writer, director Luis Valdez inspiring the development of Chicano Theater and theater of social protest in the Americas..
  • Students will analyze and discuss the purpose of actos as the early work of El Teatro Campesino and Luis Valdez as a means for inspiring cultural awareness and social justice for the farmworkers struggle in American labor culture.
  • Students will demonstrate how demonstrate how actos can be used to communicate ideas, how people are feeling and bring cultural awareness to a social problem.
  • Student will analyze the discuss the historical influences and develop cultural awareness in the plays written and developed by Luis Valdez.
  • Students will view and evaluate live theatrical performances, film and video production produced by El Teatro Campesino and reflect on their cultural significance.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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