Free Online Acting and Playwriting Courses from Top Universities

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Whether you're into the drama of the Renaissance or the Classical Era, or perhaps more interested in writing a script of your own, there are free online courses for you. Check out free courses in acting and playwriting offered by three well-known universities.
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Free Acting and Playwriting Courses

Here are nine online acting and playwriting courses offered free from three top universities: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Utah State University and Open University.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT lists several theatre-related courses on its OpenCourseWare site. The Playwright's Workshop provides tricks and tips for finishing your script. The Studies in Drama: Stoppard and Churchill course takes a closer look at two famous dramatists to explore literary interpretation and performance.

Utah State University (USU)

USU offers a free course that surveys ancient Roman and Greek drama to present the evolution of ancient plays.

The Open University

The Open University has a course dedicated entirely to the Renaissance play, Doctor Faustus, and the man who wrote it.

Free Online Theatre Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
English Renaissance Drama: Theatre and Society in the Age of Shakespeare course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Playwriting I course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading Resources, TextsYesNoYes
Playwrights' Workshop course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesNoNoYes
Studies in Drama: Stoppard and Churchill course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoNo
Script Analysis course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Studies in Drama: Theater and Science in a Time of War course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Modern Drama course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Classical Drama and Theatre course from USUUndergraduateText Lessons, PowerPoint SlidesNoNoNo
Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus course from Open UniversityIntermediateText LessonsYesNoYes

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