This non-performance based course will focus on a detailed, coast-to-coast examination of the state of the American Theater in 2016-2017. Who are the playwrights, directors, designers, actors, and producers that are shaping the landscape? Who is making theater? How and why are they making it? We will explore the history of theater in America, specifically the regional theater movement of the 1950s, and then turn our focus to the not-for-profit resident theaters and the for-profit theaters currently in operation. We will have a variety of guest speakers and see several performances. Students will collaborate weekly on the presentation of group research. There will be a mid-term quiz and a final paper.