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The Thespis Project*, combining  passion and dedication, is a decision to use MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and other forms of free or low-cost learning for creating a Theatre Studies Education Path. In other words, I am pursuing theatre/drama studies using the tools of the world wide web.

The MOOC Theatre Studies Education Path is generally organised, including basic subjects such as theory, history, acting, management, production, design, auditions, playwriting, photography, make up, puppetry, drama in education, vocal training, lighting, film, cultural heritage, literature, psychology, music theory, social media and customer service.

The value of MOOCs to me is topping up my knowledge without the heavy financial commitment. On the other hand, it’s a clear-cut example of what you know and what you can get done.

Wanting to put my education and acquired skills to use, I created a Blog about Theatre in which I embedded my personal Archive.

Books, articles and job opportunities occured, using acquired skills, will also be added.

Believing that a demonstration of a willingness to learn impresses more than a degree and pursuing professional education not only helps develop important skill sets, but it also exhibits good character, I will, for sure, continue to develop my skills and gain valuable experiences through online free education.

Maria Christakou

*Thespis, (flourished 6th century bc, Athens), Greek poet, said to have been born in the deme (district) of Icaria. According to ancient tradition, Thespis was the first actor in Greek drama. He was often called the inventor of tragedy, and his name was recorded as the first to stage a tragedy at the Great (or City) Dionysia (c. 534bc). Scholars differ on the scanty evidence about Thespis and his role in the development of Greek drama. According to the Greek rhetorician Themistius (4th century ad), Aristotle said that tragedy was entirely choral until Thespis introduced the prologue and the internal speeches. If so, Thespis was the first to interweave choral song with an actor’s speeches, and tragic dialogue began when the actor (Thespis) exchanged words with the leader of the chorus (choragus). The four titles and five fragments attributed to Thespis are probably not authentic.

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