Theatre in Europe Past & Present

Program Dates: May 14, 2024 - June 4, 2024

About the Program

In this program, we will study theatre from its origins to the present. We will attend theatre productions, visit museums, castles, cathedrals, and other cultural sites, meet theatre artists, and participate in various workshops at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, and other venues. One of the courses fulfills one Liberal Studies Experience requirement. The other course has prerequisites. Must be available to meet between 5:00-6:00 pm on Tuesdays during spring 2024. For more information, visit the program website at: 



York is a cathedral city in North Yorkshire, England, with Roman origins, sited at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss. It is the historic county town of Yorkshire. The city has many historic buildings and other structures, such as a minster, castle, and city walls. It is the largest settlement and the administrative centre of the wider City of York district.

Stratford-upon-Avon commonly known as just Stratford, is a market town and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon district, in the county of Warwickshire, in the West Midlands region of England. It is situated on the River Avon, 91 miles (146 km) north-west of London, 22 miles (35 km) south-east of Birmingham and 8 miles (13 km) south-west of Warwick. The town is the southernmost point of the Arden area on the edge of the Cotswolds. In the 2021 census Stratford had a population of 30,495. Stratford was originally inhabited by Britons before Anglo-Saxons and remained a village before the lord of the manor, John of Coutances, set out plans to develop it into a town in 1196. In that same year, Stratford was granted a charter from King Richard I to hold a weekly market in the town, giving it its status as a market town. As a result, Stratford experienced an increase in trade and commerce as well as urban expansion. Stratford is a popular tourist destination, owing to its status as the birthplace and burial place of playwright and poet William Shakespeare; it receives approximately 2.7 million visitors a year.The Royal Shakespeare Company resides in Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Brighton is a seaside resort and one of the two main areas of the city of Brighton and Hove in the county of East Sussex, England. It is located 47 mi (76 km) south of London. Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The ancient settlement of "Brighthelmstone" was documented in the Domesday Book (1086). The town's importance grew in the Middle Ages as the Old Town developed, but it languished in the early modern period, affected by foreign attacks, storms, a suffering economy and a declining population. Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France. The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.

London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom, with a population of just over 9 million. It stands on the River Thames in south-east England at the head of a 50-mile (80 km) estuary down to the North Sea, and has been a major settlement for two millennia. The City of London, its ancient core and financial centre, was founded by the Romans as Londinium and retains boundaries close to its medieval ones. As one of the world's major global cities, London exerts a strong influence on its arts, entertainment, fashion, commerce and finance, education, health care, media, science and technology, tourism, and transport and communications. 

Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the highest courts in Scotland. The city's Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British monarchy in Scotland. The city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scottish law, literature, philosophy, the sciences, and engineering. It is the second-largest financial centre in the United Kingdom, and the city's historical and cultural attractions have made it the UK's second-most visited tourist destination attracting 4.9 million visits, including 2.4 million from overseas in 2018. Time Out magazine rated Edinburgh the best city in the world in 2022. 

(Source: Wikipedia)



All program participants will be enrolled in the courses below.

If you have taken one or more of the courses below, or need a similar but different course to meet major or minor requirements, you may seek permission to take a substitute or "special course." Approval for such exceptions is at the discretion of the faculty leader(s), department chairs, and the college dean, and require the University's special course formPlease contact the program leader before you begin your application.

Course Prefix

Course Name



THR 3730-101

Early Theatre History and Literature


Dr. Paulette Marty

THR 3531-101

Contemporary Theatre and Culture in Europe


John Marty


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Paulette Marty
Department of Theatre and Dance


Dr. Marty joined the Department of Theatre and Dance in 2004. Her teaching specialties are theatre history, play analysis, dramaturgy, directing, and cross-disciplinary topics. Paulette's research specialties include contemporary stage directors, Elizabethan theatre and spectacle, and the performance of folklore.  She has published in various theatre journals and periodicals, is the author of Contemporary Women Stage Directors:  Conversations on Craft (Methuen Drama, 2019) and serves as a production dramaturg and director on departmental productions.  

Dr. Marty’s play about art collectors Etta and Claribel Cone had a staged reading by In/Visible Theatre in fall 2019 in conjunction with the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s exhibit “Modern Visions, Modern Art:  The Cone Sisters in North Carolina.”


Mr. John Marty
Department of Theatre and Dance

John Marty has taught at Appalachian since 2005.  Prior to his arrival at ASU, he taught at Millikin University in central Illinois.  At Appalachian, he teaches design as well as general-education and basic theory courses.  He specializes in lighting design and has designed lighting, sound, or scenery for over 50 productions at ASU.  Professional design credits include work for Ensemble Stage, Barter Theatre, Temple Theatre, The Chautauqua Conservatory Theatre Company, and the Blowing Rock Stage Company.


Program Cost: $4,999

Program cost includes airfare, meals, lodging, in-country transportation, tickets and events. 

Please note - Students are responsible for the total program cost upon submiting the application and deposit. Refunds are contingent upon meeting the minimum enrollment of the program. If a student decides to withdraw before departure, that student may be eligible for a refund if the program has met minimum enrollment and is therefore viable. 

Non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.  Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

Remaining balance due




Estimated Additional Expenses


Undergraduate Tuition - Resident

$152.54 / credit hour

Undergraduate Tuition - Non-Resident

$172.54 / credit hour



International Phone Plan for 21 days



Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from your program leader with instructions to apply.
  3. Apply to the program following the instructions from the program leader
  4. Print, sign and drop off your application at the Office of International Education and Development at Plemmons Student Union (PSU), Suite 321 ( 3rd floor), 263 Locust Street Boone, NC 28608. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted your digital application, paid the $300 deposit, and dropped off your printed and signed application. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.