"One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman."?Simone deBeauvoirDeBeauvoir's famous quote tells us that gender is learned?a collection of behaviors that we all learn to replicate through a kind of performance that happens on and offstage. In this course, we will think about how this understanding of gender plays out in the theatre?the place where performance is studied. We'll also take a broad look at the contributions made to theatrical history by women across the globe, considering how women have expressed themselves through theatre and performance?and how their voices have, at times, been excluded. We'll also continually return to one question: Why do we need to teach/take a class called "Women in Theatre"?