A background in theatre history and criticism is useful in many careers ranging from production management to teaching. The history of theatre charts back to over 2500 years ago in its development. While performative elements are present in everything we do and see in our daily society, it is necessary to notice a distinction between theatre as an art form and entertainment and theatrical or performative elements in other activities. The history of theatre is mainly concerned about the origin and the initial development of the theatre as an autonomous activity. 

Since classical Athens in the 6th century BC. vibrant traditions of theatre have flourished in cultures across the world.