Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Graduate student sections in Theatre & Drama!

Watch for opportunities to earn graduate credit in the Department of Theatre & Drama starting this term. We will be adding graduate sections to many of our upper-division courses, including:

Theatre 505 (meets with Theatre 285)
Regular            TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM        2239 WDC Myers, Christianne
Introduction to Puppetry
This course will explore the fundamentals of puppetry, a performance made that spans the globe and the centuries. There will be hands-on workshops developing and creating several styles of puppets, and students will research puppetry in world performance.

Theatre 605 (meets with Theatre 326)
Regular            MoWe 12:00PM - 1:30PM    B207 WDC Nkanga,Mbala D
Intercultural Drama
Examines how international dramatic literature in translation comments on global lives and lifestyles. Class reads, analyzes and discusses intercultural plays in cultural context. Written assignments and in-class presentations investigate the political, social, ad cultural impact meaning of intercultural dramatic works. Students learn to analyze themes, structures, characters, and language of intercultural/international plays through the lens of cultural studies.

Theatre 605 (meets with Theatre 340)
Second 7 weeks           TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM        1415 WDC      Gonzalez,Anita L
03/09/2015 - 04/21/2015
Lab Section Required
The course is a laboratory course for play development. The class creates collaborative theatrical works from text, visual art, movement, stories and/or contemporary events. The class develops performances through improvisation, then organizes and evaluates their work using principles of dramatic structure, and play analysis. Dramaturgy and directing skills are introduced through studio practice and critique.

Theatre 605 (meets with Theatre 324)
Regular            Place and Time TBA
Gonzalez,Anita L
Engages students in research and development of performance projects at a local, community organization or at an international site. The class participates in fieldwork experiences and each individual submits a final project report or thesis at the end of their fieldwork. The Capstone course is collaborative and interdisciplinary and multiple faculty members can supervise and approve student work. This semester, students will work with artists from South Africa.

 Theatre 605 (meets with Theatre 399.009)
Regular            TuTh 3:30PM - 5:00PM        2415 WDC      Lucas,Ashley Elizabeth
Theatre and Incarceration
Artistic practice in prisons has occurred since the inception of prisons themselves, though popular thought tends not to connect the idea of the arts with that of criminal justice systems. This course surveys the history of performance in prisons through the examination of plays written by and about prisoners as well as narratives, which chronicle the process of creating theatre in prisons. More importantly, the course also requires all enrolled students to enter an adult prison once a week throughout the semester to lead a theatre workshop with prisoners. Students will be placed in pairs to facilitate workshops, and each workshop will hold a performance at the end of the semester. Students and prisoners together create social change through their performances, both by bringing two disparate communities (i.e. undergrads and prisoners) into meaningful interaction and also by using theatre to explore significant social issues.

Theatre 605 (meets with Theatre 399.004 or 399.006)
01/07/2015 - 02/27/2015         Najarian,Robert
MoWe 9:00AM - 10:00AM  101 REVELLI
MoWe 10:00AM - 11:00AM            101 REVELLI
The Historical Rapier
This course will include movement directives specific to the skills of historical swordplay from the Elizabethan era. This movement discipline focuses on "Action-Reaction-Completion" with emphasis on balance, partnering, timing, and physical decision-making in heightened psychological states. The class will enhance the performer's spatial awareness and physical readiness for movement while concentrating on the performance of height complex kinetic actions in a relaxed and focused state.

THTREMUS 647 - Intro Perf Studies 
This course is designed as an exploration of contemporary theories that develop not only a dialogical relationship between performance and society, but also between culture and performance: with special emphasis on Victor Turner, Linda Hutcheon, Marvin Carlson, and James Clifford. Preference given to students in Center for World Performance Studies certificate program.

The winter 2015 sections have not been added just yet, but will be soon.

For Fall 2015, watch for:

Theatre 605  (meets with Theatre 399-006) - Principles of Comedy
This course will explore the principles of performing comedy, as experienced throughout the dramatic canon, investigating the work of Commedia, Moliere, Noel Coward, and David Lindsay-Abaire.  The course will also explore improvisation, status work, and stand-up.  We will ask ourselves, are there special considerations when playing comedy as opposed to straight drama? Is there such a thing as comic technique? If so, what is it? What are the technical demands of comic timing, rhythm, builds, and the ability to give and take focus?  And are there ways in which we play comedy no differently than any other form of acting?  We will also ask ourselves what makes a funny thing funny? Are there common threads through history? Are there universal comic elements that can be defined? We will pursue the course objectives through exercises, games, improvisations, discussions, readings, and group, solo and scene work.

Theatre 506  (meets with Theatre 241-001, Cantor) - Directing I
The history of directors; function and responsibilities of a director; relationships with designers, playwrights, stage managers, technical/artisan staff, actors, dramaturges. Identifying styles of theatre, stage types, floor plans. Also covers script interpretation/analysis, director's research, resources, directorial concepts, conceptualization of a play, interpretation.

Theatre 525 (meets with Theatre 325) Contemporary American Theatre & Drama 
Examines works and developments in American theatre and drama from the past twenty years, especially the diverse and multicultural drama of this period. Looks at elements of class and ethnicity, urbanization, family and community, war and technology, commercialism and consumerism, gender, race, and sexuality.

Theatre 637 (meets with Theatre 437) - Theatre Pedagogy
Explores theatre pedagogy in several areas: teaching drama in the secondary school, teaching theatre in higher education, and using drama-in-education techniques in all levels of teaching.  We will explore ways to approach teaching and learning that promotes a student-centered, curiosity-driven environment and takes into account a variety of cognitive and learning styles.

Theatre 577 (meets with Theatre 277) – History of Dress
Slide survey course which traces the history of dress from ancient times through the present day, with an emphasis on the societies which produced particular manners and styles of dress.

Theatre 532 (meets with Theatre 332) Performing Archives and Oral Histories
Students use ethnographic or archival sources to create new performance works. Building on histories introduced in 222, they create individual or small group projects. Interpretative text and character work helps to improve individual student performance skills.


For questions about any of the above, please feel free to drop me an email!

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