Tuesday, March 10, 2015

For Fall 2015 - Graduate Sections in Theatre & Drama!

Please forward to any interested parties.

Dear Graduate Students,

Watch for opportunities to earn graduate credit in the Department of Theatre & Drama this fall 2015. We will be adding graduate sections to many of our upper-division courses. As soon as they are approved by the registrar, they will have the following course numbers:

Theatre 506 (meets with Theatre 241) – Directing I (already available!)
REC    TuTh 2:30PM - 4:30PM        2439 WDC      Cantor, Daniel
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 521 (meets with Theatre 321) – Theatre History I (already available!)
001-LEC         MoWe 1:00PM - 2:30PM      2439 WDC      Woods, Leigh A
002-LEC         TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM        2439 WDC      Mbala Nkanga
The history of theatre from Greeks to Shakespeare, reading selected plays and tracing the history of theatre into dramatic texts generated at particular times and places.

Theatre 523 (meets with Theatre 323) – American Theatre and Drama
001-REC         MoWe 11:30AM - 1:00PM   2439 WDC      Westlake, EJ
The study of the American heritage as theatre artists and what has influenced us; principal American dramatists and principal events and issues in the American theatre, mainly in the 20th century.

Theatre 525 (meets with Theatre 325) – Contemporary American Drama
001-REC         TuTh 1:30PM - 3:00PM        B207 WDC     Gonzalez, Anita L
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 526 (meets with Theatre 326) – Intercultural Drama
001-LEC         MoWe 3:00PM - 4:30PM      2443 WDC      Mbala Nkanga
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 532 (meets with Theatre 332) – Performing Archives and Oral Histories 
001-REC         Fr 3:00PM - 5:30PM B207 WDC     Gonzalez, Anita L
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.

Theatre 533 (meets with Theatre 333) – Documentary Theatre
Currently listed as Theatre 399.007
007-REC         TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM  B834 EQ         Lucas, Ashley
This seminar explores the political and social ramifications of documentary theatre in the U.S. from the 1990s to the present. We will spend the first half of the semester studying interview techniques and reading examples of documentary theatre by playwrights such as Anna Deavere Smith, Heather Raffo, and Mois├ęs Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project. In the second half of the semester, the students will investigate a local community of their choosing and create an interview-based performance as a final project. The class will perform this play for an invited audience at the end of the semester. 

Theatre 534 (meets with Theatre 334) – The Atonement Project
Currently listed as Theatre 399.003
003-REC                      TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM                       B830 EQ     Lucas, Ashley
This course will teach students about restorative justice, reconciliation, and atonement. We will explore questions of why and how artistic activity can begin and/or support processes of reconciliation for people who have committed crimes and for crime victims. Students in this class will facilitate weekly arts workshops in adult prisons and community venues where former prisoners, crime victims, and the families of those groups can gather together. Focusing on the themes of acknowledgement, apology, and atonement, the workshops will produce original performances, creative writing, and visual art presented at the end of the semester by both the student facilitators and the members of the workshop. Students and workshop participants who give their consent can contribute their work to the Atonement Project website—an online forum designed by the MIT Media Lab—as a means of starting conversations about atonement with web users. Ultimately this course seeks to identify the best strategies for using the arts to address crime and those most affected by it. 

Theatre 577 (meets with Theatre 277) – History of Dress
001-REC         MoWe 10:00AM - 11:30AM            2239 WDC      Hahn, Jessica M
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 605 (meets with Theatre 399-006) - Principles of Comedy (already available!)
006-REC         MoWe 3:30PM - 5:00PM      1435 WDC      Cantor, Daniel
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 637 (meets with Theatre 437) - Theatre Pedagogy
Currently listed as Theatre 399.001
001-REC         MoWe 1:30PM - 3:00PM      B207 WDC     Westlake, EJ
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.
For questions about any of the above, please feel free to drop me an email!

EJ Westlake - jewestla@umich.edu
Faculty Sponsor

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