Theater Courses

A message from Tim Vasen, Director of the Program in Theater:

Playwriting II: Intermediate Playwriting

THR 305 · Spring 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Continuing work begun in Introductory Playwriting, students will complete either one full-length play or two long one-acts (40-60 pages) to the end of gaining a firmer understanding of characterization, dialogue, structure, and the playwriting process.

Creating Collaborative Theater

THR 314 / VIS 314 · Spring 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

Instructors: Aaron Landsman

How are directors and actors and co-authors of a live performance, and how can anyone contribute text to a work that seeks its own unified vision? How can design play as integral a role as text?

Costume Design

THR 317 / VIS 372 · Spring 2015

C01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau Street

Instructors: Anita Yavich

An exploration of the various aspects of Costume Design for the stage.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2015

C01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau Street

Instructors: Jane Cox

An introduction to the art and craft of lighting design for the stage and an exploration of light as a medium for expression.

English Drama to 1700

ENG 327 / THR 327 · Spring 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Michael Cadden

A study of English drama from its medieval origins to Restoration comedy, with special attention to major non-Shakespearean Renaissance playwrights such as Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Webster, and John Ford.

Special Topics in Performance Practice: Krzhizhanovsky and the Soviet Fantastic

THR 330 / COM 368 / SLA 383 · Spring 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm Fridays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Caryl Emerson · Tim Vasen

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950), a phantasmagorical prose-writer with active experience in theater, went almost unpublished during his lifetime.This seminar-workshop investigates the theatrical potential of his prose against the cultural background of the Bolshevik 1920s and Stalinist 1930s.

The Great War in Irish Theater, Literature and Art

ENG 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Fintan O'Toole

The Great War of 1914-1918 was a defining experience for the modern world. In this course, we excavate forgotten memories and explore a fascinating tension between remembrance and amnesia.

The “Peer” Review

ATL 494 / THR 494 · Spring 2015

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Location TBA

Instructors: John Doyle

This course is a practical examination of Henrik Ibsen's epic play "Peer Gynt". Through close examination of scenes from the play, the internationally acclaimed director John Doyle aims to develop a new adaptation.