Courses

Spring 2018 Courses

Atelier

Grandma’s Russian Painting: A New Performative Installation

ATL 495 / VIS 495 / MTD 495 / THR 495 · Spring 2018

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Basil Twist · Ljova Zhurbin

This course is centered around the development of a new performative installation by puppeteer Basil Twist entitled ‘Grandma’s Russian Painting’ inspired by childhood memories of an elaborate painting Twist’s grandmother had near her swimming pool in the desert.

ROARATORIO: Irish Dance and the Cunningham Technique

ATL 496 / DAN 496 · Spring 2018

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jean Butler · Silas Riener

The dancer/ choreographers Jean Butler (Riverdance) and Silas Riener (Merce Cunningham Co.) lead a groundbreaking Atelier that investigates the relationship between the seemingly disparate forms of Irish Step Dance and the Merce Cunningham Technique.

Rising Waters: A Climate Change Game

ATL 497 / VIS 497 · Spring 2018

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Matt Parker

This course will focus on the development of a commercial game about climate change, giving students the opportunity to contribute to a piece with broad social impact.

Creative Writing

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke · Boris Fishman · Daniel Heyman · Jane Cox · Ruth Ochs · Susan Wheeler

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this course, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields — creative writing, visual art, theater, dance, and music — under the guidance of professionals.

Literary Translation

CWR 206 / TRA 206 / COM 215 · Spring 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jhumpa Lahiri

Practice in the translation of literary works from another language into English supplemented by the reading and analysis of standard works.

How to Write a Song

CWR 211 / MUS 212 · Spring 2018

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Paul Muldoon · Steve Mackey

An introduction to the art of writing words for music, an art at the core of almost every literary tradition from Homer through Beowulf to W.B Yeats and beyond.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Spring 2018

U01 - David Reinfurt · Mondays 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies and through their engagement in studio design projects.

360 Degrees With 7 Storytellers

VIS 223 / CWR 223 · Spring 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Afia Serena Nathaniel

Through a series of screenings, we will analyze the narrative structure and grammar of films' visuals to spur on an in-depth understanding of story, character, style and theme.

Creative Non-fiction

JRN 240 / CWR 240 · Spring 2018

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 to 4:20 pm

Instructors: John McPhee

This is a course in factual writing and what has become known as literary non-fiction, emphasizing writing and including several reading assignments from the work of John McPhee and others. Enrollment is limited to 16 second-year students, by application only.

Advanced Poetry

CWR 302 · Spring 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Mark Doty · Paul Muldoon

Advanced practice in the original composition of poetry for discussion in regularly scheduled workshop meetings.

Autobiography: Writing Our Selves

CWR 308 · Spring 2018

C01 · Fridays, 9:00 - 10:50 am

Instructors: Yiyun Li

What compels us to write about ourselves? And what drives us to read about the lives of others? In this workshop we will examine different approaches to writing about the people, places and events that have made us who and how we are.

The Anthropology/Creative Writing of Awe and Terror

ANT 313 / CWR 213 · Spring 2018

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Nomi Stone

This course explores encounters with awe and terror via the "sublime" experience. How are these inner states generated and represented in a variety of cultural, political, emotive and artistic contexts?

Life is Short, Art is Really Short

CWR 315 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: James Richardson

All literature is short — compared to our lives, anyway — but we'll be concentrating on poetry and prose at their very shortest. The reading will include proverbs, aphorisms, greguerias, one-line poems, riddles, jokes, fragments, haiku, epigrams and microlyrics.

Special Topics in Poetry: Race, Identity and Innovation

CWR 316 / ASA 316 / AAS 336 / LAO 316 · Spring 2018

C01 - Monica Youn · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Monica Youn

This course explores works in which poets of color have treated racial identity as a means to destabilize literary ideals of beauty, mastery and the autonomy of the poetic text while at the same time engaging in groundbreaking poetic practices that subvert externally or internally constructed conceptions of identity or authenticity.

Special Topics in Creative Writing: Writing Political Fiction

CWR 345 / AMS 345 / GSS 383 · Spring 2018

C01 - A.M. Homes · Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Instructors: A.M. Homes

In traditional workshops content and context come second to craft. Here we will explore writing political fiction, the politics of fiction and writing as political engagement.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Writing for a Global Audience

CWR 349 / VIS 349 · Spring 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 pm

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

How can screenwriters prepare for the evolving challenges of our global media world? What types of content, as well as form, will emerging technologies make possible? This class will use fairytales, films, games and new media to illustrate universal script principles while creating a rich interdisciplinary lens to explore the innovative intersection of narrative screenwriting, science and technology.

The Art of the Essay

FRE 385 / CWR 385 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 8:30 - 9:50 am

Instructors: Christy Wampole

In this course, which is both a creative writing course and a literature course, students will study canonical French-language essays and newer forms of essayistic production (the essay film, photo essay, blog, and podcast) and will use these texts as models for their own writing.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2018

C01 - Christina Lazaridi · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This advanced screenwriting course will introduce students to the complexity and thought process behind creating a first season for a dramatic TV series.

Dance

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke · Boris Fishman · Daniel Heyman · Jane Cox · Ruth Ochs · Susan Wheeler

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this course, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields — creative writing, visual art, theater, dance, and music — under the guidance of professionals.

Introduction to Choreography

DAN 204 · Spring 2018

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

Instructors: Susan Marshall

This studio course will introduce students to choreographic processes and questions of movement vocabulary, structure, pacing, orchestration and meaning.

Introduction to Contemporary Dance

DAN 213 · Spring 2018

U01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Instructors: Alexandra Beller

Designed for students with minimal dance experience who are curious about contemporary dance techniques and choreography.

Being and Doing: Dance for Every Body

DAN 214 / THR 215 · Spring 2018

U01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

This studio course is open to beginning and advanced dancers. We'll explore dance as a way to deepen both our self-knowledge and engagement with others.

Uncertainty

DAN 216 / THR 216 · Spring 2018

U01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 - 2:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we’ll ramble in the unknown searching for embodied philosophy, thinking art-making, and clarity that’s open for revision.

Mapping the Transgressive Body: A Performance Lab

DAN 218 · Spring 2018

U01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Centering an interdisciplinary approach to live performance making, this creative lab will consider how we as artist-citizens strengthen the mind and body to resist normalized structures of performance to release, activate, and translate unknown, foreign, and/or vulnerable materials into live performance actions.

Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance

DAN 222 / AAS 222 · Spring 2018

C01 & U01 · Fridays, 11 am - 1:20 pm & Mondays 12:30 - 2:20

Instructors: Joseph Schloss · Raphael Xavier

This introductory survey course gives equal weight to scholarly study and embodied practice, using both approaches to explore a range of hip-hop dance techniques, as well as the cultural and historical contexts from which these dances emerged.

Dance Technique and Anatomy of Movement

DAN 307 · Spring 2018

C01 & U01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:20 pm and Fridays, 11 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Staff

This course provides laboratories and cross-genre dance technique to facilitate a somatic understanding of kinesiology.

Dance in Education: Dance/Theater Pedagogy

DAN 316 / THR 328 / HUM 317 / TPP 316 · Spring 2018

S01 · Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Rebecca Stenn

Dance/Theater Pedagogy Seminar explores the connection between engaged dance and elementary school literacy, mathematics and social studies while allowing students the opportunity to be civically engaged and contribute to the community.

How to Think With Performance: Dance and Performance Studies Theory

DAN 349 / THR 349 · Spring 2018

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Judith Hamera

The interdisciplinary field of performance studies offers generative strategies for theorizing social life. This course explores the ways performance as a critical theoretical tool and as a practice enables students to examine everyday self-presentation, political economy, gender, race, and sexuality, material culture, ethics, and other social practices.

Approaches to Ballet: Technique and Repertory

DAN 431 · Spring 2018

C01 & U01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:20 pm & Fridays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

Instructors: Tina Fehlandt

A studio course in Ballet technique and repertory for Advanced dancers. The course will focus on choreographers Frederick Ashton and Matthew Bourne and other 20th and 21st century choreographers, and will explore methods for making narrative and abstract ballets.

ROARATORIO: Irish Dance and the Cunningham Technique

ATL 496 / DAN 496 · Spring 2018

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jean Butler · Silas Riener

The dancer/ choreographers Jean Butler (Riverdance) and Silas Riener (Merce Cunningham Co.) lead a groundbreaking Atelier that investigates the relationship between the seemingly disparate forms of Irish Step Dance and the Merce Cunningham Technique.

Lewis Center

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke · Boris Fishman · Daniel Heyman · Jane Cox · Ruth Ochs · Susan Wheeler

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this course, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields — creative writing, visual art, theater, dance, and music — under the guidance of professionals.

Music Theater

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke · Boris Fishman · Daniel Heyman · Jane Cox · Ruth Ochs · Susan Wheeler

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this course, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields — creative writing, visual art, theater, dance, and music — under the guidance of professionals.

Performing Arts and/as Civic Engagement

FRS 136 · Spring 2018

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Erica Nagel

How can someone who loves the performing arts, but is also committed to civic engagement find a path to meaningfully combine their interests and use their artistic gifts in service to their communities? Throughout the course, students will be asked to read and think critically about the role of performing arts in society, explore and develop their own notion of civically-engaged art making, and consider the responsibility of theatre artists to address questions of civic engagement and service.

Sound Design

THR 320 / MTD 320 · Spring 2018

S01 - Robert Kaplowitz · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Joanna Staub · Robert Kaplowitz

An exploration of theatrical sound design and engineering, this class will explore sound for both theater and music theater. We will investigate text from the point of view of sound, and learn how to communicate the ideas, palette and arc of a design to others. We will explore developing a creative process and turning our ideas into sounds that can be used onstage.

Contemporary Opera and Music Theater

MUS 325 / THR 346 / MTD 325 · Spring 2018

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Andrew Lovett

A Viking saga, a mad king, a vengeful husband: these are a few of the characters that we encounter in recent small-scale operas (or 'music-theater' works). They give us a starting point for considering how we tell stories in opera. We will look at the music, the staging and the performance and the ways these elements come together to provide a unified artistic work. Students will be encouraged to respond creatively through writing about the work, or musical composition or developing a particular performance idea. The course will be graded on a final project of the student's choice.

Acting and Directing in Musical Theater

MTD 341 / THR 341 · Spring 2018

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Ethan Heard · Stanley Bahorek

A practical hands-on introduction to acting and directing in musical theater. The course will require students to prepare songs and scenes from selected musicals with an eye to how best to approach the particular challenges the scene presents.

Theater Making Studio

THR 402 / MTD 402 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: John Doyle

This course explores theories and practices in contemporary theater making, and will be a workshop of ideas for junior theater certificate students in preparation for their final year. We will examine questions such as: what are the differences between process and product, what is collaboration, where does the audience fit in to the creative journey. We will investigate different approaches to theater making. The course will incorporate practical exercises, seminar discussions and visits to rehearsal at Classic Stage Company in NYC.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Spring 2018

S01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Elena Araoz

This course provides students with a rigorous and challenging experience of creating theater under near-professional circumstances.

Grandma’s Russian Painting: A New Performative Installation

ATL 495 / VIS 495 / MTD 495 / THR 495 · Spring 2018

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Basil Twist · Ljova Zhurbin

This course is centered around the development of a new performative installation by puppeteer Basil Twist entitled ‘Grandma’s Russian Painting’ inspired by childhood memories of an elaborate painting Twist’s grandmother had near her swimming pool in the desert.

Theater

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke · Boris Fishman · Daniel Heyman · Jane Cox · Ruth Ochs · Susan Wheeler

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this course, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields — creative writing, visual art, theater, dance, and music — under the guidance of professionals.

Performing Arts and/as Civic Engagement

FRS 136 · Spring 2018

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Erica Nagel

How can someone who loves the performing arts, but is also committed to civic engagement find a path to meaningfully combine their interests and use their artistic gifts in service to their communities? Throughout the course, students will be asked to read and think critically about the role of performing arts in society, explore and develop their own notion of civically-engaged art making, and consider the responsibility of theatre artists to address questions of civic engagement and service.

Beginning Studies in Acting

THR 201 · Spring 2018

C01 - Peter Kim · Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:20 pm and Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Peter Kim

An introduction to the craft of acting through scene study monologues and, finally, a longer scene drawn from a play, to develop a method of working on a script. Emphasis will be placed on honesty, spontaneity, and establishing a personal connection with the scene's substance.

Learning Shakespeare by Doing

COM 212 / THR 212 / ENG 425 · Spring 2018

S01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Leonard Barkan

A course on works of dramatic literature whose comparative dimension is theatrical performance. We will consider four Shakespeare plays covering a range of theatrical genres; the emphasis will be on the ways in which Shakespearean meaning can be elucidated when the reader becomes a performer. Students will move from the reading/performing of individual speeches to the staging of scenes to the question of how an overall theatrical conception for a play might be a key to the fullest understanding of the text. Students will write papers about their readings and performances; grades will be based on both the writing and the performing.

The Art of Speaking

THR 214 · Spring 2018

C01 · Wednesdays & Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Elena Araoz

As a working laboratory with daily practice, we study the art of confidence and charisma, the anatomy of vocal production, how breath and articulation express action and emotion, how language and punctuation are a roadmap to communication, dispelling fears, and the strengths of vocal idiosyncrasies.

Being and Doing: Dance for Every Body

DAN 214 / THR 215 · Spring 2018

U01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

This studio course is open to beginning and advanced dancers. We'll explore dance as a way to deepen both our self-knowledge and engagement with others.

Uncertainty

DAN 216 / THR 216 · Spring 2018

U01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 - 2:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we’ll ramble in the unknown searching for embodied philosophy, thinking art-making, and clarity that’s open for revision.

Performing in the Ancient World

CLA 221 / THR 221 · Spring 2018

S01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:00-4:20 pm

Instructors: Hanna Golab

From epic bards, drinking songs, and classical tragedies to judicial speeches, funeral comedies and gladiators - ancient Greece and Rome knew how to put on a show! We will cover the most important performative genres of antiquity. We will read texts from the archaic to the Roman Imperial period in English translation, paying special attention to the reconstruction of their performance and cultural contexts. We will also listen to modern reconstructions of ancient music and look at ancient art representing various types of spectacles. The course also introduces occasional comparative material from other cultures, ancient and modern.

Playwriting II: Intermediate Playwriting

THR 305 · Spring 2018

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Migdalia Cruz

A continuation of work begun in Introductory Playwriting. In this class, 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.

Advanced French Theater Workshop

FRE 311 / THR 312 · Spring 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Florent Masse · Guillaume Gallienne

The Advanced French Theater Workshop will exceptionally be co-taught by the Comédie-Française's leading actor Guillaume Gallienne and Florent Masse. Students will rehearse and perform excerpts from the works of Racine, Marivaux, Musset and Claudel. In doing so, they will focus on love, passion, and desire, as unifying themes in French Theater.

Dance in Education: Dance/Theater Pedagogy

DAN 316 / THR 328 / HUM 317 / TPP 316 · Spring 2018

S01 · Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Rebecca Stenn

Dance/Theater Pedagogy Seminar explores the connection between engaged dance and elementary school literacy, mathematics and social studies while allowing students the opportunity to be civically engaged and contribute to the community.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

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.

Sound Design

THR 320 / MTD 320 · Spring 2018

S01 - Robert Kaplowitz · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Joanna Staub · Robert Kaplowitz

An exploration of theatrical sound design and engineering, this class will explore sound for both theater and music theater. We will investigate text from the point of view of sound, and learn how to communicate the ideas, palette and arc of a design to others. We will explore developing a creative process and turning our ideas into sounds that can be used onstage.

Contemporary Opera and Music Theater

MUS 325 / THR 346 / MTD 325 · Spring 2018

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Andrew Lovett

A Viking saga, a mad king, a vengeful husband: these are a few of the characters that we encounter in recent small-scale operas (or 'music-theater' works). They give us a starting point for considering how we tell stories in opera. We will look at the music, the staging and the performance and the ways these elements come together to provide a unified artistic work. Students will be encouraged to respond creatively through writing about the work, or musical composition or developing a particular performance idea. The course will be graded on a final project of the student's choice.

Movements for Diversity in American Theater

THR 332 / AMS 346 / GSS 342 / LAO 332 · Spring 2018

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Brian Herrera

Theater artists routinely bend, twist and break all kinds of rules to create the imaginary worlds they bring to life on stage. Why, then, has the American theater so struggled to meaningfully address questions of equity, diversity and inclusion? In this course, we undertake a critical, creative and historical overview of agitation and advocacy by theater artist-activists aiming to transform American theatre-making as both industry and creative practice, as we connect those histories with the practices, structures and events determining the ways diversity is (and is not) a guiding principle of contemporary American theater.

Acting and Directing in Musical Theater

MTD 341 / THR 341 · Spring 2018

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Ethan Heard · Stanley Bahorek

A practical hands-on introduction to acting and directing in musical theater. The course will require students to prepare songs and scenes from selected musicals with an eye to how best to approach the particular challenges the scene presents.

Bernard Shaw: Theater, Sex and Celebrity

THR 348 / ENG 448 · Spring 2018

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Fintan O'Toole

In 2016, Bob Dylan became the second person to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize. The first was Bernard Shaw, arguably the first private individual in history to create a global personal brand: GBS was instantly recognizable from Shanghai to New York. In this course, we follow Shaw's career as the creator of Pygmalion, Man and Superman, Major Barbara and St Joan, see and review My Fair Lady on Broadway and explore his use of celebrity to unsettle and challenge his audiences.

How to Think With Performance: Dance and Performance Studies Theory

DAN 349 / THR 349 · Spring 2018

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Judith Hamera

The interdisciplinary field of performance studies offers generative strategies for theorizing social life. This course explores the ways performance as a critical theoretical tool and as a practice enables students to examine everyday self-presentation, political economy, gender, race, and sexuality, material culture, ethics, and other social practices.

Playing Dead: Corpses in Theater and Cinema

THR 350 / ENG 449 · Spring 2018

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Fintan O'Toole

In this course, we contemplate corpses from Antigone to Alfred Hitchcock and from Shakespeare's tragedies to Stand By Me and Weekend at Bernie's and bring the dead to life.

Contemporary Drama

ENG 372 / THR 372 · Spring 2018

L01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Tamsen Wolff

This course will look at a range of British and American drama from the second half of the twentieth century to the twenty-first, with an emphasis on the developments of the last twenty years.

Curious Aesthetics: Twentieth-Century American Musical Theatre

ENG 376 / THR 376 · Spring 2018

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Tamsen Wolff

The musical possesses unique conventions of form and narrative. Focusing primarily on the American musical post-WWII, this course will look at the phenomenon of musical theatre, analyzing musicals both as texts and as performances.

Performing the City: Race and Protest in 1960s Trenton and Princeton

AMS 395 / THR 395 / AAS 395 / HIS 296 · Spring 2018

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Alison Isenberg

Through original research and creative process, this seminar immerses students in overlapping histories of race, protest, political mobilization and violence in 1960s Trenton and Princeton. Students will contribute to an archive, conduct interviews and make maps, and then use their research to create performance walks on campus and in Trenton. By combining disciplines, the course addresses questions such as: How can we change a place by walking through it with new knowledge? How do the imprints of various, even conflicting histories, impact the built environment? After the semester, students' final project tours will be offered regularly.

Advanced Studies in Acting: Scene Study and Style

THR 401 · Spring 2018

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

Instructors: Robert N. Sandberg

In the 20th and 21st centuries, playwrights such as Brecht, Beckett, Churchill and Jacob-Jenkins have written plays that challenged conventional notions of how theater works. This course is a scene study class in which we'll explore a variety of ways to act these plays.

Theater Making Studio

THR 402 / MTD 402 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: John Doyle

This course explores theories and practices in contemporary theater making, and will be a workshop of ideas for junior theater certificate students in preparation for their final year. We will examine questions such as: what are the differences between process and product, what is collaboration, where does the audience fit in to the creative journey. We will investigate different approaches to theater making. The course will incorporate practical exercises, seminar discussions and visits to rehearsal at Classic Stage Company in NYC.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Spring 2018

S01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Elena Araoz

This course provides students with a rigorous and challenging experience of creating theater under near-professional circumstances.

Grandma’s Russian Painting: A New Performative Installation

ATL 495 / VIS 495 / MTD 495 / THR 495 · Spring 2018

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Basil Twist · Ljova Zhurbin

This course is centered around the development of a new performative installation by puppeteer Basil Twist entitled ‘Grandma’s Russian Painting’ inspired by childhood memories of an elaborate painting Twist’s grandmother had near her swimming pool in the desert.

Visual Arts

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke · Boris Fishman · Daniel Heyman · Jane Cox · Ruth Ochs · Susan Wheeler

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this course, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields — creative writing, visual art, theater, dance, and music — under the guidance of professionals.

Drawing I

VIS 202 / ARC 202 · Spring 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Kurt Kauper

This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing.

Analog Photography

VIS 211 · Spring 2018

C01 (Jeff Whetstone) · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone

An Introduction to the processes of analog photography through a series of problems directed toward the handling of film-based cameras, light-sensitive paper, darkroom chemistry, and printing. Weekly laboratory sessions will explore the critical issues of working with black and white imagery today, supported by slide lectures, readings, and discussions of photography as a documentary tool, a political device, an art form. Class critiques of student work are augmented by feedback from guest photographers.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Spring 2018

U01 - David Reinfurt · Mondays 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies and through their engagement in studio design projects.

Introductory Sculpture

VIS 221 · Spring 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Amy Yao · Nathan Carter

A studio introduction to sculpture, particularly the study of form, space, and the influence of a wide variety of materials and processes on the visual properties of sculpture.

360 Degrees With 7 Storytellers

VIS 223 / CWR 223 · Spring 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Afia Serena Nathaniel

Through a series of screenings, we will analyze the narrative structure and grammar of films' visuals to spur on an in-depth understanding of story, character, style and theme.

How to Make a Film

VIS 262 · Spring 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm & Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Moon Molson

Through hands-on studio work, screenings, critical readings and group critiques, this course teaches the basic tools and approaches for film production with digital media including writing, camerawork, sound, editing, and postproduction.

Documentary Filmmaking

VIS 263 · Spring 2018

S01 - Su Friedrich · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm & Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Su Friedrich

This course introduces students to documentary film production using digital video, with an emphasis on the practical challenges of working in the real world. While students learn the traditional methods of production, they are also encouraged to range widely in their thinking about how to document daily life. Production of videos will be augmented by screenings and readings.

Introductory Printmaking

VIS 309 · Spring 2018

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm & 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: Daniel Heyman

This course introduces techniques of copper plate etching, and relief printing. Assignments focus on applications of various printmaking techniques, while encouraging independent development of subject matter.

The Photographic Apparatus

VIS 311 · Spring 2018

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Fia Backström

Since its inception, the technical development of photography has arisen out of specific historical and political circumstances that have “naturalized” its practice and ideologically coded its apparatus.

Fascism in Italian Cinema

ITA 312 / VIS 445 · Spring 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Gaetana Marrone-Puglia

This course, conducted in English, is a study of Fascism through selected films from World War II to the present.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

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.

The Port of New Orleans: Culture and Climate Change

VIS 325 / ENV 315 / URB 325 · Spring 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone

New Orleans is decades ahead of any other U.S. city with respect to climate change. The city's culture embodies exuberance and improvisation, and inspires confidence, openness, and collaboration.

Pathological Color

VIS 326 · Spring 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: James Welling

This course will examine photography's ongoing negotiation of evolving color technologies.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Writing for a Global Audience

CWR 349 / VIS 349 · Spring 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 pm

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

How can screenwriters prepare for the evolving challenges of our global media world? What types of content, as well as form, will emerging technologies make possible? This class will use fairytales, films, games and new media to illustrate universal script principles while creating a rich interdisciplinary lens to explore the innovative intersection of narrative screenwriting, science and technology.

Painting II

VIS 404 · Spring 2018

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Pam Lins

This class will focus on how current painting considers the human figure.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2018

C01 - Christina Lazaridi · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This advanced screenwriting course will introduce students to the complexity and thought process behind creating a first season for a dramatic TV series.

Advanced Questions in Photography

VIS 411 · Spring 2018

C01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Deana Lawson

This class examines ways in which lens-based media can frame the figure within different social, cultural, and emotional landscapes.

Advanced Graphic Design

VIS 415 · Spring 2018

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course builds on the skills and concepts of the 200-level Graphic Design classes.

Spring Film Seminar

VIS 419 · Spring 2018

S01 · Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: Su Friedrich

This class concentrates on the editing process. Students will re-edit samples from narrative and documentary films and analyze the results. We will also critique ongoing edits of your own thesis films.

Advanced Sculpture

VIS 421 · Spring 2018

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Martha Friedman

This class will engage contemporary approaches to the figure and the various ways that artists contest, assimilate, and reckon with the human body in sculpture.

Grandma’s Russian Painting: A New Performative Installation

ATL 495 / VIS 495 / MTD 495 / THR 495 · Spring 2018

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Basil Twist · Ljova Zhurbin

This course is centered around the development of a new performative installation by puppeteer Basil Twist entitled ‘Grandma’s Russian Painting’ inspired by childhood memories of an elaborate painting Twist’s grandmother had near her swimming pool in the desert.

Rising Waters: A Climate Change Game

ATL 497 / VIS 497 · Spring 2018

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Matt Parker

This course will focus on the development of a commercial game about climate change, giving students the opportunity to contribute to a piece with broad social impact.