Theater & Music Theater Courses

Theater & Music Theater Courses

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2024

C01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Morgan Jerkins · Ruth Ochs · Shariffa Ali · Stacy Wolf · Olivier Tarpaga · Tess James · Tim Szetela

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 Theater Making

THR 101 / MTD 101 · Fall 2024

C01 · Mondays + Wednesdays 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Elena Araoz

Introduction to Theater Making is a working laboratory, which gives students hands-on experience with theater's fundamental building blocks — writing, design, acting, directing, and producing. Throughout the semester, students read, watch and discuss five different plays, music theater pieces and ensemble theater works.

Beginning Studies in Acting

THR 201 · Fall 2024

U01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM and Wednesdays, 1:30-3:20 PM

Instructors: Vivia Font

An introduction to the craft of acting. Emphasis will be placed on honesty, spontaneity, and establishing a personal connection with the substance of the material.


MTD 202 / THR 202 / AAS 205 / DAN 205 · Fall 2024

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-3:20 PM Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Chesney Snow

An intensive immersive exploration of experimental, documentary-style music theater that investigates the history, form, and performance of the choreopoem.

Introductory Playwriting

THR 205 / CWR 210 · Fall 2024

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Lloyd Suh

This is a workshop in the fundamentals of writing plays. Through writing prompts, exercises, study and reflection, students will be guided in the creation of original dramatic material. Attention will be given to character, structure, dramatic action, monologue, dialogue, language and behavior.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 / GHP 338 · Fall 2024

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we will dive into experiences in which body and language meet. We'll think about these from aesthetic, cultural, political, medical, personal, and philosophical perspectives. We'll explore language from, in, around, and about (our) bodies.

French Theater Workshop

FRE 211 / THR 211 · Fall 2024

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Florent Masse

FRE/THR 211 will offer students the opportunity to put their language skills in motion by exploring French theater and acting in French. The course will introduce students to acting techniques while allowing them to discover the richness of the French dramatic canon

Projects in Vocal Performance: Singing American Musical Theatre

MPP 214 / MTD 214 · Fall 2024

C01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30-2:50 PM

Instructors: Martha Elliott

This course will invite student singers and pianists to prepare and perform songs from 20th and 21st century American Musical Theatre. Each week students will be coached on their songs in a master class format with an emphasis on musical, vocal, and acting issues. Repertoire will be covered in a historical overview from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.

Understanding the Recent Queer Past

GSS 250 / THR 250 / AMS 250 · Fall 2024

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This seminar offers an intensive introduction to working with cultural documents emerging within and from LGBTQ+ communities in the United States during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Sondheim’s Musicals and the Making of America

AMS 317 / MTD 321 / ENG 249 / THR 322 · Fall 2024

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Stacy Wolf

In this course, we'll examine the musicals of Stephen Sondheim from Company (1970) to Road Show (2009) as a lens onto America. We'll explore how Sondheim and his collaborators used the mainstream, popular, and commercial form of musical theatre to challenge, critique, deconstruct, and possibly reinforce some of America's most enduring myths.

Shakespeare: Toward Hamlet

ENG 318 / THR 310 · Fall 2024

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Bradin Cormack

The first half of Shakespeare's career, with a focus on the great comedies and histories of the 1590s, culminating in a study of Hamlet.

Sound Design

THR 320 / MTD 320 · Fall 2024

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

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.

Arts in the Invisible City: Race, Policy, Performance

HUM 352 / URB 352 / ENG 252 / THR 360 · Fall 2024

S01 — D. Vance Smith · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

In this community-engaged class, students will be invited to learn about the dynamic history and role of the arts in Trenton through conversations with local artists and activists. Students will develop close listening skills with oral historian/artist Nyssa Chow. Readings include texts about urban invisibility, race, decoloniality, and public arts policy. Students will participate in the development of a virtual memorial and restorative project by Trenton artist Bentrice Jusu.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Fall 2024

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

This studio class will explore a broad range of approaches to art-based performance: from instruction pieces and happenings, to the body as language and gesture, to performance as a form of archiving.

Illegal Gatherings Act — South African Protest Theater

THR 355 / AAS 399 / AFS 353 · Fall 2024

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Shariffa Ali

The South African Anti-Apartheid movement saw mass resistance against the government's racial segregationist policies. Students will learn about the conditions that gave rise to Apartheid and the Anti-Apartheid movement, taking a look at the instrumental role that the performing arts and protest theatre played in dismantling the unjust system.

Movement and Projection

THR 381 / STC 381 · Fall 2024

U01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: David Bengali · LaJuné McMillian

This cross-genre, interdisciplinary, and creative project based course explores digital imagery combined with human movement. Students work with technologies including projectors, projection mapping software, modular coding, Unreal engine, and mocap suits, to create works of art and shareable experiences incorporating images, space, and the human body.

Feminist Performance and Creative Practice

THR 382 / AMS 391 / GSS 254 · Fall 2024

S01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00-4:20 PM

Instructors: Rhaisa Williams

In this course, we will study the works of feminist-identified scholars and performers to examine how they use different mediums to excavate, stage, and theorize lives that place, front and center, the relationship between (P)olitics, embodied knowledge, and creative expression. Examining works in theater, students will learn about different forms of feminist practice and how those forms may support and conflict with each other.

Voice Acting and Vocal Foley Design

MTD 384 / THR 384 · Fall 2024

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Chesney Snow

Students will explore the world of voice acting and vocal foley design. Students will investigate historical and contemporary techniques used in audiobooks, animation, commercials, and video games. They will utilize industry-standard Logic Pro and user-friendly Garageband to collaborate with the Princeton University Library's Special Collections and reimagine public domain masterpieces through a sonic lens.

In Living Color: Performing the Black ’90s

THR 392 / AMS 350 / GSS 392 / AAS 347 · Fall 2024

S01 · Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Rhaisa Williams

From Cross Colours to boom boxes, the 1990s was loud and colorful. But alongside the fun, black people in the U.S. dealt with heightened criminalization and poverty codified through the War on Drugs, welfare reform, HIV/AIDS, and police brutality. We will study the various cultural productions of black performers and consumers as they navigated the social and political landscapes of the 1990s. We will examine works growing out of music, televisual media, fashion, and public policy, using theories from performance and cultural studies to understand the specificities of blackness, gender, class, and sexuality.

Opera without the Singing: Fables, Fairy Tales and Narrated Musical Theater

MUS 400 / THR 407 / MTD 407 / CWR 407 · Fall 2024

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Steve Mackey

The course will lead students toward the creation of a work of musical theater (for lack of a better term) which will run parallel to the collaboration of the two instructors of the course, Adam Gidwitz and Steven Mackey. Instrumental musical performers of any instrument, composers, writers, actors and others who feel they can contribute to a theatrical presentation are needed. The course will include introducing existing relevant works, the progress and process of the ongoing work of the instructors collaboration and of course facilitation of the student creations.

Theatrical Design Studio

THR 400 / MTD 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2024

C01 · Fridays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox · Tess James · Yoshinori Tanokura

This course offers an exploration of visual storytelling, research and dramaturgy, combined with a grounding in the practical, collaborative and inclusive skills necessary to create physical environments for live theater making. Students are mentored as designers, directors or project creators on realized projects in our theaters, or on advanced paper projects. Individualized class plans allow students to imagine physical environments for realized and un-realized productions, depending on their area of interest, experience and skill level.

Directing for Theater and Music Theater

THR 419 / MTD 419 · Fall 2024

U01 - Sarah Benson · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

The course is designed to encourage the development of directors for Theater and Music Theater. The course will incorporate a strong practical element, giving student directors the opportunity to explore and hone their own practices, developing useful and appropriate style and language as they move forward in their work as young directors.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Fall 2024

U01 · Fridays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Bi Jean Ngo

This course will offer students the opportunity to bring a play from page to stage. Students will work with professional director Bi Jean Ngo in rehearsals to create and embody characters using physical theater, voicework, and script analysis. Through focused exploration of text and character along with ensemble collaboration, students will develop and strengthen their skills in acting and public performance.