Theater Courses


Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2020

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

Instructors: Colleen Asper · Mark Doten · Ruth Ochs · Shariffa Ali · Stacy Wolf · Olivier Tarpaga · Tess James

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 · Fall 2020

C01 · Mondays and 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 theatre's fundamental building blocks — writing, design, acting, directing, and producing.

Beginning Studies in Acting

THR 201 · Fall 2020

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Nehassaiu deGannes · Vivia Font

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.

Introductory Playwriting

THR 205 · Fall 2020

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 PM Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Nathan Davis

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.

Yaas Queen: Gay Men, Straight Women, and the Literature, Art and Film of Hagdom

CWR 207 / THR 207 / GSS 220 · Fall 2020

S01 — Hilton Als · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Hilton Als

Modern queer writers have long written about the rich and complicated relationship straight cis women have had with queer men. And yet, outside of queer literary circles, little attention has been paid to how these relationships challenge or replicate traditional family structures, and form a community outside of the status quo. We will examine the stories male writers constructed and analyze women writers who held a mirror up to those straight and queer men who were drawn to lesbian culture. By examining photography and painting, we will further look at the artist's relationship to and identification with queerness, or straight female power.

French Theater Workshop

FRE 211 / THR 211 · Fall 2020

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Florent Masse

L'Avant-Scène will offer students the opportunity to put their language skills in motion by discovering French theater in general and by acting in French, in particular.


DAN 216 / THR 216 · Fall 2020

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 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.

Acting and Directing Workshop — Acting

THR 218 · Fall 2020

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 PM

Instructors: Elena Araoz

This course develops basic acting technique which focuses on the pursuit of objectives, given circumstances, conflict, public solitude and living truthfully under imagined circumstances. Practical skills are established through scenes performed for classroom analysis.


DAN 221 / THR 222 · Fall 2020

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In a universe filled with movement, how and why and where might we find relative stillness? What are the aesthetic, political, and daily life possibilities within stillness? In this studio course open to all, we'll dance, sit, question, and create substantial final projects. We'll play with movement within stillness, stillness within movement, stillness in performance and in performers' minds. We'll look at stillness as protest and power. We'll wonder when stillness might be an abdication of responsibility. We'll read widely within religions, philosophy, performance, disability studies, social justice, visual art, sound (and silence).

Shakespeare I

ENG 320 / THR 310 · Fall 2020

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.

Latinx Musicals on Stage and Screen

MTD 333 / GSS 228 / LAO 321 / THR 333 · Fall 2020

L01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This course offers an intensive survey of how Latina/o/x performers, characters, cultures, narratives and musical styles have always been a constitutive feature of the "American musical" — as performance genre, practice and tradition — on both stage and screen.

Black Dramatists in the English-Speaking World

ENG 354 / THR 351 / AAS 354 · Fall 2020

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Nathan Davis

This course will survey plays written by Black playwrights in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will explore dramatic works of writers from Africa, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Theater and Society Now

THR 385 / AMS 385 / GSS 385 / LAO 385 · Fall 2020

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Brian Herrera

As an art form, theater operates in the shared space and time of the present moment while also manifesting imagined worlds untethered by the limits of "real" life. In this course, we undertake a critical, creative, and historical survey of the ways contemporary theater-making in the United States — as both industry and creative practice — does (and does not) engage the most urgent concerns of contemporary American society.

Producing Theater: French Festivals Today

FRE 389 / THR 389 · Fall 2020

S01 · Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 - 2:50 PM

Instructors: Florent Masse

The course will explore the creation, production, and management of pioneering international festivals from France's main historic festivals, such as Festival d'Avignon and Festival d'Automne, to more recent and emerging ones worldwide.

Theater Making Studio

THR 402 / MTD 402 · Fall 2020

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox · John Doyle

This junior methods seminar will prepare you to effectively choose, create and co-produce a theatrical project for senior year independent work and beyond.

AMS Capstone Seminar: Performance Studies as American Studies

AMS 406 / DAN 406 / THR 447 · Fall 2020

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Judith Hamera

Performance studies offers creative interdisciplinary methods to American Studies. This capstone seminar uses foundational and recent performance studies scholarship in American, Asian American, and Latinx Studies as models for archival, oral history, and ethnographic research and analysis.

Topics in Drama: The Antigone Project

ENG 409 / THR 410 · Fall 2020

S01 - Lisa Dwan · Mondays, 7:30-10:20 PM

Instructors: Lisa Dwan

Beginning with Sophocles' Antigone, this course will examine different versions of this seminal Greek tragedy — from different countries and across the centuries.

Acting and Directing Workshop — Directing

THR 418 · Fall 2020

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 PM

Instructors: Elena Araoz

Directing assignments will be created for each student, who will work with the actors in the class and whose work will be analyzed by the instructor and other members of the workshop.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Fall 2020

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Tess James

This course provides students with a rigorous and challenging experience of creating theater under near-professional circumstances. A faculty or visiting professional director will lead the process. This involves an extensive rehearsal and technical rehearsal period, requiring more time than a typical student production. Students cast in the show or taking on major production roles such as stage manager or designer will receive course credit.

Maximizing the Minimal

ATL 498 / THR 498 · Fall 2020

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Will Davis

Director and choreographer Will Davis will collaborate with projection designer and filmmaker Alex Koch to create a new work prioritizing the story we see when we turn the volume down on spoken language, and up on the myriad other languages we speak on stage.

Fantasia! Fantasia!: Dance-Theatre-Media

ATL 499 / VIS 499 / DAN 499 / THR 499 · Fall 2020

C01 — Raja Feather Kelly + Laura Snow · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Instructors: Raja Feather Kelly

With Choreographer/Director Raja Feather Kelly and Video Artist Laura Snow students will create a devised dance-theatre production using the approach developed by Kelly's dance-theatre and media company the feath3r theory.