Creating Collaborative Theater

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? This class is open to people who are seasoned performers, writers, directors, composers, filmmakers and designers, as well as those who appreciate a good risk and are willing to take one now. Over the semester, we will work together to make something new, look at examples from theater and other disciplines of real collaborations and partnerships, and present in-progress what we have at the end of the semester.

Sample reading list:
Tim Etchells, Certain Fragments (excerpts)
John Britton, Encountering Ensemble (excerpts)
Matthew Goulish, Small Acts of Repair (excerpts)
The Wooster Group/Richard Savran, Breaking the Rules
Garcia, Guttierez & Nunez, eds, Teatro Chicana (excerpts)
Theater Magazine, After The Show Issue
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two 5-10 page papers, approximately 50 pages per week of reading. Grading: 40% “Other” = Final Project

Other information:
Course activities will include: studio time to create, together and separately; tracking down source material such as found text, video and other media; visits from guest artists working as part of ensembles; readings in the field; field trips to see shows; outside rehearsal; and 1 or 2 short writing assignments. Learn more about Aaron Landsman at




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


Aaron Landsman