Theater Courses


Introduction to Theater Making

THR 101 · Fall 2017

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

Beginning Studies in Acting

THR 201 · Fall 2017

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Nehassaiu deGannes

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 2017

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 p.m. Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

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.

French Theater Workshop

FRE 211 / THR 211 · Fall 2017

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.

Intermediate Studies in Acting

THR 301 · Fall 2017

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

Instructors: Mark Nelson

A continuation of THR 201: Guide students in ways to develop a role and to explore important texts and characters in an imaginative and honest manner.

Directing and Acting for the Screen

VIS 324 / THR 345 · Fall 2017

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Afia Serena Nathaniel

This introductory course will provide a critical opportunity to explore the mutual craft of directing actors and acting for directors, with the goal of creating credible performances on screen.

Development of the Multi-Skilled Performer

MTD 335 / THR 335 / MUS 303 · Fall 2017

S01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: John Doyle

This is a workshop based class for those interested in multi-skilled performance and in how performance skills can illuminate new forms of theatre making.

Autobiographical Storytelling

THR 340 / CWR 340 / AAS 343 / HUM 340 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This workshop course rehearses the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling.

Modern Drama I

ENG 364 / THR 364 / COM 321 · Fall 2017

S01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Robert N. Sandberg

A study of major plays by Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekov, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett and others. Artists who revolutionized the stage by transforming it into a venue for avant-garde social, political, psychological, artistic and metaphysical thought, creating the theatre we know today.

Producing Theater: French Festivals Today

FRE 389 / THR 389 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 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. It will use Le Festival de Princeton, Princeton French Theater Festival's sixth annual edition, as a case study, and closely follow its offerings at the onset of the fall semester.

Theatrical Design Studio

THR 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2017

C01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Jane Cox

This course is designed to endow students with the conceptual and practical skills that will enable them to design for productions in the theater program.

Directing Workshop

THR 411 · Fall 2017

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

Instructors: Elena Araoz

Special directing assignments will be made for each student, whose work will be analyzed by the instructor and other members of the workshop.