Theater Courses


Introduction to Theater Making

THR 101 · Fall 2018

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 2018

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

Instructors: Crystal Dickinson

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 2018

S01 · 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.

Power, Structure, and the Human Body

DAN 210 / GSS 210 / THR 210 · Fall 2018

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

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to anyone with a body, we will explore power, structure, and human bodies through personal, political, anatomical, kinesthetic, and aesthetic lenses. We will delve into these issues as artists do: by reading, thinking, talking, moving, and making performances, actions, sense, and change.

French Theater Workshop

FRE 211 / THR 211 · Fall 2018

C01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:20 pm

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.

Acting and Directing Workshop — Acting

THR 218 · Fall 2018

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.

Sound Art

VIS 225 / MUS 271 / THR 225 · Fall 2018

U01 · Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm & Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jess Rowland

In this course, you will be asked to develop your own voice in sound as an art material. Through the making of physical objects and use of audio technologies, we will think about sound expansively, as physical material, personal experience, and as concept. Along the way we will explore the extensive works of pioneers in sound art and contemporary music, learn new skills, and investigate ideas about sound which can inspire your own creative explorations. Building on diverse practices from Experimental Music to the Fine Arts, this will be a creative, open — and fun — journey into sound as art material.

Intermediate Studies in Acting — Scene Study

THR 301 · Fall 2018

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.

The Musical Theatre of Stephen Sondheim: Process to Production

THR 310 / MTD 310 / ENG 318 · Fall 2018

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

Instructors: Stacy Wolf

This seminar examines the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, from page to stage. Focusing on a different musical each week from Gypsy (1959) to Road Show (2009), we will ask, how do musical theatre's elements of music, lyrics, script, dance, and design cohere in Sondheim's musicals? We will explore influences on his art, both personal and cultural, his collaborators, and the historical and theatrical milieu. We'll study the musicals themselves by reading libretti, listening to music, seeing taped and live performances, researching production histories, and analyzing popular, critical, and scholarly reception.

The Nature of Theatrical Reinvention

THR 334 · Fall 2018

S01 - John Doyle · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: John Doyle

This seminar explores how iconic pieces of theatre can be re-explored for modern audiences. The course will examine various aspects of how an artist can think out-of-the-box and the mechanisms the artist can use to do so.

Participatory Theater

THR 351 / MTD 351 · Fall 2018

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: César Alvarez

At this moment, theater has an opportunity to redefine how stories can be told and how audiences might be invited into the telling. Young audiences have been weaned on choice-based, participatory and socially networked artwork and entertainment. Through scholarship, creative work, and play testing, this course will explore the emerging fields of participatory theater, interactive performance, social gaming, and system-based story telling. We will study the basics of game design, the fundamentals of physical and social gaming, ritual, and the history of interactivity as a theatrical device.

The Art of Producing Theater

THR 361 · Fall 2018

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Mara Isaacs

This course explores models of production and collaboration in the professional theater, with an emphasis on the relationship between reading and producing plays. Students will examine a wide variety of classic and contemporary plays and musicals as literature written for production with a detailed appreciation for what production entails. Students will develop an understanding of the aesthetic, dramaturgical, and values-based choices involved in producing theater.

Gender, Sexuality, and Media

VIS 369 / GSS 370 / THR 369 · Fall 2018

L01 & F01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm & Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: Amy Herzog

This course will approach questions of gender, sexuality, and power in popular media, from early cinema's appeals to middle-class female audiences at the turn of the last century, to the contemporary use of social media by feminist activists of color. Gender, sexuality, and identity will be viewed at the intersections of other biological and social categories, including race, class, orientation, ability, and ethnicity. We will examine the ways in which different media forms can be used to complicate, reinforce, exploit, or challenge those hierarchies.

World Drama

ENG 380 / THR 380 · Fall 2018

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

Instructors: Robert N. Sandberg

This course is a survey of classical and modern drama from Africa, China, India, Japan, and Latin America.

Theater and Society Now

THR 385 / AMS 385 / GSS 385 / LAO 385 · Fall 2018

C01 · 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 2018

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.

Acting and Directing Workshop — Directing

THR 418 · Fall 2018

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. Students will be aided in their preparations by the instructor; they will also study script analysis and formulation of a director's point of view, staging and visual storytelling, the musicality of language, collaboration and rehearsal techniques, productive methods of critique, and the spectrum of responsibilities and forms of research involved in directing plays of different styles.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Fall 2018

S01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Robert N. Sandberg

This course provides students with a rigorous and challenging experience of creating theater under near-professional circumstances. A professional director, an extensive rehearsal period, a concentrated week of technical rehearsals and multiple performances are key components. Students cast in the show or taking on major production roles can receive course credit.