Theater Courses


Introduction to Theater Making

THR 101 · Fall 2019

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 2019

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

Instructors: 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 2019

C01 · 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.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 · Fall 2019

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we'll dive into experiences in which body and language meet.

French Theater Workshop

FRE 211 / THR 211 · Fall 2019

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.

Acting and Directing Workshop — Acting

THR 218 · Fall 2019

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.

Acting – Scene Study

THR 301 · Fall 2019

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

Instructors: Mark Nelson

The preparation, rehearsal and presentation of scenes from classic and contemporary plays, from Chekhov and Ibsen to Tony Kusher and Lynn Nottage.

Movements for Diversity in American Theater

THR 332 / AMS 346 / GSS 342 / LAO 332 · Fall 2019

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Brian Herrera

Theater artists routinely bend, twist and break all kinds of rules to create the imaginary worlds they bring to life on stage. Why, then, has the American theater so struggled to meaningfully address questions of equity, diversity and inclusion? In this course, we undertake a critical, creative and historical overview of agitation and advocacy by theater artist-activists aiming to transform American theatre-making as both industry and creative practice.

Acting and Directing in Musical Theater

MTD 341 / THR 341 · Fall 2019

S01 · Mondays, 7:30 - 10:20 PM

Instructors: Ethan Heard · Stanley Bahorek

A practical hands-on introduction to acting and directing in musical theater. The course will require students to prepare songs and scenes from selected musicals with an eye to how best to approach the particular challenges the scene presents.


THR 352 · Fall 2019

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Michael Cadden

The dramaturg of a Theater is at the center of the theater-making process. The dramaturg reads and assesses new scripts; prepares classic plays for production; acts as an historical and literary resource for playwrights, directors, actors and designers; advises on artistic policy; writes program notes; and works with the education and publicity departments on the theater's "public face."

Modern Drama I

ENG 364 / THR 364 / COM 321 · Fall 2019

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 2019

S01 · Tuesdays + 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 2019

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.

Acting and Directing Workshop — Directing

THR 418 · Fall 2019

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.

Sounding Body/Utopic Voice

ATL 497 / THR 497 / MTD 497 · Fall 2019

S01 · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Anaïs Maviel · César Alvarez · Samita Sinha

Beginning with the embodied and vibrational foundations of sound, grounded in Indian tradition, we will create a cross-disciplinary experimental space for exploring our borderless voices and activating our bodies through sound. The formal and creative practice will address sounding and listening, tone and presence, body as archive, the musical origins of language, and the enacting of interdependence. Students will develop their own sonic creations and songwriting. We will also engage the thought experiment contained in Alvarez's musical NOISE.