Courses

Fall 2021 Courses

Atelier

Baby Wants Candy: Creating Comedy for Television

ATL 494 / CWR 494 / THR 494 · Fall 2021

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Al Samuels

In this course, led by critically acclaimed comedy writer Albert Samuels, students will participate in the in-process television pitch used by Samuels' cutting-edge improvisation group, Baby Wants Candy, including finalizing concept and script and developing a strong pitch. By the end of the semester, BWC will have a finished pitch package the group will present to Netflix, Amazon, Comedy Central and other networks/outlets. Students will develop their own original television concepts both in teams and individually, and also create shorter material - e.g., desk bits for late night shows, online content, etc.

The Circling Universe

ATL 498 · Fall 2021

S01 — Georgia Stitt + Schele Williams · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Georgia Stitt

How do you take an old-fashioned art form like the classical oratorio and turn it into a vibrant piece of contemporary theater? Join composer/lyricist Georgia Stitt, founder of Maestra Music, and director Schele Williams ("Motown: The Musical") as they do exactly that. Using poems, texts from a variety of the world's holy books, bits of public speeches and reclaimed hymns, Stitt musically examines religion as both divider and unifier. Our semester will focus on bringing the piece into a theatrical space—how are the ancient and modern communicating through orchestrations, dance, video projections, and physicality?

Women’s Work: The Evelyn Brown Project

ATL 499 / AMS 498 / THR 499 · Fall 2021

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Alice Reagan · Gwendolyn Alker

This course will use the reconstruction of Evelyn Brown, a movement piece by María Irene Fornés, to interrogate questions of female labor and its portrayal on stage. Fornés, arguably the most important Latina dramatist of the 20th century, sourced Evelyn Brown from the diary of an early 20th century New England domestic servant. The class will explore the relation of Evelyn Brown to Fornés' larger body of work and lead to deeper questions about staging mundane labor as performance during our time when labor inequality has grown exponentially. Our final project will be a first step to re-staging this little-known work in a professional venue.

Creative Writing

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2021

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.

How People Change the Short Story and Life’s Transitions

FRS 147 · Fall 2021

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Sheila Kohler

In this seminar we will study moments of change at seven crucial stages in the life cycle (childhood, adolescence, courtship and marriage, work, maturity and death) in order to discover the conflicts and contradictions, the emotional truth, and the possibilities that such moments hold for us. Our medium will be the short story.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Wisdom of Crowds

FRS 169 · Fall 2021

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Susanna Moore

This seminar will study the history and nature of myths—traditional as well as urban myths—particularly in regard to the way that myths, legends, and superstitions reflect the concerns and fears of all cultures. We will examine the ways in which each genre differs, and the means by which communities, seized with conviction for generations, disseminate and fortify them. The collective unconscious is often manifested in metaphor, particularly in literature and film, and the legitimate anxieties, fears (and guilt) that it reflects will be the subject of our study.

Freshman Seminar: Stillness

FRS 195 · Fall 2021

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

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course students use somatic practices, meditation, improvisation, performance, and creative and intellectual practices to delve into questions and experiences of stillness.

Introductory Fiction

CWR 203 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Aleksandar Hemon · Daphne Kalotay · A.M. Homes · Idra Novey · Joyce Carol Oates · Mark Doten · Yiyun Li

The curriculum allows the student to develop writing skills, provides an introduction to the possibilities of contemporary literature and offers a perspective on the place of literature among the liberal arts. Criticism by practicing writers and talented peers encourages the student's growth as both creator and reader of literature.

Literary Translation

CWR 205 / TRA 204 / COM 249 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 PM

Instructors: Paul Muldoon

Students will choose, early in the semester, one author to focus on in fiction, poetry, or drama, with the goal of arriving at a 10-15 page sample, with commentary, of the author's work. All work will be translated into English and discussed in a workshop format. Weekly readings will focus on the comparison of pre-existing translations as well as commentaries on the art and practice of literary translation.

Freedom-Restraint

CWR 208 · Fall 2021

C01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Danez Smith

Poems are weird, wild, ancient machines from the future. Form is but one way to harness their power, another tool to add in your kit. In this space, together, we'll be formalist, inventors, rule-breakers, and dreamers in the name of poems. Be prepared for a generous amount generative work journaling, discussion, presentation and journaling, some poet-led workshopping in the later part of the semester. All the gorgeous restriction and possible chaos of form awaits us. Let's write. (Content Warning: Some of the work read in this course addresses violence that is at times sexual, colonial, racial, or gendered in nature.)

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies.

Latinx Stories

CWR 217 / LAO 217 · Fall 2021

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-3:50 PM

Instructors: Kirstin Valdez Quade

We will read published literary short stories by contemporary Latinx writers and explore the vast range of Latinx experience in the United States as well as the vast range of fictional techniques employed by these writers. In discussing these published works, we will analyze how the formal elements of story—structure, plot, character, point of view, etc.—function in these pieces, so that students can apply these principles of craft to their own work. Students will write two complete short stories, which will be discussed in a traditional workshop format, and then submit a revision of one of those stories.

Creative Non-fiction

JRN 240 / ENG 280 / CWR 240 · Fall 2021

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Helen Thorpe

Vast differences in power, income and social status divide our society, and these differences are explored deeply in literary non-fiction. In this course students will read masterpieces of non-fiction writing about social inequality and will examine to what extent it is possible for authors to know the struggles of their subjects, and to create empathy for them. Students also will sharpen their own skills at writing non-fiction in both first- and third-person styles: the personal essay, participatory reportage, immersion journalism, reconstructed narrative non-fiction and reflective autobiography.

Advanced Poetry

CWR 301 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Rowan Ricardo Phillips · Susan Wheeler

Advanced practice in the original composition of poetry for discussion in regularly scheduled workshop meetings. The curriculum allows the student to develop writing skills, provides an introduction to the possibilities of contemporary literature and offers perspective on the places of literature among the liberal arts.

Advanced Fiction

CWR 303 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: A.M. Homes · Kirstin Valdez Quade · Yiyun Li

Advanced practice in the original composition of fiction for discussion in regularly scheduled workshop meetings. The curriculum allows the student to develop writing skills, provides an introduction to the possibilities of contemporary literature and offers perspective on the place of literature among the liberal arts. Criticism by practicing writers and talented peers encourages the student's growth as both creator and reader of literature.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2021

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Susanna Styron

This advanced screenwriting workshop will introduce students to the fundamental elements of developing and writing a TV series in the current "golden age of television." Students will watch television pilots, read pilot episodes, and engage in in-depth discussion about story, series engine, character, structure, tone and season arcs. Each student will formulate and pitch an original series idea, including season arcs, and complete most or all of the pilot episode by end of semester.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2021

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 PM

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This course will introduce students to screenwriting adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting “true stories” pulled from various non-fiction sources.

Baby Wants Candy: Creating Comedy for Television

ATL 494 / CWR 494 / THR 494 · Fall 2021

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Al Samuels

In this course, led by critically acclaimed comedy writer Albert Samuels, students will participate in the in-process television pitch used by Samuels' cutting-edge improvisation group, Baby Wants Candy, including finalizing concept and script and developing a strong pitch. By the end of the semester, BWC will have a finished pitch package the group will present to Netflix, Amazon, Comedy Central and other networks/outlets. Students will develop their own original television concepts both in teams and individually, and also create shorter material - e.g., desk bits for late night shows, online content, etc.

Dance

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2021

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.

Freshman Seminar: Stillness

FRS 195 · Fall 2021

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

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course students use somatic practices, meditation, improvisation, performance, and creative and intellectual practices to delve into questions and experiences of stillness.

Introduction to Ballet

DAN 207 · Fall 2021

U01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 12:30-2:20 PM

Instructors: Tina Fehlandt

From grand plié to grand jeté, Introduction to Ballet is for students with a curiosity for the study of classical ballet.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 / GHP 338 · Fall 2021

C01 · Wednesdays, 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. We'll think about these from aesthetic, cultural, political, personal, and philosophical perspectives. We'll move and create together using tools from dance, theater, visual art, improvisation, somatic, and writing practices.

The American Experience and Dance Practices of the African Diaspora

DAN 211 / AAS 211 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays + Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Dyane Harvey-Salaam

A studio course introducing students to American dance aesthetics and practices, with a focus on how its evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers. An ongoing study of movement practices from traditional African dances and those of the African diaspora, touching on American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet.

Introduction to Contemporary Dance

DAN 213 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:20 PM

Instructors: Alexandra Beller

This course offers a broad, embodied introduction to the breadth of contemporary dance. We will be moving, reading, watching, and writing about dance. Contemporary issues, such as Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and American exceptionalism will be viewed through the lens of contemporary dance. We will try on the styles of essential creators in the field in an effort to understand their POV. We will create work ourselves (no experience necessary) to learn about the expressive and communicative potential of dance. We will be moving and meditating to release tension, increase personal awareness, and boost authenticity.

Introduction to Rhythm Tap Dance: Past Legacies, Future Rhythms

DAN 229 / MTD 229 / THR 229 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays + Wednesdays, 12:30-2:20 PM

Instructors: Michael J. Love

In this studio course, dancers will study the past, present, and future of rhythm tap dance by learning the techniques and Black American histories, traditions, and legacies that have established and continue to sustain the form. While learning fundamental steps and foundational routines, we will interact with various media curated to introduce some of rhythm tap's important people, happenings, and places.

Princeton Dance Festival — Choreography Workshop II *

DAN 320A · Fall 2021

U01 · Fridays, 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM

Instructors: Susan Marshall

This Dance course leads up to performances in the Princeton Dance Festival at the end of the fall semester. Dance choreography, with a focus on contemporary practices and performance. Classes will workshop compositional tasks that set limitations to spark creativity.

Princeton Dance Festival Expanded: Politics of Care

DAN 324 / THR 327 · Fall 2021

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Larissa Velez-Jackson

This course will be a unique venture into dance culminating in a performance for the Princeton Dance Festival. This studio course explores dance-theatre practice to address the desires, needs, and realities of the body and it's greater community, centering the politics of self and group care. We will improvise in movement, somatics, vocal sound, song, spoken and written words, creating for and with each other, with the outcome being a greatly expanded skill set for the performing artist. Studio movement practice, creation and discussion will be supplemented by selected readings and out-of-studio creation as a practice of joy and resilience.

Princeton Dance Festival — Choreography Workshop III *

DAN 419A · Fall 2021

U01 - Rebecca Stenn · Fridays, 1:30 - 3:20 PM

Instructors: Rebecca Stenn

This Dance course leads up to performances in the Princeton Dance Festival at the end of the fall semester. Choreography Workshop III extends students’ approaches to choreographic research by asking them to create complete works on dancers other than themselves.

Princeton Dance Festival — Choreography Workshop IV *

DAN 420A · Fall 2021

U01 · Fridays, 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM

Instructors: Netta Yerushalmy

This Dance course leads up to performances in the Princeton Dance Festival at the end of the fall semester. Students workshop their senior thesis performance. Classes delve deeply into a specific choreographic process and performance approach in preparation for Senior Dance Thesis Production.

Lewis Center

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2021

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.

Music Theater

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2021

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 / MTD 101 · Fall 2021

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

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Elena Araoz

Introduction to Theatre Making is a working laboratory, which gives students hands-on experience with theatre's fundamental building blocks - writing, design, acting, directing, and producing.

Projects in Vocal Performance: Singing American Musical Theatre

MPP 214 / MTD 214 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 3-4:20 PM

Instructors: Martha Elliott

This course will invite student singers and pianists to prepare and perform songs from 20th and 21st century American Musical Theatre. Each week students will be coached on their songs in a master class format with an emphasis on musical, vocal, and acting issues. Repertoire will be covered in a historical overview from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.

Introduction to Rhythm Tap Dance: Past Legacies, Future Rhythms

DAN 229 / MTD 229 / THR 229 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays + Wednesdays, 12:30-2:20 PM

Instructors: Michael J. Love

In this studio course, dancers will study the past, present, and future of rhythm tap dance by learning the techniques and Black American histories, traditions, and legacies that have established and continue to sustain the form. While learning fundamental steps and foundational routines, we will interact with various media curated to introduce some of rhythm tap's important people, happenings, and places.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / MTD 318 / VIS 318 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox

An introduction to the art and craft of lighting design for the stage and an exploration of light as a medium for expression. Students will develop an ability to observe lighting in the world and on the stage; to learn to make lighting choices based on text, space, research, and their own responses; to practice being creative, responsive and communicative under pressure and in company; to prepare well to create under pressure using the designer's visual toolbox; and to play well with others-working creatively and communicating with directors, writers, performers, fellow designers, the crew and others.

Gender Crossings in American Musical Theater

GSS 337 / MTD 302 / THR 347 / AMS 336 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This course offers an intensive survey of gender crossings on the American musical theater stage. The course's study of American musicals (in terms of form, content and context) will be anchored in a historical exploration of world theatrical traditions of cross-gender performance. The course will examine multiple modes of cross-gender performance, while also considering musicals that stage gender role reversals and those that open questions of gender expression and identity.

Acting and Directing in Musical Theater

MTD 341 / THR 341 · Fall 2021

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: John Doyle

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.

Theatrical Design Studio

THR 400 / MTD 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2021

C01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox · Lawrence Moten · Sarita Fellows · Tess James

This course offers an exploration of visual storytelling, combined with a grounding in the practical, communicative, collaborative and anti-racist skills necessary to create physical environments for live theater making. Students are mentored as designers, directors or creators (often in teams) on realized projects for the theater program season.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Elena Araoz · Tess James

This course will be an investigative performance driven process resulting in a music theater performance, devised by the students. Led by faculty member and professional director and actor Elena Araoz, this theatrical exploration will adapt to the public health circumstances in which we find ourselves and will culminate in performances that incorporate singing and spoken word.

Theater

Afronaut Ascension: A Creative Exploration of Afrofuturism & the Avant Garde

FRS 101 · Fall 2021

S01 · Mondays + Wednesdays, 1:30-2:50 PM

Instructors: Shariffa Ali

In this seminar students of all backgrounds are invited to participate in visiting some of the pioneers and innovators of Afrofuturist thought and literature and performance as well as becoming familiar with emerging technology like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2021

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 / MTD 101 · Fall 2021

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

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Elena Araoz

Introduction to Theatre Making is a working laboratory, which gives students hands-on experience with theatre's fundamental building blocks - writing, design, acting, directing, and producing.

Is Politics a Performance?

FRS 143 · Fall 2021

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aaron Landsman

In this transformative time, when national politics seems frayed at best, local government meetings remain sites of direct democracy, effective leadership and creative action. "Is Politics a Performance?" looks at how we perform in these meetings, and who gets to play which roles.

ACTING against Oppression: Notes from the other América

FRS 187 · Fall 2021

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Vivia Font

In this course, we will closely examine the ways different theatermakers from Latin America have chosen to tackle social/political theater from the ‘60s to the present. Content warning: material may be sensitive for some.

Beginning Studies in Acting

THR 201 · Fall 2021

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

Instructors: Nehassaiu deGannes

An introduction to the craft of acting through character work, monologue work and script analysis. By engaging in both collaborative efforts and independent explorations, we will experiment with various acting traditions and techniques to develop methods of approaching performance.

Introductory Playwriting

THR 205 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:20 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. Attention will be given to character, structure, dramatic action, monologue, dialogue, language and behavior.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 / GHP 338 · Fall 2021

C01 · Wednesdays, 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. We'll think about these from aesthetic, cultural, political, personal, and philosophical perspectives. We'll move and create together using tools from dance, theater, visual art, improvisation, somatic, and writing practices.

Storytelling with Technology for Performance

THR 210 / STC 210 · Fall 2021

C01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Andrea Lauer · David Bengali

Telling stories through performance is human nature, but how can we use technology to enhance, frame, or reveal new perspectives on stories told? Students will learn about tools and techniques from design professionals, and will engage directly and collaboratively with technology to design experiences focused around live performance. Areas covered may include projections and multimedia, lighting, interactivity, and programming for creative applications. This class hopes to bring together students with arts and STEM backgrounds, and does not require prior experience.

French Theater Workshop

FRE 211 / THR 211 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Florent Masse

FRE/THR 211 will offer students the opportunity to put their language skills in motion by exploring French theater and acting in French. The course will introduce students to acting techniques while allowing them to discover the richness of the French dramatic canon

Introduction to Rhythm Tap Dance: Past Legacies, Future Rhythms

DAN 229 / MTD 229 / THR 229 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays + Wednesdays, 12:30-2:20 PM

Instructors: Michael J. Love

In this studio course, dancers will study the past, present, and future of rhythm tap dance by learning the techniques and Black American histories, traditions, and legacies that have established and continue to sustain the form. While learning fundamental steps and foundational routines, we will interact with various media curated to introduce some of rhythm tap's important people, happenings, and places.

The Art of Stand-Up

THR 238 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Maysoon Zayid

Comedian Maysoon Zayid will transform students from boring to hilarious in under 14 weeks. Each comic will leave this class armed with a ready for primetime, original stand-up comedy set. The class will tackle how comedy intersects with under represented groups, how to make fun of your family and deal with being disowned, song parodies and politics, and will culminate in a final comedy show on campus.

Hope and History: The Poems and Plays of Seamus Heaney

ENG 314 / THR 384 · Fall 2021

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Fintan O'Toole

In his speeches and online presidential campaign, Joe Biden made repeated use of Seamus Heaney's lines about making "hope and history rhyme." Seamus Heaney, who died in August 2013, was rare among contemporary poets in having both a huge public following and the admiration of his peers: both a Wordsworthian romantic and a Joycean realist; an atheist in search of the miraculous; a cosmopolitan with a little patch of remembered earth; a lover of the archaic who could not escape the urgency of contemporary history. This course follows Heaney's rich career, placing him in the context both of modern Ireland and world literature.

Modern Irish Theatre: Oscar Wilde to Martin McDonagh to Riverdance

THR 316 / ENG 217 · Fall 2021

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Fintan O'Toole

This course explores the many different ways in which the whole idea of a distinctively Irish theatre has been transformed every few decades, from Wilde and Shaw's subversions of England, to the search of Yeats and Synge for an authentic rural Ireland, to the often angry critiques of contemporary Ireland by Murphy, Friel and Carr. Plays of the Irish diaspora (O'Neill and McDonagh) are examined in this context. The course will also explore the ways in which ideas of physicality and performance, including the popular spectacle of Riverdance, have conflicted with and challenged Irish theatre's peculiar devotion to poetic language.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / MTD 318 / VIS 318 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox

An introduction to the art and craft of lighting design for the stage and an exploration of light as a medium for expression. Students will develop an ability to observe lighting in the world and on the stage; to learn to make lighting choices based on text, space, research, and their own responses; to practice being creative, responsive and communicative under pressure and in company; to prepare well to create under pressure using the designer's visual toolbox; and to play well with others-working creatively and communicating with directors, writers, performers, fellow designers, the crew and others.

Staging Sex in the City of London: From Country Wives to Fleabags

ENG 319 / GSS 441 / THR 217 · Fall 2021

S01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Michael Cadden

This course charts a dominant motif of British stage comedy from the Restoration—when all hell broke loose with the return of the monarchy in 1660, the introduction of the actress, and the emergence of professional women playwrights—until the present day. We'll look at work by men and women celebrated for their always witty but often controversial representations of the sexual/romantic escapades of their contemporaries. Prepare to be disturbed as well as amused. One issue we'll want to consider: Why did men's work become canonical while their female colleagues, equally successful in their own day, were disappeared from the story?

Shakespeare: Toward Hamlet

ENG 320 / THR 310 · Fall 2021

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.

Princeton Dance Festival Expanded: Politics of Care

DAN 324 / THR 327 · Fall 2021

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Larissa Velez-Jackson

This course will be a unique venture into dance culminating in a performance for the Princeton Dance Festival. This studio course explores dance-theatre practice to address the desires, needs, and realities of the body and it's greater community, centering the politics of self and group care. We will improvise in movement, somatics, vocal sound, song, spoken and written words, creating for and with each other, with the outcome being a greatly expanded skill set for the performing artist. Studio movement practice, creation and discussion will be supplemented by selected readings and out-of-studio creation as a practice of joy and resilience.

Movements for Diversity in American Theater

THR 332 / AAS 389 / GSS 342 / LAO 332 · Fall 2021

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.

Gender Crossings in American Musical Theater

GSS 337 / MTD 302 / THR 347 / AMS 336 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This course offers an intensive survey of gender crossings on the American musical theater stage. The course's study of American musicals (in terms of form, content and context) will be anchored in a historical exploration of world theatrical traditions of cross-gender performance. The course will examine multiple modes of cross-gender performance, while also considering musicals that stage gender role reversals and those that open questions of gender expression and identity.

Acting and Directing in Musical Theater

MTD 341 / THR 341 · Fall 2021

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: John Doyle

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.

Illegal Gatherings Act — South African Protest Theatre

THR 355 / AAS 399 · Fall 2021

S01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Shariffa Ali

The South African Anti-Apartheid movement saw mass resistance against the government's racial segregationist policies. Students will learn about the conditions that gave rise to Apartheid and the Anti-Apartheid movement, taking a look at the instrumental role that the performing arts and protest theatre played in dismantling the unjust system.

Race in French Theater

FRE 390 / THR 390 · Fall 2021

Instructors: Florent Masse

Race in French Theater will investigate the question of race and diversity on the French stages. We will study efforts made in recent years to diversify representations both on stage and in the audience, and examine the concrete steps taken by major institutions, subsidized national theaters, festivals, drama schools, and commercial theaters. We will compare similar current undertakings in the world of dance and at the Paris Opera, and broaden the scope of our inquiries by looking at representation and inclusion in French cinema.

Theatrical Design Studio

THR 400 / MTD 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2021

C01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox · Lawrence Moten · Sarita Fellows · Tess James

This course offers an exploration of visual storytelling, combined with a grounding in the practical, communicative, collaborative and anti-racist skills necessary to create physical environments for live theater making. Students are mentored as designers, directors or creators (often in teams) on realized projects for the theater program season.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Elena Araoz · Tess James

This course will be an investigative performance driven process resulting in a music theater performance, devised by the students. Led by faculty member and professional director and actor Elena Araoz, this theatrical exploration will adapt to the public health circumstances in which we find ourselves and will culminate in performances that incorporate singing and spoken word.

Baby Wants Candy: Creating Comedy for Television

ATL 494 / CWR 494 / THR 494 · Fall 2021

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Al Samuels

In this course, led by critically acclaimed comedy writer Albert Samuels, students will participate in the in-process television pitch used by Samuels' cutting-edge improvisation group, Baby Wants Candy, including finalizing concept and script and developing a strong pitch. By the end of the semester, BWC will have a finished pitch package the group will present to Netflix, Amazon, Comedy Central and other networks/outlets. Students will develop their own original television concepts both in teams and individually, and also create shorter material - e.g., desk bits for late night shows, online content, etc.

Women’s Work: The Evelyn Brown Project

ATL 499 / AMS 498 / THR 499 · Fall 2021

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Alice Reagan · Gwendolyn Alker

This course will use the reconstruction of Evelyn Brown, a movement piece by María Irene Fornés, to interrogate questions of female labor and its portrayal on stage. Fornés, arguably the most important Latina dramatist of the 20th century, sourced Evelyn Brown from the diary of an early 20th century New England domestic servant. The class will explore the relation of Evelyn Brown to Fornés' larger body of work and lead to deeper questions about staging mundane labor as performance during our time when labor inequality has grown exponentially. Our final project will be a first step to re-staging this little-known work in a professional venue.

Visual Arts

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2021

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.

First Year Painting Studio Seminar

FRS 173 · Fall 2021

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Pam Lins

This studio class is about painting and practice. Painting has such a long and complicated history that is now transforming and including adjacent events, perspectives, and artists—that there is no real place to start. It has become professional and is an academic area of study. That said—anyone can use a paintbrush somehow and make a painting.

Drawing Data

FRS 174 · Fall 2021

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tim Szetela

Using an array of site-specific, creative research methods, students will explore their local environments (inside and out) searching for data and the patterns, stories, and observations that follow. They will catalog and document their findings in evolving multimedia archives, iterating on various modes of collection and communication.

Performance and Photography

FRS 175 · Fall 2021

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jennifer Calivas

This class will be a hands-on investigation into performance and photography through making self-portraits. What does it mean to photograph yourself? Is it an act of self-exploration, narcissism, self-love, representational justice, theatre, performance? What are the possibilities and limitations of making art in this way? What can our own bodies teach us if we start to pay attention?

Drawing I

VIS 201 / ARC 201 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Troy Michie

The great thing about drawing is you can do it anywhere! This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing. We'll introduce basic techniques while also encouraging experimentation, with a focus on both drawing from life and drawing as an expressive act. Students will be introduced to the basics of line, shading, proportion, composition, texture and gesture.

Painting I

VIS 203 / ARC 327 · Fall 2021

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting, addressing form and light, color and its interaction, composition, scale, texture and gesture. Students will experiment with subject matter including still life, landscape, architecture, self-portraiture and abstraction, while painting from a variety of sources: life, sketches, maquettes, collages, photographs and imagination.

Analog Photography

VIS 211 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone

An introduction to the processes of photography through a series of problems directed toward lens projection, the handling of light-sensitive material, and camera operation. The processes will begin with cyanotypes and culminate with large format film exposure and processing, and printing.

Digital Photography

VIS 213 · Fall 2021

C01 - Jeff Whetstone · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone

This studio course introduces students to the aesthetic and theoretical implications of digital photography. Emphasis will be on gaining competency with digital equipment and editing techniques so that students can learn to express themselves and their ideas through the medium.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies.

Graphic Design: Visual Form

VIS 216 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This course introduces students to techniques for decoding and creating graphic messages in a variety of media, and delves into issues related to visual literacy through the hands-on making and analysis of graphic form.

Graphic Design: Image

VIS 218 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Laura Coombs

This studio course engages students in the decoding of and formal experimentation with the image as a two-dimensional surface. Through projects, readings, and discussions, students take a hands-on approach to making with an array of technologies (the camera, video camera, computer, solar printing, web publishing) and forms (billboard, symbol, screensaver, book) to address the most basic principles of design, such as visual metaphor, composition, sequence, hierarchy, and scale.

Digital Animation

VIS 220 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Tim Szetela

This studio production class will engage in a variety of timed-based composition, visualization, and storytelling techniques. Students will learn foundational methods of 2D animation, acquire a working knowledge of digital animation software and technology, and explore the connective space between sound, image, and motion possible in animated film.

Sculpture I

VIS 221 · Fall 2021

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Joe Scanlan · Kenneth Tam

This class will be a studio introduction to sculpture, with particular emphasis on the study of how form, space, and a wide variety of materials and processes influence the visual properties of sculpture and the making of meaning.

Sound/Material/Mind

VIS 226 / MUS 228 · Fall 2021

U01 · Thursdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jess Rowland

In this course, students will reconsider sound as material through projects exploring physical technologies of sound-making along with listening and viewings of related arts and artists, readings and writings in theories of sound, new media, and phenomenology. This class offers a hybrid experience-an engagement with art-making and seminar, reconsidering our relationship to the body, physical material, and sound embodied in the world.

Fabric Logics: Textiles as Sculpture

VIS 229 · Fall 2021

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: MJ Daines

This class experiments with 3D fabric construction, weaving, knitting, knotting and more as a means for making sculpture.

Documentary Filmmaking I

VIS 263 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM and 7:30-9:40 PM

Instructors: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

In the real world, what relationships have the necessary friction to generate compelling films? Documentary Filmmaking I will introduce you to the art, craft and theory behind attempts to answer this question. Through productions, readings, screenings, and discussions, you'll take your first steps into the world of non-fiction filmmaking. You will analyze documentary filmmaking as an aesthetic practice and a means of social discourse. Further, as films are often vessels for their directors, preoccupations, the course will push you to examine the formal, social and political concerns that animate your life during these turbulent times.

Narrative Filmmaking I

VIS 265 · Fall 2021

L01 · Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 PM and Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Moon Molson

Narrative Filmmaking 1 is a hands-on production class designed for students from all academic backgrounds to learn about the art of video production and develop their creative voices using cellphones! The course will cover technical aspects of making films, including shot language, sound recording, and editing, and will explore what it means to make images at this critical moment of time.

Intermediate Photography

VIS 313 · Fall 2021

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: James Welling

This course will examine photography's constant negotiation of evolving technologies. Students shoot black and white and color film and scan and print it digitally to broaden their photographic strategies, their technical skills, and their understanding of the medium of photography. A range of tools will be introduced, including analogue film development, scanning negatives, Photoshop processing, and inkjet printing.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / MTD 318 / VIS 318 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox

An introduction to the art and craft of lighting design for the stage and an exploration of light as a medium for expression. Students will develop an ability to observe lighting in the world and on the stage; to learn to make lighting choices based on text, space, research, and their own responses; to practice being creative, responsive and communicative under pressure and in company; to prepare well to create under pressure using the designer's visual toolbox; and to play well with others-working creatively and communicating with directors, writers, performers, fellow designers, the crew and others.

Ceramic Sculpture

VIS 331 · Fall 2021

U01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Adam Welch

This course is course designed for students interested in learning the fundamentals of working with clay.

Narrative Filmmaking II

VIS 365 · Fall 2021

L01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Moon Molson

An intermediate exploration of narrative and avant-garde narrative film production through the creation of hands-on digital video exercises, short film screenings, critical readings, and group critiques.

Curating Within Obscurity: Research as Exhibition Structure and Form

VIS 373 / ART 372 / AAS 398 / GSS 440 · Fall 2021

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tiona Nekkia McClodden

How can posthumous research on a curatorial subject influence the structure and form of an exhibition or a new conceptual artwork? This course retraces the steps taken to produce McClodden's 2015-2019 artistic and curatorial work centering the lives of three Black gay men—poet Essex Hemphill, writer/poet Brad Johnson, and composer Julius Eastman—in order to examine key concepts central to research-based practice. Students will be expected to produce a research/exhibition study of an artist whom they feel has been obscured posthumously.

Artist and Studio

VIS 392 / ART 392 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 PM

Instructors: Martha Friedman

The course addresses current issues in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video, photography, performance and installation. It includes readings and discussions of current contemporary art topics, a visiting artist lecture series, critiques of students' work, and an artist book project.

Theatrical Design Studio

THR 400 / MTD 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2021

C01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox · Lawrence Moten · Sarita Fellows · Tess James

This course offers an exploration of visual storytelling, combined with a grounding in the practical, communicative, collaborative and anti-racist skills necessary to create physical environments for live theater making. Students are mentored as designers, directors or creators (often in teams) on realized projects for the theater program season.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2021

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Susanna Styron

This advanced screenwriting workshop will introduce students to the fundamental elements of developing and writing a TV series in the current "golden age of television." Students will watch television pilots, read pilot episodes, and engage in in-depth discussion about story, series engine, character, structure, tone and season arcs. Each student will formulate and pitch an original series idea, including season arcs, and complete most or all of the pilot episode by end of semester.

Exhibition Issues and Methods

VIS 416 · Fall 2021

S01 · Tuesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 PM

Instructors: Pam Lins

The structure of Senior Issues and Exhibition Methods is to create a conversation and vision for, and in regards to and around your Senior Thesis. The nature of the class is somewhat informal and conversational, with the majority of class time being for student studio presentations and visiting artists lectures. There are two projects; a proposition presentation and a “handmade” poster project which will be virtual this year.

Extraordinary Processes

VIS 418 / CEE 418 · Fall 2021

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Joe Scanlan · Sigrid Adriaenssens

This year, students will design, build, and critically analyze three common objects — a Cushion, a Prosthetic, and a Light Fixture — each of which will be informed by the diverse structural properties of a single material: ash wood.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2021

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 PM

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This course will introduce students to screenwriting adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting “true stories” pulled from various non-fiction sources.

Seminar in Modernist Art & Theory: Alienation in Modern Art & Literature

ART 455 / VIS 455 / ECS 456 · Fall 2021

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Hal Foster

Although "alienation" might seem passé as a concept, modern art and literature were long steeped in this condition. This seminar will explore its principal expressions by its primary voices—artists, writers, and philosophers—from Baudelaire, Marx, and Manet through Rimbaud, Nietzsche, and Gauguin, to Existentialist philosophy and outsider art, and on to "Black Dada" today. Among our themes will be the underground, spleen, dandyism, detachment, primitivism, art brut, absurdity, and objectification.

Music

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2021

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.

Projects in Vocal Performance: Singing American Musical Theatre

MPP 214 / MTD 214 · Fall 2021

C01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 3-4:20 PM

Instructors: Martha Elliott

This course will invite student singers and pianists to prepare and perform songs from 20th and 21st century American Musical Theatre. Each week students will be coached on their songs in a master class format with an emphasis on musical, vocal, and acting issues. Repertoire will be covered in a historical overview from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.

Sound/Material/Mind

VIS 226 / MUS 228 · Fall 2021

U01 · Thursdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jess Rowland

In this course, students will reconsider sound as material through projects exploring physical technologies of sound-making along with listening and viewings of related arts and artists, readings and writings in theories of sound, new media, and phenomenology. This class offers a hybrid experience-an engagement with art-making and seminar, reconsidering our relationship to the body, physical material, and sound embodied in the world.