Theater Courses


Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Spring 2017

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke · Boris Fishman · Daniel Heyman · Jane Cox · Ruth Ochs · Stacy Wolf · Susan Wheeler

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.

Greek Tragedy from Ancient Athens to Ferguson

CLA 242 / HLS 242 / THR 242 / HUM 242 · Spring 2017

S01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 - 2:50 pm

Instructors: Joshua Billings

This course will consider Greek tragedy, its ancient context, and modern responses by focusing on the three canonical Greek tragedians: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.

Playwriting II: Intermediate Playwriting

THR 305 · Spring 2017

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Lauren Yee

A continuation of work begun in Introductory Playwriting. In this class, students will complete either one full-length play or two long one-acts (40-60 pages) to the end of gaining a firmer understanding of characterization, dialogue, structure, and the playwriting process.

Advanced French Theater Workshop

FRE 311 / THR 312 · Spring 2017

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Florent Masse

Advanced French Theater Workshop is a continuation of FRE 211/THR 211, French Theater Workshop. Students focus their work on three French playwrights: one classical, one modern, and one contemporary.

Dance in Education: Dance/Theater Pedagogy

DAN 316 / THR 328 / HUM 317 / TPP 316 · Spring 2017

S01 · Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Rebecca Stenn

Dance/Theater Pedagogy Seminar explores the connection between engaged dance and elementary school literacy, mathematics and social studies while allowing students the opportunity to be civically engaged and contribute to the community.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2017

C01 · Wednesdays, 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.

The Artist-Citizen: Socially Engaged Art in the 21st Century

AMS 331 / THR 385 · Spring 2017

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Katie Pearl

Taking as our context the fractured state of our country, this course investigates artists whose work brings us closer together. We will engage with diverse artists from a range of disciplines who, through their work, assert the absolute necessity of creative exchange and personal encounter to maintain a humane world.

Comedies of Error

THR 338 / ENG 301 / COM 343 · Spring 2017

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Michael Cadden

This course examines one of the most popular of all theatrical genres — the comedy of mistaken identity.

Acting and Directing in Musical Theater

MTD 341 / THR 341 · Spring 2017

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: John Rando

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.

Theater Making Studio

THR 402 / MTD 402 · Spring 2017

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: John Doyle

This course explores theories and practices in contemporary theater making, and will be a workshop of ideas for committed theater students. We will examine questions such as: what are the differences between process and product, what is collaboration, where does the audience fit in to the creative journey.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Spring 2017

S01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Ethan Heard

This course provides students with a rigorous and challenging experience of creating theater under near-professional circumstances.

Adaptation and Performance with Fiasco Theater

ATL 499 / THR 499 · Spring 2017

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Ben Steinfeld · Noah Brody

This course is centered around the development of Fiasco Theater’s upcoming production of "The Beggar's Opera." The course is for performers, musicians, directors, writers, historians, designers, and more! If “opera” throws you, you should know that the piece is about businessman gangsters (male and female), mercenary prostitutes, beggars (economic inequality,) and love (which is nothing compared to money and status) — and the music explored will be new and contemporary, not old and operatic.