Theater Courses


Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Spring 2019

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

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

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.

Beginning Studies in Acting

THR 201 · Spring 2019

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

Instructors: Peter Kim

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.

Introduction to Movement and Dance

DAN 209 / MTD 209 / THR 209 · Spring 2019

U01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

Designed for people with little or no previous training in dance, the class will be a mixture of movement techniques, improvisation, choreography, observing, writing, and discussing.


DAN 216 / THR 216 · Spring 2019

U01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30 - 9:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we’ll ramble in the unknown searching for embodied philosophy, thinking art-making, and clarity that’s open for revision.


DAN 221 / THR 222 · Spring 2019

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

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In a universe filled with movement, how and why and where might we find relative stillness? In this studio course open to all, we'll dance, sit, question, and create substantial final projects.

Sound Art

VIS 225 / MUS 271 / THR 225 · Spring 2019

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.

Introduction to Irish Studies

ENG 228 / THR 228 · Spring 2019

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Fintan O'Toole

This interdisciplinary 200-level course offers a broad introduction to the study of Irish literature, history and culture.

Playwriting II: Intermediate Playwriting

THR 305 · Spring 2019

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jiehae Park

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.

The Arts of Urban Transition

DAN 310 / ARC 380 / THR 323 / URB 310 · Spring 2019

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Aaron Shkuda

This course uses texts and methods from history, theatre, performance studies, and dance to examine artists and works of art as agents of change in New York (1960-present) and contemporary "Rust Belt" cities.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2019

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.

There She Is: Beauty, Pageantry, & Spectacular Femininity in American Life

GSS 322 / MTD 324 / AMS 325 / THR 324 · Spring 2019

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Brian Herrera

As it approaches its centennial, the Miss America Pageant (1921- ) stands among the most enduring — and enduringly controversial — popular performance traditions of American life and culture. This course offers an intensive, method-based historical overview of how "Miss America" as both idea and event documents the shifting ways gender, sexuality, race and embodiment been comprehended in the United States, even as it also examines the disparate ways the "beauty pageant" as a performance genre has been adopted and adapted by/for communities excluded by the rules of Miss America.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2019

U01 · Thursday, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Fia Backström

This studio class will explore a broad range of approaches to art-based performance: from instruction pieces and happenings/events, the body as language and gestures, to various forms of lecture performance.

The Plays and Films of Martin McDonagh

THR 359 / ENG 447 · Spring 2019

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Fintan O'Toole

We explore McDonagh's extreme imagination, its roots in Irish Gothic, Grand Guignol, the Grimm Brothers, Antonin Artaud and the theatre of the absurd and its uncomfortable use of race and disability.

Writing, Directing and Acting Others

FRE 388 / THR 388 / CWR 388 · Spring 2019

C01 · Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Florent Masse · Pascal Rambert

Students will have the chance to immerse themselves in the theater-making process, writing, directing and acting texts that they will devise under Pascal Rambert's guidance. Co-taught by celebrated French playwright and director Pascal Rambert and Florent Masse.

Theater Making Studio

THR 402 / MTD 402 · Spring 2019

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 junior theater certificate students preparing for independent work in their senior year.

Special Topics in Advanced Acting: Performing Comedy

THR 403 · Spring 2019

C01 · Wednesdays & Fridays 11 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Elena Araoz

In a working classroom, we will discern what is funny to a modern audience. We will analyze where the sense of humor lies in a script and practice the physical and linguistic techniques used in clowning, Commedia dell'arte, slapstick, farce, satire, dark comedy, absurdism, comedy of manners, and naturalism.

Creative Intellect

THR 405 / MTD 405 · Spring 2019

C01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Brian Herrera · Elena Araoz · Vince di Mura

Creative Intellect is a collaborative workshop course designed to bridge the critical and creative dimensions of performance research.