Atelier Courses


Baby Wants Candy: Creating Comedy for Television

ATL 494 / VIS 494 / CWR 494 / THR 494 · Spring 2020

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Al Samuels · Zach Zimmerman

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 in groups and individually and also create shorter material - e.g., desk bits for late night shows, online content, etc.

The Understor(e)y: Suspension, Movement, Space

ATL 495 / DAN 495 / VIS 495 · Spring 2020

C01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Janet Echelman · Jess Rowland · Rebecca Lazier · Sigrid Adriaenssens

Choreographer Rebecca Lazier, visual artist Janet Echelman, engineer Sigrid Adriaenssens, and sound artist Jess Rowland come together with students in a unique collaboration inspired by the activity in the understory, the hovering layer beneath a forest's canopy. They will create textile sculpture installations that will activate, and be activated by, movement and sound. Students will explore historical works that merge visual, choreographic, and sonic forms and examine intersections of architecture, engineering, and artistic practices. Themes of transcending boundaries and disorientation will unfold within suspended sculptural environments.