Courses

Spring 2022 Courses

Atelier

The Old Man and The Pool: Crafting a Long-form Monologue

ATL 495 / THR 495 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Seth Barrish

The comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia and the director Seth Barrish have collaborated on five shows Off and On Broadway, including "Sleepwalk With Me" and "The New One". Their award-winning work has now been seen around the world. In this unique course, Mike and Seth will share the finer points of their groundbreaking approach to creating compelling long-form monologues. Each student in the class will develop a 6-minute monologue which they will share in an end of the semester presentation.

How to Write a Song

ATL 496 / CWR 496 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Bridget Kearney · Paul Muldoon

Taught by Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Paul Muldoon (Rogue Oliphant) with class visits from guest singer/songwriters and music critics, this course is an introduction to the art of writing words for music, an art at the core of our literary tradition from the Beowulf poet through Lord Byron and Bessie Smith to Bob Dylan and the Notorious B.I.G. Composers, writers and performers will have the opportunity to work in small songwriting teams to respond to such emotionally charged themes as Gratitude, Loss, Protest, Desire, Joyousness, Remorse, and Defiance.

Athens, Georgia

ATL 497 / MTD 497 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Paul Muldoon

Ever thought of writing a rock musical? Or, having written one, staging it? If you're a writer, composer, musician, singer or director you might consider joining the Tony Award winning composer Stew (Passing Strange) and book and lyrics writer Paul Muldoon as they develop their new piece commissioned by the Public Theater in New York. Athens, Georgia is based on the Frogs of Aristophanes but set squarely in the America of the 2020s. This up-to-date version combines slapstick and social justice and features appearances by the rock god Dionysus, the guitar hero Hercules, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and, of course, the Real Housewives of Hades.

Fables of Our Time

ATL 498 / THR 498 · Spring 2022

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Josephine Decker

Dan Rothenberg and Josephine Decker team up to explore original fables for children, devised for theater and film. We will look at multiple versions of folktales familiar to American children such as Little Red Riding Hood; international folklore; 20th century masters such as Hiyao Miyazaki and Maurice Sendak; and contemporary storytellers such as Kelly Link and Sylvia V. Linsteadt. The class invites musicians, dancers, writers, and performers to "devise" short original creations inspired by the beating heart of fables but updated for our contemporary world of urban migration, technological change, and climate peril.

The Store as Art

ATL 499 / VIS 499 · Spring 2022

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

Before the invention of the artist as a solitary genius, all artists, as artisans, had shops in which they had direct contact with their customers. This arrangement held until the Modern era, when the twin ethos of specialization and purity separated artists from the corrupting influence of commerce. This class will begin with critical discussion of the many artists who have reimagined the role of art (and its relationship to commerce) by opening stores, analyzing how the inherent critique and conviviality of the gesture has inspired new art forms. Students will then conceive, make, and launch their very own “Store as Art” in Princeton.

Creative Writing

Introductory Fiction

CWR 204 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Aleksandar Hemon · A.M. Homes · Idra Novey · Kirstin Valdez Quade · 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 206 / TRA 206 / COM 215 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Students will choose, early in the semester, one author to focus on in fiction, poetry, or drama, with the goal of arriving at a 20-25 page sample of the author's work. All work will be translated into English and discussed in a workshop format.

Spark! Sparking Creativity in Writing

CWR 222 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-3:50 PM

Instructors: Kirstin Valdez Quade

This is a multi-genre writing class that explores daily creative practice. This semester, you'll be challenged to push your creative limits and to take risks in your work.

The Writers’ Room

THR 224 / CWR 225 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Maysoon Zayid

The Writers' Room will replicate the fast-paced environment of a Hollywood writers room. Students will be assigned to a writing team and will pen two complete scripts with their fellow writers.

Spoken Word Poetics

CWR 224 · Spring 2022

C01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Danez Smith

Poets should come to this class ready to move, yell, play, and discover. Writing and performing our way towards a deeper understanding of ourselves as spoken word poets, we will collaboratively work our way towards a final public performance and, hopefully, the tools to better move the crowds we face, which are the tools to change the world one poem at a time.

Advanced Poetry

CWR 302 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Kathleen Ossip · Tyehimba Jess

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 304 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Aleksandar Hemon · Joyce Carol Oates

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.

Advanced Literary Translation

CWR 306 / TRA 314 / COM 356 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Students will choose, early in the semester, one author to focus on in fiction, poetry, or drama, with the goal of arriving at a 20-25 page sample of the author's work. All work will be translated into English and discussed in a workshop format.

Translation Workshop: To and From Italian

CWR 307 / ITA 301 / TRA 308 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jhumpa Lahiri · Sara Teardo

The focus of this course will be on Italian women writers from the early 20th century to the present day. We will work with a mix of voices from the established canon, such as Grazia Deledda and Natalia Ginzburg, and those emerging in more recent years and who write from a culturally and linguistically hybrid perspective, such as Igiaba Scego and Ornella Vorpsi.

Vital Signs: Writing On and About the Body

CWR 312 / GSS 452 / HUM 319 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-3:20 PM

Instructors: A.M. Homes

In Vital Signs we will explore narratives of the body, beginning by reading material illustrative of a wide-range of expression and experience while working toward finding language for our individual physical and emotional experience.

For Man is a Centaur: Reading Primo Levi

CWR 319 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 2:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jhumpa Lahiri

A reading-intensive advanced fiction workshop dedicated to a close reading of Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, an indefinable masterpiece of Italian literature which combines autobiographical and fictional elements, calling into question the equivocal relationship between truth and invention.

Autobiographical Storytelling

THR 340 / GSS 446 / LAO 355 / CWR 340 · Spring 2022

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Brian Herrera

Every life delivers a story (or three) worth telling well. This workshop rehearses the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling. As we engage the thematic focus of "Princeton, History and Me," we will explore autobiographical storytelling as both a practice and a process as we also evince (and confront) the personal, moral, ethical and artistic dimensions of the stories we choose to tell about ourselves, about Princeton, and the stories that remain to be told about both.

Screenwriting I: Short Screenwriting for Filmmakers

CWR 347 / VIS 340 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-3:50 PM

Instructors: Moon Molson

This course will introduce students to the foundational principles and techniques of screenwriting, taking into account the practical considerations of film production. Questions of thematic cohesiveness, plot construction, logical cause and effect, character behavior, dialogue, genre consistency and pace will be explored as students gain confidence in the form by completing a number of short screenplays.

The Art of the Essay

FRE 385 / CWR 385 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Christy Wampole

In this course, which is both a creative writing course and a literature course, students will study canonical French-language essays and newer forms of essayistic production (the essay film, photo essay, blog, and podcast) and will use these texts as models for their own writing.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2022

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Susanna Styron

This workshop class 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 discussions about story, series engine, season arcs, character, structure, tone and dialogue, which will be applied to their work.

How to Write a Song

ATL 496 / CWR 496 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Bridget Kearney · Paul Muldoon

Taught by Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Paul Muldoon (Rogue Oliphant) with class visits from guest singer/songwriters and music critics, this course is an introduction to the art of writing words for music, an art at the core of our literary tradition from the Beowulf poet through Lord Byron and Bessie Smith to Bob Dylan and the Notorious B.I.G. Composers, writers and performers will have the opportunity to work in small songwriting teams to respond to such emotionally charged themes as Gratitude, Loss, Protest, Desire, Joyousness, Remorse, and Defiance.

Dance

Introduction to Choreography

DAN 204 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Susan Marshall

This studio course will introduce students to choreographic processes and questions of movement vocabulary, structure, pacing, orchestration and meaning.

Practice

DAN 206 / MTD 206 / THR 206 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

We will look at practice as both verb and noun, pay special attention to the ways in which we embody the work (and change) we want to see in the world. Through somatic activities, talks with invited guests, projects, and readings (across the arts, sciences, philosophy, religion, and activism), we'll revel in the interplay between process and product, solitude and community, structure and freedom, life and art.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 / GHP 338 · Spring 2022

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.

The American Experience and Dance Practices of the African Diaspora

DAN 211 / AAS 211 · Spring 2022

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 · Spring 2022

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.

Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance

DAN 222 / AAS 222 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Joseph Schloss · Raphael Xavier

This introductory survey course gives equal weight to scholarly study and embodied practice, using both approaches to explore a range of hip-hop dance techniques, as well as the cultural and historical contexts from which these dances emerged. Special attention will be given to breaking – the most prominent hip-hop form – as a foundation for exploring other forms of movement. By critically exploring these physical and historical connections, individuals will adapt and apply their own philosophies to dance in order to develop a personalized style.

Experiential Anatomy

DAN 224 · Spring 2022

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

Instructors: Sasha Welsh

This course introduces students to human anatomy using movement, drawing, and dance practices. We will study the structure and function of the body from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on relationships between cognition, the nervous system and movement.

Introduction to Breaking: Deciphering its Power

DAN 225 · Spring 2022

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

Instructors: Raphael Xavier

This introductory course gives equal weight to scholarly study and embodied practice, using both approaches to explore the flow, power and cultural contexts of Breaking.

#Dancing Black: Black American Dance from 1970 to Today

DAN 302 / AAS 316 · Spring 2022

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jasmine E. Johnson

This course explores the politics, aesthetics, and histories of Black American dance from the early 1970s to today. Paying special attention to the politics of circulation and new technologies, we will explore questions around innovation, virality, citation, ownership, and appropriation.

Rhythm Tap Dance Lab: Explorations in Black Embodied and Electronic Music

DAN 303 / AAS 329 / MTD 303 / MUS 268 · Spring 2022

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

Instructors: Michael J. Love

Enrolled students will engage with this course as workshop cast members of a new interdisciplinary piece by Princeton Arts Fellow Michael J. Love and explore methods of rhythm tap dance performance, live electronic music composition, and practice-based research on Black American music (genres such as jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, techno, and house).

Choreography Studio

DAN 317 · Spring 2022

U01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Susan Marshall

This seminar is designed for junior dance certificate students to investigate current dance practices and ideas. Part study and discussion of the processes, aesthetics and politics involved in dance making and viewing — part independent creative practice and critique — this course invites students to a deeper understanding of their own art making perspectives and to those of their classmates.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

This studio class will explore a broad range of approaches to art-based performance: from instruction pieces and happenings, to the body as language and gesture, to performance as a form of archiving.

Are you for sale? Performance Making, Philanthropy and Ethics

DAN 357 / AMS 358 / THR 357 / VIS 357 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Miguel Gutierrez

In this class we study the relationships between performance-making, philanthropy and ethics. How are performing artists financing their work, and what does this mean in relationship to economic and social justice?

Approaches to Ballet: Technique and Repertory

DAN 431 · Spring 2022

C01 · Monday, Wednesday + Thursday, 4:30-6:20 PM

Instructors: Tina Fehlandt

A studio course in Classical and Contemporary Ballet technique for advanced dancers, with explorations into neoclassical and contemporary choreography through readings, viewings, and the learning of and creation of repertory.

Music Theater

Practice

DAN 206 / MTD 206 / THR 206 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

We will look at practice as both verb and noun, pay special attention to the ways in which we embody the work (and change) we want to see in the world. Through somatic activities, talks with invited guests, projects, and readings (across the arts, sciences, philosophy, religion, and activism), we'll revel in the interplay between process and product, solitude and community, structure and freedom, life and art.

Projects in Vocal Performance: Voicecraft

MPP 214 / MTD 214 · Spring 2022

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Andrew Lovett

In this course we will explore the extraordinary capabilities of the human voice. The course is open to singers, non-singers, composers or non-composers : all are welcome. Be prepared to make some noise!

Opera Performance

MPP 219 / MTD 219 · Spring 2022

C01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Elena Araoz · Gabriel Crouch

DIDO REIMAGINED - Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Errollyn Wallen's Dido's Ghost. This class will combine a staged, in-the-round performance of Purcell's emblematic masterpiece "Dido and Aeneas" with the in-depth study and performance of selected scenes from composer Errollyn Wallen's brand new "sequel" to Purcell's opera - "Dido's Ghost". Students are admitted by audition only.

Rhythm Tap Dance Lab: Explorations in Black Embodied and Electronic Music

DAN 303 / AAS 329 / MTD 303 / MUS 268 · Spring 2022

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

Instructors: Michael J. Love

Enrolled students will engage with this course as workshop cast members of a new interdisciplinary piece by Princeton Arts Fellow Michael J. Love and explore methods of rhythm tap dance performance, live electronic music composition, and practice-based research on Black American music (genres such as jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, techno, and house).

Sound Design

THR 320 / MTD 320 · Spring 2022

S01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

An exploration of theatrical sound design and engineering, this class will explore sound for both theater and music theater. We will investigate text from the point of view of sound, and learn how to communicate the ideas, palette and arc of a design to others. We will explore developing a creative process and turning our ideas into sounds that can be used onstage.

Isn’t It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim

AMS 365 / MTD 365 / GSS 365 / ENG 365 · Spring 2022

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Stacy Wolf

Song. Dance. Man. Woman. These are the basic components of the Broadway musical theatre. How have musical theatre artists, composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, choreographers, and designers worked with these building blocks to create this quintessentially American form of art and entertainment? This course will explore conventional and resistant performances of gender and sexuality in the Broadway musical since the 1940s. Why are musicals structured by love and romance?

Theater Making Studio

THR 402 / MTD 402 · Spring 2022

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Shariffa Ali

This junior methods seminar will prepare you to create and co-produce theatrical projects for your senior year independent work in a changing landscape of theater making.

Musical Theater Writing II

MTD 417 / THR 417 / MUS 267 · Spring 2022

U01 — Geraldine Anello + Adam Gwon · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Adam Gwon

This upper level musical theater writing course will delve into the creation of new musical works for the stage, with an emphasis on music as an essential dramatic language.

Directing for Theater and Music Theater

THR 419 / MTD 419 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: John Doyle

This course is designed to encourage the development of directors for theater and musical theater, covering techniques and practices from both areas.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Spring 2022

U01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Tess James

This course will be an exploration, rehearsals and performances of a production of the play Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega, to be performed partly or completely in the Spanish language. The project will be directed by professional director Estefania Fadul, and will lead to performances in the Berlind Theater.

Athens, Georgia

ATL 497 / MTD 497 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Paul Muldoon

Ever thought of writing a rock musical? Or, having written one, staging it? If you're a writer, composer, musician, singer or director you might consider joining the Tony Award winning composer Stew (Passing Strange) and book and lyrics writer Paul Muldoon as they develop their new piece commissioned by the Public Theater in New York. Athens, Georgia is based on the Frogs of Aristophanes but set squarely in the America of the 2020s. This up-to-date version combines slapstick and social justice and features appearances by the rock god Dionysus, the guitar hero Hercules, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and, of course, the Real Housewives of Hades.

Theater

Beginning Studies in Acting: Scene Study

THR 201 · Spring 2022

U01 · Mondays, 2:30-4:20 PM Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Eunice Wong

An introduction to the craft of acting. Emphasis will be placed on honesty, spontaneity, and establishing a personal connection with the substance of the material.

Practice

DAN 206 / MTD 206 / THR 206 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

We will look at practice as both verb and noun, pay special attention to the ways in which we embody the work (and change) we want to see in the world. Through somatic activities, talks with invited guests, projects, and readings (across the arts, sciences, philosophy, religion, and activism), we'll revel in the interplay between process and product, solitude and community, structure and freedom, life and art.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 / GHP 338 · Spring 2022

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.

Learning Shakespeare by Doing

COM 212 / THR 212 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays + Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Leonard Barkan

A course on works of dramatic literature whose comparative dimension is theatrical performance. We will consider four Shakespeare plays covering a range of theatrical genres; the emphasis will be on the ways in which Shakespearean meaning can be elucidated when the reader becomes a performer.

Reimagining the American Theatrical Canon

THR 223 / ENG 253 / GSS 444 / AMS 346 · Spring 2022

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This course offers an intensive survey of ongoing efforts to revisit and revise the American theatrical canon and repertoire. Students will examine the economic, institutional and cultural forces shaping the landscape of new play production in the United States as they also read a broad selection of plays from the contemporary American theater.

The Writers’ Room

THR 224 / CWR 225 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Maysoon Zayid

The Writers' Room will replicate the fast-paced environment of a Hollywood writers room. Students will be assigned to a writing team and will pen two complete scripts with their fellow writers.

Contemporary French Theater

FRE 228 / THR 227 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Florent Masse

Contemporary French Theater will introduce students to the vibrant and diverse scene of contemporary theater in France. Every week we will read a new play by a celebrated or an emerging living playwright, and examine their shared topics of interest and writing styles.

Introduction to Masked Performance

THR 230 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Yuval Boim

This course is an exploration of physical performance techniques that place the embodied actor at the center of the process of theatrical creation.

Acting, Being, Doing, and Making: Introduction to Performance Studies

THR 300 / COM 359 / ENG 373 / ANT 359 · Spring 2022

C01 — Stacy Wolf + Darja Filippova · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Stacy Wolf

A hands-on approach to this interdisciplinary field. We will apply key readings in performance theory to space and time-based events, at sites ranging from theatre, experimental art, and film, to community celebrations, sport events, and restaurant dining.

Advanced French Theater Workshop

FRE 311 / THR 312 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Florent Masse

In Advanced French Theater Workshop, students will focus their work on three main French playwrights: one classical, one modern, and one contemporary. This year, students will rehearse and perform excerpts from the great works of Molière, Alfred de Musset, and Pascal Rambert.

Storytellers – Building Community Through Art

THR 313 / AMS 387 / GSS 453 / AAS 312 · Spring 2022

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox · Sydné Mahone

In this Princeton Challenge course, students will participate in building a relationship between a historically significant Black theater company, Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, and the university community. Co-taught by Sydné Mahone, Director of play development at Crossroads 1985-1997, students will research the theater through its people and its art, while making the role of women in Black art-making more visible.

Sound Design

THR 320 / MTD 320 · Spring 2022

S01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

An exploration of theatrical sound design and engineering, this class will explore sound for both theater and music theater. We will investigate text from the point of view of sound, and learn how to communicate the ideas, palette and arc of a design to others. We will explore developing a creative process and turning our ideas into sounds that can be used onstage.

Autobiographical Storytelling

THR 340 / GSS 446 / LAO 355 / CWR 340 · Spring 2022

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Brian Herrera

Every life delivers a story (or three) worth telling well. This workshop rehearses the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling. As we engage the thematic focus of "Princeton, History and Me," we will explore autobiographical storytelling as both a practice and a process as we also evince (and confront) the personal, moral, ethical and artistic dimensions of the stories we choose to tell about ourselves, about Princeton, and the stories that remain to be told about both.

Playing Dead: Corpses in Theater and Cinema

THR 350 / ENG 450 · Spring 2022

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Fintan O'Toole

In this course, we contemplate corpses from Antigone to Alfred Hitchcock and from Shakespeare's tragedies to Stand By Me and Weekend at Bernie's and bring the dead to life.

Arts in the Invisible City: Race, Policy, Performance

HUM 352 / URB 352 / ENG 252 / THR 360 · Spring 2022

S01 — D. Vance Smith · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

This course will study the role that the arts can and do play in Trenton: a so-called invisible city, one of the poorest parts of the state, but intimately connected to Princeton. Examining the historical and contemporary racisms that have shaped Trenton, we will hear from activists, policy makers, artistic directors, politicians, and artists. Readings will include texts about urban invisibility, race, community theater, and public arts policy.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

This studio class will explore a broad range of approaches to art-based performance: from instruction pieces and happenings, to the body as language and gesture, to performance as a form of archiving.

Black Dramatists in the English-Speaking World

ENG 354 / THR 351 / AAS 354 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays, 7:30-10:20 PM

Instructors: Nathan Davis

This course will survey plays written by Black playwrights in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will explore dramatic works of writers from Africa, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Are you for sale? Performance Making, Philanthropy and Ethics

DAN 357 / AMS 358 / THR 357 / VIS 357 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Miguel Gutierrez

In this class we study the relationships between performance-making, philanthropy and ethics. How are performing artists financing their work, and what does this mean in relationship to economic and social justice?

Contemporary Drama

ENG 372 / THR 372 · Spring 2022

L01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Tamsen Wolff

This course will look at a range of British and American drama from the second half of the twentieth century to the twenty-first, with an emphasis on the developments of the last twenty years.

Theater Making Studio

THR 402 / MTD 402 · Spring 2022

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Shariffa Ali

This junior methods seminar will prepare you to create and co-produce theatrical projects for your senior year independent work in a changing landscape of theater making.

Decentering/Recentering the Western Canon in the Contemporary American Theater

THR 416 / AMS 416 / COM 453 / ENG 456 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Michael Cadden

Why do some BIPOC dramatists (from the US and Canada) choose to adapt/revise/re-envision canonical texts from the Western theatrical tradition? While their choices might be accused of recentering and reinforcing "white" narratives that marginalize and/or exoticize racial and ethnic others, we might also see this venture as a useful strategy to write oneself into a tradition that is itself constantly being revised and reevaluated and to claim that tradition as one's own. What are the artistic, cultural, and economic "rewards" for deploying this method of playmaking? What are the risks?

Musical Theater Writing II

MTD 417 / THR 417 / MUS 267 · Spring 2022

U01 — Geraldine Anello + Adam Gwon · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Adam Gwon

This upper level musical theater writing course will delve into the creation of new musical works for the stage, with an emphasis on music as an essential dramatic language.

Directing for Theater and Music Theater

THR 419 / MTD 419 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: John Doyle

This course is designed to encourage the development of directors for theater and musical theater, covering techniques and practices from both areas.

Designing Narratives

THR 420 / VIS 420 / ARC 420 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

Co-taught by design collective dots, the course aims to explore the world of visual storytelling, with an emphasis on collaboration as an essential part of the process of designing 3-dimensional space for narratives.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Spring 2022

U01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Tess James

This course will be an exploration, rehearsals and performances of a production of the play Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega, to be performed partly or completely in the Spanish language. The project will be directed by professional director Estefania Fadul, and will lead to performances in the Berlind Theater.

The Old Man and The Pool: Crafting a Long-form Monologue

ATL 495 / THR 495 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Seth Barrish

The comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia and the director Seth Barrish have collaborated on five shows Off and On Broadway, including "Sleepwalk With Me" and "The New One". Their award-winning work has now been seen around the world. In this unique course, Mike and Seth will share the finer points of their groundbreaking approach to creating compelling long-form monologues. Each student in the class will develop a 6-minute monologue which they will share in an end of the semester presentation.

Fables of Our Time

ATL 498 / THR 498 · Spring 2022

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Josephine Decker

Dan Rothenberg and Josephine Decker team up to explore original fables for children, devised for theater and film. We will look at multiple versions of folktales familiar to American children such as Little Red Riding Hood; international folklore; 20th century masters such as Hiyao Miyazaki and Maurice Sendak; and contemporary storytellers such as Kelly Link and Sylvia V. Linsteadt. The class invites musicians, dancers, writers, and performers to "devise" short original creations inspired by the beating heart of fables but updated for our contemporary world of urban migration, technological change, and climate peril.

Visual Arts

Looking Lab: Experiments in Visual Thinking and Thinking about Visuals

ART 106 / VIS 106 / ENT 106 · Spring 2022

C01 — Lucy Partman · Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

In this transdisciplinary course, we will question common assumptions and our own about looking; interrogate the anatomy and physiology of vision; develop our looking muscles; practice visual problem-solving strategies; and together design new tools to help people engage with the visual world.

Drawing I

VIS 202 / ARC 202 · Spring 2022

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.

Painting I

VIS 204 / ARC 328 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Colleen Asper · Pam Lins

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.

Graphic Design: Link

VIS 208 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Laurel Schwulst

In this introductory studio course, participants explore the world wide web as an opportunity for self-publishing.

Analog Photography

VIS 212 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Deana Lawson

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.

Digital Photography

VIS 213 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Staff

This studio course introduces students to the aesthetic and theoretical implications of digital photography. Student emphasis is on mastering digital equipment and techniques, managing print quality, and generally becoming familiar with all aspects of the digital workspace.

Graphic Design: Circulation

VIS 217 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: David Reinfurt

The practice of graphic design relies on the existence of networks for distributing multiple copies of identical things. Students in this course will consider the ways in which a graphic design object's characteristics are affected by its ability to be copied and shared, and by the environment in which it is intended to circulate.

Digital Animation

VIS 220 · Spring 2022

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

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 222 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Amy Yao · Joe Scanlan

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.

The Trace of An Implied Presence

VIS 228 · Spring 2022

C01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tiona Nekkia McClodden

This course explores Dance Black America (DBA), a festival program presented in 1983 that featured Black dancers, choreographers, scholars, and dance companies. We will collectively produce research on dancers, choreographers, and dance companies to work to bring forth names that have been overlooked in the past and present.

Video Installation

VIS 230 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Glen Fogel

This studio course investigates video installation as a contemporary art form that extends the conversation of video art beyond the frame and into live, site-specific multi-channel environments.

Methods of Color Photography

VIS 231 · Spring 2022

U01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Deana Lawson

This course takes an exciting approach to color photography using methods of cameraless and lens based analog photography.

Narrative Filmmaking I

VIS 265 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Moon Molson

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

Printmaking I

VIS 309 · Spring 2022

C01 · Fridays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Daniel Heyman

In a digital world, this course promotes hand-made printed images. Students will examine two kinds of printmaking: relief and intaglio. To make images that matter, students will learn to cut blocks, fashion stencils, plan and execute color layers, etch and drypoint copper plates, and understand the range of mark making possibilities available in printmaking.

Topics in Modern Italian Cinema: New Italian Cinema: History, Politics, and Society

ITA 310 / VIS 443 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Gaetana Marrone-Puglia

This course looks at the way Italy has expressed its historical, cultural, political, and social individuality in major cinematic works from the 1960's to the present. Directors such as Bertolucci, Tornatore, Benigni, Ozpetek, and Sorrentino offer a panorama of a generation of filmmakers that has contributed to the renewal of Italian cinema.

The Visible Wild

VIS 324 / ENV 312 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone

Students will learn techniques of wildlife surveillance photography using remote cameras to photograph animal populations on and around Princeton's campus. The photographs and apparatus will be considered as both ecological research and works of art.

Screenwriting I: Short Screenwriting for Filmmakers

CWR 347 / VIS 340 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-3:50 PM

Instructors: Moon Molson

This course will introduce students to the foundational principles and techniques of screenwriting, taking into account the practical considerations of film production. Questions of thematic cohesiveness, plot construction, logical cause and effect, character behavior, dialogue, genre consistency and pace will be explored as students gain confidence in the form by completing a number of short screenplays.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

This studio class will explore a broad range of approaches to art-based performance: from instruction pieces and happenings, to the body as language and gesture, to performance as a form of archiving.

Are you for sale? Performance Making, Philanthropy and Ethics

DAN 357 / AMS 358 / THR 357 / VIS 357 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Miguel Gutierrez

In this class we study the relationships between performance-making, philanthropy and ethics. How are performing artists financing their work, and what does this mean in relationship to economic and social justice?

Documentary Filmmaking II

VIS 363 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Su Friedrich

There are unlimited ways in which to record and portray the world around us. In this class, we will analyze classic and contemporary strategies for making a documentary film, and see if we can invent some new ones of our own.

Collage Making in Architecture

ARC 378 / VIS 378 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Marshall Brown

A graphic skills course that focuses on the techniques, craft, and ideologies of collage as a form of architectural representation.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2022

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Susanna Styron

This workshop class 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 discussions about story, series engine, season arcs, character, structure, tone and dialogue, which will be applied to their work.

Advanced Questions in Photography

VIS 411 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: James Welling

Advanced Questions in Photography will examine ways in which lens-based media can interrogate representation, class, gender and race. The class will look artists of the 1960's through 1990's such as Eleanor Antin, Adrian Piper, Douglas Huebler, Martha Rosler, Barbara Kruger, Carrie Mae Weems, Felix Gonzales Torres, Lyle Ashton Harris and more recent artists Trevor Paglen, Hank Willis Thomas, Jason Lazarus, Walead Beshty and Hito Steyerl.

Advanced Graphic Design

VIS 415 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course builds on the skills and concepts of the 200-level Graphic Design classes. VIS 415 is structured around three studio assignments that connect graphic design to other bodies of knowledge, aesthetic experience, and scholarship. The class always takes a local concept or event as the impetus for investigations. Studio work is supplemented by critiques, readings and lectures. Students will refine their approaches to information design and visual problem solving, and to decoding and producing graphic design in print and electronic media.

Spring Film Seminar

VIS 419 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays, 7:30-10:20 PM

Instructors: Su Friedrich

This class concentrates on the editing process. Students will re-edit samples from narrative and documentary films and analyze the results. We will also critique ongoing edits of your own thesis films.

Designing Narratives

THR 420 / VIS 420 / ARC 420 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

Co-taught by design collective dots, the course aims to explore the world of visual storytelling, with an emphasis on collaboration as an essential part of the process of designing 3-dimensional space for narratives.

Sculpture II

VIS 421 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Amy Yao

This sculpture class will engage contemporary approaches to the figure with an emphasis on the figure as body.

Radical Composition

VIS 424 / ART 479 · Spring 2022

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tina Campt

This seminar examines the radical possibilities of collaboration as fundamentally a process of radical composition through which collaborators bridge different modalities of creative expression - textual composition, artistic composition, speculative composition, among others - that span multiple media, forms and practices.

Other Lives of Time

VIS 440 · Spring 2022

C01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: RaMell Ross

This class is equal parts screening, filmmaking, discussion, and artistic critique. We will watch, discuss, and dissect works by artists and filmmakers from across the globe that use personal form and distinct techniques to communicate idiosyncratically.

The Store as Art

ATL 499 / VIS 499 · Spring 2022

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

Before the invention of the artist as a solitary genius, all artists, as artisans, had shops in which they had direct contact with their customers. This arrangement held until the Modern era, when the twin ethos of specialization and purity separated artists from the corrupting influence of commerce. This class will begin with critical discussion of the many artists who have reimagined the role of art (and its relationship to commerce) by opening stores, analyzing how the inherent critique and conviviality of the gesture has inspired new art forms. Students will then conceive, make, and launch their very own “Store as Art” in Princeton.

Music

Rhythm Tap Dance Lab: Explorations in Black Embodied and Electronic Music

DAN 303 / AAS 329 / MTD 303 / MUS 268 · Spring 2022

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

Instructors: Michael J. Love

Enrolled students will engage with this course as workshop cast members of a new interdisciplinary piece by Princeton Arts Fellow Michael J. Love and explore methods of rhythm tap dance performance, live electronic music composition, and practice-based research on Black American music (genres such as jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, techno, and house).