Courses

Spring 2023 Courses

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Experiments in Opera

ATL 495 · Spring 2023

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aaron Siegel · A.M. Homes

Are you a singer, dancer, actor, composer, director, poet, playwright, novelist, or perhaps circus artist or stand-up comedian? Join us in an exploration of the ultimate multi-hyphenate-opera. Students will have a front row seat to an early-phase project, and create their own work as we explore the nature of musical storytelling and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

How to Write a Song

ATL 496 / CWR 496 · Spring 2023

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Bridget Kearney · Stew

Taught by Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Stew (Passing Strange) 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.

Tap Dance Experiments in Video and Sound/Rhythm: SOIL, SAND, BONE

ATL 497 / AAS 497 / DAN 497 · Spring 2023

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Ariel "Aryel" René Jackson · DeForrest Brown, Jr. · Michael J. Love

Students in this course will work with Princeton Arts Fellow Michael J. Love and his collaborators, film-based artist Ariel René Jackson and rhythmanalyst DeForrest Brown, Jr., to develop a new multi-channel video and live performance installation—to feature video by Jackson, live performance by the students (choreographed and directed by Love), and an electronic music-based composition by Brown. Students will engage with curated readings and media, lectures by Love, Jackson, and Brown, and weekly technique classes and choreography rehearsals. The course will culminate in a live performance and exhibition.

Missing Black Women

ATL 498 / AAS 498 / GSS 498 · Spring 2023

C01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Davalois Fearon · Mahogany L. Browne · Patricia Smith

Poet Patricia Smith, Poet and Executive Director of JustMedia Mahogany Browne, and choreographer Davalois Fearon will collaborate through the course to craft a multimedia theatrical production that shines an unflinching light on the problem of missing Black women and girls. In 2020, 268,884 women were reported missing, and nearly 100,000 were Black women and girls, but there is a huge disparity in how the cases of Black missing girls and women are treated by media and law enforcement. The artists will work with students interested in music, theater, and dance to assemble the production, which will then be performed for the Princeton community.

Sites of Memory: Gender, Performance, and the Law

ATL 499 / AAS 499 / ENG 499 · Spring 2023

C01 — Autumn M. Womack + Patricia Williams · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Autumn Womack

Students will collaborate with legal scholar Patricia Williams, literary historian Autumn Womack, and guest artists and performers to creatively explore the theatrical and performative archives that animate what we'll understand as black (gendered) legal performances. We will investigate a range of sites—from the Margaret Garner trial to Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing—and the embodied, visual and sonic histories that score them. Alongside filmmakers, visual artists, and performers, students will construct a multi-modal creative record that fills in the silences and supplements the noise that accompanies these trials.

Creative Writing

Introductory Fiction

CWR 204 · Spring 2023

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Aleksandar Hemon · Daphne Kalotay · Garth Greenwell · A.M. Homes · Kirstin Valdez Quade

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 2023

C01 · Fridays, 2:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jenny McPhee

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.

Re-Writing the Classics

ENG 246 / CWR 246 / CLA 241 / HUM 246 · Spring 2023

S01 — Kamila N. Shamsie · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

The 21st century has seen many Greek classics re-told in ways that challenge dominant power structures. We will analyze some of these new versions of old stories while interrogating the very idea of a 'classic'. Why re-tell a story from over 2,000 years ago to begin with? What are the politics of engaging with texts that have been used to underpin ideas of a superior Western civilization? What challenges do writers have to overcome in working with ancient texts? Students will consider these questions as readers but also as writers who will work towards a classics re-write of their own.

Advanced Poetry

CWR 302 · Spring 2023

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Ilya Kaminsky · Marilyn Chin

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 2023

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Garth Greenwell · Kirstin Valdez Quade

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.

Playwriting II: Intermediate Playwriting

THR 305 / CWR 309 · Spring 2023

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Nathan Davis

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. In addition to questions of craft, an emphasis will be placed on the formation of healthy creative habits and the sharpening of critical and analytical skills through reading and responding to work of both fellow students and contemporary playwrights of note.

Advanced Literary Translation

CWR 306 / TRA 314 / COM 356 · Spring 2023

C01 · Fridays, 2:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jenny McPhee

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.

Writing from Life

CWR 310 · Spring 2023

C01 · Fridays, 9:00-10:50 AM

Instructors: Yiyun Li

What compels us to write about ourselves? What drives us to read about the lives of others? Where is the intersection between public life and private life? In this workshop we will examine different approaches to writing about the people, places and events that have shaped us.

Advanced Seminar in American Studies: ‘America’: Writing the Public, Writing the Self

AMS 404 / CWR 404 · Spring 2023

S01 — Richard Benjamin · Tuesday + Thursday, 3-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

In-depth look into current US issues, with emphasis on democracy and the question 'What is America?'-socially, culturally, politically. Seminar immerses students into nonfiction literature, particularly as it illuminates the idea of "America" and the state of "Americans". Together we explore seminal non-fiction writing about America, the better to hone students' ability to think and write critically about the public sphere, and to write intelligently about their lives. Seminar examines how major writers, and students, best integrate research, socio-political analysis, literary skill, to craft publicly valuable, self-revelatory writing.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2023

C01 · Tuesdays, 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 2023

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Bridget Kearney · Stew

Taught by Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Stew (Passing Strange) 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 Choreopoem

MTD 202 / THR 202 / AAS 205 / DAN 205 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 11 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Chesney Snow

A creative performance lab that engages spoken word, storytelling, devised theatre and physical movement to explore domestic and international structures of liberation, expression, oppression, social movements, and political power.

Black Performance Theory

THR 203 / AAS 204 / DAN 203 / GSS 378 · Spring 2023

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

Instructors: Rhaisa Williams

We will explore the foundations of black performance theory, drawing from the fields of performance studies, theater, dance, and black studies. Using methods of ethnography, archival studies, and black theatrical and dance paradigms, we will learn how scholars and artists imagine, complicate, and manifest various forms of blackness across time and space. In particular, we will focus on blackness as both lived experience and as a mode of theoretical inquiry.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 / GHP 338 · Spring 2023

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we will dive into experiences in which body and language meet. We'll think about these from aesthetic, cultural, political, medical, personal, and philosophical perspectives. We'll explore language from, in, around, and about (our) bodies.

The American Experience and Dance Practices of the African Diaspora

DAN 211 / AAS 211 · Spring 2023

U01 · Mondays and 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 2023

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

Instructors: Davalois Fearon

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 2023

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.

Introduction to Breaking: Deciphering its Power

DAN 225 · Spring 2023

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.

Introduction to Radical Access: Disability Justice in the Arts

DAN 306 / GSS 367 / THR 367 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez

Disability is front and center in a global social justice revolution. But who are the disabled artists and ideas behind this movement? How can we embrace Radical Accessibility and Care in our daily artistic practices? This course invites all artists, from choreographers to theater makers, film makers, visual artists, writers and composers to immerse in a highly collaborative, improvisational, experimental and inclusive community to explore Disability Justice as a framework for creative, dramaturgical and curatorial practices.

The Arts of Urban Transition

DAN 310 / HUM 344 / THR 323 / URB 310 · Spring 2023

S01 · 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.

FAT: The F-Word and the Public Body

DAN 312 / AMS 398 / GSS 346 · Spring 2023

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Judith Hamera

The fat body operates at the conjuncture of political economy, beauty standards, and health. This seminar asks, How does this "f-word" discipline and regulate bodies in /as public? What is the "ideal" American public body and who gets to occupy that position? How are complex personhood, expressivity, health, and citizenship contested cultural and political economic projects? We will examine the changing history, aesthetics, politics, and meanings of fatness using dance, performance, memoirs, and media texts as case studies

Dance in Education: Dance/Theater Pedagogy

DAN 316 / THR 328 / HUM 317 / TPP 316 · Spring 2023

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 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. The course combines teaching dance and movement classes to public school students from underserved communities in the Princeton region, while collectively engaging in an in-depth exploration of Dance in Education with an emphasis on recent developments in the field. Fieldwork takes place weekly at designated out-of-class times.

Choreography Studio

DAN 317 · Spring 2023

U01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Rebecca Lazier

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.

Inventing Performance

DAN 351 / THR 374 / MTD 374 · Spring 2023

C01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

Students from across fields who are interested in slowing down the art-making process to explore the nature of devising, developing, revising, and performing are invited to join. We'll delve into the often-intermingled roles of creator, performer, designer, technician, and audience member. This studio course culminates in student-created performances in the Roberts Theater at the end of the term.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2023

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.

Dramaturgies of Care in Contemporary Performance

DAN 393 / THR 393 · Spring 2023

S01 — Jaamil Kosoko + Dahlia Li · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

We all need more care. That much is clear. As it pertains to artmaking, the imperative to incorporate systems of care and healing into the greater conversation within the frameworks of modern performance making has increased dynamically since 2020. It has become even more vital for contemporary artists to consider holistic care models as an utmost concern while creating work in the age of global crisis. But how do we practice care within performance? This seminar examines how contemporary artists and creative researchers consider dramaturgy as a radical act of care within contemporary performance practice.

Anatomical Approaches to Contemporary Dance

DAN 402 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:30-6:20 PM

Instructors: Sasha Welsh

In this advanced studio course, dancers will study experiential anatomy in conversation with a variety of approaches to contemporary dance. Students will train intensively with a rotating faculty and guest artists, building versatility while applying learned concepts to new challenges.

Media and/as Performance

GER 408 / ECS 404 / HUM 408 / DAN 325 · Spring 2023

S01 — Susan Morrow · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

Informed by recent German media theory on 'cultural techniques'—from the operation of doors to embodied acts of writing and image-making—this seminar will explore the relations between performance and media, from interactions between performance practices and modern/new media to implications of performance for theorizing media in general.

Ballet as an Evolving Form: Technique and Repertory

DAN 432 · Spring 2023

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

Instructors: Tina Fehlandt

A studio course in Contemporary Ballet technique for advanced dancers, with explorations into neoclassical and contemporary choreography through readings, viewings, and the learning of and creation of repertory. Through visits with prominent guest artists, including Heather Watts, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Norbert De La Cruz III, Chandra Moss-Thorne and Clarice Marshall, students will examine the shifts that "Ballet" is making to stay relevant and meaningful as a "21st" century art form.

Tap Dance Experiments in Video and Sound/Rhythm: SOIL, SAND, BONE

ATL 497 / AAS 497 / DAN 497 · Spring 2023

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Ariel "Aryel" René Jackson · DeForrest Brown, Jr. · Michael J. Love

Students in this course will work with Princeton Arts Fellow Michael J. Love and his collaborators, film-based artist Ariel René Jackson and rhythmanalyst DeForrest Brown, Jr., to develop a new multi-channel video and live performance installation—to feature video by Jackson, live performance by the students (choreographed and directed by Love), and an electronic music-based composition by Brown. Students will engage with curated readings and media, lectures by Love, Jackson, and Brown, and weekly technique classes and choreography rehearsals. The course will culminate in a live performance and exhibition.

Music Theater

Introduction to Theater Making

THR 101 / MTD 101 · Spring 2023

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

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Nehassaiu deGannes

Introduction to Theater Making is a working laboratory, which gives students hands-on experience with theater's fundamental building blocks — writing, design, acting, directing, and producing. Throughout the semester, students read, watch and discuss five different plays, music theater pieces and ensemble theater works.

Introduction to Choreopoem

MTD 202 / THR 202 / AAS 205 / DAN 205 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 11 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Chesney Snow

A creative performance lab that engages spoken word, storytelling, devised theatre and physical movement to explore domestic and international structures of liberation, expression, oppression, social movements, and political power.

Sondheim’s Musicals and the Making of America

AMS 317 / MTD 321 / ENG 249 / THR 322 · Spring 2023

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Stacy Wolf

In this course, we'll examine the musicals of Stephen Sondheim from Company (1970) to Road Show (2009) as a lens onto America. We'll explore how Sondheim and his collaborators used the mainstream, popular, and commercial form of musical theatre to challenge, critique, deconstruct, and possibly reinforce some of America's most enduring myths.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / MTD 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2023

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tess James

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.

Theater Making Studio

THR 402 / MTD 402 · Spring 2023

U01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox · Shariffa Ali

This theater making studio is intended to support students creating theatrical projects, at Princeton and beyond, in a time of seismic change in our field. We'll address your creative process and collaborative skills, develop inclusive practices and support your growth as visual storytellers and critical thinkers.

Creative Musical Leadership

MTD 404 / MUS 404 · Spring 2023

S01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Solon Snider Sway

In this course, students will develop and implement a personal philosophy of music ensemble direction. Students will connect practice-based learning with broader theories of art-making, exploring questions about why, how, and with whom people make music. For those who dream of directing a vocal group, conducting an orchestra, music directing a musical, or even inventing a new ensemble, this process-driven course will create an environment for experimentation, risk-taking, and musical and personal growth. A background playing an instrument, singing, conducting, or composing music is required.

Creative Intellect

THR 405 / MTD 405 / GSS 414 · Spring 2023

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Brian Herrera

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

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Spring 2023

U01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tess James

Taking THR 451 will involve participating in one of two focused rehearsal processes, led by faculty directors, culminating in public performances.

Theater

Introduction to Theater Making

THR 101 / MTD 101 · Spring 2023

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

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Nehassaiu deGannes

Introduction to Theater Making is a working laboratory, which gives students hands-on experience with theater's fundamental building blocks — writing, design, acting, directing, and producing. Throughout the semester, students read, watch and discuss five different plays, music theater pieces and ensemble theater works.

Beginning Studies in Acting

THR 201 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM and Thursdays, 2:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Chesney Snow

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.

Introduction to Choreopoem

MTD 202 / THR 202 / AAS 205 / DAN 205 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 11 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Chesney Snow

A creative performance lab that engages spoken word, storytelling, devised theatre and physical movement to explore domestic and international structures of liberation, expression, oppression, social movements, and political power.

Black Performance Theory

THR 203 / AAS 204 / DAN 203 / GSS 378 · Spring 2023

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

Instructors: Rhaisa Williams

We will explore the foundations of black performance theory, drawing from the fields of performance studies, theater, dance, and black studies. Using methods of ethnography, archival studies, and black theatrical and dance paradigms, we will learn how scholars and artists imagine, complicate, and manifest various forms of blackness across time and space. In particular, we will focus on blackness as both lived experience and as a mode of theoretical inquiry.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 / GHP 338 · Spring 2023

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we will dive into experiences in which body and language meet. We'll think about these from aesthetic, cultural, political, medical, personal, and philosophical perspectives. We'll explore language from, in, around, and about (our) bodies.

Acting and Directing Workshop — Acting

THR 218 · Spring 2023

U01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Elena Araoz

This course develops basic acting technique which focuses on the pursuit of objectives, given circumstances, conflict, public solitude and living truthfully under imagined circumstances. Practical skills are established through scenes performed for classroom analysis.

Page to Stage

THR 226 · Spring 2023

U01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Maysoon Zayid

If no one will cast you, create a role for yourself. Maysoon Zayid's "Page to Stage" will teach you how to write your way into the spotlight. Students will be divided into three writers' rooms. Each room will pen a comedic one-act play that the writers themselves will star in. For their final, they will perform a full production of the three original vignettes in front of a live audience.

Contemporary French Theater

FRE 228 / THR 227 · Spring 2023

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.

Playwriting II: Intermediate Playwriting

THR 305 / CWR 309 · Spring 2023

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Nathan Davis

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. In addition to questions of craft, an emphasis will be placed on the formation of healthy creative habits and the sharpening of critical and analytical skills through reading and responding to work of both fellow students and contemporary playwrights of note.

Introduction to Radical Access: Disability Justice in the Arts

DAN 306 / GSS 367 / THR 367 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez

Disability is front and center in a global social justice revolution. But who are the disabled artists and ideas behind this movement? How can we embrace Radical Accessibility and Care in our daily artistic practices? This course invites all artists, from choreographers to theater makers, film makers, visual artists, writers and composers to immerse in a highly collaborative, improvisational, experimental and inclusive community to explore Disability Justice as a framework for creative, dramaturgical and curatorial practices.

Mediated Lives: Caribbean and Latina Women Rewriting History and Theater

LAS 308 / THR 370 / AMS 298 / LAO 308 · Spring 2023

L01 - Lilianne Lugo Herrera · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

This class will look at the works of Latin American and Latinx women playwrights who have created works that are either adaptations of mythical Greek heroines or reinterpretations of the historical Latin American and Caribbean record. These works challenge our visions of history: they use the power of the canon to make us think about the weight of tradition, and use that weight to shatter our preconceptions of gender, race, and identity.

The Arts of Urban Transition

DAN 310 / HUM 344 / THR 323 / URB 310 · Spring 2023

S01 · 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.

Advanced French Theater Workshop

FRE 311 / THR 312 · Spring 2023

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.

Dance in Education: Dance/Theater Pedagogy

DAN 316 / THR 328 / HUM 317 / TPP 316 · Spring 2023

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 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. The course combines teaching dance and movement classes to public school students from underserved communities in the Princeton region, while collectively engaging in an in-depth exploration of Dance in Education with an emphasis on recent developments in the field. Fieldwork takes place weekly at designated out-of-class times.

Modern Irish Theatre: Oscar Wilde to Martin McDonagh to Riverdance

THR 316 / ENG 217 · Spring 2023

S01 · Wednesdays, 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.

Sondheim’s Musicals and the Making of America

AMS 317 / MTD 321 / ENG 249 / THR 322 · Spring 2023

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Stacy Wolf

In this course, we'll examine the musicals of Stephen Sondheim from Company (1970) to Road Show (2009) as a lens onto America. We'll explore how Sondheim and his collaborators used the mainstream, popular, and commercial form of musical theatre to challenge, critique, deconstruct, and possibly reinforce some of America's most enduring myths.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / MTD 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2023

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tess James

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.

Devising for the Stage

THR 329 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Yuval Boim

A progressive journey through the art of devised theater. Students learn improvisation techniques and creation tools, which they apply while making their own pieces, both individually and in collaboration with others. This course transforms the classroom into a playful space of exploration, with the performer—their body and imagination—as a hub for theatrical innovation.

Inventing Performance

DAN 351 / THR 374 / MTD 374 · Spring 2023

C01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

Students from across fields who are interested in slowing down the art-making process to explore the nature of devising, developing, revising, and performing are invited to join. We'll delve into the often-intermingled roles of creator, performer, designer, technician, and audience member. This studio course culminates in student-created performances in the Roberts Theater at the end of the term.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2023

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.

Dramaturgies of Care in Contemporary Performance

DAN 393 / THR 393 · Spring 2023

S01 — Jaamil Kosoko + Dahlia Li · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

We all need more care. That much is clear. As it pertains to artmaking, the imperative to incorporate systems of care and healing into the greater conversation within the frameworks of modern performance making has increased dynamically since 2020. It has become even more vital for contemporary artists to consider holistic care models as an utmost concern while creating work in the age of global crisis. But how do we practice care within performance? This seminar examines how contemporary artists and creative researchers consider dramaturgy as a radical act of care within contemporary performance practice.

Advanced Studies in Acting: Scene Study and Style

THR 401 · Spring 2023

U01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Nehassaiu deGannes

In the 20th and 21st centuries, playwrights such as Brecht, Beckett, Churchill and Jacob-Jenkins have written plays that challenged conventional notions of how theater works. This course is a scene study class in which we'll explore a variety of ways to act these plays.

Theater Making Studio

THR 402 / MTD 402 · Spring 2023

U01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jane Cox · Shariffa Ali

This theater making studio is intended to support students creating theatrical projects, at Princeton and beyond, in a time of seismic change in our field. We'll address your creative process and collaborative skills, develop inclusive practices and support your growth as visual storytellers and critical thinkers.

Creative Intellect

THR 405 / MTD 405 / GSS 414 · Spring 2023

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Brian Herrera

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

Topics in Drama: Performing Hamlet

ENG 409 / THR 410 / HUM 409 · Spring 2023

U01 · Fridays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tamsen Wolff

This class will investigate William Shakespeare's play Hamlet through discussion and performance. Students will explore and rehearse an adaptation of the play to understand Shakespearean characters, narrative, and language, and to consider the play's resonance in the current moment.

Acting and Directing Workshop — Directing

THR 418 · Spring 2023

U01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Elena Araoz

Directing assignments will be created for each student, who will work with the actors in the class and whose work will be analyzed by the instructor and other members of the workshop.

Early Modern Amsterdam: Tolerant Eminence and the Arts

ENG 448 / THR 448 / HUM 448 / COM 440 · Spring 2023

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

Instructors: Nigel Smith

Inter-disciplinary class on early modern Amsterdam (1550-1720) when the city was at the center of the global economy and leading cultural center; home of Rembrandt and Spinoza (Descartes was nearby) and original figures like playwrights Bredero and Vondel, the ethicist engraver Coornhert, the political economist de la Court brothers and English traveling theater. We go from art to poetry, drama, philosophy and medicine. Spring Break is in Amsterdam with museum visits, guest talks and participation in recreation of traveling theater from the period.

Theater Rehearsal and Performance

THR 451 / MTD 451 · Spring 2023

U01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tess James

Taking THR 451 will involve participating in one of two focused rehearsal processes, led by faculty directors, culminating in public performances.

Visual Arts

Looking Lab: Experiments in Visual Thinking and Thinking about Visuals

ART 106 / VIS 106 / ENT 106 · Spring 2023

C01 - Lucy Partman · Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-8:50 PM

Instructors: Staff

It can be remarkably easy to take the process of looking for granted. Each day, humans contend with an onslaught of visual information. Education primarily focuses on teaching people how to read, write, and deal with numbers. But what about learning how to look closely and critically at images, at the world around us, and at ourselves? 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 2023

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Lex Brown · 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 2023

U01 - Pam Lins · Tuesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: 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.

Black + Queer in Leather: Black Leather/BDSM Material Culture

VIS 207 / AAS 206 / GSS 216 · Spring 2023

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tiona Nekkia McClodden

This course will explore the material culture of this community from three perspectives: Architecture + Location, Visual Artists and Exhibitions, and Black Queer BDSM communities with a significant research focus on finding and presenting new materials.

Graphic Design: Link

VIS 208 · Spring 2023

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.

Digital Photography

VIS 213 · Spring 2023

C01 - TBA · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

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: Circulation

VIS 217 · Spring 2023

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 2023

S01 · Wednesdays, 12:30-4:20 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 2023

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Amy Yao · Joe Scanlan · Martha Friedman

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.

Video Installation

VIS 230 · Spring 2023

U01 · Fridays, 12:30-4:20 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 2023

U01 · Tuesdays, 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 2023

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 2023

C01 · Mondays, 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.

Fascism in Italian Cinema

ITA 312 / VIS 445 · Spring 2023

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Gaetana Marrone-Puglia

This course, conducted in English, is a study of Fascism through selected films from World War II to the present. Topics include: the concept of Fascist normality; Racial Laws; the role of women and homosexuals; colonialism; and the opposition of the intellectual left.

Intermediate Photography

VIS 313 · Spring 2023

C01 · Thursdays, 12:30-4:20 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 · Spring 2023

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tess James

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 · Spring 2023

U01 · Thursdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Amy Yao

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of working with clay. A wide variety of hand-building will be taught, enabling students to make utilitarian vessels as well as sculptural forms.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2023

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.

Documentary Filmmaking II

VIS 363 · Spring 2023

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.

Narrative Filmmaking II

VIS 365 · Spring 2023

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.

Collage Making in Architecture

ARC 378 / VIS 378 · Spring 2023

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. There are in-class workshops and weekly projects involving (handmade) collages.

Painting II

VIS 404 · Spring 2023

U01 - Colleen Asper · Wednesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

This class will focus on how contemporary painting considers the human figure. Portraits without people, the selfie, imagined figures, forgotten figures, fragmented figures, figures from our lives, abstract figures, cyborgs, crowds, and composite figures will be considered within a structure of exploratory painterly approaches. This class will NOT focus on "how to" paint the figure. No experience painting the figure is necessary.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2023

C01 · Tuesdays, 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 2023

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Deana Lawson

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 2023

U01 · Mondays, 12:30-4:20 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.

Extraordinary Processes

VIS 418 / CEE 418 · Spring 2023

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Joe Scanlan · Sigrid Adriaenssens

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 singular material: ash wood. These objects will be executed quickly and in round-robin fashion, a structure that allows students to be leaders on some assignments and learn from their classmates on others, supported by lab work. The course is capped by a semester-long, collaborative project to design and build a flexible bridge. A larger goal of the class is to compare and contrast methods of evaluation in visual art, engineering, design, and ergonomics.

Spring Film Seminar

VIS 419 · Spring 2023

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. This course will give you a better understanding of how many ways there are to approach and solve the puzzle of editing a film.

Sculpture II

VIS 421 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Martha Friedman

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

Radical Composition

VIS 424 / ART 479 / AAS 424 · Spring 2023

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. By modeling and exploring collaboration as radical composition, this course seeks to reframe it as more that a dynamic of participation and coordination, and to recognize it as a generative methodology for producing critical scholarly and creative work.

Music

Creative Musical Leadership

MTD 404 / MUS 404 · Spring 2023

S01 · Fridays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Solon Snider Sway

In this course, students will develop and implement a personal philosophy of music ensemble direction. Students will connect practice-based learning with broader theories of art-making, exploring questions about why, how, and with whom people make music. For those who dream of directing a vocal group, conducting an orchestra, music directing a musical, or even inventing a new ensemble, this process-driven course will create an environment for experimentation, risk-taking, and musical and personal growth. A background playing an instrument, singing, conducting, or composing music is required.