Music Theater Courses

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.