This course explores theories and practices in contemporary theater making, and will be a workshop of ideas for committed theater students. We will examine questions such as: what are the differences between process and product, what is collaboration, where does the audience fit in to the creative journey. We will investigate different approaches to theater making – from the intensely collaborative to the auteur director, from the very physical to language driven theater. The course will incorporate practical exercises, seminar discussions and visits to rehearsals at Classic Stage Company in New York City.
Course will require the study of various plays and musicals, and careful preparation of practical exercises using excerpts from these works. Course will also involve research into various contemporary theories and practices in theater making, through essays, articles, books, film and attending live performance.
United States Travel Required. Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Enrollment is by application only; the class is only open to juniors and seniors. Please complete the brief application form below. This course cannot be audited.
Students will work in groups to improve their creative and collaborative skills and analytical abilities. The class will form a close connection with the April 2017 production of Pacific Overtures by Stephen Sondheim at Classic Stage Company, directed by John Doyle, by studying the work, attending rehearsals, engaging in the artistic process at CSC and meeting for conversations with collaborators on the show.