CRN

90342

Course No.

THTR 101 LH 1

Title

Introduction to Acting

Professor

Lynn Hawley

Schedule

Tu Th 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Distribution

F

2 credits, This year-long course, intended for prospective theater majors, focuses on accessing the beginning actor's imagination and creative energy. Using theater games, movement work, and improvisational techniques, the intent is to expand the boundaries of accepted logic and to encourage risk-taking in the actor. Course work includes intensive classroom sessions, individual projects designed to promote self-discovery, and group projects focused on the process of collaborative work. Students must enroll for two consecutive semesters to receive four credits for the year.

CRN

90394

Course No.

THTR 101 LH 2

Title

Introduction to Acting

Professor

Lynn Hawley

Schedule

Tu Th 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Distribution

F

See description above.

CRN

90344

Course No.

THTR 101 NT

Title

Introduction to Acting (American Method)

Professor

Naomi Thornton

Schedule

Th 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm

Distribution

F

2 credits, Scene preparation and beginning scene technique. Emphasis on relaxation, breathing, and concentration. Teaching the actor to make choices and implement them using sense memory and to integrate this work with the text. Group and individual exercises and improvisations. Continuous work on the acting instrument stressing freedom, spontaneity, and individual attention. Materials: poems, monologues, stories, and scenes. Reading of American plays, 1930 to the present.

CRN

90335

Course No.

THTR 121

Title

Movement for Actors

Professor

Jean Churchill

Schedule

Wed 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Distribution

F

1 credit, Basic training in movement, rhythm, development of technique and confidence in space.

CRN

90340

Course No.

THTR 131

Title

Voice

Professor

Elizabeth Smith

Schedule

Fri

Distribution

F

2 credits, This course develops awareness of physical equipment, natural pitch, purity of vowels and consonants, tone, inflection, diction, agility, nuance and vocal imagination.

CRN

90341

Course No.

THTR 141

Title

The Alexander Technique

Professor

Judith Youett

Schedule

Wed 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm ***

Distribution

F

1 credit, A world respected technique for body investigation, alignment, and relaxation, the Alexander Technique is a valuable tool for performers, writers, scholars, and artists. This is a kinesthetic reeducation that provides a means of monitoring and eliminating self-created tension in order not to interfere with creative process. ***Class will split into several groups that will meet for one hour each.

CRN

90345

Course No.

THTR 201 NT

Title

Studio Acting (American Method)

Professor

Naomi Thornton

Schedule

Th 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Distribution

F

2 credits, Scene technique with work on specific rehearsal tasks as preparation and approach to each rehearsal and practice of their application. Continued work on the acting instrument, understanding the actor as artist and deepening the physical, emotional, and intellectual availability of each actor. Advanced individual exercises, scenes and monologues from all dramatic literature.

Prerequisite: Intro to Acting

CRN

90336

Course No.

THTR 205

Title

How to Read a Play

Professor

Kathleen Dimmick

Schedule

Mon 1:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Distribution

B

4 credits, Plays are curious hybrids, neither solely literary nor exclusively theatrical documents. Like a blueprint, a play is a guide and a framework to the expression of the human dilemma in performance. This class investigates not simply what a play says but how it says it - how the conventions of dramatic structure determine the way a play communicates. We will read six to eight plays closely to examine the particular conventions at work in each playtext. We will reexamine certain critical theories that pertain to the dramatic strategies of these plays.

CRN

90350

Course No.

THTR 207

Title

Playwrighting I

Professor

Chiori Miyagawa

Schedule

Tu 1:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Distribution

F

4 credits, An introductory course that focuses on discovering the writer's voice. Through writing excises based on dreams, visual images, poetry, social issues, found text, and music, each writer is encouraged to find his or her unique language, style and vision. A group project will explore the nature of collaborative works. Students learn elements of playwriting through writing a one-act play, reading assignments, and class discussions.

CRN

90351

Course No.

THTR 208

Title

Playwrighting II

Professor

Chiori Miyagawa

Schedule

Tu 4:00 pm - 6:20 pm

Distribution

F

4 credits, This course will function as a writer's workshop. After writing a short play, students focus on developing a full-length play, with sections of the work-in-progress presented in class for discussion. Students grow as playwrights by being exposed to diverse dramatic literature and doing a short adaptation project, either of a classic play or a short story.

Prerequisite: Playwrighting I

CRN

90348

Course No.

THTR 225

Title

Opera

Professor

Arthur Burrows/Jeff Sichel

Schedule

Wed 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Distribution

F

4 credits, This year long course is open only to performers cast in the current year's opera production. Students learn to sing and act parts in the opera, and the relevant dramaturgical background of the production.

CRN

90352

Course No.

THTR 227

Title

Neutral Masks: Exploring Transformations

Professor

Shelley Wyant

Schedule

Fri 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Distribution

F

2 credits, The roots of masks come from a diverse system of traditions: the Balinese, the great teachers and the theorists Michel St. Denis and Jacques LeCoq, Francis Delsarte. Two courses are intended to be taken in sequence. In Neutral Mask, students learn to identify physical elements that contribute to a range of characters and physical expression.

Prerequisite: Intro. to Acting

CRN

90402

Course No.

THTR 236

Title

Euripides: A Theater Poet in Rebellion

Professor

Joanne Akalaitis

Schedule

Thur. 10:30 am - 12:50 pm

Distribution

F

Cross listed: Literature

It has been observed that Sophocles wrote men as they should be, and Euripides as they are. He is the most contemporary of the Greek dramatists - the creator of characters in recognizable psychological states, including some of the most delicious female characters in dramatic literature. This course examines some plays of Euripides from the prospective of their brilliance as dramatic art, the power of the characters and joys and problems of the Greek chorus. There will be writing assignments. Plays include: Medea, The Bacchae, Iphigeneia in Aulis, Iphigeneia in Taurus, and Helen.

CRN

90695

Course No.

THTR 242

Title

Studio in Technical Theater

Professor

Greg Buch

Schedule

By arrangement

Distribution

F

A course in the methods, techniques, and practice of technical theater production. Stage management, scenic construction, lighting, wardrobe, property management and construction, and costuming, as well as design and drafting in all of the above areas are taught through practical work on drama and dance productions of the Bard Theater. Each student is assigned responsibility for technical work and computer support on at least one production in the course of the semester. The class meets once a week for planning and problem solving. Students are also expected to attend production meetings for plays and dance theater as a support source, to assist as required by the instructor, and to be familiar with the theater's work and problems in all areas. Enrollment is limited to eight students and is by permission of the instructor. Open to non-majors.

CRN

90346

Course No.

THTR 303

Title

Directing Seminar I

Professor

Jeffrey Sichel

Schedule

Tu 10:30 am - 12:50 pm

Distribution

F

4 credits, A year-long studio course that covers the practice of directing from text analysis, "table work", imagining the world of the play, design, casting, space, rehearsal and blocking in different configurations. The work will proceed from scenes to a full-length work for public presentation. By permission of the instructor.

CRN

90707

Course No.

THTR 303 CO

Title

Acting Company

Professor

Jeffrey Sichel

Schedule

by arrangement

Distribution

F

Corresponding with Directing Seminar I, this 2 credit acting company is open to first year students.

CRN

90337

Course No.

THTR 305

Title

The Course of Tragedy

Professor

Kathleen Dimmick

Schedule

Mon 10:30 am - 12:50 pm

Distribution

B

Cross listed: Literature

4 credits, Can tragic form be defined? Are there immutable characteristics that define "the tragic"? This course examines the development of tragic form in western drama from the "high" tragedy of Ancient Greece, through the rich hybrid of the seventeenth century, to the mixed forms of the twentieth century. Plays to be read include those by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare, Webster, Racine, Buchner, Ibsen, Chekhov, O'Neill, and Beckett; and essays on dramatic theory by Aristotle, Nietzsche, George Steiner, Raymond Williams, and Jan Kott.

Prerequisite: History of Theater, How to Read a Play or their equivalent.

CRN

90393

Course No.

THTR 307

Title

Advanced Scene Study

Professor

Erin Mee

Schedule

Wed 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Distribution

F

3 credits, This course allows the actor to be in an intimate studio situation, in the pure process of scene study, to learn how to break down a scene, understand its "beats", and go for the emotional depth without the concern for the product. This is the actor's research lab. The course is intended for Upper College theater students.

Survey of Drama

Cross listed: Literature

4 credits, Survey of Drama courses study the major styles and periods in drama from a literary, stylistic, and performance perspective, and are at the center of the theater program. They are practical courses, applying text to scene work. All theater majors are expected to take four courses over two years from the Survey of Drama. Periods and some writers covered in this survey: The Greeks; Shakespeare, the Jacobeans, Moliere and the Restoration; Chekhov, Ibsen and Shaw; Buchner and Strindberg, the European experimentalists Brecht and Pirandello; Beckett, Genet and Ionesco; and The Americans, from Eugene O'Neill to Irene Fornes

CRN

90338

Course No.

THTR 315

Title

Survey of Drama: Beckett, Genet, and Ionesco

Professor

JoAnne Akalaitis

Schedule

Mon 1:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Distribution

F

See above.

CRN

90339

Course No.

THTR 316

Title

Survey of Drama: The Americans

Professor

Erin Mee

Schedule

Wed. 4:00 pm - 6:20 pm

Distribution

F

See above.

CRN

90386

Course No.

THTR 319

Title

Dramaturgy

Professor

Robert Rockman

Schedule

TBA

Distribution

F

1 credit Open only to actors cast in one of the semester's productions and meeting during the rehearsal of that play, this one-credit tutorial, in three segments of five weeks each, serves as an extension of the rehearsal and is concerned with such matters as the source, style and background of the play. Its aim is to provide fuel for the actors' imagination through relevant discussion, reading, and inquiry into any problem presented by the script and/or the world of the play, or into conceptual issues raised in the course of the production. Permission of the instructor is required. Students may not register until the plays have been cast.

CRN

90347

Course No.

THTR 325

Title

Site Specific Theater Workshop

Professor

Jeffrey Sichel

Schedule

Wed. 10:30 am - 12:50 pm

Distribution

F

Cross-listed: Integrated Arts

4 credits, In this workshop students will focus on creating unique theatrical experiences inspired by sites on and around the Bard campus. Through a series of weekly assignments focusing on a reaction to the kinetics, space, sound, historicity, poetry and revelation of the uniqueness of particular sites, students will script, direct, choreograph, perform in and critique each others' works.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CRN

90708

Course No.

THTR 325 CO

Title

Acting Company (Site Specific Thtr.)

Professor

Jeffrey Sichel

Schedule

by arrangement

Distribution

F

Corresponding with Site Specific Theater Workshop, this 2 credit acting company is open to first year students.