Course

THTR 101   Introduction to Acting

Professor

Lynn Hawley

CRN

90305

 

Schedule

Mon Wed   10:30 - 11:50 am  Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

3 credits  This 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.

 

Course

THTR 101   Introduction to Acting

Professor

Jonathan Rosenberg

CRN

90309

 

Schedule

Tu Th          10:30 - 11:50 am  Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

3 credits  This 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.

 

Course

THTR 101   Introduction to Acting

Professor

Naomi Thornton

CRN

90317

 

Schedule

Th               3:20 –5:20 pm     Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

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 present.

 

Course

THTR 103CO   Acting Company

Professor

Jonathan Rosenberg

CRN

90432

 

Schedule

Tu Th          1:30 -2:50 pm      Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

4 credits Corresponding with Directing Seminar, actors work with student directors on scene work for in-class presentation. Open to first year students.

 

Course

THTR 122   Movement for Actors

Professor

Lenore Latimer

CRN

90311

 

Schedule

 Tu              4:30 -5:50 pm      Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

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

 

Course

THTR 131   Voice for Majors

Professor

Elizabeth Smith

CRN

90312

 

Schedule

 Tu Fr          1:25 -2:25 pm      Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

2 credits This course is designed to develop an awareness of the importance of physical relaxation, breath capacity and control, resonance and placement. There will also be an emphasis on clarity of articulation and the use of vocal range and inflection. This course is intended for moderated and prospective theater majors.

 

Course

THTR 132   Voice for Non-Majors

Professor

Elizabeth Smith

CRN

90313

 

Schedule

 Tu Fr          2:55 -3:55 pm      Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

2 credits This course will concentrate on basic voice and speech work to enable the students to communicate with greater clarity and confidence. Some of the demands of speaking in public will also be addressed.

 

Course

THTR 141   Alexander Technique I

Professor

Judith Youett

CRN

90304

 

Schedule

 Mon Fr      9:00 - 10:20 am   Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

1 credit. A world-respected technique developed over 100 years ago; the Alexander Technique is a valuable tool for performers, writers, scholars, and artists. It is a simple and practical approach to improving balance, coordination and movement. During this course we will learn about habits of thinking and moving that cause stress and fatigue. This awareness will enable different choices to be made in ourselves and how we respond to the environment. Register for one 90-minute group per week, THTR 141A or THTR 141B.

 

Course

THTR 142   Alexander Technique II

Professor

Judith Youett

CRN

90306

 

Schedule

Mon            10:30 - 11:50 am  Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

1 credit Level II deepens the study of Alexander Technique including the developmental movements that children make from birth to upright posture.

 

Course

THTR 206  History of Theater

Professor

Jean Wagner

CRN

90414

 

Schedule

Tu  Th   9:00-10:20 am  Preston Theater

Distribution

OLD: A

NEW: Analysis of Arts

Cross-listed:  Classical Studies, Theology

4 credits   This course looks at the major periods and forms of Western dramatic literature from its primal roots, through Greek and Roman Tragedy and Comedy, Medieval Theater, Tudor Comedy, Renaissance Drama, Commedia dell-arte, Elizabethan Theater, and the Spanish Golden Age. We will read plays from each of these periods as well as theoretical and critical writings which will elucidate the social and aesthetic conditions of the day. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the development of theater as an art form, and explore how theater relates to and reflects the intellectual, social, political and spiritual climate of the broader culture. This course is open to all students, and is a requirement for moderation in Theater.

 

Course

THTR 207  Playwriting I

Professor

Dominic Taylor

CRN

90413

 

Schedule

Mon   4:00 – 6:20 pm   Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

4 credits   An introductory course that focuses on discovering the writer’s voice. Through writing exercises 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.   This course is for sophomores and upperclass students only. 

 

Course

THTR 208  Playwriting II

Professor

Chiori Miyagawa

CRN

90415

 

Schedule

Th  1:30 – 3:50 pm  Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

4 credits   This course will function as a writer’s workshop. Students focus on developing a full-length play, with sections of the work-in-progress presented in class for discussions.  Students grow as playwrights by developing characters and themes that are sustained through a full-length play.  The students will also read a wide range of dramatic literature and be exposed to diverse styles of playwriting.   Email the instructor (miyagawa@bard.edu)  with a brief paragraph of an idea for a play you would like to work on. Prerequisite: Playwriting I or Theatrical Adaptations. 

 

 

Course

THTR 209   Scene Study

Professor

Jean Wagner

CRN

90427

 

Schedule

Wed            1:00 - 4:00 pm     Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

3 credits   A course intended for students who have taken one semester of Intro to Acting and would like to continue their study. The course deals with movement from a games oriented curriculum into work with theatrical texts and discovery of the processes of scene study.

 

Course

THTR 227   Neutral Masks

Professor

Shelley Wyant

CRN

90315

 

Schedule

Wed            9:00 - 12:00 pm   Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

2 credits The roots of mask work come from a diverse system of traditions including the Balinese, the great teachers and the theorists Pierre LeFevre, Michel St. Denis, Jaques LeCoq and Francis Delsarte. Neutral Masks is an exploration of the world of the mask and all the freedom it has to offer performers, using tools of breath and focus. Students learn to identify the elements that contribute to physical expression.

 

Course

THTR 303   Directing Seminar

Professor

Jonathan Rosenberg

CRN

90310

 

Schedule

 Tu              1:30 -4:30 pm      Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

4 credits This is a 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. By permission of the instructor.

 

Course

THTR 307   Advanced Acting

Professor

Lynn Hawley

CRN

90307

 

Schedule

 Mon           1:00 -4:00 pm      Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

4 credits This is a studio acting class where students will explore scenes from challenging plays of varied styles. Extensive rehearsal time outside of class is required. Pre-requisites: Intro to Acting and Scene Study. Maximum enrollment: 12 students.

 

Course

THTR 307 B  Advanced Acting

Professor

Naomi Thornton

CRN

90318

 

Schedule

Th               1:00 -3:00 pm       Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

3 credits This is a studio acting class where students will explore scenes from challenging plays of varied styles. Extensive rehearsal time outside of class is required. Pre-requisites: Intro to Acting and Scene Study. Maximum enrollment: 12 students.

 

Course

THTR 310H   Survey: Yiddish Theater

Professor

Shelley Wyant

CRN

90308

 

Schedule

Mon            3:00 - 5:20 pm      Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: B

NEW: Analysis of Art

Cross-listed: Jewish Studies

In this course we examine the tradition of the Yiddish Theater as it evolved in the United States and trace its evolution from its European beginnings into the present day. The large numbers of eastern European Jewish immigrants that flocked to America at the turn of the century created a uniquely Yiddish-American culture which resulted in the development of a Yiddish Broadway on Second Avenue. We will investigate the historical aspect of the culture through historical books (Vagabond Stars by Nahma Sandrow) and primary resources – a visit to NYC’s Tenement Museum and YIVO at The Jewish Historical Society. We will focus on the recurrent themes of the promise of a just world and a longing for another time and place. We will study the Folksbienne theatre, a ninety-year-old professional Yiddish theatre company, classic literary texts - particularly the stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer (Gimpel the Fool, Taibele and Her Demon) - and popular plays of the period (God of Vengeance, The Golem). Students will perform scenes from plays as well as watch classic film performances of 1930’s Poland starring Molly Picon  (Yidl Miten Fidl, Mirele Efros). Completing our investigation of the relevance and importance of the Yiddish Theatre, we will end with an analysis of Tony Kushner’s translation of Ansky’s play The Dybuk. Topics for papers and presentations include a translation of a Yiddish drama or an in-depth study of some aspect of the Yiddish Theatre: Klezmer music, Second Avenue Theatres, and notable personages (The Adlers, Boris Thoamsevsky, Maurice Shwartz, Shalom Alecheim etc.) Our class will work collaboratively with students in “JS 115  The Golden Tradition: Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture.” Students may enroll in both classes for additional credits, with consent of the instructors.

 

Course

THTR 315   Survey of Drama: Beckett

Professor

JoAnne Akalaitis

CRN

90314

 

Schedule

Wed            1:30 -3:50 pm      Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: B

NEW: Analysis of Art

“Fail, fail, fail better.”

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Course

THTR 340   Voice in Performance

Professor

Elizabeth Smith

CRN

90319

 

Schedule

 Fr               10:30 – 12:30 pm Fisher Perf Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

2 credits This course is designed for those students who have already had some training in voice and will concentrate on addressing demands which occur in performance such as speaking over underscoring, sustaining dialogue in fights or dances, and developing power and range. Technical exercises will be used to promote coordination of speech and movement.