91361

THTR 101   Introduction to Acting

Lynn Hawley

M . W . .

11:50 -1:10 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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. 

 

91363

THTR 101 JR  Introduction to Acting

Jonathan Rosenberg

. T . Th .

10:10 - 11:30 am

FISHER PAC

PART

See above.

 

91376

THTR 101   Introduction to Acting

Naomi Thornton

. . . Th .

3:45 -5:45 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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. 

 

91365

THTR 103   Acting Company

Jonathan Rosenberg

. T . Th .

1:30 -2:50 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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

 

91371

THTR 122   Movement for Actors

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. . . . F

10:10 - 11:30 am

FISHER PAC

PART

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

 

91366

THTR 131   Voice for Majors

Elizabeth Smith

. T . . F

10:10 - 11:30 am

FISHER PAC

PART

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.

 

91367

THTR 141   Alexander Technique I

Judith Muir

. . W . .

11:00 -1:00 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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.

 

91362

THTR 206   History of Theater

Jean Wagner

. T . Th .

3:10 -4:30 pm

OLIN 205

AART

4 credits   This course offers a survey of world performance, theater and drama from a global perspective as it relates to key developments in human communication that have shaped our perception of the world.  We will begin with the evolution of human languages and consciousness; the rise of oral, ritual and shamanic performance; religious and civic festivals; and imperial theater practices.  We will explore the interconnections between religious worship, public entertainment, royal patronage and government censure.  The course will emphasize the role performance, as both artistic practice and social institution, has played as a cultural and political force in society, and will explore not only how performance is created, but for whom and why.

 

91375

THTR 207   Playwriting I

Chiori Miyagawa

. . W . .

1:30 -3:50 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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.  (No writing sample required.)

 

91373

THTR 207   Playwriting I

Zakiyyah Alexander

. . . Th .

1:30 -3:50 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

See above.

 

91374

THTR 208   Playwriting II

Chiori Miyagawa

. T . . .

6:30 -8:50 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Playwriting I,  Theatrical Adaptations,  or Writing Political Theater.

 

91369

THTR 209   Scene Study

Jean Wagner

. T . Th .

11:50 -1:10 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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.

 

91364

THTR 303   Directing Seminar

Jonathan Rosenberg

. T . . .

1:30 -4:30 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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.

 

91370

THTR 307   Advanced Acting

Naomi Thornton

. . . Th .

1:30 -3:30 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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: for acting majors: Intro to Acting and Scene Study. For all others: Intro to Acting. Maximum enrollment: 12 students.

 

91377

THTR 307   Advanced Acting

Lynn Hawley

M . . . .

1:30 -4:30 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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.

 

91368

THTR 310   Survey of Drama:

Contemporary Women Playwrights

Jean Wagner

. . W . .

1:30 -3:50 pm

FISHER PAC

AART

Cross-listed:  Gender & Sexuality Studies  A survey of the complexity and diversity of contemporary women  playwrights from a performance perspective.  This course will follow  a seminar format in which students will research specific writers and  critically analyze their work, both in oral presentations and written  papers.  Students will also prepare scenes from the selected plays  and discuss the particular theatrical techniques used by the  writers.  Discussion will focus on the history and roots of feminist  theater and the relationship between the women’s movement, feminism  and the works of women in the theater.  Writers will include Caryl  Churchill, Kia Corthron, Karen Finely, Maria Irene Fornes, Lynn  Nottage, Sarah Kane, Sarah Ruhl, Suzan-Lori Parks, Elfriede Jelinek  and Adrienne Kennedy, as well as precursors of feminist drama  including Virginia Woolf, Hrosvitha of Gandersheim, Sophie Treadwell  and Gertrude Stein.

 

91372

THTR 340   Voice in Performance

Elizabeth Smith

. . . . F

12:00-2:00 pm

FISHER PAC

PART

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.