Course

THTR 101 A:  Introduction to Acting

Professor

Lynn Hawley

CRN

15213

 

Schedule

Tu Th    10:00  - 11:20 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

15215

 

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 122   Movement for Actors

Professor

Jean Churchill

CRN

15231

 

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 A  Voice for Majors

Professor

Elizabeth Smith

CRN

15216

 

Schedule

Tu Fr     1:30  - 2:30 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 131 B  Voice for Non-Majors

Professor

Elizabeth Smith

CRN

15217

 

Schedule

Tu Fr     3:00  - 4:00 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 A  Alexander Technique

Professor

Judith Youett

CRN

15218

 

Schedule

Mon       9:30  - 11:00 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 141 B  Alexander Technique

Professor

Judith Youett

CRN

15219

 

Schedule

Mon       11:05  - 12:30 pm  Fisher Perf. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

See description above.

 

Course

THTR 142   Alexander Technique II

Professor

Judith Youett

CRN

15220

 

Schedule

Mon       12:35  - 2:00 pm    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 207   Playwrighting I

Professor

Chiori Miyagawa

CRN

15221

 

Schedule

Tu         1:30  - 3:50 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.

 

Course

THTR 208   Playwrighting II

Professor

Chiori Miyagawa

CRN

15222

 

Schedule

Tu         6:30  - 8:50 pm     Fisher Perf. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

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 discussions. 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.

 

Course

THTR 209   Scene Study

Professor

Lynn Hawley

CRN

15214

 

Schedule

Tu Th    11:30  - 12:50 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 a movement from a games oriented curriculum into work with theatrical texts and discovery of the processes of scene study.

 

Course

THTR 215   Physical Comedy

Professor

James Calder

CRN

15227

 

Schedule

Wed       10:00  - 1:00 pm    Fisher Perf. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

2 credits  Beginning with exercises in broad physicality, balance, rhythm, discovery, physical mask and surprise, this class explores what about the individual student  is unique and funny. When we begin to forget what is an appropriate response, and imagine what we would be like if we were never socialized, we begin to discover “the clown” that lives in each of us. By embracing the archetypes of childhood and reclaiming the “internal response” without the diminishing filter of socialization, we start to lose the inhibitions that block us from being purely expressive. This class encourages openness, invention, playfulness, generosity, sensitivity, and courage

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Acting

 

Course

THTR 227   Neutral Masks

Professor

Shelley Wyant

CRN

15223

 

Schedule

Th         1:30  - 4:30 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.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Course

THTR 231   Voice and Verse I

Professor

Elizabeth Smith

CRN

15228

 

Schedule

Fr          11:00  - 12:50 pm  Fisher Perf. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

2 credits  Verse is a significant part of drama and learning to interpret it and speak it is essential for the performer. This course deals with verse from the great poets and dramatists, with an emphasis on Shakespeare. Prerequisite:  THTR 131

 

Course

THTR 240   Theatrical Adaptation

Professor

Chiori Miyagawa

CRN

15233

 

Schedule

Wed       10:30  - 12:50 pm  Fisher Perf. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

Adapting classic and contemporary fiction or biographies to a theatrical form is a creative process that integrates the original intention of the material with the writer’s imagination. It is an exciting collaboration between two writers, though only one is writing the script. Adaptations have an important place in all storytelling fields - musicals, plays, television shows and movies – and their popularity is increasing.  In this class students will read examples of successfully adapted scripts and examine different approaches and styles of writing.  They will adapt several short stories into short plays and choose a significant person in history, research his or her biographical information, and write a play based on his or her life. Students who are interested in taking this course should have taken at least one introductory writing workshop.  Email Prof. Miyagawa at miyagawa@bard.edu a brief statement of interest by Dec.  1st.

 

Course

THTR 303   Directing Seminar

Professor

Jean Wagner

CRN

15224

 

Schedule

Mon       1:20  - 4:20 pm     Fisher Perf. Arts Wed              1:30  - 3:00 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 303CO   Acting Company

Professor

Jean Wagner

CRN

15225

 

Schedule

Mon       1:20  - 4:20 pm     Fisher Perf. Arts Wed              1:30  - 3:00 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 307 A:  Advanced Acting

Professor

James Calder

CRN

15229

 

Schedule

Wed       2:00  - 5:00 pm     Fisher Perf. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

4 credits.  The Kinetics of Theater: Creating New Works of Visual Drama.  A performance oriented course where students will work primarily in a movement image realm while creating works of drama derived from both Literature and popular culture.  Extensive reading and viewing of classical and modern texts and film will provide the basis for exploration of nee methods of presenting modern drama.  Groups will delve into collaborative research and development of new work and the course will culminate in a series of public performances. The course is open to upper college students and will involve a vigorous schedule of research, in class presentation, improvisation and physical work.

Prerequisite: Any previous Advanced Scene Study class or by permission

 

 

SURVEY OF DRAMA

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 three courses over two years from the Survey of Drama. Each course carries 4 credits.

 

Course

THTR 310C   Survey of Drama:

 African American Theater 1858 - present

Professor

Dominic Taylor

CRN

15232

 

Schedule

Mon       1:30  - 3:50 pm     Fisher Perf. Arts

Distribution

OLD: A

NEW: Analysis of Arts

Cross-listed:  Africana Studies

4 credits The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with African-American Theater from the mid 19th century to the present. The course will seek to put into context, the works of the period, the styles of the period as well as the socio-cultural frame of the eras examined. It will look at theater from Emancipation and Minstrelsy through the civil rights movements to the 60's and the integrated aesthetic of realism of the Negro Ensemble Company. Writers to be encountered include: William Wells Brown, Rachel Grimke, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Jean Toomer, James Baldwin, Alice Childress, Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins among others. Students will present projects, write papers and engage in scene work.

 

Other courses cross-listed with Survey of Drama:

Modern Drama taught by Ben LaFarge

Modern American Drama taught by Karin Roffman

 

Course

THTR 318   Visual Imagination for the

Modern Stage

Professor

Gordana Svilar

CRN

15230

 

Schedule

Mon       10:00  - 1:00 pm    Fisher Perf. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

4 credits   A course taught by leading designers and directors in the field. It examines the explosive prominence of visionary visual ideas on the stage in the past 30 years, the emergence of a new form of collaboration between directors and designers and the inclusion of the new media on the stage. This course is required for upper-college theater students.

 

Course

THTR 327   Advanced Acting

Professor

Naomi Thornton

CRN

15226

 

Schedule

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

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

3 credits    Scene Technique with work on specific rehearsal tasks and practice of their application. Continued work on the acting instrument, understanding the actor as artist and deepening the physical, emotional, intellectual connection and availability of each actor. Advanced individual exercises, scenes, and monologues from all dramatic literature. Intended for Upper College students, others by permission. Repeatable for credit.  Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting