Course

THTR 101 A      Introduction to Acting

Professor

Lynn Hawley

CRN

16398

 

Schedule

Tu Th          10:30 - 11:50 am  Fisher P. 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 B      Introduction to Acting

Professor

Naomi Thornton

CRN

16399

 

Schedule

Th               3:20 -5:20 pm      Fisher P. 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

16400

 

Schedule

Tu               4:00 -5:20 pm      Fisher P. 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

16401

 

Schedule

Tu Fr           1:25 -2:25 pm      Fisher P. 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

16402

 

Schedule

Tu Fr           2:55 -3:55 pm      Fisher P. 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 I

Professor

Judith Youett

CRN

16403

 

Schedule

Mon            9:00 - 10:20 am   Fisher P. 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 I

Professor

Judith Youett

CRN

16428

 

Schedule

Fr                9:00 - 10:20 am   Fisher P. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

See description above.

 

Course

THTR 142   Alexander Technique II

Professor

Judith Youett

CRN

16404

 

Schedule

Mon            10:30 - 11:50 am  Fisher P. 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 A  Playwrighting I

Professor

Chiori Miyagawa

CRN

16405

 

Schedule

Tu               1:30 -3:50 pm      Fisher P. 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. On-line

 

Course

THTR 207 B  Playwrighting I

Professor

Dominic Taylor

CRN

16419

 

Schedule

Wed            1:30 -3:50 pm      Fisher P. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

See description above.

 

Course

THTR 208   Playwrighting II

Professor

Dominic Taylor

CRN

16406

 

Schedule

Tu               4:00 -6:20 pm      Fisher P. 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 A    Scene Study

Professor

Jonathan Rosenberg

CRN

16407

 

Schedule

Mon Wed   10:30 - 11:50 am  Fisher P. 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 209 B    Scene Study

Professor

Lynn Hawley

CRN

16427

 

Schedule

Tu               1:30 -4:30 pm      Fisher P. 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 210   History of Theater II

Professor

Jean Wagner

CRN

16421

 

Schedule

Mon Wed   1:30 -2:50 pm      OLIN 309

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Analysis of Arts

4 credits   This course looks at the major periods of dramatic literature, from the renaissance to the twentieth century. Plays will be read with particular reference to historical context and dramatic convention informing theater practice during these periods. Along with the plays, we’ll look at critical and theoretical essays that elucidate these social and aesthetic conditions.  Playwrights will include Moliere, Ibsen, Chekhov, Brecht and Beckett.  On-line

 

Course

THTR 215   Physical Comedy

Professor

James Calder

CRN

16408

 

Schedule

Fr                9:30 - 12:30 pm   Fisher P. 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

16409

 

Schedule

Tu               9:00 - 12:00 pm   Fisher P. 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 228   Character Mask

Professor

Shelley Wyant

CRN

16420

 

Schedule

Th               1:30 -4:30 pm      Fisher P. Arts

Distribution

OLD: F

NEW: Practicing Arts

2 credits  Building on the work of Neutral Mask, students will work with masks that have very stylized and recognizable expressions.  This leads the performer into liberation behind the mask that assists in the development of characters.  Through the body, the story of the person in the mask is explored.

Prerequisite: THR 227

 

Course

THTR 231   Voice and Verse I

Professor

Elizabeth Smith

CRN

16410

 

Schedule

Fr                10:30 - 12:30 pm  Fisher P. 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

16411

 

Schedule

Mon            3:00 -5:20 pm      Fisher P. 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.  The students will choose the subject matter for the final project. Students who are interested in taking this course should have taken at least one introductory writing workshop in any genre.  Email Prof. Miyagawa at miyagawa@bard.edu a brief statement of interest by December 1st. On-line

 

Course

THTR 303   Directing Seminar

Professor

JoAnne Akalaitis

CRN

16412

 

Schedule

Wed            1:00 -4:00 pm      Fisher P. 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

JoAnne Akalaitis

CRN

16413

 

Schedule

Wed            1:00 -4:00 pm      Fisher P. Arts

Th               10:30 - 11:50 am  Fisher P. 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   Advanced Acting

Professor

James Calder

CRN

16414

 

Schedule

Fr                1:00 -4:00 pm      Fisher P. 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

 

Course

THTR 308   Advanced Scene Study

Professor

Naomi Thornton

CRN

16417

 

Schedule

Th               1:00 -3:00 pm      Fisher P. 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

 

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 310F    Dissent and its Performance

Professor

Thomas Keenan / Chiori Miyagawa

CRN

16415

 

Schedule

Wed            9:30 - 11:50 am   Fisher P. Arts

Distribution

OLD: A/B

NEW: Analysis of Arts

Cross-listed:  Human Rights, Literature, & Theater

What is dissent and how does it manifest itself? What counts as disagreement? Are there boundaries to legitimate dissent? How do we recognize, and engage in, fundamental debates?  We will explore the possibilities, strategies, and limits of dissent in a wide range of plays, ethical and political statements, and theoretical texts. We will spend most of the semester on four topics: ancient Greece, recent tyrannies and repressive societies, war and the opposition to it, and contemporary terrorism and counter-terrorism.  After reading selections from Greek drama -- one of the oldest known forms of dissent -- we will focus on politics and theater from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will discuss freedom of expression (from samizdat to hate speech to jihadi internet sites), antiwar protests in 20th century America, and the distinction between speaking and acting, drawing from extreme forms of expressions as well as texts in contemporary human rights theory. In addition to analyzing dissent, the course examines the relationship between oppositional belief and its manifestation in the form of performances. We will be especially interested in what difference performance makes, in order to understand the relation between content and form in dissent. Among the authors considered are Euripides, Sophocles, Langston Hughes, Tony Kushner, Ariel Dorfman, Vaclev Havel, Emily Mann, Arthur Miller, Naomi Wallace, Suzan-Lori Parks, Athol Fugard, August Wilson, Susan Sontag, Arundhati Roy, Emma Goldman, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Ranciejjre. On-line

This course is open to upper college students and some sophomores with a permission of the instructors.

 

Course

THTR 310G   Survey of Drama

 Shakespeare: The Art of                                                   Dramatic Interpretation

Professor

Jonathan Rosenberg

CRN

16418

 

Schedule

Tu               1:30 -3:50 pm      OLIN 202

Distribution

OLD: A

NEW: Analysis of Arts

A director reads a play the way a conductor reads a score; not as a work of literature but as a work to be translated into the language of the stage. In this class we will do a close reading of several of Shakespeare’s plays, trying to understand how the information analyzed and then processed through the director’s imagination, aesthetic, social and political views, emotions and dream life manifests in the production. We will also examine (through video, pictures and written descriptions) seminal productions of these plays and discuss how these directors might have read these texts. Although the primary reading will be of the plays themselves, there will be additional readings from texts including Jonathan Miller’s Subsequent Performances, Peter Brook’s The Shifting Point, Bert O. States’ Great Reckonings in Little Rooms, Jan Kott’s Shakespeare Our Contemporary, Susan Bennett’s Performing Nostalgia: Shifting Shakespeare and the Contemporary Past, Robert Edmond Jones’ Towards a New Theatre and The Dramatic Imagination and Political Shakespeare edited by Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield.   Open to upperclassmen and qualified sophomores by permission of the instructor. Open for On-line registration, but students must contact Prof. Rosenberg prior to Registration Day.  On-line

 

Course

THTR 318   Visual Imagination for  the Modern Stage

Professor

Narella Sissons

CRN

16416

 

Schedule

Mon            1:00 -4:00 pm      Fisher P. 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.