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Courses in Theatre Arts & Studies

225.300 (H,W) Contemporary Theatre and Film: An Insider’s View
An introduction to the performing arts, including an overview of theatre history, acting styles and the interaction of art and society. A personal view from inside.
Astin 3 credits

225.301 (H) Acting and Directing Workshop I
An introduction to the fundamentals of acting through exercises, Shakespearean sonnets, improvisation and work on scenes from established plays, based on the teachings of Stanislavsky, Greet, Boleslavsky, Michael Chekhov, Clurman and Meisner. This course also includes a brief survey of major playwrights. Eight plays will be read, analyzed, and employed in scene work.
Astin, Dunn 3 credits

225.302 (H) Acting and Directing Workshop II
The Sanford Meisner repetition exercises are introduced. They, along with the Uta Hagen exercises, form the basis of Workshop II, which also includes an introduction to affective memory and building a character through the “reality of doing”. Substantial out-of-class time must be spent on reading, rehearsals and exercises. Prerequisite: Completion of first Workshop.
Astin, Dunn 3 credits

225.303 (H) Acting and Directing Workshop III
Continuation of the Meisner exercises, as the student learns to tap the sources of emotional preparation. Improvisation and its uses in working on specific roles. Increased emphasis on preparation and the various approaches to it. Further work with the text and voice. Directing students will begin to direct actors.
Astin 3 credits

225.304 (H) Acting and Directing Workshop IV
Workshop IV (Prerequisite Workshop III) is an advanced class for actors who have gained some control over their instruments and are ready for character work and full performances. Work will be co-ordinated with productions in which the actor performs and in which the directors direct. Play analysis, characterization, fullness of performance, diction, accents, and other elements of building a performance are covered.
Astin 3 credits

225.306 (H) Performance
In addition to class time, the advanced student is given a major assignment in a production. The student must be prepared to spend considerable hours outside class in rehearsal and preparation. Permission required.

225.307 (H) Directing Seminar
Fundamentals of mounting, casting and staging the play; various theories of directing; students Must commit to a practical lab. It is understood that students have a working familiarity with acting fundamentals.
Glossman 3 credits

225.308 (H) Shakespeare in Performance
The techniques and craft of following a Shakespearean text directly into character and action.  Students will work with a selection of Shakespeare's plays--- Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, and A Comedy of Errors-- in exploring specific ways in which the power of the lines can be translated dynamically and immediately into vocal and physical performance.  (Some background in the acting sequence is encouraged.)
Glossman 3 credits

225.309 (H) Play Production and Stage Management
Students will learn the basics of producing a play, including play selection, budgeting, organization and management of the staff during both the pre-rehearsal and rehearsal periods. The second half of the semester will detail the job of the stage manager and relationships with crew, producer, director and actors. Students will be expected to participate in lab activities outside of class hours.
Astin, Staff and Visitors 3 credits

225.310 (H) Stagecraft
A hands-on Approach to the technical and theoretical elements of production.  Meets in the Merrick Barn Scene Shop and Classroom.
Roche 3 credits

225.312 (H) Acting Workshop in Chekhov and O’Neill
Using the plays of Anton Chekhov and Eugene O’Neill, the acting fundamentals from Workshops I and II are applied in both preparation and scene work as the student employs the basics in order to build a character for the stage. Play analysis is included. Prerequisite: Workshop II or Workshop I and permission.
Astin, Glossman 3 credits

225.314 (H,W) Technical Direction for the Theatre
An introduction to Technical Direction including preproduction and production with an overview of materials, tools, rigging and safety, together with design and its implementation.
Roche 3 credits

225.321 (H) The Actor, Director, Playwright Lab - A Collaborative Workshop
Student actors, Directors, and playwrights will explore their respective crafts with emphasis on process and individual artistic growth.  Participants in the class will also collaborate on the creation of new material for the stage.  Prereq: At least one course in Acting, Directing or Playwriting.  Permission required.
Denithorne 3 credits

225.324 (W) Adaptation for the Stage
For aspiring playwrights, dramaturgs, and literary translators, this course is a workshop opportunity in learning to adapt both dramatic and non-dramatic works into fresh versions for the stage.  Students with ability in foreign languages and literatures are encouraged to explore translation of drama as well as adaptation of foreign language fiction in English.  Fiction, classical dramas, folk and fairy tales, independent interviews, or versions of plays from foreign languages are covered.
Martin 3 credits

225.325 (H) Creative Improvisation
An exploration of the imagination and the senses using basic techniques of improvisation: exercises, conflict resolution, ensemble building, and theatre games.  Texts: Spolin, Johnstone, LaBan and Feldencreis.  Open to all students.
Denithorne 3 credits

225.326 (H,W) Three Giants of Theatre: Ibsen/Strindberg/Brecht
This course explores the wide ranging works of three giants of the modern drama that shaped, and then reshaped, the twentieth century theatre.  The roots of both the conventions of today's theatre and contemporary innovative work lie with these writers.  We will also explore putting scenes on their feet utilizing the acting approaches of Stanislavsky, Vakhtangov and Brecht.  Plays include Peer Gynt, The Wild Duck, The Ghost Sonata, The Dream Play, Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage, and others, with theatre theory excerpts from Brecht and Antonin Artau.

225.344 (H) Voice and Movement for the Stage
Development of vocal and physical awareness and expression through fundamental exercises for voice and body. In addition, technique will be developed using poetry, Shakespeare sonnets, and monologues.
Staff 3 credits

225.345 (H) History of Modern Theatre and Drama
Designed to impart a deepened appreciation and understanding of today’s theatre by surveying the major playwrights, historical movements, and theatre practices of the 20th century. The course also seeks to help students understand theatre’s relationship to the societal and political power structure of each era and to introduce students to great dramatic literature in its intended form, which is performance.
Various 3 credits

225.520 (H) Independent Study: Special Projects in Theatre
Special projects created for and tailored to the individual theatre student. Permission required.

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