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Introductory
21M.600 Introduction to Acting
Lecture 1 Charlotte Brathwaite MW
11-1pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 2 David R. Gammons MW
11-1pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 3 Kim Mancuso MW
1-3pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 4 Anna Kohler MW
1-3pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 5 Kim Mancuso MW
3-5pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 6 Kim Mancuso TR
11-1pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 7 Thomas Derrah TR
11-1pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 8 Thomas Derrah TR
1-3pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 9 Caleb Hammond TR
3-5pm
W16-RRA

Prereq: None 
Units: 4-0-5, HASS-A

Explores the actor's tools: body, voice, mind, imagination, and the essential self. Through studio exercises, students address issues of honesty and creativity in the theatrical moment, and begin to have a sense of their strengths and limitations as communicating theatrical artists. Provides an opportunity for students to discover their relationship to "the other" in the acting partner, the group, the environment, and the audience. Limited to 20 per section.

Antigone (9780872205710), Hamlet (9781451669411) and Plays of Anton Chekhov (9780060928759) are required for only Section 2.

Plays of Anton Chekhov (9780060928759) is required for section 7 and 8.

21M.601 Drawing for Designers
Lecture 1 Oana Botez M
7-10pm
50-258
Lecture 2 Sara Brown T
7-10pm
50-258

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-6, HASS-A

 
Explores drawing as a fundamental component of the design process. In-class drawing exercises focus on developing the hand-to-eye relationship and pre-visualization skills essential to any designer. Studies the use drawing as a route to understanding space and form and achieving accuracy through expression. By drawing figures, landscapes and/or still life compositions in a variety of media, students investigate the figure/ground relationship while dealing with tone, line, and composition, which are all requisite elements of design. Provides exposure to designers who have used drawing as a central component of their work, such as Robert Wilson, John Conklin, and Louis Kahn, as well as artists, like Leonardo da Vinci, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Jonas, and William Kentridge. Students create a portfolio that includes in-class drawings, studies done outside of class, and one research-based written project. Limited to 20.

The syllabus for section 1 with Oana Botez is attached.
The syllabus for section 2 with Sara Brown is attached.

 

 

21M.605 Voice and Speech
Lecture 1 Keely Eastley MW
11-1pm
50-201
Lecture 2 Keely Eastley MW
1-3pm
50-201
Lecture 3 Olivia D'Ambrosio TR
11-1pm
50-201
Lecture 4 Olivia D'Ambrosio TR
1-3pm
50-201

Prereq: None 
Units: 4-0-5, HASS-A

Concentrates upon freeing the natural voice through awareness of physical, vocal and, at times, emotional habits and the willingness and desire to experience change. Teaches progression of contemporary approaches to voice through in-class vocal exercises. Students use sonnets or poems as vehicles to explore the components of language and the need to communicate and reveal oneself through the voice. Designed for students interested in theater or developing their voices for presentations and professional speaking. Limited to 14; preference to Theater majors, minors, and concentrators who have pre-registered.

21M.606 Introduction to Stagecraft
Stephanie Rodemann TR
3-5pm
50-258

Prereq: None 
Units: 4-0-5, HASS-A

Introduces students to an array of production techniques in areas of scenery, costume, rigging, lighting, video, and sound design. Provides multiple opportunities to apply these techniques ranging from theoretical discussions and scenographic sketches to the precision execution of design elements for a series of studio performance exercises. Concentrating on a disciplined approach to creative problem solving, small groups collaborate on short performances for a live audience in which the scenography plays the leading role. Reading assignments and screenings provide a historical and theoretical context for this studio-driven class. Limited to 18.

21M.624 Acting with the Camera
Anna Kohler TR
3-5pm
W16-RRB

Prereq: 21M.600 or permission of instructor 
Units: 4-0-8, HASS-A

Studio workshop explores the discipline of acting for the camera through in-class exercises that focus on the creative challenges inherent to both filming and being filmed. Investigates the performer in the history of cinema, television, and multimedia stage performance through readings, screenings, and experimentation with the theory and practice of performing for and with the camera. Culminates in student-written, edited, directed, and acted short films. Instruction in written and oral communication provided. Limited to 20.

21M.645 Motion Theater
Caleb Hammond T
7-10pm
50-201

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9, HASS-A
 

Examines the theatrical event from the perspective of composition in a performance workshop. Studio exercises address the process of developing a theatrical work through an internalized understanding of compositional principles in theater. Examines physical action in time and space. Includes outside readings, videos, short essays, and in-class discussions. Provides the performer, director, choreographer, designer or writer opportunities to engage with large and small group ensembles in creation of theatrical events. Topics include image, motion, shape, repetition, gesture, and spatial relationship. Preference to majors, minors, concentrators. Admittance may be controlled by lottery.

Intermediate
21M.705 Actor and the Text
Anna Kohler MW
3-5pm
W16-RRB

Prereq: 21M.600 or permission of instructor 
Units: 4-0-8, HASS-A

Gives students who have begun the process of bringing themselves to a dramatic moment the opportunity to apply their skills to scripted material. Studio work in this class further develops the completeness, spontaneity, and honesty of expression of the actor's body, imagination, and voice; and introduces written material and the problems of synthesizing the self, the moment, and the scripted word. Weekly rehearsals with a scene partner. Enrollment may be limited.

21M.710 Script Analysis, CI-H
David R. Gammons MW
2-3:30pm
4-152

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9, HASS-A, CI-H

Focuses on reading a script theatrically with a view to mounting a coherent production. Through careful, intensive reading of a variety of plays from different periods and different aesthetics, a pattern emerges for discerning what options exist for interpretating a script. Students discuss the consequences of those options for production. Enrollment limited.

21M.732 Costume Design
Oana Botez M
2-5pm
2-5pm

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 3-0-9, HASS-A

Studio workshop designed for students who possess a basic understanding of the principles of design and seek a more intensive study of costume. Students develop designs through a collaborative creative process that incorporates production dramaturgy and script analysis, and map those findings to a scenographically charged directorial concept. Fosters period research, conceptual design, and rendering skills through practical studio exercises. Instruction in life drawing, visual presentation, and basic costume construction provides the tools for applying conceptual design skills in performance.

21M.785 Playwrights' Workshop
Wesley Savick F
2-5pm
W16-RRA

(Same subject as 21W.769[J])
(Subject meets with 21M.789) 
Prereq: 21M.604, 21W.754, or permission of instructor 
Units: 4-0-8, HASS-A

Continued work in the development of play scripts for the theater. Writers work on sustained pieces in weekly workshop meetings, individual consultation with the instructor, and in collaboration with student actors, directors, and designers. Fully developed scripts eligible for inclusion in the Playwrights' Workshop production. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. Enrollment may be limited.

21M.789 Playwrights' Workshop
Wesley Savick F
2-5pm
W16-RRA

Graduate Level
(Subject meets with 21M.785[J], 21W.769[J]) 
Prereq: 21M.604, 21W.754, or permission of instructor 
Units: 3-2-7 

Continued work in the development of play scripts for the theater. Writers work on sustained pieces in weekly workshop meetings, individual consultation with the instructor, and in collaboration with student actors, directors, and designers. Fully developed scripts eligible for inclusion in the Playwrights' Workshop production. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

Advanced Topics and Practica
21M.800 All the World's a Stage: Socio-Political Perspectives in Global Performance
Charlotte Brathwaite M
7-10pm
4-152

(Subject meets with 21M.801) 
Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9, HASS-A

Investigates repertoire from international creators of theater, opera, performance art, and dance. Explores diverse storytelling and directorial points of view, examining the contexts which inform approaches to performance making. Discusses specific cultural and political shifts that have inspired the work of international artists, such as Marina Abramovic (Serbia), Pina Bausch (Germany), Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe), Ping Chong (US/Canada), Peter Sellars (US), and The Yes Men (US). Weekly readings, screenings and guest artists provide the foundation for an understanding of the role of director as an artist who finds inspiration in the contradictions of the world.

21M.801 All the Worlds a Stage: Socio-Political Perspectives in Global Performance
Charlotte Brathwaite M
7-10pm
4-152

Graduate Level
(Subject meets with 21M.800) 
Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9 

Investigates repertoire from international creators of theater, opera, performance art, and dance. Explores diverse storytelling and directorial points of view, examining the contexts which inform approaches to performance making. Discusses specific cultural and political shifts that have inspired the work of international artists, such as Marina Abramovic (Serbia), Pina Bausch (Germany), Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe), Ping Chong (US/Canada), Peter Sellars (US), and The Yes Men (US). Weekly readings, screenings and guest artists provide the foundation for an understanding of the role of director as an artist who finds inspiration in the contradictions of the world. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignment

21M.803 Performance and Design Workshop
TBA
TBA
TBA

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 0-3-0 

Provides directed practice in the disciplines of performance practice, including design, acting, directing, technical theater, management, dramaturgy and other creative fields. Students test and refine their skills by participating in the creation of produced plays, intensive workshops, installations and other design or performance projects in dance, film, music theater, opera, and other performing arts events. Students work closely with faculty, peers and guest artists. Students seeking to design individual performance and design workshops must be supervised by a theater arts faculty member, and obtain his or her written approval.

21M.806 Performance and Design Practicum
TBA
TBA
TBA

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 0-6-0 

Provides opportunities for applied practice in the disciplines of performance, including acting, directing, playwriting, design, technical theater, dramaturgy, and management. Students test and refine their skills in the prototyping of design projects, installations, plays, dance, film, music theater, opera, and other performing arts events. They also apply theory and practice while tracing the research and rehearsal process through production and public presentation in the theater or in the studio. Students seeking to design an applied project must be supervised by a theater arts faculty member, and obtain his or her written approval.

21M.809 Performance and Design Intensive
TBA
TBA
TBA

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 0-9-0 

Multidisciplinary, term-long, independent study geared toward the development of significant artistic and technical projects in performance and design. Students pursue projects in an array of fields and are invited to propose artistic and research projects as actors, directors, designers, dramaturges, and/or technical designers. Often in conjunction with Theater Arts-produced productions, proposals for intensives must be vetted and supervised by a member of the Theater Arts faculty with whom the student will work over the course of term.

21M.846 Advanced Theories of Sport
Claire Conceison M
7-10pm
4-253

Prereq: Sport as Performance, either under 21M.690 or 21M.846
Units: 3-0-9, HASS-A

Spring 2017 Topic: This course expands upon topics surveyed in the prerequisite course Sport as Performance, going more deeply into the connection between athletics and theatre, performance studies, sociology, anthropology, and history, including issues such as performance of nation, race, and gender in sport, as well as how sport performs in society. Topics are selected based on the research interests of the students taking the class. A weekly seminar format features lecture, discussion, and independent research project and paper. There is no final exam. Enrollment is limited to 12. 

21M.851 Interactive Design and Projection for Performance
Joshua Higgason M
7-10pm
50-305

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
3-0-9, HASS-A Credit awarded after petition​

Spring 2017 Subject: This course undertakes a study of the design, history, artistic purposes, and programming techniques involved in the development of creating interactive performance design systems for controlling video projection, media, and lighting for live performances. Through a study of readings, viewings of historical and contemporary works, and in class practice and performance, we will use motion sensing input devices like the Kinect, proximity sensors, infrared-light tracking, accelerometers, live video, generative graphics, and other methods to create interactive design systems for performance. This course is designed to engage artists, designers, directors, choreographers, performers, and students of different backgrounds in the practice of interactive design for live performance.

 

 

21M.ThT Pre-thesis Tutorial
Janet Sonenberg TBA
TBA
TBA

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 1-0-5​

Definition of and early-stage work on thesis project leading to 21M.THU Undergraduate Thesis in Music or Theater Arts. Taken during the first term, or during IAP, of the student's two-term commitment to the thesis project. Student works closely with an individual faculty tutor. Limited to Music or Theater Arts Majors.

21M.THU Undergraduate Thesis
Janet Sonenberg TBA
TBA
TBA

Prereq: 21M.THT
Units arranged 

Completion of work on senior major thesis in Music or Theater Arts under supervision of a faculty tutor. Includes oral presentation of thesis project early in the term, assembling and revising final text and meeting at the close with a committee of Music or Theater Arts faculty evaluators to discuss successes and limitations of the project. Limited to Music or Theater Arts majors.

21M.UR Undergraduate Research in Music and Theater Arts
TBA
TBA
TBA

Units Arranged
[P/D/F]