Class Schedule | Fall 2017

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Introductory
21M.600 Introduction to Acting
Lecture 1 Caleb Hammond MW
11-1pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 2 David R. Gammons MW
11-1pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 3 Brandon Green MW
1-3pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 4 Steven Barkhimer MW
1-3pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 5 Caleb Hammond MW
3-5pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 6 Thomas Derrah TR
11-1pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 7 Caleb Hammond TR
1-3pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 8 Thomas Derrah TR
1-3pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 9 Brandon Green MW
3-5pm
W16-RRB

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.

Students in only Professor Derrah's sections (section 6 & section 8) will need to purchase "The Plays of Anton Chekhov; A New Translation by Paul Schmidt" (9780060928759).

Students in only Professor Gammons' section (section 2)  will need to purchase "Antigone" (9780872205710), "Hamlet" (9781451669411) and "The Plays of Anton Chekhov; A New Translation by Paul Schmidt" (9780060928759).

 

21M.601 Drawing for Designers
Siobhan McBride T
7-10pm
W97-261

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. Students create a portfolio that includes in-class drawings, studies done outside of class, and one research-based written project. Limited to 20.
21M.603 Introduction to Design for Theater
Sara Brown MW
3-5pm
W97-261

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-6, HASS-A

Introduces the fundamental skills and concepts of scenography through a series of individual design projects structured to explore the relationship of the performer to the environment, the interrelation of lighting and stage design, and the evolution of visual narrative. Develops a basic visual literacy for the theater by honing skills in drawing, model building, 3-D modeling, digital image manipulation, and color theory. Projects complimented by study of artworks and theories by Cindy Sherman, Sol LeWitt, Alan Kaprow, Robert Wilson, Bertolt Brecht, Caspar Neher, and others. Enrollment may be limited.

21M.604 Playwriting I
Lecture 1 Laura Harrington M
2-5pm
4-253
Lecture 2 Ken Urban M
7-10pm
W97-267

(Same subject as 21W.754) 
Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9, HASS-A

Introduces the craft of writing for the theater, with special attention to the "play" in playwriting. Through weekly assignments and in-class exercises, students explore scene structure, action, events, voice, and dialogue. In workshop format, students present individual work for feedback and are encouraged to bring a sense of fun, joy and playfulness to their writing. Readings include published plays, which provide exposure to a variety of styles, voices, and structures. Emphasizes process, risk taking, and finding one's own voice and vision.

Textbooks for Section 2 Only are The Best Ten- Minute Plays 2016 (9781575259055), A Future Perfect (9780822235668), Dot (9780573705229), Wild with Happy (9780822228479) and Sense of an Ending (9780822230946). 

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
W97-160

Prereq: None 
Units: 4-3-2, HASS-A

Provides a foundation in theater technology, examining the creation of a theatrical production from conception to performance. Explores the realization of an artistic and structural vision for a play, taking into account all facets of technical theater: history of productions, types of technical roles, design, drafting, carpentry, costume, lighting, rigging, stage management, sound, and video. Students serve on the production team responsible for building, installing and/or running the department's show that semester. Limited to 18.

21M.645 Motion Theater
Jay Scheib M
7-10pm
W97-160

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9, HASS-A

Introduces the ideas, skills, and aesthetic issues which comprise the creation of the theatrical event. Guest artists and faculty members introduce the work of different disciplines such as directing, stagecraft, design, acting, dramaturgy, and criticism. Readings and in-class exercises help students understand and experience the basic creative impulse in each area.

Intermediate
21M.704 Music Theater Workshop
Anna Kohler T
7-10pm
W97-162

Prereq: 21M.600 or permission of instructor 
Units: 3-0-6, HASS-A

Introduces applications of music in theater and performance. Encourages experimentation with different genres of singing, acting, and movement by exploring an array of historical and contemporary styles and techniques. Students develop and perform their own original songs and textual materials, gaining a theoretical and practical understanding of the actor's contribution to the dynamic form of musical theater. Previous experience in musical theater not required.

21M.710 Script Analysis, CI-H
David R. Gammons MW
2-3:30pm
4-158

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.715 Topics in Theater Arts: New American Playwriting
Ken Urban MW
1-3pm
56-167

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

Despite lack of federal funding, despite daily proclamations of its demise, new American theatre continues to flourish. This course will examine the exciting terrain of new experimental writing for the theatre, focusing on what is known as “Off Broadway” “downtown” or “indie theatre.” We will read work by both new voices and influential playwrights from earlier generations. Alongside this close analysis of the plays will be an examination of the changing institution of American theatre. The course will also serve as an introduction to writing about plays in performance. Students will see at least one production during the term and develop their skills as analytical thinkers.

21M.734 Lighting Design
Joshua Higgason T
7-10pm
W97-160

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 4-0-8, HASS-A

Explores the history, concepts and techniques of sculpting space with light within a contemporary context. Students experiment with a wide range of approaches, tools, and skills to develop their own creative vision. Focuses on discrete forms that include live performance, installation, architecture, and developments in applied technologies. Studio projects alternate between conceptual studies and realized designs reflective of students' own unique interests and talents. Enrollment may be limited.

Advanced Topics and Practica
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 Applied Performance and Design Production
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.830 Acting: Techniques and Styles
Olivia D'Ambrosio TR
3-5pm
50-201

(Subject meets with 21M.835) 
Prereq: 21M.624, 21M.705, or permission of instructor 
Units: 4-0-8, HASS-A

Refines the student actor's use of the language of the stage with work on text and physical presentation. Explores issues of style, including the understanding and honoring, in performance, of the specific requirements from several different periods of the Western theatrical tradition. Periods may differ from term to term. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

21M.835 (G) Acting: Techniques and Styles
Olivia D'Ambrosio TR
3-5pm
50-201

Graduate Level
(Subject meets with 21M.830)
Prereq: 21M.600
Units: 4-0-8

Refines the student actor's use of the language of the stage with work on text and physical presentation. Explores issues of style, including the understanding and honoring, in performance, of the specific requirements from several different periods of the Western theatrical tradition. Periods may differ from term to term. Students taking graduate versions complete additional assignments.

21M.851 Independent Study in Performance and Design
TBA
TBA
TBA

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units arranged 

Multidisciplinary independent study provides opportunity for individual practica in the performing arts. While opportunities may include directed theoretical research and practice in production and performance with permanent and visiting faculty, students are encouraged to propose independent programs of study to a member of the theater arts faculty. Permission of supervising faculty member required.

21M.862 Topics in Performance Practice: Stage Combat
F
2-5pm
W97-160

Prereq: None 
Units: 4-0-8 

Fall 2017 Topic: Stage Combat
In this course, students will learn techniques and principles of safe theatrical fighting suitable for both stage and film. The first unit focuses on hand-to-hand combat that can be adapted for a variety of story-telling needs, from slapstick comedy to brutal verisimilitude. The second unit introduces combat props such as historical swordplay (rapier and broadsword) and modern violence (knives and found objects). This is an acting class, not a marital arts, self-defense, or stunt class; as such, your other theatrical training (such as movement, voice, and text) will be incorporated and built upon. Scene work will range from Shakespeare to contemporary plays.

Materials for this course include a pair of gloves and a practice sword (a Nerf sword from Toys R Us is fine). These materials generally come to $30-$35 dollars. You will need to wear movement clothes and sneakers to class sessions. 

21M.ThT Pre-thesis Tutorial
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

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