Class Schedule | Fall 2018

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Introductory
21M.600 Introduction to Acting
Lecture 1 Brandon Green MW
11-1pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 2 Charlotte Brathwaite MW
11-1pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 3 Brandon Green MW
1-3pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 4 Caleb Hammond MW
3-5pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 5 Kim Mancuso MW
3-5pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 6 Kim Mancuso TR
11-1pm
W97-269
Lecture 7 Janet Sonenberg TR
1-3pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 8 Kim Mancuso TR
1-3pm
W97-269
Lecture 9 Daniel Safer TR
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.

21M.601 Drawing for Designers
Oana Botez T
2-5pm
W97-261
Oana Botez 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 Ken Urban M
2-5pm
W97-267
Lecture 2 Ken Urban M
7-10pm
W97-267

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

Introduces the craft of writing for the theater, with special attention to the basics of dramatic structure. Through weekly assignments and in-class exercises, students explore character, conflict, language and plasticity in scenes and short plays. In workshop format, students present individual work for feedback and heavily revise their work based on that response. Readings include short plays, which provide exposure to a variety of styles and voices.

21M.605 Voice and Speech
Lecture 1 Olivia D'Ambrosio MW
1-3pm
W97-162
Lecture 2 Olivia D'Ambrosio MW
3-5pm
W97-269
Lecture 3 Keely Eastley TR
1-3pm
W97-162
Lecture 4 Keely Eastley TR
3-5pm
W97-162

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 18; preference to Theater majors, minors, and concentrators who have pre-registered.

21M.606 Introduction to Stagecraft
Stephanie Rodemann TR
3-5pm
W97-105

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.624 Acting with the Camera
Anna Kohler TR
3-5pm
W16-RRA

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 M
7-10pm
W97-162

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
1-3pm
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
56-180

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

Focuses on reading a play's script critically and theatrically, with a view to mounting a coherent production. Through careful, intensive analysis of a variety of plays from different periods and aesthetics, a pattern emerges for discerning what options exist for interpreting a script from the distinct perspectives of the playwright, the actor, the designer, and the director. Students discuss the consequences of those options for production.  Enrollment limited.

21M.734 Lighting Design
Joshua Higgason M
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.

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. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

21M.801(G) 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 assignments.

21M.803 Performance and Design Workshop
Nicole Paschal 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
Nicole Paschal 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
Nicole Paschal 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 Topics in Performance Studies: The China Theater Experiment
Claire Conceison W
2-5pm
4-251

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9 
HASS-A

Multidisciplinary lecture/workshop engages students in a variety of approaches to the study and practice of performance as an area of aesthetic and social interaction. Special attention paid to the use of diverse media in performance. Interdisciplinary approaches to study encourage students to seek out material histories of performance and practice. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

Fall 2018 Topic: The China Theater Experiment
This course explores hot topics in China through contemporary plays and culminates in a creative project and/or production. All texts and acting exercises are in English. Enrollment limited. No final exam.

21M.861 Topics in Performance Technique: Physical Improvisation
Daniel Safer TR
1-3pm
W16-RRB

Prereq: None 
Units: 3-0-9 

Explores elements of technique in a variety of performance disciplines.  Topics vary from term to term; may be taught by visiting faculty. May be repeated for credit if content differs.  Enrollment may be limited.

Fall 2018 Topic: Physical Improvisation
Explore the bodily realities of motion – gravity, momentum, inertia. Rolling, falling, going upside down, lifting and being lifted. Like surfing combined with martial arts combined with fluid dynamics. By releasing tension and abandoning the notion of pre-planning, you experience a natural, spontaneous flow of movement, opening yourself up to, and diving into, whatever might happen. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, self-correcting what doesn’t work and reinforcing what does on the spot, discovering physical/emotional truths and shared moments that leave you aware, centered, incredibly present and sharply alive.

21M.862 Topics in Performance Practice- Choreography: Making Dances
Daniel Safer MW
3-5pm
W97-162

Prereq: None 
Units: 4-0-8 

Class explores elements of performance in a studio setting. Topics vary from term to term; may be taught by visiting faculty. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Enrollment may be limited.

Fall 2018 Topic- Choreography: Making Dances
A class about making dances: for shows, for videos, for concerts, for wherever you might need a dance. We will explore techniques focused on how and where to begin making a dance, and then how to build up from there. Maybe starting from the body, starting from an idea, starting from something written, starting from a song, and more;  there are endless ways and we will look at some of them. How can a dance be more than just a collection of moves but actually do something, say something, ask something? How can it have an arc, a clear beginning, middle, and end, so that by doing it or watching it, we end up somewhere new?

For all levels of dance and choreography experience.

21M.863 Advanced Topics in Performance: Solo Performance
Anna Kohler T
7-10pm
W97-162

Prereq: Permission of instructor 
Units: 3-0-9 

Advanced multidisciplinary studio workshop provides opportunity for advanced study in the performing arts. Topics vary from term to term; may be taught by visiting faculty. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

Fall 2018 Topic: Solo Performance
All you need is you
- performing the self in society
A course in live solo performance

We are fully engaged in the world around us, and our unique view of it provides us with the material and the ability to create and perform.

This class will introduce you to strategies of creation that rely only on one performer's presence on stage - you . We will highlight exercises, and study artists and actors who dedicate themselves to the world of solo performance, towards the goal of each student creating their own solo performance. After that, those strategies and experiments will then be further developed to explore their use in structuring larger group performances.