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Theater and Performance Studies
21M.690 Sport as Performance
Claire Conceison W
2-5pm
4-251

Prereq: None
3-0-9
HASS-A

Seminar investigates the aesthetics of sport as theatrical performance and explores the performance of race, gender, class, nation, and sexuality in sport. Readings drawn from theatre/performance studies, anthropology, sociology, ethnic studies, gender studies, history, and kinesiology. Topics include barnstorming, Olympics, Title IX, Native American mascots, and a variety of sports ranging from football to figure skating. Limited to 18. 

21M.710 Script Analysis, CI-H
David R. Gammons MW
2-3:30pm
56-180

Prereq: None
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.711 Production Seminar
Jay Scheib M
7-10pm
W97-165

Prereq: None
3-0-9
HASS-A

Pursues detailed study of a particular playtext or theme and is related to some planned production activity during the following IAP. Seminar activities may include guest speakers from various disciplines who approach some aspect of the playtext or theme from the perspective of their fields; various theatrical practitioners; and critical and scholarly presentations by seminar members. Participation in the IAP production is not required.

21M.846 Topics in Performance Studies: Play Translation and Cultural Transmission
Claire Conceison W
7-10pm
4-251

Prereq: No prerequisite, all language levels welcomed
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 2019 Topic: Play Translation and Cultural Transmission
Through reading texts about translation and by doing an independent project, students develop skills in translation theory and practice, culminating in a public staged reading of their translations.  Each student chooses a dramatic text from a non-English language and translates a scene during the semester. Readings include topics such as globalization, adaptation, gender in translation, and postcolonial approaches to translation. Weekly seminar. No final exam. No prerequisite, all language levels welcomed. Enrollment limited. 

Theater and Performance Practice
21M.600 Introduction to Acting
Lecture 1 Caleb Hammond MW
11-1pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 2 Anna Kohler MW
1-3pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 3 Olivia D'Ambrosio MW
3-5pm
50-201
Lecture 4 Kim Mancuso MW
3-5pm
W97-269
Lecture 5 Kāli Quinn TR
11-1pm
W16-RRB
Lecture 6 Janet Sonenberg TR
1-3pm
W16-RRA
Lecture 7 Kim Mancuso TR
1-3pm
W97-269
Lecture 8 Daniel Safer TR
3-5pm
W97-160

Prereq: None
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
Lecture 1 Nick De Pace M
7-10pm
W97-261
Lecture 2 Sharon Lacey T
7-10pm
W97-261

Prereq: None
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. Lab fee of $35 required. Limited to 20 per section. 

21M.603 Introduction to Design for Theater
Sara Brown MW
3-5pm
W97-261

Prereq: None
3-0-9
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. Lab fee of $35 required. Enrollment may be limited.

 
21M.604 Playwriting Fundamentals
Ken Urban W
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 a variety of plays. Enrollment limited. 

21M.605 Voice and Speech
Lecture 1 Olivia D'Ambrosio MW
11-1pm
50-201
Lecture 2 Olivia D'Ambrosio MW
1-3pm
50-201
Lecture 3 Keely Eastley TR
1-3pm
W97-162
Lecture 4 Keely Eastley TR
3-5pm
W97-162

Prereq: None
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
11-1pm
W97-160

Prereq: None
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.607 Playwriting Methods
Ken Urban R
2-5pm
W97-267

Prereq: None
3-0-9
HASS-A

Builds understanding of the methods playwrights use to transform an idea - drawn from their own lives, news and current events, even the plays of other writers - into a reality. Students use a variety of inspiration to write their own new scenes and short plays. Examines how research can help develop an idea for a new play and discusses ways to adapt a classic text for the contemporary stage. Writers also conduct personal interviews and use the transcript as source material for a new scene. Enrollment limited.

21M.623 Physical Improvisation
Daniel Safer TR
1-3pm
W97-160

Prereq: None
4-2-6
HASS-A

Explores the realities of the body in space and motion - interacting with gravity, momentum, inertia, alignment, negative space, one's imagination, one's body, other bodies, the present room and rooms from memory, geometry, stillness, and more. By releasing tension and abandoning the notion of pre-planning, students experience a natural, spontaneous flow of movement, opening themselves up to, and diving into, whatever might happen. Develops alertness 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 students aware, centered, incredibly present, and sharply alive. Enrollment limited.

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

Prereq: None
HASS-A, CI-M

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
Lecture 1 Caleb Hammond M
2-5pm
W97-162
Lecture 2 Caleb Hammond M
7-10pm
W97-162

Prereq: None
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.

21M.702 Live Solo Performance
Anna Kohler T
7-10pm
W97-162

Prereq: None
3-0-9
HASS-A

Studies the theatrical canon of monodramas and solo performances to hone individual acting skills. Goes on to explore each student's original artistic voice by presenting strategies in composing and staging work, thus introducing them to experiments with performing the self in society. Each student creates their own original performance piece by the end of the term. Enrollment limited. 

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

Prereq: Permission of instructor
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.

21M.735 Technical Design for Performance: Creative Sound Design
Christian Frederickson MW
3-5pm
W97-160

Prereq: 21M.606 or Permission of instructor
4-0-8
HASS-A, CI-M

Studio examines the role of the technical designer as an integral member of an ensemble. Focusing on the artistic process, students develop their own unique approaches to stage design, lighting, sound, video design and other new media applications for the performing arts. They also explore an array of pre-production research and rehearsal techniques and analyze dramatic texts. Introduces theoretical and practical aspects of technical design, from the budgeting of time and selection of materials, to use of new technologies. Culminates in a public showing of final design projects for an invited audience.

Fall 2019 Topic: Creative Sound Design
Sound design for theater and dance. Rooted in the ideas of collaboration, deep listening, and the Viewpoints, this class will examine the role of sound and music in the contemporary theater. Students will develop techniques and skills for text analysis, system design, sound editing, cue building, Qlab programming, voiceover recording, and the use of microphones in performance. Projects will include ambience recording, cue building, Qlab projects, and will culminate with a reading of a complete play with sound design by the class.

21M.830 Acting: Techniques and Styles- Mask and Clown
Kāli Quinn TR
1-3pm
W16-RRB

(Subject meets with 21M.835) 
Prereq: 21M.600 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.

Mask and Clown
This semester we will be invested in a study of creative expression through the physical theater techniques of mask and clown. Through improvisation and characterization with Full-Face Masks, Traditional and Contemporary Commedia dell’Arte masks, and the world’s smallest mask of the Red Nose, you will learn to take  outrageous creative risks, expand your physical and vocal range, develop your sense of humor, connect to an audience, and play with abandon. Inspired by the various kinds masks and clowns throughout history, you will create your own theatrical vocabulary that will organically accumulate into solo and group performance material.

21M.835 (G) Acting: Techniques and Styles- Mask and Clown
Kāli Quinn TR
1-3pm
W16-RRB

Graduate Level
(Subject meets with 21M.830) 
Prereq: 21M.600 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.

Fall 2019: Mask and Clown
This semester we will be invested in a study of creative expression through the physical theater techniques of mask and clown. Through improvisation and characterization with Full-Face Masks, Traditional and Contemporary Commedia dell’Arte masks, and the world’s smallest mask of the Red Nose, you will learn to take  outrageous creative risks, expand your physical and vocal range, develop your sense of humor, connect to an audience, and play with abandon. Inspired by the various kinds masks and clowns throughout history, you will create your own theatrical vocabulary that will organically accumulate into solo and group performance material.

21M.861 Topics in Performance Technique: Devised Performance in the Theater Laboratory
Kim Mancuso TR
11-1pm
W97-269

Prereq: None
3-0-9
HASS-A Credit will be awarded 

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. 

Fall 2019 Topic- Devised Performance: In the Theater Laboratory

Course Goal: to gain holistic understanding of how theater works, and to explore the challenges of building performance from scratch, not necessarily from a written script, but from an ensemble’s collective inspiration, research, and imagination.

Participants will:
Devise an original performance as an ensemble
, identifying its unique process for developing and realizing live performance.
Explore the empty space as laboratory for the actor/ creator. This space provides an opportunity to navigate the complex dynamics present in collective creation.
Learn improvisatory techniques to create image. Answer the question: what is the source of creative impulse.
Research the work of contemporary theater practitioners and collectives  such as Grotowski’s Teatr Laboratorium, El Teatro Campesino, Complicite, Tectonic Theater Project, Mabou Mines, Pina Bausch, The Open Theatre, and SITI Company.
Identify the ensemble voice: what and by which means a collective is compelled to speak. Engaging issues identified by the ensemble. (i.e. “Who am I / who are we in the early part of the 21st century”; individual / collective relationship to present environmental and socio-political landscapes;  interpersonal and cross-cultural identity.)
Engage inspiration, imagination, and dialogue, through physical and vocal action. Make design choices and develop appropriate space for their production; identify elements as partners (light, sound, video, costume, object.)

Open in-progress work to selected observers several times during the term and incorporate appropriate critique in rehearsal.

Includes class visits by guest practitioners who will share their own work process; attendance at performances of devised work; a visit to a theater collaborative whose devised work is central to their existence; outside readings, film, journal-writing for source research and a short essay based on the semester’s work.

21M.862 Topics in Performance Practice: Projection Design
Joshua Higgason T
7-10pm
W97-160

Prereq: None
4-0-8
HASS-A Credit will be awarded

Fall 2019 Topic: Projection Design 
Course undertakes a study of the history, design methods, artistic purposes, and practical execution of projection design for live performance. Through a study of theoretical readings, viewings of historical and contemporary works, practical software application, and with an emphasis on in-class practice and performance, students will develop projection designs for live theater performances. Focuses on developing skills  with storyboard and communication tools, content creation, design methodologies, video hardware, programming, and application. This course is designed to engage artists, designers, directors, choreographers, performers, and students of different backgrounds in the practice of design for theater. Enrollment may be limited. 

Advanced Topics and Practica
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.

NOTE: If you are interested in participating in a practicum during Spring 2019 semester, please complete this interest form. Once you have completed the form with your avalibity and preferences, you will hear back from a member of the Theater Arts staff with your practicum assignment. 

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. 

NOTE: If you are interested in participating in a practicum during Spring 2019 semester, please complete this interest form. Once you have completed the form with your avalibity and preferences, you will hear back from a member of the Theater Arts staff with your practicum assignment. 

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.

NOTE: If you are interested in participating in a practicum during Spring 2019 semester, please complete this interest form. Once you have completed the form with your avalibity and preferences, you will hear back from a member of the Theater Arts staff with your practicum assignment. 

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.

NOTE: If you are interested in participating in a practicum during Spring 2019 semester, please complete this interest form. Once you have completed the form with your avalibity and preferences, you will hear back from a member of the Theater Arts staff with your practicum assignment. 

21M.URG UROP in Music or Theater Arts (graded)
TBA
TBA
TBA

Units arranged 

Individual participation in an ongoing music research project. For students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Progam.