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Theatre & Dance

Applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Professor LINDBLADE; Associate Professors PLATT(Chair), Davis, WOMACK, Assistant Professor SRIRAM, SANCHEZ; Adjunct Associate Professor AMES. Lecturer HERMINJARD; Part-time Faculty MERCER; Administrative Assistant QUINN; Technical Director MARTIN; Assistant Technical Director HAMILTON; Costume Shop Supervisor AVRAMOV; Guests in Theatre and Dance: ROLLINS, SMITH, AMIN, JULES, DEJESUS, ARONSON, ROODHYUZEN, MARNI, GOUDIABY, ECKWALL, LAUTHER, KOENIG, RIKER and DOBSON

  • In theatre and dance, students learn fundamental practical skills, including acting, design, and dance technique in preparation for advanced seminars and interdisciplinary studio courses. Both seasoned majors and first-time performers have many opportunities to perform in our mainstage productions. In the classroom, we introduce diverse bodies of knowledge including dramatic literature, dance history, and critical theories of race, ethnicity, and gender to prepare students for contemporary artistic investigations. We are equally attentive to the present as well as the past by offering our students intensive experiences with renowned visiting artists. We also offer regular opportunities for academic travel so that students can experience singular performances and practical experience in off-campus destinations.
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Major Requirements

Theatre

Theatre majors must complete a minimum of 13.25 units for the major:

  • 6.25 units required from Principal Courses: TH105 Acting 1; TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design; TH206 Directing; TH303 Junior Seminar; TH301 Senior Thesis Proposal (.25 unit); TH304 Advanced Performance; TH404 Senior Thesis Project.
  • Two units from Historical Perspectives: TH220 Origins of Theatre; TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre; TH222 Neoclassic, Romantic, and Commedia del Arte; TH223 Modern Theatre; TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950–Present.
  • One unit from Intercultural Perspectives; TH229 Rewriting America; TH328 Theatre and the Politics of Action.
  • One unit from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: TH326 Performance Studies; TH327 Feminist Performance; TH329 Queer Performance and Body Politics.
  • Two units of Electives: Choose from any Theatre or Dance Course.
  • .25 unit Acting in a Department production: TH212, 213, 214, or 215 Theatre Studio Work/Acting (.25 unit each).
  • .75 unit in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101 & TH102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) and/or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each).

Outstanding work will be rewarded with distinction upon graduation. Please consult the online Handbook for Theatre and Dance Majors for further information on the major.  

Dance

Dance majors must complete a minimum of 13.25 units in the major: 

6.25 units required from Principal Courses: DA110: Fundamentals of Performance Design; DA211: Choreography; DA221: Historical Perspectives in Dance; DA301: Senior Thesis Proposal (.25 units); DA303: Junior Seminar; DA304: Advanced Performance; DA404: Senior Thesis Project. 

One unit from Intercultural Perspectives: DA311: Cultural Perspectives in Dance. 

One unit from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: DA326: Performance Studies; DA327: Feminist Performance; DA329: Queer Performance and Body Politics. 

Two units Elective: Two Block courses in Theatre or Dance or one block course + one unit of dance technique electives. 

Two units Required Dance Studio adjuncts: .5 units in Classical Forms: Ballet at the 200-400 level, DS221: Bharata Natyam, DS405: Graham Technique; .5 units in Somatic Practices: DS245: Pilates, Yoga, QiGong, Gyrotonics; .5 units in Contemporary Practices: Contemporary Dance Technique at 200-400 level, DS224: Improvisation; .5 units in Intercultural/Community-based Dance: DS218/19: African Dance, DS231/32: Hip-hop, DS320: Hip-hop II. 

.25 unit of dance performance for DanSix: DA425 or TH214. 

.75 unit in Technical Theatre: Choose from DA/TH101, 102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) and/or DA212–215: Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each). 

 

• The dance technique courses for the major will now require .50 units taken from at least three of the four following categories for a total of 1.5 units: Classical Forms (Ballet, Balinese Dance), Somatic Practices (Pilates, Yoga, QiGong), Contemporary Practices (Contemporary Dance, Improvisation), and Intercultural/Community (African Dance, Hip-Hop, Latin Dance, Samba, Contact Improvisation). 

• The dance technique courses for the major will now require .50 units in Dance Fundamentals. 

 

 

Minor Requirements

Theatre

Theatre minors must complete a minimum of 6.25 units for the minor:

  • Two units required from Principal Courses: TH105 Acting 1; TH206 Directing.
  • One unit from Historical Perspectives: TH220 Origins of Theatre; TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre; TH222 Neoclassic, Romantic, and Commedia del Arte; TH223 Modern Theatre: Realisms and Anti-Realisms; TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950-Present.
  • One unit from Intercultural or Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Th229 Rewriting America: Playwrights & Cultural Identity; TH328 Theatre and the Politics of Action.
  • One Elective: at the 300 level in theatre and dance. See the online course schedule on Self-Service Banner to choose from our many course offerings
  • Theatre minors must complete an approved Junior or Senior Integrative Project: that is either appended to TH 303, TH 304, TH 326-329, or TH325 Project in Theatre.
  • .25 unit in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101 & TH102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each)

Note:

  • The department is affiliated with two thematic minors: Performance Design and The Arts: Theory and Practice.  Please see "Thematic Minors" in the catalog

Dance

Dance minors must complete a minimum of 6.5 units in the minor: 

One unit of required block courses: DA221: Choreography, 

One unit of required Intercultural Perspectives: DA211: Historical Perspectives in Dance (recommended) or DA311: Cultural Perspectives in Dance. 

Two units of Electives in Theatre and Dance 

One unit of Technique Adjuncts: 1 unit completed in at least three out of four categories: Classical Forms: Ballet at the 200-400 level, DS221: Bharata Natyam, DS405: Graham Technique; Somatic Practices: DS245: Pilates, Yoga, QiGong, Gyrontonics; Contemporary Practices: Contemporary Dance Technique at 200-400 level, DS224: Improvisation; Intercultural/Community-based Dance: DS218/19: West African Dance, DS231/32: Hip-hop, DS320: Hip-hop II, 

.25 units in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101 & TH102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) or TH212, 213, 214, 215: Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each). Technical theatre job requirements for the minor should ideally be completed before the final semester of the minor. 

One unit of 300-level elective or Integrative project: Dance minors must either complete 300-level dance elective or an approved integrative project in their junior or senior year (DA325: Projects in Dance) 

• The dance technique courses for the minor will now require .25 units taken from at least three of the four following categories for a total of .75 units: Classical Forms (Ballet, Balinese Dance), Somatic Practices (Pilates, Yoga, QiGong), Contemporary Practices (Contemporary Dance, Improvisation), and Intercultural/Community (African Dance, Hip-Hop, Latin Dance, Samba, Contact Improvisation). 

• The dance technique courses for the minor will now require .25 units in Dance Fundamentals. 

 

Courses

Dance Theory

This course surveys the history of theatre in the context of Western artistic and literary traditions. Students will read and watch plays as well as examine how theatre relates to philosophy, poetry, politics, and religion. The course includes screenings, field trips to attend performances, and interactive workshops led by department faculty on creative aspects of the discipline. The first block of the course begins by studying sacred rituals that influenced the origins of theatre in ancient Greece. It then examines forms of drama developed in succeeding eras, including medieval pageants, Renaissance masques, Shakespearian plays, and Restoration comedy. In the second block, we look at a combination of contemporary and historical plays that address changes in the 18th and 19th centuries that led to the development of realism in modern theatre. It pays special attention to how subsequent playwrights and choreographers use or subvert realism in order to challenge ideas about gender, race, and nationality. (Not offered 2020-21).

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A basic technical theatre adjunct course connected to a main stage production. Covers the vocabulary, theory, skills and application within the technical areas of sets, stage management, and production crew. Emphasizes the collaborative nature of technical theatre in production. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Examines the rise of spectacle culture in social events, popular culture, and mass media in the United States, such as Burning Man, Mardi Gras, Las Vegas, Halloween, carnivals, freak shows, professional wrestling, historical reenactments, fantasy cons, zombie walks, flash mobs, cult films, and mega-churches. Uses readings by Richard Schechner and Victor Turner to introduce fundamental concepts from the field of performance studies, including ritual, theatre, and play. Additional texts by scholars such as Joseph Roach, Umberto Eco, and Guy Debord are used to critique the role of race and gender in late capitalism and to identify the potential for performance as a form of political resistance. Students may expect frequent short field trips and participatory assignments. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Emphasizes the collaborative nature of 3-dimensional live performance design, its vocabulary, theory and application with a focus on aesthetic integration. Combines artistic practice with critical inquiry to engage simultaneously in creative development and analysis. Class projects introduce students to research, visual analysis, sketching, model making, and presentation skills. Historical and current performance design trends. No prior experience in theatrical productions expected

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An introductory dance course taught through explorations based in the body. Employing basic kinesiology and anatomy, somatic practices, dance composition, and movement improvisation, it broadly investigates the interconnection between body and mind. How might our bodies be a source of knowing? How does movement communicate? Both experiential and theoretical, students will explore their movement potential, move extemporaneously, analyze movement and arrange movement using choreographic procedures. No previous dance experience is necessary to enjoy this course.

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Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics.

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Introduction to dance history as drawn from ballet, modern, social dance, and contemporary performance. Examines critical methodologies, key authors, and current research in the field of Dance Studies. Topics may address interdisciplinary concerns, social issues, or representations of gender, race, nationality and class. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

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Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting; required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2020-21).

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A theoretical and practical investigation of dance composition. .25 unit of Beginning Modern Dance or Dance Improvisation or prior dance experience recommended.

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Practical work in dance improvisation, frequently in collaboration with musicians and artists, to evolve an expanding vocabulary of movement, voice and performance possibilities. Limited to 20. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Using an interdisciplinary arts approach, investigates varied performance aesthetics, theory and practices of the later 20th and early 21st century with a focus on the American experience, new and disenfranchised voices, and hybrid genres in the arts. Considers perspectives in music, dance, directing, multimedia, and of theorists and playwrights. Disillusionment of the post-WWII era, voices of protest, agitation/propaganda, performance art, and identity politics; Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender performance, race relations, and the feminist aesthetic. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Experimental and Expanded Cinema Examines alternative approaches to cinema developed after 1960 by independent filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists working with animation, puppetry, video, performance, and installation. Uses readings by scholars such as P. Adams Sitney, Steven Shaviro, and Laura Marks to explore the visual and tactile qualities of film, the relationship between mainstream and experimental cinema, and social attitudes towards new technologies. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Introduction to creating dance specifically for the video medium, also known as video dance. Investigates ways that choreographers might use video technology as a creative tool. Aspects include production of video, audio, and choreography with the aim of fusing these elements.

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The class takes place in a selected city and sees and analyzes a wide range of performances including drama, dance, opera, puppetry, solo performance, circus, site-specific work, foreign language performance and experimental work in all genres. Explores the social, historical and national parameters of the performances and the past and present performance history and significance of the city. 1 unit.

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Investigates the arts’ relation to narratives of power--those stories that justify why certain structures dominate, and why alternatives do not. An examination into those arts that expose these narratives, reveal silenced alternatives, and present challenger stories that aspire to power themselves. Includes two weeks of study in Serbia and Bosnia. Course fee/Passport and Visa, where needed. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

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Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Supervised sessions with Theatre and Dance majors in the junior year to prepare for the senior thesis proposal. Prerequisite: DA/TH303. .25 unit. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Activates theoretical and practical aspects of creative collaboration between drama and dance majors and also among artistic disciplines. Studies include immersion in performance theory, aesthetic philosophy, and collaborative strategies to create an integral final group public performance. Collaboration and collision through a process of experimentation and rehearsal to discover which elements (visual, kinesthetic, audio, textual, temporal, and spatial) lend themselves to a unified event in performance. DA 110/DR 110, DA 211, and DA 221 recommended.

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Investigation of choreographic theories and practices with an emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry. Topics include: Advanced Choreography, Site-specific Performance, Installation and Performance, Choreographies of Editing, Community and Performance. Can be repeated for credit to fulfill one elective requirement within the major.

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In this course, we will be watching dance works by a number of artists, both from the US and international contexts working with a range of forms, aesthetics, and questions. Alongside watching these works, we will be reading key theorists from social theory, dance/performance studies and postcolonial studies alongside poetry and literary texts. These offer different frameworks or sets of questions, allowing us to think through dance works as kaleidoscopes - situated and shifting in significance given our perspective. Questions will include those around narrative, realism, abstraction, space, and utopia. We will focus on the elements of bodies, time, and space. 1 unit. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

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Work in dance appropriate to the needs or interests of qualified students.

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Examines new approaches to the study of performance drawn from sociology, anthropology, and media studies. Uses readings by scholars such as Diana Taylor, Richard Schechner, and Philip Auslander to analyze works by contemporary choreographers, theatre ensembles, and performance artists, as well as performances from everyday life, including concerts, festivals, and political protests. Attention also given to how performances construct race, gender, and nationality. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Examines how performances since 1960 by queer artists have challenged conventional ideas about the body, sexuality and selfhood. Uses readings by theorists such as Michael Foucault, Michael Warner, and Jose Esteban Munoz to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in literature, film, drama, musical theatre, dance and performance art. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Advanced work in theatre and/or dance culminating in performance, written thesis, major creative or choreographic work, scenic or lighting design, or other work appropriate to the discipline. Proposal must be approved at the end of the Junior year by the department faculty. Offered in blocks 1-7 of the senior year.

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An investigation into the forces that shape solo theatrical performance, including original work and voice, point-of-view, text interpretation, observation, myth, and storytelling. Students will apply their own unique histories, politics, and imaginations to a developmental process, helping each other to shape material, develop performance techniques, explore text, music, movement, dance, song, sound, props, set, lights, and costumes. The class will culminate in a solo performance by each student. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Development of performance and rehearsal techniques through choreographic forms. Repertory works from faculty, labanotation scores, or guest choreographers will be set on students for performance. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Dance Studio

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An introductory dance class that focuses on a particular aspect of dance across genres and cultural practices. Both for students new to dance and for dance students interested in exploring the different but related ways dance practices configure time, space, and movement. .25 unit.

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An introductory dance class that focuses on a particular aspect of dance across genres and cultural practices. Both for students new to dance and for dance students interested in exploring the different but related ways dance practices configure time, space, and movement. .25 unit. (Not offered 2020-21).

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An introductory dance class that focuses on a particular aspect of dance across genres and cultural practices. Both for students new to dance and for dance students interested in exploring the different but related ways dance practices configure time, space, and movement. .25 unit.

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Note on dance technique classes: Dance technique classes at Colorado College are developed to satisfy a wide range of student interest and expertise. Students who have never danced before will find that the Beginning Modern class is an appropriate level for them. This class will provide an introduction to various dance styles, improvisation, and expression in movement, while simultaneously developing an awareness and appreciation for anatomically correct movement technique. Beginning Ballet classes are recommended for students who have danced before and would like to continue in ballet, and for students who are taking more than one semester in dance. Improvisation classes are useful for students wishing to do work in choreography, or for students who are curious about spontaneous process. Improvisation is also open to music students who would like to work with improvisational forms. Tai chi classes are open to all students, and are particularly useful for athletes who need to develop strength, flexibility and mental concentration. Jazz classes are recommended for students who are interested in broadening their understanding of indigenous dance styles. Since students often come to Colorado College with more than a few years of dance training, we advise students to register for the class that they think is most appropriate to their level, with the understanding that the teacher may advise the student to change to a different class once the course is begun. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong.

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Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong.

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Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong.

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Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Theatre

This course surveys the history of theatre in the context of Western artistic and literary traditions. Students will read and watch plays as well as examine how theatre relates to philosophy, poetry, politics, and religion. The course includes screenings, field trips to attend performances, and interactive workshops led by department faculty on creative aspects of the discipline. The first block of the course begins by studying sacred rituals that influenced the origins of theatre in ancient Greece. It then examines forms of drama developed in succeeding eras, including medieval pageants, Renaissance masques, Shakespearian plays, and Restoration comedy. In the second block, we look at a combination of contemporary and historical plays that address changes in the 18th and 19th centuries that led to the development of realism in modern theatre. It pays special attention to how subsequent playwrights and choreographers use or subvert realism in order to challenge ideas about gender, race, and nationality. (Not offered 2020-21).

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A basic technical theatre adjunct course. Covers the vocabulary, theory, skills and application within the areas of set design and construction, stage management, and production crew.

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This course is designed to act as a lab component of TH101. Students are required to crew the Theatre and Dance main stage production. Builds on the information and skills acquired during TH101

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Work on basic acting skills through observation, improvisation, physical and vocal preparation, and the basics of Stanislavski's theories. The emphasis is on exercises and games that release the imagine and instinct of the performer with the aim of giving everyone the means to approach any role. Work will culminate with scripted scenes and a group presentation. Limited to 18.

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Examines the rise of spectacle culture in social events, popular culture, and mass media in the United States, such as Burning Man, Mardi Gras, Las Vegas, Halloween, carnivals, freak shows, professional wrestling, historical reenactments, fantasy cons, zombie walks, flash mobs, cult films, and mega-churches. Uses readings by Richard Schechner and Victor Turner to introduce fundamental concepts from the field of performance studies, including ritual, theatre, and play. Additional texts by scholars such as Joseph Roach, Umberto Eco, and Guy Debord are used to critique the role of race and gender in late capitalism and to identify the potential for performance as a form of political resistance. Students may expect frequent short field trips and participatory assignments. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Emphasizes the collaborative nature of 3-dimensional live performance design, its vocabulary, theory and application with a focus on aesthetic integration. Combines artistic practice with critical inquiry to engage simultaneously in creative development and analysis. Class projects introduce students to research, visual analysis, sketching, model making, and presentation skills. Historical and current performance design trends. No prior experience in theatrical productions expected.

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Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topic areas, including theatre history, dramatic literature, dramatic theory, film and theatre performance practices.

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An extended-format, adjunct class given twice a week over 4 blocks. Designed to enhance and practice the skills from Acting 1 through exercises and scene work. The format is designed to allow for a longer period of assimilation, keeping the acting muscles active and developing on a continuous basis, and for individual attention for each student. (Not offered 2020-21).

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A practical and theoretical introduction to the basics of directing. Begins with investigation of past and present directing practice and techniques through the work of influential directors from around the world. Considers the essential tools of directing, choosing the material; producing and conceptualizing the ideas; pre-production work of analysis, design and planning; casting;rehearsal management; rehearsal techniques with actors; and steering the production through its final stages to performance. The course involves directing actors in scenes.

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History, theory, and practice of lighting design for the stage. Script analysis, drafting, plotting, and color theory. Laboratory required: participation in one stage production. Limited to 15.

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Through vocal and physical exercises, participants learn to connect to their breath, increase natural resonance, and strengthen voice articulation. Different kinds of texts and language are explored to discover how to express clearly and truthfully thoughts and emotion

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Designed to teach the tools of humor writing for live stand-up performance. Students will deconstruct the performances of stand-up comedians, learn the foundations from which modern comedy stems, and work to develop their own voice. The course will culminate in a live stand-up performance showcasing students' original work. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Intermediate work in performance design with an emphasis on the emergence of new approaches and innovations in scenic and performance design. Integrates traditional visual languages of the stage with the digital arts. Explores spatial designs for dance, performance installations and the theatrical stage. Includes model making, drawing, drafting and digital/video design programs.

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Introduction to public speaking and oral interpretation of literature. Limited to 18. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting; required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2020-21).

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An exploration of the art and craft of playwriting through reading, writing, re-writing and self/peer critique. We will investigate the elements that comprise a script, including dialogue, monologue, subtext, character development, structure, and developing action through language and imagery. 1 unit

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Costume Design for live performance, including theatre, opera, dance, and performance art. Explores color and line theory, script analysis, textiles and textile modification, rendering for costumes, construction and patterning techniques and other costume related skills. Limited to 10. Lab fee required. 1 unit - Ames (Not offered 2020-21).

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A study of the birth and evolution of Western theatre from its ritualistic origins. The course investigates plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes and their importance in establishing a crucial aesthetic and philosophical groundwork for theatre as a necessary part of human experience. (TH220/CL219/CO200) (Not offered 2020-21).

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A study of medieval European theatre forms of farce, feasts, and cycles and their gradual evolution into full-blown Renaissance dramas. The course investigates Renaissance philosophy and design incorporated by English, French, Italian, and Spanish playwrights, concentrating on Shakespeare and the Jacobeans. (TH221/EN286/CO200) (Not offered 2020-21).

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A study of three influential theatrical and aesthetic forms and their importance, to this day, in establishing national and linguistic identities. The course investigates French Neoclassicism and the tightly brilliant aesthetics of Corneille and Racine, German Romanticism and the sensual verse of Goethe, and Italian Commedia del Arte and the refreshing comic sensibilities of Goldoni and Gozzi. (TH222/CO200). (Not offered 2020-21).

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A study of 20th Century performance genres reflected by playwriting , aesthetic philosophy, and artistic manifestoes. The course chronicles the strategic birth of realistic performance in works by Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, and Schnitzler and the strong reactions against realism by anti-realistic movements, including symbolism, surrealism, Pirandellianism, expressionism, and epic theatre. (TH223/EN280/CO200)

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Using an interdisciplinary arts approach, investigates varied performance aesthetics, theory and practices of the later 20th and early 21st century with a focus on the American experience, new and disenfranchised voices, and hybrid genres in the arts. Considers perspectives in music, dance, directing, multimedia, and of theorists and playwrights. Disillusionment of the post-WWII era, voices of protest, agitation/propaganda, performance art, and identity politics; Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender performance, race relations, and the feminist aesthetic. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

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Experimental and Expanded Cinema Examines alternative approaches to cinema developed after 1960 by independent filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists working with animation, puppetry, video, performance, and installation. Uses readings by scholars such as P. Adams Sitney, Steven Shaviro, and Laura Marks to explore the visual and tactile qualities of film, the relationship between mainstream and experimental cinema, and social attitudes towards new technologies. (Not offered 2020-21).

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This course focuses on marginalized theatrical voices from the United States. Our mission will be to examine the societal circumstances that birthed alternative styles to the mainstream American stage. Selected playwrights will cover a cross section of race, gender and sexuality, from Tony Award® winners to virtual unknowns. Equal parts historical analysis and creative writing workshop, students will create multimedia presentations and original plays based around their research. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

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The class takes place in a selected city and sees and analyzes a wide range of performances including drama, dance, opera, puppetry , solo performance, circus, site specific work, foreign language performance and experimental work in all genres. Explores the social, historical and national parameters of the performances and the past and present performance history and significance of the city . Extra Expense. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Investigates the arts’ relation to narratives of power--those stories that justify why certain structures dominate, and why alternatives do not. An examination into those arts that expose these narratives, reveal silenced alternatives, and present challenger stories that aspire to power themselves. Includes two weeks of study in Serbia and Bosnia. Course fee/Passport and Visa, where needed. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

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Courses offered by design faculty and guests on specialized topic areas in performance design. Lab fee required.

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Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Supervised sessions with Theatre and Dance majors in the junior year to prepare for senior thesis proposal. Prerequisite: DA/TH303. .25 unit. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Activates theoretical and practical aspects of creative collaboration between drama and dance majors and also among artistic disciplines. Studies include immersion in performance theory, aesthetic philosophy, and collaborative strategies to create an integral final group public performance. Collaboration and collision through a process of experimentation and rehearsal to discover which elements (visual, kinesthetic, audio, textual, temporal, and spatial) lend themselves to a unified event in performance. DA 110/DR 110, DA 211, and DA 221 recommended.

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Investigation of choreographic theories and practices with an emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry. Topics include: Advanced Choreography, Site-specific Performance, Installation and Performance, Choreographies of Editing, Community and Performance. Can be repeated for credit to fulfill one elective requirement within the major.

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Developing and furthering the skills from Acting 1 with an emphasis on intensive scene work that will focus on a wide range of contemporary playwrights. Work will culminate with a public presentation of scenes. Limited to 18. (Not offered 2020-21).

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History, theory, and practice of lighting design for the stage. Script analysis, drafting, plotting, and color theory. Laboratory required: participation in one stage production. Limited to 15. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Work in special fields in Drama and Dance appropriate to the needs and/or interests of qualified students.

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Examines new approaches to the study of performance drawn from sociology, anthropology, and media studies. Uses readings by scholars such as Diana Taylor, Richard Schechner, and Philip Auslander to analyze works by contemporary choreographers, theatre ensembles, and performance artists, as well as performances from everyday life, including concerts, festivals, and political protests. Attention also given to how performances construct race, gender, and nationality. (Not offered 2020-21).

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The course is a contemplation of theatre as a voice of the dispossessed and oppressed, focusing on the development of various performance aesthetics as a response to sociopolitical subjugation. The course will utilize both national and international performances and texts. Special attention will be paid to Brecht/s epic theatre as a laboratory of socioeconomic inequality, Boal’s concept of theatre as an agitprop tool, and Wilson’s notions of social boundaries, expressionism, and the ethical territories of the dispossessed. 1 unit. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

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Examines how performances since 1960 by women and queer artists have challenged ideas about the body, sexuality and selfhood. Uses theorists such as Judith Butler, E. Patrick Johnson, and José Esteban Muñoz to analyze the gender politics and strategic positions adopted by artists in drama, musical theatre, dance and performance art. 1 unit. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

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The class takes place in a selected city and sees and analyzes a wide range of performances including drama, dance, opera, puppetry , solo performance, circus, site specific work, foreign language performance and experimental work in all genres. Explores the social, historical and national parameters of the performances and the past and present performance history and significance of the city . Extra Expense. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Courses offered by design faculty and guests on specialized topic areas in performance design. (Not offered 2020-21).

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An individual practical design project in connection with department main stage productions. Areas of concentration might include properties, masks, sound design, video design in association with the season productions. Must be arranged with instructor.

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Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Advanced work in drama and/or dance culminating in performance, written thesis, major creative or choreographic work, scenic or lighting design, or other work appropriate to the discipline. Proposal must be approved at the end of the junior year by the department faculty. Offered in blocks 1-7 of the senior year.

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Consolidating skills from Acting 1 and 2 and working on heightened and poetic texts including Shakespeare, the Greeks, and the Jacobean and Restoration eras. The class is dedicated to seeing Shakespeare as our contemporary and the verse as no barrier to expression or understanding. Work will culminate with a public presentation. Limited to 18. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Advanced study of topics related to theory, criticism, literature, and history of the theatre. Resultant performance or thesis. Required of all drama majors. Limited to majors and minors or with consent of instructor. (Not offered 2020-21).

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Last updated: 02/03/2021