FALL 2021 COURSE  DESCRIPTIONS

Click the course number or name below to learn more about the class. Please note this is not a full class list. We will add descriptions as we receive them.

 

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MODE OF INSTRUCTION

In-Person (P) - All classes will take place in person.

Online (O) - All classes will take place online.

Hybrid (H) - Hybrid can mean a variety of different things depending on the professor and department. To help you decide on your classes, we have asked every professor teaching a hybrid course to include an explanation of what that means for their class.

What hybrid means for a  course may change as circumstances change later, and we receive more guidance from CUNY, the CDC, the state and the city. These definitions are the best our professors can predict right now. If the definition changes, you will be informed, and we will update this page.

 

THEA 161 - Acting 1: Basic Acting Techniques

Section 4 | Tuesday, Friday 11:10am - 12:25pm | Hybrid

Professor Romano

 

 

The goal of this course is to provide students with the fundamental skills used in the craft of Acting. Students will learn and develop practical skills and basic acting techniques to use in the rehearsal room. Through Improvisation, Text Analysis, Voice and Movement exercises and an introduction to basic techniques this course will focus on the Actor as a storyteller.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

We will meet in person half of each week, later into the semester we will be fully in-person.

 

THEA 161 - Acting 1: Basic Acting Techniques

Section 6 | Monday, Thursday 11:10am - 12:25pm | Hybrid

Professor Cusack

 

 

Exploration of the fundamentals of acting technique through exercises and improvisation.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

The first half of class (solo presentations and exercises) will happen remotely via Zoom. The second half of class (paired improv and scene work) will happen in the class. Only those students who are presenting that day will be required to be physically present.

 
 

THEA 251 - Theatre Production

Section 1 | Monday, Wednesday 3:10pm - 5:00pm | Hybrid

Professor Krumholz

 

 

This course introduces students to the practical aspects of theatre production through a combination of readings, discussions, guests, and hands-on experience. Students learn what goes into making a play from the perspective of the producer, from auditions and casting to budgeting and hiring personnel to marketing, teching, and presenting the final production. Class meetings will include lectures, discussions, and visits from Theatre Department faculty, staff, and student guests.

 

A primary component of this class is that we are responsible for making sure that the departmental production is of the highest artistic quality, is ready on time, and runs smoothly. To this end, students in this class will participate in set construction in our scenic shop, costume construction in our costume shop, and other behind the scenes work in the Loewe Theatre. We are also responsible for the creation of the production website, although no prior experience with web design is required.

 

This course is listed as “Hybrid,” which means that classes will mostly be held in person. Occasionally, however, it will be preferable and useful to hold class online over Zoom.

 

Since students must be present in order to participate in this highly collaborative class, grades will depend largely on the level and quality of in-person presence in our live sessions; for any online sessions, students must be visible via camera and audible via microphone. If students are unable to participate in class meetings or crew calls and do not have a legitimate excuse, final grades for this class will be reduced accordingly.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

THEA 251, Theatre Production, classes will mostly be held in person. Occasionally, however, it will be preferable and useful to hold class online over Zoom.

THEA 262 - Acting 3: World Realism

Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Hybrid

Professor Bosch

 

 

This course is designed as a continuation of the exploration of the craft of Acting. We will move beyond American realism to begin to deal with European texts. We will concentrate on the works of Chekhov and Ibsen. Scene work will include analyzing, understanding and creating a character, sustaining belief in ones actions, interpreting a text through methodical script analysis, learning acting vocabulary and more advanced principles of rehearsal. Particular attention will be given to exploring the sub-textual lines in the text. This course is taught in a professional laboratory environment, and discussion and full participation are needed. Each student will work on two monologues and one scene. You will be responsible for a written character and scene analysis for each project, and outside of class rehearsals (online) are mandatory.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

The classes will meet in person on Mondays and on the Zoom the second day. 

 
 

THEA 281 - Visual Elements of Theatre

Section 1 | Monday, Wednesday 4:10pm - 5:25pm | Hybrid

Professor Calderon

 

 

Explore the visual storytelling methods, techniques, and tools available to support the playwright’s narrative and the director’s concept for a theatrical production. We will examine the evolution and styles of the stage picture, theatre architecture, music halls and motion picture palaces. We will also address the advent of new visual media, such as digital projection, animation, and its impact on the contemporary audience experience. The class will also attend Broadway Theatre performances.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

On Monday, the class will meet Online. On Wednesday, the class will meet in person in our Baker Building classroom. The class will also attend live in person Broadway shows and Theatre events at the College. All safety requirements will be observed.

THEA 297.04 - Computer Aided Design

Section 1 | Monday, Wednesday 10:10am - 1:00pm | In-Person

Professor Russo

Computer Aided Design is a course that uses a combination of industry standard computer programs (Vectorworks, Sketchup, and Photoshop) to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, and communication of a design. This course will be focused through the lens of a theatrical designer - Scenic, Costume, Lighting, or Technical - to produce draftings, 3D models, renderings, and graphic designs. Today, much of the theater design industry operates in the digital workspace, so if you’re looking to pursue a career in theater design, this course will support you building a hirable skillset.

 

THEA 321 - Play Analysis

Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 11:10am - 12:25pm | Online

Professor Scarfuto

 

 

This course aims to develop a set of conceptual and analytical tools for reading and analyzing plays as “blueprints” or "scores" for theatrical performance. The course provides an analytical vocabulary useful both to students with a general interest in theater and to aspiring theater artists. Drawing on a variety of analytical methods, the course focuses not only on what a play represents and means but also, more importantly, how it does so: how a dissection of a play’s structure can illuminate the play’s dramatic dynamics and theatrical potential. Students will be introduced to a wide range of dramatic genres and forms, their formal principles, and to the embodiment of those principles in particular texts. While providing essential historical context for interpreting those genres and forms, the course provides an “inside-out” approach to the reading of plays. This is an online synchronous course and cameras are required to be on.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

This class will meet primarily online, but we will have occasional in-person meetings throughout the semester if COVID allows (for example, we may meet to see a play if live theater resumes this fall, or for key classes, such as when students are doing in-class presentations). We will discuss dates any in-person meetings at the beginning of the semester. For online sessions, your camera will be required to be on. Please email me at cs3858@hunter.cuny.edu if you have any questions!

 

THEA 362 - Screen Acting

Section 1 | Tuesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Hybrid

Professor Romano

 

 

The goal of this course is to provide students with fundamental skills used in the craft of Acting for the Camera. The focus of the course work will be an Actor’s approach to the Film and Television mediums and understanding storytelling through the language of film. Through exercises and scene work students will develop practical skills and basic techniques to use on set and in audition settings. The instructor will also bring in industry professionals to work with students and provide first hand insight into the inner workings of the Television and Film industries.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

The course will meet online for the first few weeks of the semester, then we will shift to all in person.

 
 

THEA 373 - Costume Design

Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 11:10am - 1:00pm | Hybrid

Professor Chatterjee

 

 

This course takes a practical and theoretical approach to costume design for the stage. We will read plays from geotemporally diverse authors, learn to analyze them as a class, in small groups, and develop design concepts for them. About one-third of the class will be dedicated to dveloping skills necesary for this work, while the other part will be dedicated to aesthtic, creative, and critical comptence. Some practical work on departmental productions may be included. prereq: THEA 28100

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

We will meet in-person once every two weeks.

 

THEA 397.33 - Devising Theatre for Young Audiences

Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 11:10am - 1:00pm | Hybrid

Professor Thompson

 

 

This course is an exploration of how to create theatre for young audiences (TYA) and how to engage the history and current practice of this vibrant and vast field. Through a process of ensemble creation that includes methods of devising and the use of research workshops with young people, students will generate, revise, and ultimately present a collaborative piece for a school age audience. In addition to this creative exploration, the class will read texts relevant to an understanding of TYA , examine the relationship of TYA to theatre in education, and view a variety of performances to understand important critical and theoretical approaches that adults have taken to create work for young people and their caregivers. This Hybrid class will begin with 3 weeks of online discussion of readings, viewings, and lectures, as well as, the initiation of our creative research. The class will then shift to in-person meetings where we will use time in class to build our ensemble and work together with modules of performance prepared outside of class. Students may bring to this class a variety of interests and skills but must be prepared to embrace a laboratory environment where experimentation, movement, an interest in the collaborative process, a willingness to work with visual elements, and an availability to rehearse outside of class will be essential.

Mode of Instruction

WILL MEET ONLINE- 8/25-9/10 IN PERSON 8/11-12/21

 

THEA 371 - Directing

Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 4:10pm - 5:25pm | Hybrid

Professor Bosch

 

 

This is a laboratory directing class. We will focus on the basics of directing :Storytelling, text analysis, picturization, rhythm, focus, ground plans and all technical aspects of putting on a play. You will learn how to work with actors and designers as collaborators. Students will all explore two scenes during the semester from American Realism. You will be responsible for two prompt books with extensive research and analysis.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

The classes will meet in person on Mondays and on the Zoom the second day.

THEA 397.87 - Theatre of Protest

Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 2:45pm - 4:00pm | Hybrid

Professor Mosher

 

 

A better name for the course would be Socially Engaged Theater, but Theater of Protest was on the books, so I grabbed that title. 

 

Almost all theater is in some way social. Sophocles’ Antigone, for instance, questions the role of the city’s ruler, and can be interpreted as advocating defiance of man’s law in order to serve a higher principle. Ibsen electrified the world when his character Nora slammed the door in A Doll’s House as she walked out of her marriage. Etc. We’ll mostly look at  theater artists and companies who have used theater for social action. Some of these would include El Teatro Campesino, which grew out of the 1960’s California grape-picker’s strike. We’ll study the Negro Ensemble Company, which defied the idea that the theater was for affluent white people. There’s Pussy Riot, a group of young Russian women literally risking their lives to challenge the dictator Putin in Russia today. Julian and Malina Beck’s Living Theater explicitly challenged the social norms of America during the period of the racist and imperialist war in Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement. I’m interested in the degree to which BLM is theater of the streets. We’ll use young Bertolt Brecht as a counter-weight to Aristotle; the latter thought catharsis through pity and terror was the idea, whereas Brecht thought the job was to make a better world. (My adaptation of Antigone borrows heavily from Brecht’s version.) To tell the truth, as of the moment I haven’t thought it all through, and as some of you know, I’ve been recovering from an accident for the past month. So there will be more detail. But I hope this gives you an idea. We’ll look at the historical context of theater as social action, bring it up to date with contemporary examples, and perhaps create some projects. I look forward to a lively semester. 

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

We are technically Hybrid. Assuming progross on the COVID front, the default for this Hybrid course will be to meet in person in the Baker Theatre Building, with the new three-feet social distancing rule. Occasionally we might bring in a guest who can’t come in person, or mostly watch film clips or something , and then we’d all Zoom in. But in general, it will be wonderful to have this seminar style class in person. I can’t wait to see you all. And while this is not official, I certainly encourage you all to get vaccinated if you haven’t already.

 
 

THC 735 - MFA Production Workshop I Adaptation

Section 1 | Thursday 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Hybrid

Professor Scarfuto

 

 

Playwriting has long been rooted in the impulse to rework old stories. From the Greeks to Shakespeare and beyond, so much work in the theater ecosystem is adapted from and/or inspired by outside sources. In this workshop, we will be exploring the idea of adaptation as it relates to the craft of dramatic writing, using the Greek tragedies as the primary source of investigation and inspiration. In the first half of the semester, we will do an in-depth exploration of the major works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, alongside a number of re-workings of their texts by contemporary writers. We will be examining the craft of these plays rather than studying them academically, to the end that each student will articulate their own artistic point of view and relationship to the art. In the second half of the semester, students will workshop their own adaptations using the Greeks as their source.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

This class will meet predominantly in-person with occasional online classes at the beginning of the semester as we make the adjustment to being back on campus. Once we start workshopping student plays in the latter half of the semester, we will prioritize meeting in-person unless COVID requires otherwise.