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 101 - Introduction to Theatre
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 12:10pm - 1:00pm | Online
Professor Chang

 

 

Study of elements of theatre arts-acting, directing, playwriting, design-from standpoints of both viewer and participant.

 

THEA 101 - Introduction to Theatre
Section 2 | Monday, Thursday 4:10pm - 5:25pm | In-Person
Professor Felner

 

 

Study of elements of theatre arts-acting, directing, playwriting, design-from standpoints of both viewer and participant.

 

THEA 161 - Acting 1: Basic Acting Techniques
Section 1 | Monday, Wednesday 4:10am - 5:25pm | Hybrid
Professor Holder

 

 

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

 

THEA 161 - Acting 1: Basic Acting Techniques
Section 2 | Monday, Wednesday 1:10pm - 2:25pm | In-Person
Professor Ceesay

 

 

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

 

THEA 161 - Acting 1: Basic Acting Techniques

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

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.

 

THEA 161 - Acting 1: Basic Acting Techniques
Section 5 | Tuesday, Friday 9:45am - 11:00am | In-Person
Professor Williams

 

 

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

 

THEA 161 - Acting 1: Basic Acting Techniques

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

Professor Cusack

 

 

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

 

THEA 211 - World Theatre I
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 9:45am - 11:00am | Online
Professor Kalb

 

 

Survey of international theatre from its pre-Greek origins to the Spanish Golden Age.

 

THEA 212 - World Theatre II
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 9:45am - 11:00am | Online
Professor Litvan

 

 

Survey of international theatre from the Elizabethan period to Wagner.

 

THEA 213 - World Theatre III
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 9:45am - 11:00am | Online
Professor TBD

 

 

Survey of international theatre from 19th-century Naturalism to the present day.

 
 

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 261 - Acting II: American Realism
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 11:10am - 1:00pm | In-Person
Professor Felner

 

 

Fundamentals of scene study focusing on text analysis, personalization, objective and action using American realism.

 

THEA 261 - Acting II: American Realism
Section 2 | Tuesday, Friday 11:10am - 1:00pm | In-Person
Professor Williams

 

 

Fundamentals of scene study focusing on text analysis, personalization, objective and action using American realism.

 

THEA 262 - Acting 3: World Realism

Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 1:10pm - 3:00pm | In-Person

Professor Felner

 

 

Scene study from the world realistic repertory.

 

THEA 263 - Basic Voice & Movement
Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 9:45am - 11:00am | In-Person
Professor Moore

 

 

This course helps the performer develop authority, range, and freedom in their artistic work. Using the Linklater approach, students learn how to release physical tensions and integrate their body, voice and creativity through exercises. Through text work students will develop their creative imagination and sharpen their articulation. By the end of this course students will have gained more artistic confidence and connection, and leave with a physical and vocal foundation for their rehearsal and performance work

 
 

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 | 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 | Hybrid
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. 

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

This class will meet predominantly in-person following all COVID safety protocols. Select classes may be held online at the beginning of the semester. We will also meet to see a play if live theater resumes this fall. For online sessions, your camera will be required to be on. You will be required to be physically present for any in-person classes. Please email me at cs3858@hunter.cuny.edu if you have any questions!

 

THEA 361 - Acting Non-Realism

Section 1 | Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm | In-Person

Professor Felner

 

 

This class will teach you how to approach a non-realistic modern or post-modern text as an actor. Given the absence of psychological character in many of the plays we will be exploring this semester, we will develop a different set of analytical tools for reading these works for performance. We will also explore the common points for the actor between realistic and non-realistic texts.  The importance of identifying significant given circumstances that give rise to a character’s immediate objectives and physical actions in the absence of a psychological past will be stressed.  We will break down the architecture of a scene into beats, and you will learn to create a score of beats and physical actions that can chart your journey through a scene as you give it physical life.   

 

THEA 365 - 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 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 376 - Playwriting I

Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 1:10pm - 2:25pm | Hybrid

Professor Xu

 

 

In this course, you will study the craft and art of playwriting. You will experiment with process. You will explore what a play can be and what it can mean to write a play.

 

By the end of the course, you will have read a number of plays, along with essays on playwriting. You will have written several scenes, short plays, and a one-act play. You will have analyzed a number of plays, including those of your peers, and will have gained tools to effectively revise your work.

 

The goal of the class is not to write a “perfect” play but to turn out some glorious failures, sharpen your instincts, and hone in on your own interests as a writer of dramatic texts.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

This class will meet predominantly in-person for the first few weeks and occasionally online as we adjust back (cameras will be required to be on when meeting online). Once we start workshopping student's work, we will prioritize meeting in-person unless COVID requires otherwise.

 

THEA 377 - Playwriting II

Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 3:45pm - 5:00pm | Hybrid

Professor Drake

 

 

In this course, you will continue to study the craft of playwriting towards the goal of completing the first draft of a full-length play. Throughout the semester we will workshop each other’s work at various stages, do writing exercises to ignite inspiration, and examine plays with a wide range of styles, structures, and forms. Later in the semester, we will also get into larger questions about how to utilize feedback from others and how to start a career in theater out of school.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

This class will meet predominantly in-person for the first few weeks and occasionally online as we adjust back (cameras will be required to be on when meeting online). Once we start workshopping student's work, we will prioritize meeting in-person unless COVID requires otherwise.

 

THEA 383 - 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 geo-temporally 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 developing skills necesary for this work, while the other part will be dedicated to aesthetic, 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 390 - Costume, Fashion & Cultural Studies
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 1:10pm - 2:25pm | Hybrid
Professor Chatterjee

This course enables students to understand fashion and costume (clothes worn by people) using the lens of cultural studies. The course will take students on a journey of nonWestern clothing alongside Euro-Western clothing and under major critical movements and concepts such as cultural studies, Orientalism, post-coloniality, subalternity, pan-Africanism, feminism and gender, thing theory, visual dramaturgy, to reveal how clothes and costumes are shaped by such forces. Readings in theatre and performance, anthropology, sociology, film and media, history (and microhistories such as fashion history and theatre history) and other areas will help students develop an understanding of the global aesthetics of the body on stage, on screen and on the street.

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

We will meet in-person once every two weeks.

 

THEA 397.21 - Character Body & Speech for the Actor
Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 11:10am - 12:25pm | In-Person
Professor Moore

 

This course continues the development of the first semester Basic Voice and Movement, andintroduces: Phonetics; Upper resonators; Bridgmont technique action on  speech; Levels of tension for physical work on character and action.

By the end of the semester the student will:

  • Increase the range, clarity, and power of their voice

  • Be able to communicate the rhetoric and action of a text through speech and movement

  • Know how to use the International Phonetics Alphabet for transcription and performance of the sounds of speech

  • Develop physical skills necessary for the development of character

 

THEA 397.33 - Devising Theatre for Young Audiences
Section 1 | Friday 12:10pm - 3:00pm | 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 397.45 - Asian American Theatre

Section 1 | Thursday 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Online

Professor Chang

 

 

This course examines the histories and developments of Asian American theatre in relation to the sociopolitical and cultural contexts of the U.S. that have affected the ways in which Asian immigrants and Asian Americans are treated in the country. We will read and examine a selection of exemplary theatre works that not only respond to the historical contexts but also raise questions about the meaning and significance of being Asian Americans when confronted with the issues of race, culture, gender, and sexuality.

 

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.