SPRING 2023 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.

Course #

Course Name

Professor

Mode

Orenstein
TBD
Cusick
Romano

Moore
Cusick
TBD 
TBD
Romano
Williams
TBD
Kalb
Neff
TBD
Williams

TBD
TBD
TBD
Holder
TBD
Felner
Moore
TBD
Thompson
TBD
TBD
Foglia
Cedars
Felner
TBD
TBD
Jae Hoon
Rubenstein
Thompson
Calderon
Chatterjee
Moore
Mosher
Kalb
Chang
In-Person
In-Person
In-Person
In-Person

In-Person
In-Person

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In-Person
In-Person
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In-Person
In-Person
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In-Person
In-Person
In-Person
In-Person
In-Person
In-Person
In-Person
In-Person
In-Person
In-Person
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THEA 101 - Introduction to Theatre
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 11:30am - 12:20pm | In-Person
Professor Orenstein

 

 

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

 

 

 

This will be an introductory course that explores the fundamental elements of acting. The mission of this course is to awaken the emotional, imaginative, and transformative powers in each of us. We will explore what it means to really be a storyteller through plays, recommended texts, improvisation, scene work, and monologues. Each student will explore harnessing their own personal experiences (sense memory), to help inform their acting. Finally, this course will enhance the actor's ability to channel "self" (body, mind, and experience), through one’s acting in a TRUTHFUL and believable way; pushing each student’s willingness, readiness, and resilience to transform the "self" beyond its pre-established boundaries.

 
 

THEA 211 - World Theatre I
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 10:00am - 11:15am | In-Person | Professor TBD
Section 2 | Monday, Wednesday 5:30pm - 6:45pm | In-Person | 
Professor Kalb

 

 

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

 

THEA 212 - World Theatre II
Monday, Thursday 11:30am - 12:45pm | In-Person
Professor Neff

 

THEA 213 - World Theatre 3
Tuesday, Friday 10:00am - 11:15am | In-Person
TBD

 

This course introduces and examines a selection of plays and performance styles from various parts of the world during the period between 1850 and present day. Through a study of dramatic works, critical texts, and historical contexts, we will explore the intersection between the performing arts and the changing world around them. The course will illustrate how global developments inspired theatremakers to respond to the periods of modernism and beyond. 

 

THEA 215 - Black Theatre
Monday, Thursday 1:00pm - 2:15pm | In-Person
Professor Williams

THEA 253.57 - Musical Theatre Workshop 1
Tuesday, Friday 4:00pm - 5:50pm | In-Person
TBD

 

THEA 251 - Theatre Production
Monday, Thursday 1:30pm - 3:20pm | In-Person
TBD

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.

 

THEA 261 - Acting II: American Realism
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 11:30am - 1:20pm | In-Person | TBD
Section 2 | Tuesday, Friday 4:00pm - 5:50pm | In-Person | Professor Holder
Section 3 | Tuesday, Friday 12:30pm - 2:20pm | In-Person | TBD

 

 

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

 

THEA 262 - Acting III: World Realism
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 1:30pm - 3:20pm | In-Person
Professor Felner

 

 

Scene study from the world realistic repertory.

 
 

THEA 263 - Basic Voice & Movement
Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 10:00am - 11:15am | In-Person | Professor Moore
Section 2 | Monday, Thursday 3:45pm - 4:15pm | In-Person 
TBD

 

 

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 | Tuesday, Friday 10:00am - 11:15am | In-Person
Professor Thompson

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.

THEA 283 - Stagecraft
Monday, Thursday | 4:00pm - 5:5-pm | In-Person
TBD

 

THEA 297.04 - Computer Aided Design
Section 1 | Wednesday 10:00am - 11:45am | In-Person
TBD

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 2:30pm - 3:45pm | In-Person
Professor Foglia

 

How does a director read a play? What about a designer? Or an actor? How do you get from. text on the page to life on the stage? What does any of this have to do with a directorial "concept"? In this course, we will study plays both classical and modern and employ a variety of lenses to discover the reality these writers have created. The goal is to answer the questions we would face as artists en route to production.

 

Class will be discussion-based and involve close readings of plays and additional texts by thinkers whose ideas we may find useful in approaching those plays. Each week will involve new reading and short assignments designed to test those tools we have acquired. The course requires continuous engagement from students.

THEA 333 - Alternative Performance
Monday, Thursday 10:00am - 11:15am | In-Person
Professor Cedars

 

 

“Something Wicked” Horror Theatre and Performance

This course explores the history of horror and grotesque performance from the medieval period through today.  Through a mixture of literary analysis, creative exercises, and historical contextualization, students will examine how horror in theatre, film, and public spectacles both reflects social anxieties and offers spectators thrills they can find nowhere else.  The course’s definition of horror is intentionally broad, and will include: monsters; stories of murderous brutality; campy horror comedy; hauntings; and psychological horror.  Through an analysis of these disparate styles, students will identify the various modes that horror uses (i.e. the grotesque, the macabre, the uncanny, the disgusting).  Likewise, the course will conduct theatrical readings of its chosen texts, to examine how horror achieves its desired effect on audiences, and why spectators tend to find certain phenomena frightening.  Texts and subjects will be taken from throughout the world, and will include not only published or produced plays and films, but also public events (freak shows, public executions) and real-world spectacles, with the emphasis on anything that uses fear as a way to challenge civilizations to question the very ideals they value most.

 
 
 

THEA 361 - Acting: Non-Realism
Monday, Thursday 4:00pm - 5:50pm | In-Person
Professor Felner

THEA 371 - Directing
Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 12:30pm - 2:20pm | In-Person
TBD

 

 

This is an intensive laboratory course in directing for the stage.  We will discuss the history of directing and work on text analysis, principles of staging, picturization, rhythm, working with actors and designers and rehearsing a play.  We will discuss and practice the basic technique elements that are necessary for the director.  We will investigate how to have successful collaborations with all members of the production team.  The specifics of organizing your rehearsal calendar – from auditions, to run-throughs, technical rehearsals, etc. will be investigated.

 

THEA 372 - Directing II
Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 12:30pm - 2:20pm | In-Person
TBD

 

 

This is an intensive laboratory course in directing for the stage.  We will discuss the history of directing and work on text analysis, principles of staging, picturization, rhythm, working with actors and designers and rehearsing a play.  We will discuss and practice the basic technique elements that are necessary for the director.  We will investigate how to have successful collaborations with all members of the production team.  The specifics of organizing your rehearsal calendar – from auditions, to run-throughs, technical rehearsals, etc. will be investigated.

 

THEA 376 - Playwriting I
Section 1 | Monday, Thursday 1:00pm - 2:15pm | In-Person
Professor Jae Hoon

 

 

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.

THEA 377 - Playwriting II
Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 1:00pm - 2:15pm | In-Person
Professor Rubenstein

 

 

In this course, you will continue to study the craft of playwriting toward the goal of completing the first draft of a full-length play. Throughout the semester we will workshop each other’s plays 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.

 
 

THEA 381 - Scene Design
Tuesday, Friday 11:30am - 1:20pm | In-Person
Professor Thompson

 

 

This class is an exploration of scene design for the theatre and scenography. Using critical thinking and creative expression, students will respond to texts by exploring the process through which sets are created. Students will explore the vocabulary of design and theatre architecture by researching, sketching, model building, and drafting.  The critique discussion will be an ongoing part of the process and demand full participation. Theatre is a collaborative medium and the verbal expression of ideas supports the visual presentation of projects. There will be visits from theatre professionals and required attendance at current productions with a critical written response paper.

 

THEA 384 - Stage Lighting
Monday, Wednesday 4:00pm - 5:15pm | In-Person
Professor Calderon

 

 

To examine the methods, styles, aesthetics, principles, conventions, and visual vocabulary of Stage Light for Theatre. Emphasis on the how mood, rhythm, and atmosphere reinforce dramatic interpretation will be explored. Production hours to be arranged.

 

THEA 390 - Costume, Fashion and Cultural Studies
Monday, Thursday 11:30am - 12:45pm | In-Person
Professor Chatterjee

 

THEA 397.21 - Character Body & Speech for the Actor
Section 1 | Tuesday, Friday 11:30am - 12:45pm | 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 397.24 - Special Topics: Producing
Wednesday 10:00am - 12:45pm | In-Person
Professor Mosher

All anyone needs to produce a play is 1. a story you want to tell 2. people to tell it 3. a space in which to tell it and 4. people to experience it. You usually need some money to pull these things together, but almost any play can be done on a budget of $50 or $5 million. And the latter won't necessarily be better. 

This course will cover the essentials of creative producing: the working relationships producers have with artists, staff, and funders (whether donors or investors). We’ll also cover venues, financial structures, leadership structures, budgeting, scheduling, press, and marketing. 

These essentials are just what I have, no doubt imperfectly, gleaned from producing a few hundred shows in venues ranging from Broadway theaters to classrooms in Soweto. Some essentials will be facts, for instance: “It is unwise to spend more money than you have.” Others will be opinions. In other words, producing is part science and part art. Out of the course, and eventually out of your own experience, you will of course develop your own opinions and principles; you should feel completely free to challenge mine if it’s useful to you. 

The semester will focus on producing with small to smaller budgets, but the principles apply to any producing situation or budget

 

THEA 397.27 - New York Theatre Now
Monday, Wednesday 4:00pm - 5:15pm | In-Person
Professor Kalb

NEW YORK THEATER NOW is a contemporary drama class that selectively surveys the current New York theater scene. We will read and analyze plays and playwrights recently or currently produced on and off Broadway, studying them through both literary and theatrical lenses. The course gives preference to dramatic material amenable to background reading and literary discussion, but theatrical interpretation will be integral to our work. The New York productions associated with the chosen plays will be our main theatrical foils.

 
 

THEA 397.86 - Asian Theatre
Monday, Thursday 5:30pm - 6:45pm | In-Person
Professor Chang

This course examines theatre traditions from Asia, including China, Japan, India, and Indonesia. We will explore their histories, their performing and aesthetic characteristics, the functions they provide for their evolving societies and cultures, and their current developments in Asia and beyond. The course aims to inspire both critical and creative interest in these traditions to help broaden students’ conceptual thinking and actual practice of theatre making. Class activities will include lecture, discussion, presentation, hands-on workshops, and attendance of live performances.