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Theatre & Dance

Current Courses

FALL 2020
Theatre Courses

 

THE101 – Drama, Stage, & Society I 
(TTh 1:00-2:15pm, Prof. Brendon Fox)
This theatre history course will examine the development of (primarily) Western drama against a backdrop of historical and social change. Students will read a variety of plays and discuss theatre history, dramatic theory, and criticism representing the major currents in (primarily) Western theatre from its origins to the 18th century CE. We will frequently employ one or more of the following “lenses” or viewpoints to focus our lectures and discussions: the physical theatre (how the material artifacts of theater-buildings, documents, etc.-tell the story of theatre history and influence dramaturgy); the social theatre (how the theatre relates to its social context, including consideration of the audience); and the performing theatre (the plays themselves and how they were/are performed). Students will be encouraged to draw connections between the material we cover in this course and the many intellectual and aesthetic parallels to be found in contemporaneous trends in history, philosophy, literature, and the arts. Theatre Majors and Minors may not take this class pass/fail or as an audit.

THE211 – Introduction to Acting 
(MWF 11:30am-12:20pm, Prof. Polly Sommerfeld)
Analysis and application of basic acting techniques with a concentration on scene study and character analysis.

THE221 – Introduction to Directing 
(Th 2:30-5:00pm, Prof. Dale Daigle)
Study of the basic principles and practices of directing, including interpretation, structural analysis, and investigation.   

THE231 – Theatre Technology (TTh 10-11:15 pm, TD/Prof. Hannah D’Elia)
Investigation of methods and materials used in the theatrical production process. Laboratory hours will be required.  This course is designed primarily for those who plan to participate in future theatrical productions.

THE241 – Introduction to Theatrical Design
(TTh 11:30am-12:45pm, Prof. Laura Eckelman)
This course offers a broad look at all aspects of theatrical design, including scenery, properties, costume, lighting, and sound, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary skills such as close reading (of texts and images), research and clear communication (written, visual and aural). Students will learn to approach theatrical questions from a variety of angles, and will develop a basic understanding of all design elements and how they fit together. This course will have a required lab section that will be used only a few times over the semester.

THE317 – Theatrical Improvisation 
(T 2:30-5:00pm, Prof. Dale Daigle)
The course will examine the history, theory, and practice of theatrical improvisation as practiced in the United States and Canada since 1950. The class will meet once a week for 2 ½ hours. Prerequisite: THE 211.

THE361 – Performance Studies: Adaptation 
(TTh 11:30am-12:45pm, Prof. Brendon Fox)
This course explores the theory and practice of adapting non-dramatic literature for the stage. Students examine the form through writing and staging short story adaptations, whose size and scope allow students to learn and explore various approaches to this kind of theatrical storytelling. The course provides students with a strong introduction to the theoretical and critical body of knowledge in the area of adaptation of literature in the field of Performance Studies. In addition, students will develop skills in acting, directing, writing, and dramaturgy.

THE394 – Drafting
(F 2:30-5:00pm, Prof. Laura Eckelman)
An introduction to the basics of hand- and computer-aided drafting. Students will review drafting principles (such as orthographic projection, line weight, and page layout), develop their hand-drafting skills, and leverage that knowledge into an exploration of Vectorworks. Instruction will be focused on drafting for entertainment design and production (specifically scenery & lighting), with opportunities to dive more deeply into specific discipline-specific technologies (such as Spotlight, BeamDraw, & Lightwright). Prerequisite: THE231 or THE241 or permission of the instructor. 

THE 400 - Elements of Production
D’Elia
This course provides hands-on experiential learning for intended Theatre majors and minors through participation in ushering, work calls, load-ins, and strikes for departmental productions, as well as relevant instructional workshops. Course requirements and policies will be posted by the instructor at the beginning of each semester. Students must enroll themselves in this course; nobody will be automatically registered. Majors must pass the course four times; minors must pass it twice. Students are strongly encouraged to start early and plan ahead, anticipating busy semesters and study abroad. 0 credits, pass/fail.

 

                                      FALL 2020
                                         Dance 

 

DAN101 – Introduction to Dance in Culture & Society 
(T 2:30-5:00pm, Prof. A.T. Moffett)
Dance in Culture and Society is an introduction to the study of dance in the academy. This survey course will introduce students to dance as both an aesthetic and cultural experience. The aim is to present the breadth of the field, specifically where dance happens, the diverse functions it serves, and ways of making meaning of the dance experience. Through movement laboratories, readings, videos, observations, and discussions students will explore the dance discipline.

DAN212 – Beginning Ballet 
(MW 1:00-2:15pm, Prof. A.T. Moffett)
Beginning Ballet is an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet technique as well as ballet terminology, traditions, and etiquette. Ballet class begins at the ballet barre and progresses to ballet centre adagio, and allegro combinations, all of which emphasize clarity of line, movement efficiency, range of motion, and artistry. Readings, videos, reflective and analytical writing, and live performance will contextualize the in-class work.

DAN294 – Capoeira: Brazilian Dance & Martial Art
(Th 2:30-5:00pm, Guest Prof. Raina Lucas, counts for Black Studies)
This course is an introduction to Capoeira, the dynamic art form which emerged in Brazil during the age of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Students will prepare for this highly physical practice through conditioning and improvisational exercises, and will learn and practice introductory movements, rituals, and acrobatics of Capoeira. Although the course is primarily focused on the practice of the form, students can also expect to actively participate in assigned readings and discussions, and give research presentations exploring the complex history of Capoeira in relationship to culture, race, globalization, and politics.

THEATRE/DANCE PRACTICUM COURSES

*Students will be enrolled in these courses by the professor, typically during the second week of classes. 

THE/DAN 181 Theatre/Dance Practicum: Crew
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student technicians (lighting/sound/projection operators and backstage/wardrobe/run crew) of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Technicians typically must participate in load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of each production. Technicians should expect to devote a total of 20-50 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. Student technicians will be automatically enrolled (either for credit or as auditors) after their production closes. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 1 credit, pass/fail.

THE/DAN 182 Theatre/Dance Practicum: Performance
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student performers in departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Performers typically must participate in auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of each production. Performers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail.

THE/DAN 183 Theatre/Dance Practicum: Design
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student designers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Designers typically must participate in a production orientation workshop (scenery, props, costumes, lighting, or sound), a design meeting with the departmental faculty, production meetings, load-in, technical rehearsals, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Designers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail.

THE/Dance 184 Theatre/Dance Practicum: Dramaturgy & Direction
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student dramaturgs, assistant directors, choreographers (movement/dance/fight), and devisers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Students in these positions typically must participate in production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Students in these positions should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail.

THE/Dance 185 Theatre/Dance Practicum: Assistant Stage Management
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student assistant stage managers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Assistant stage managers typically must participate in production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Assistant stage managers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail.

THE 186. Theatre Practicum: Choreography
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student choreographers (movement/dance/fight) of departmental theatre productions to receive credit for their work. Students in these positions typically must participate in production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Students in these positions should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail. DAN 186. Dance Practicum: Choreography This course provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in creating original choreography for the annual departmental dance concert. Working collaboratively with their dancers, faculty and guest choreographers, concert director, and production personnel will help students develop their choreographic and leadership skills. To enroll, students must complete a Student Choreographer Application. Dance faculty and guest artists will review applications and select the student choreographers. Student choreographers must participate in auditions, weekly rehearsals, works-in-progress showings, technical rehearsals and performances. Choreographers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours over the course of the production. Prerequisite: DAN233 (Dance Composition). DAN 184 may be taken for credit only once, but may be audited multiple times. 2 credits, pass/fail.

DAN 186. Dance Practicum: Choreography
Moffett
This course provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in creating original choreography for the annual departmental dance concert. Working collaboratively with their dancers, faculty and guest choreographers, concert director, and production personnel will help students develop their choreographic and leadership skills. To enroll, students must complete a Student Choreographer Application. Dance faculty and guest artists will review applications and select the student choreographers. Student choreographers must participate in auditions, weekly rehearsals, works-in-progress showings, technical rehearsals and performances. Choreographers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours over the course of the production. Prerequisite: DAN 233 (Dance Composition). DAN 184 may be taken for credit only once, but may be audited multiple times. 2 credits, pass/fail.

THE 285 Advanced Theatre Practicum: Stage Management
Th 5:00-6:00pm
Eckelman
This course provides an opportunity for student stage managers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Stage managers typically must participate in weekly roundtable discussions with the faculty, auditions, callbacks, production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Stage managers should expect to devote a total of 120-200 hours, some of which may be during college breaks, adjacent semesters, weekends, holidays, and other unusual times. At the beginning of each semester, all students involved in departmental productions will be automatically enrolled as auditors in the relevant practicum course(s), and will be given an opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 4 credits, pass/fail. Prerequisite: THE185, coursework in stage management, or permission of the instructor.

DAN 285. Advanced Dance Practicum: Stage Management
Moffett
This course provides an opportunity for student stage managers to receive credit for their work on the annual departmental dance concert. Student dance stage managers must participate in works-in-progress showings, weekly production meetings, technical rehearsals, and performances; dance stage managers are also invited to participate in weekly SM Roundtable discussions with the faculty and other student stage managers. Specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production, but typically include: planning & executing concert logistics, creating organizational production documents, calling lighting & sound cues, and working closely with the artistic and production managers to ensure a successful production. Stage managers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours over the course of the production, some of which may be during college breaks, weekends, holidays, late evenings, and other unusual times. This course is open to dance minors and non-minors. Practicum courses may each be taken for credit only once, although students are encouraged to participate in as many departmental productions as they wish. 2 credits, pass/fail. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Theatre/Dance practicum course (THE/DAN 181-185), or coursework in stage management, or permission of the instructor.

 

 

                                SPRING 2020
                                     Theatre

 

THE 102-11 - Drama, Stage and Society II
(T/TH11:30am-12:45pm)
L. Thomas
This theater history course will examine the development of (primarily) Western drama against a backdrop of historical and social change. Students will read a variety of plays and discuss theater history, dramatic theory, and criticism representing the major currents in (primarily) Western theater from the 18th century to 1992. We will frequently employ one or more of the following “lenses” or viewpoints to focus our lectures and discussions: the physical theater (how the material artifacts of theater—buildings, documents, etc.—tell the story of theater history and influence dramaturgy); the social theater (how the theater relates to its social context, including consideration of the audience); and the performing theater (the plays themselves and how they were/are performed). Students will be encouraged to draw connections between the material we cover in this course and the many intellectual and aesthetic parallels to be found in contemporaneous trends in history, philosophy, literature and the arts.

THE 211-10 - Intro to Acting
MWF 10:30-11:20am
Sommerfeld
Analysis and application of basic acting techniques with a concentration on scene study and character analysis.

THE 211-11 - Intro to Acting
MWF 11:30am-12:20pm
Daigle
Analysis and application of basic acting techniques with a concentration on scene study and character analysis.

THE 311 - Adv. Acting: Shakespeare
MW 12:30-1:20pm
Fox
Development of acting technique using Shakespearean texts with a concentration on physicalization of the role, including movement and voice production. Must have taken THE211.
No previous experience with Shakespeare required.

THE394 - Sp. Tp: Theatre and Social Change in US
TTH 1:00-2:15pm
Thomas

THE 381-10 - Junior Seminar
TTH 10-11:15am
B. Fox
The course prepares theatre majors for the SCE through script analysis, critical thinking, synthesis of textual and performance analysis, research, readings, discussion, writing, and engagement with guest artists. Over the semester, students develop stronger oral and written communication skills, develop the leadership and management skills necessary for effective creative collaboration, and expand their own imaginative tools and resources. Students spend part of the semester writing and revising chapters for the written SCE Production Book. 
(Learning objectives may vary slightly from student to student, depending on the needs of each SCE project.) This course is required for all theatre majors, and must be taken in the spring of the junior year. 

THE394 - SpTp:  Adv Directing
TH 2:30-5:00pm
Fox
This course will build upon the concepts initially explored in Directing I. Through discussion, exercises and scene work, students will delve deeper into the craft of directing. Topics will include: various leadership approaches, collaboration with actors / designers / stage managers, text analysis, and exploration of different theatrical styles. 
Prerequisite: THE 221 10 or by permission of instructor.

THE 400 -  Elements of Production
This course provides hands-on experiential learning for intended Theatre majors and minors through participation in ushering, work calls, load-ins, and strikes for departmental productions, as well as relevant instructional workshops. Course requirements and policies will be posted by the instructor at the beginning of each semester. Students must enroll themselves in this course; nobody will be automatically registered. Majors must pass the course four times; minors must pass it twice. Students are strongly encouraged to start early and plan ahead, anticipating busy semesters and study abroad. 0 credits, pass/fail.

                                SPRING 2020
                                     Dance

DAN212 - Beginning Ballet
2:30PM - 3:45PM 
Moffett
Beginning Ballet is an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet technique as well as ballet terminology, traditions, and etiquette. Ballet class begins at the ballet barre and progresses to ballet centre adagio, and allegro combinations, all of which emphasize clarity of line, movement efficiency, range of motion, and artistry. Readings, videos, reflective and analytical writing, and live performance will contextualize the in-class work.

DAN233 -  Dance Composition
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
Moffett
Dance Composition is an introduction to the craft of making dances. It is designed to allow students to experience the process of discovering, creating, and performing original movement. Students utilize choreographic theories and compositional devices to develop solo and small group works. Students are encouraged to create in a range of vocabularies. The course emphasizes the development of self-expression, creative inquiry, and critical awareness. Research, writing, and discussion required.

DAN245 - Jazz Dance
2:30PM - 3:45PM 
Moffett
Jazz Dance offers an exploration of movement vocabularies of the American dance form Jazz, demonstrating its evolution as both an art form and vehicle for individual and group expression. Emphasis will be placed on rhythm, style, technical development, and self-expression. Students will experience a range of jazz vocabularies including Authentic Jazz Dance (ex. Lindy Hop), Classical Concert Jazz Dance (jazz dance originating at the time of Jack Cole), Musical Theatre Jazz Dance (Broadway), and Contemporary Jazz Dance (ex. Lyrical Jazz and Pop Jazz). Class structure includes isolation techniques, warm-up techniques, coordination techniques, traveling sequences, and an extended jazz dance phrase that integrates and builds upon concepts introduced earlier in class. Articles, videos, reflective and critical writing, and live performance will contextualize the movement practice.

DAN381 - Dance Portfolio
Dance Portfolio culminates the dance minor. Students submit a digital portfolio of their work for faculty review. Upon declaring a dance minor, students schedule a meeting with the dance minor director to discuss the dance portfolio submission guidelines. Students maintain chronological digital files of their artistic work including choreographic, performance, teaching, and footage and photos. In addition to compiling work samples from class work and outside departmental activities, students will write an Artist Statement, Teaching Philosophy, and Dance Resume. Dance Portfolio is done as an independent study with 4 scheduled meetings with the dance minor director during the spring semester of senior year.

                                  FALL 2019
                                     Theatre 

THE101-11 Drama, Stage, and Society I 
Fox, B GCA 204
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM 
This theatre history course will examine the development of (primarily) Western drama against a backdrop of historical and social change. Students will read a variety of plays and discuss theatre history, dramatic theory, and criticism representing the major currents in (primarily) Western theatre from its origins to the 18th century CE. We will frequently employ one or more of the following “lenses” or viewpoints to focus our lectures and discussions: the physical theatre (how the material artifacts of theater-buildings, documents, etc.-tell the story of theatre history and influence dramaturgy); the social theatre (how the theatre relates to its social context, including consideration of the audience); and the performing theatre (the plays themselves and how they were/are performed). Students will be encouraged to draw connections between the material we cover in this course and the many intellectual and aesthetic parallels to be found in contemporaneous trends in history, philosophy, literature, and the arts. Theatre Majors and Minors may not take this class pass/fail or as an audit.

THE211-10 Introduction to Acting 
Sommerfeld,
MWF 10:30AM - 11:20AM 
Analysis and application of basic acting techniques with a concentration on scene study and character analysis.

THE211-11 Introduction to Acting 
Daigle
MWF 1:30PM - 2:20PM 

THE221-10 Introduction to Directing 
Daigle
Th 2:30PM - 5:00PM 
Study of the basic principles and practices of directing, including interpretation, structural analysis, and investigation of basic staging techniques

THE241-10 Intro to Theatrical Design 
Eckelman
TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM 
F 2:30PM - 4:00PM 
This course offers a broad look at all aspects of theatrical design, including scenery, properties, costume, lighting, and sound, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary skills such as close reading (of texts and images), research, and clear communication (written, visual, and aural). Students will learn to approach theatrical questions from a variety of angles, and will develop a basic understanding of all design elements and how they fit together.

THE285-10 Adv The Practicum: Stage Mgmt 
Eckelman
Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM

THE351-10 Introduction to Playwriting 
Spotswood
Tu 2:30PM - 5:00PM; (ENG351-10)
Analysis and practical application of techniques and styles employed in writing for the stage.

THE394-10 SpTp:Adv Acting:Contmp Styles 
Fox
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM 

                                  Dance

DAN101-10 Int to Dance in Culture & Soc 
Moffett,  MW 4:00M - 5:15PM 

DAN212-10 Beginning Ballet 
Moffett, A, TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM 

DAN227-10 Beginning Modern Dance 
Moffett, A, T/Th 2:30PM - 3:45PM 

 DAN294-10 SpTp: Beginning Tap 
Cannon, B W 4:00P,M - 5:15PM