Arts Program

Students may complete a minor in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater and qualified students may submit an application to major in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater through the independent major program. Students may complete a major in Fine Arts or a major or minor in Music at Haverford College. English majors may complete a concentration in Creative Writing.

Faculty

Dilruba Ahmed, Lecturer
Madeline R. Cantor, Associate Director and Term Professor of Dance (on leave semester I)
Linda Caruso Haviland, Alice Carter Dickerman Director of the Arts Program and Director and Associate Professor of Dance
Nancy Doyne, Instructor
Nomi Eve, Lecturer
Thomas Ferrick, Lecturer
Dipika Guha, Lecturer
Cordelia Jensen, Lecturer
Karl Kirchwey, Professor of Creative Writing (on leave semesters I and II)
Mark E. Lord, Professor of the Arts on the Theresa Helburn Chair of Drama and Director of the Theater Program (on leave semester II)
Cyndi Reeves, Lecturer
David Romberg, Lecturer
Marco Roth, Instructor
J. C. Todd, Lecturer
Daniel P. Torday, Director and Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
Laura Vriend, Instructor
Emily Weissbourd, Visiting Assistant Professor

Students may complete a minor in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater and qualified students may submit an application to major in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater through the independent major program. Students may complete a major in Fine Arts or a major or minor in Music at Haverford College. English majors may complete a concentration in Creative Writing.

Courses in the arts are designed to prepare students who might wish to pursue advanced training in their fields and are also for those who want to broaden their academic studies with work in the arts that is conducted at a serious and disciplined level. Courses are offered at introductory as well as advanced levels.

Arts in Education

The Arts Program offers a Praxis II course for students who have substantial experience in an art form and are interested in extending that experience into teaching and learning at educational and community sites.

ARTA B251 Arts Teaching in Educational and Community Settings
This is a Praxis II course intended for students who have substantial experience in an art form and are interested in extending that experience into teaching and learning at educational and community sites. Following an overview of the history of the arts in education, the course will investigate underlying theories. The praxis component will allow students to create a fluid relationship between theory and practice through observing, teaching and reflecting on arts practices in education contexts. School or community placement 4-6 hours a week. Prerequisite: At least an intermediate level of experience in an art form. This course counts toward the minor in Dance or in Theater.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B251
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

Creative Writing

Courses in Creative Writing within the Arts Program are designed for students who wish to develop their skills and appreciation of creative writing in a variety of genres (poetry, prose fiction and nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, etc.) and for those intending to pursue studies in creative writing at the graduate level. Any English major may include one Creative Writing course in the major plan. Students may pursue a minor as described below. While there is no existing major in Creative Writing, exceptionally well-qualified students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher in Creative Writing courses completed in the Tri-College curriculum may consider submitting an application to major in Creative Writing through the Independent Major Program after meeting with the Creative Writing Program director. When approved, the independent major in Creative Writing may also be pursued as a double major with another academic major subject.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in Creative Writing are six units of course work, generally including three beginning/intermediate courses in at least three different genres of creative writing (chosen from ARTW 159, 231, 236, 240, 251, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 268, 269) and three electives, including at least one course at the 300 level (ARTW 360, 361, 362, 364, 366, 367, 371, 373, 382), allowing for advanced work in one or more genres of creative writing which are of particular interest to the student. The objective of the minor in Creative Writing is to provide both depth and range, through exposure to several genres of creative writing. Students should consult with the Creative Writing Program director by the end of their sophomore year to submit a plan for the minor in order to ensure admission to the appropriate range of courses.

Concentration in Creative Writing

English majors may elect a three-course concentration in Creative Writing as part of the English major program. Students interested in the concentration must meet with the Creative Writing Program director by the end of their sophomore year to submit a plan for the concentration and must also confirm the concentration with the chair of the English Department.

COURSES

ARTW B159 Introduction to Creative Writing
This course is for students who wish to experiment with three genres of creative writing: short fiction, poetry and drama, and techniques specific to each of them. Priority will be given to interested first- and second-year students; additional spaces will be made available to upper-year students with little or no experience in creative writing. Students will write or revise work every week; roughly four weeks each will be devoted to short fiction, poetry, and drama. There will be individual conferences with the instructor to discuss their progress and interests. Half of class time will be spent discussing student work and half will be spent discussing syllabus readings. Division III: Humanities
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Reeves,C.
(Spring 2015)

ARTW B240 Literary Translation Workshop
Open to creative writing students and students of literature, the syllabus includes some theoretical readings, but the emphasis is practical and analytical. Syllabus reading includes parallel translations of certain enduring literary texts (mostly poetry) as well as books and essays about the art of translation. Literary translation will be considered as a spectrum ranging from Dryden’s “metaphrase” (word-for-word translation) all the way through imitation, adaptation, and reimagining. Each student will be invited to work with whatever non-English language(s) s/he has, and to select for translation short works of poetry, prose, or drama. The course will include class visits by working literary translators. The Italian verbs for “to translate” and “to betray” sound almost alike; throughout, the course concerns the impossibility and importance of literary translation.
Crosslisting(s): COML-B240
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTW B260 Writing Short Fiction I
An introduction to fiction writing, focusing on the short story. Students will consider fundamental elements of fiction and the relationship of narrative structure, style, and content, exploring these elements in their own work and in the assigned readings in order to develop an understanding of the range of possibilities open to the fiction writer. Weekly readings and writing exercises are designed to encourage students to explore the material and styles that most interest them, and to push their fiction to a new level of craft, so that over the semester their writing becomes clearer, more controlled, and more absorbing.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Eve,N., Reeves,C.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTW B261 Writing Poetry I
In this course students will learn to “read like a writer,” while grappling with the work of accomplished poets, and providing substantive commentary on peers’ work. Through diverse readings, students will examine craft strategies at work in both formal and free verse poems, such as diction, metaphor, imagery, lineation, metrical patterns, irony, and syntax. The course will cover shaping forms (such as elegy and pastoral) as well as given forms, such as the sonnet, ghazal, villanelle, etc. Students will discuss strategies for conveying the literal meaning of a poem (e.g., through sensory description and clear, compelling language) and the concealed meaning of a text (e.g., through metaphor, imagery, meter, irony, and shifts in diction and syntax). By the end of the course, students will have generated new material, shaped and revised draft poems, and significantly grown as writers by experimenting with various aspects of craft.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2014)

ARTW B262 Playwriting I
An introduction to playwriting through a combination of reading assignments, writing exercises, discussions about craft and ultimately the creation of a complete one-act play. Students will work to discover and develop their own unique voices as they learn the technical aspects of the craft of playwriting. Short writing assignments will complement each reading assignment. The final assignment will be to write an original one-act play.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Crosslisting(s): ARTT-B262
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Guha,D.
(Spring 2015)

ARTW B263 Writing Memoir I
The purpose of this course is to provide students with practical experience in writing about the events, places and people of their own lives in the form of memoir. Emphasis will be placed on open-ended investigation into what we think we know (about ourselves and others) and how we think we came to know it. In addition to writing memoir of their own, and workshop discussions, students will also read and discuss works by writers such as Montaigne, Hazlitt, Freud, H.D., J.R. Ackerley, Georges Perec, and more contemporary writing by writers such as Akeel Bilgrami, Elif Batuman, Emily Witt, Lawrence Jackson. Although little mention will be made of the master narratives of American memoir—Christian redemption, confession, captivity, and slavery—the class will consistently struggle to come to terms with their foundational legacy in American life and letters.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Roth,M.
(Spring 2015)

ARTW B264 News and Feature Writing
Students in this class will learn how to develop, report, write, edit and revise a variety of news stories, beginning with the basics of reporting and writing the news and advancing to longer-form stories, including personality profiles, news features and trend stories, and concluding with point-of-view journalism (columns, criticism, reported essays). The course will focus heavily on work published in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times. Several working journalists will participate as guest speakers to explain their craft. Students will write stories that will be posted on the class blog, the English House Gazette.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ferrick,T.
(Fall 2014)

ARTW B265 Creative Nonfiction
This course will explore the literary expressions of nonfiction writing by focusing on the skills, process and craft techniques necessary to the generation and revision of literary nonfiction. Using the information-gathering tools of a journalist, the analytical tools of an essayist and the technical tools of a fiction writer, students will produce pieces that will incorporate both factual information and first person experience. Readings will include a broad group of writers ranging from E.B. White to Anne Carson, George Orwell to David Foster Wallace, Joan Didion to James Baldwin, among many others.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTW B266 Screenwriting
An introduction to screenwriting. Issues basic to the art of storytelling in film will be addressed and analyzed: character, dramatic structure, theme, setting, image, sound. The course focuses on the film adaptation; readings include novels, screenplays, and short stories. Films adapted from the readings will be screened. In the course of the semester, students will be expected to outline and complete the first act of an adapted screenplay of their own.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Doyne,N.
(Fall 2014)

ARTW B268 Writing Literary Journalism
This course will examine the tools that literary writers bring to factual reporting and how these tools enhance the stories they tell. Readings will include reportage, polemical writing and literary reviewing. The issues of point-of-view and subjectivity, the uses of irony, forms of persuasion, clarity of expression and logic of construction will be discussed. The importance of context—the role of the editor and the magazine, the expectations of the audience, censorship and self-censorship—will be considered.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTW B269 Writing for Children
In this course, students have the opportunity to hone the craft of writing for children and young adults. Through reading, in-class discussion, peer review of student work, and private conferences with the instructor, we will examine the specific requirements of the picture book, the middle-grade novel, and the young adult novel. This analytical study of classic and contemporary literature will inspire and inform students’ creative work in all aspects of storytelling, including character development, plotting, world building, voice, tone, and the roles of illustration and page composition in story narration.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jensen,C.
(Fall 2014)

ARTW B360 Writing Short Fiction II
An exploration of approaches to writing short fiction designed to strengthen skills of experienced student writers as practitioners and critics. Requires writing at least five pages each week, workshopping student pieces, and reading texts ranging from realist stories to metafictional experiments and one-page stories to the short novella, to explore how writers can work within tight confines. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B260 or work demonstrating equivalent expertise in writing short fiction. Students without the ARTW B260, must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (prose fiction) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Torday,D.
(Fall 2014)

ARTW B361 Writing Poetry II
This course assumes that reading and writing are inextricably linked, and that the only way to write intelligent and interesting poetry is to read as much of it as possible. Writing assignments will be closely connected to syllabus reading, including an anthology prepared by the instructor, and may include working in forms such as ekphrastic poems (i.e. poems about works of visual art or sculpture), dramatic monologues, prose poems, translations, imitations and parodies. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B261 or work demonstrating equivalent familiarity with the basic forms of poetry in English. For students without ARTW B261, a writing sample of 5-7 poems must be submitted to the instructor to be considered for this course. A course packet will be required for this course; cost to not exceed $30.00.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kirchwey,K.
(Spring 2015)

ARTW B364 Longer Fictional Forms
An advanced workshop for students with a strong background in fiction writing who want to write longer works: the long short story, novella and novel. Students will write intensively, and complete a long story, novel or novella (or combination thereof) totaling up to 20,000 words. Students will examine the craft of their work and of published prose. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B260 or proof of interest and ability. For students without ARTW B260, students must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (prose fiction) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Torday,D.
(Spring 2015)

ARTW B365 Creative Nonfiction II
An exploration of approaches to writing personal essays and lyric essays designed to strengthen skills of experienced student essayists as practitioners and critics. Requires writing at least five pages each week, workshopping student essays, and reading texts ranging from long personal essays to book-length essays, to explore how writers can work within the broader parameters of the long essay. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B265 or work demonstrating equivalent expertise in writing personal and lyric essays. Students without the ARTW B265, must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (nonfiction prose) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Torday,D.
(Spring 2015)

ARTW B403 Supervised Work
Students who have had a Creative Writing Major approved through the Independent Major Program will work with a member of the Creative Writing Program faculty on a semester-long 403 (Independent Study) as a final project their senior year. Highly qualified Creative Writing minors and concentrators may petition the program to complete an independent study, subject to the availability of faculty to supervise such projects.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2014)

ARTW B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

Dance

Dance is not only an art and an area of creative impulse and action; it is also a significant and enduring human behavior that can serve as a core of creative and scholarly inquiry within the liberal arts. The Program offers full semester courses in progressive levels of ballet, modern and jazz, as well as a full range of technique courses in diverse genres and various traditions. Several performance opportunities are available to students ranging from our Dance Outreach Project, which travels to schools throughout the Philadelphia region, to our Spring Concert in which students work with professional choreographers or reconstructors and perform in our main stage theater. We also offer lecture/seminar courses designed to introduce students to dance as a vital area of academic inquiry. These include courses that examine dance within western practices as well as courses that extend or locate themselves beyond those social or theatrical traditions.

Students can take single courses in dance, can minor in dance, or submit an application to major through the independent major program. The core academic curriculum for the dance minor or independent major in dance includes intermediate or advanced technique courses, performance ensembles, dance composition, independent work, and courses in dance research or analysis.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the dance minor are six units of coursework: three required (ARTD 140, 142, and one .5 credit course which may be selected from among the following technique courses: 136-139, 230-232, and one .5 credit course which may be a technique course or selected from among the following performance ensembles:345-350); three approved electives; and requisite attendance at a prescribed number of performances/events. With the advisor’s approval, one elective in the minor may be selected from allied Tri-College departments

Independent Major in Dance Requirements

The independent major requires eleven courses, drawn primarily from our core academic curriculum and including: ARTD 140 and one additional dance lecture/seminar course; ARTD 142; one 0.5 technique course at the intermediate or advanced level each semester after declaring the major. Participation in a performance ensemble is highly recommended. The major also requires attendance at a prescribed number of performances/events, demonstration of basic writing competency in dance, and a senior capstone experience. With the advisor’s approval, two electives in the major may be selected from allied Tri-College departments. In both the minor and the major, students may choose to emphasize one aspect of the field, but must first consult with the dance faculty regarding their course of study.

Technique Courses and Performance Ensemble Courses

The Dance Program offers a full range of dance instruction including courses in ballet, modern, jazz, and African as well as techniques developed from other cultural art and social forms such as flamenco, Classical Indian, Polynesian Hula, hip-hop, Latin social dance, and tap dance, among others. Performance ensembles, choreographed or re-staged by professional artists, are by audition only and are given full concert support. The Dance Outreach ensemble tours regional schools. A ballet placement class is required for upper level ballet courses. Most technique courses are offered for a full semester. All technique courses and ensemble courses may be taken for Physical Education credit (see listing below). Technique courses ARTD 136-139, 230-232, 330-331, and most Dance Ensembles, may be taken for academic credit.

Technique/Ensemble Courses for PE Credit

PE B101 Ballet: Beginning Technique
PE B102 Ballet: Intermediate Technique
PE B103 Ballet: Advanced Technique
PE B104 F/S Ballet Workshop
PE B105 Modern: Beginning Technique
PE B106 Modern: Intermediate Technique
PE B107 Modern: Advanced Technique
PE B108 Jazz: Beginning Technique
PE B110 Jazz: Intermediate Technique
PE B111 Hip-hop Technique
PE B112 African Dance
PE B116 F/S Salsa
PE B117 F/S Classical Indian Dance
PE B118 F/S Movement Improvisation
PE B120 F/S Intro. to Flamenco
PE B121 F/S Tap I
PE B122 F/S Intro to Social Dance
PE B123 F/S Tap II
PE B125 F/S Swing Dance
PE B126 Rhythm and Style: Flamenco and Tap
PEB129 The Gesture of Dance: Classical Indian and Polynesian/Hula
PE B131 Hip-hop Ensemble
PE B145 Dance Ensemble: Modern
PE B146 Dance Ensemble: Ballet
PE B147 Dance Ensemble: Jazz
PE B148 Dance Ensemble: African
PE B149 Dance Ensemble: Outreach
PE B150 Dance Ensemble: Special Topics - Hip-Hop
PE B195 Movement for Theater
PE B196 Dance Composition Lab
PE B197 Directed Work in Dance

Courses for Academic Credit

ARTD B136 001 Intro to Dance Techniques I - Modern
ARTD B137 002 Intro to Dance Techniques I - Ballet
ARTD B138 001 Intro to Dance Techniques II - Modern
ARTD B139 002 Intro to Dance Techniques II - Ballet
ARTD B140 Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives
ARTD B142 Dance Composition I
ARTD B145 Dance: Close Reading
ARTD/ANTH B223 Anthropology of Dance
ARTD B230 Intermediate Technique: Modern
ARTD B231 Intermediate Technique: Ballet
ARTD B232 Intermediate Technique: Jazz
ARTD B240 Dance History I: Roots of Western Theater Dance (not offered 2014-15)
ARTD B241 Dance History II: A History of Contemporary Western Theater Dance (not offered 2014-15)
ARTD B242 Dance Composition II
ARTD B250 Performing the Political Body (not offered 2014-15)
ARTD B265 Dance, Migration and Exile (not offered 2014-15)
ARTD/ANTH B310 Performing in the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space (not offered 2014-15)
ARTD B330 Advanced Technique: Modern
ARTD B331 Advanced Technique: Ballet
ARTD B342 Advanced Choreography
ARTD B345 Dance Ensemble: Ballet
ARTD B346 Dance Ensemble: Modern
ARTD B347 Dance Ensemble: Jazz
ARTD B348 Dance Ensemble: African
ARTD B349 Dance Ensemble: Outreach
ARTD B350 Dance Ensemble: Special
ARTD B390 Senior Project/Thesis
ARTD B403 Supervised Work

COURSES

ARTD B136 Introduction to Dance Techniques I: Modern
Students enrolling in this course take one full semester of elementary modern dance and, with approval from the Dance Program, select another full semester technique course as well. The two courses together constitute .5 credit. Options for the second course vary by semester and may include: Ballet: Beginning Technique; The Gesture of Dance: Classical Indian/Polynesian Hula; African Dance; Hip-hop; Jazz: Beginning Technique; Social Dance; Movement Improvisation and Intro to Tap. The schedule of these courses can be found on the Dance Program website www.brynmawr.edu/dance/courses/schedule.html and, at the beginning of the semester, on BIONIC under Physical Education. Students must attend the required number of technique class sessions; additional requirements for a passing grade include attendance at two mandatory lectures and one live dance performance and completion of three short writing assignments. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Crosslisting(s): PE-B105
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Cantor,M., Stark,K., Caruso Haviland,L.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B137 Introduction to Dance Techniques I: Ballet
Students enrolling in this course take one full semester of elementary modern dance and, with approval from the Dance Program, select another full semester technique course as well. The two courses together constitute .5 credit. Options for the second course vary by semester and may include: Modern: Beginning Technique; The Gesture of Dance: Classical Indian/Polynesian Hula; African Dance; Hip-hop; Jazz: Beginning Technique; Social Dance; Movement Improvisation and Intro to Tap. The schedule of these courses can be found on the Dance Program website www.brynmawr.edu/dance/courses/schedule.html and, at the beginning of the semester, on BIONIC under Physical Education. Students must attend the required number of technique class sessions; additional requirements for a passing grade include attendance at two mandatory lectures and one live dance performance and completion of three short writing assignments. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Crosslisting(s): PE-B101
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Caruso Haviland,L., Chisena,M.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B138 Introduction to Dance Techniques II: Modern
Students enrolling in this course take one full semester of elementary modern dance and, with approval from the Dance Program, select another full semester technique course as well. The two courses together constitute .5 credit. Options for the second course vary by semester and may include: Modern: Beginning Technique; The Gesture of Dance: Classical Indian/Polynesian Hula; African Dance; Hip-hop; Jazz: Beginning Technique; Social Dance: Swing and Salsa; Movement Improvisation and Intro to Tap. The schedule of these courses can be found on the Dance Program website www.brynmawr.edu/dance/courses/schedule.html and, at the beginning of the semester, on BIONIC under Physical Education. Students must attend the required number of technique class sessions; additional requirements for a passing grade include attendance at and critique of one live dance event and a short paper on a topic selected in consultation with the faculty coordinator. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Cantor,M., Stark,K., Caruso Haviland,L.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B139 Introduction to Dance Techniques II: Ballet
Students enrolling in this course take one full semester of elementary modern dance and, with approval from the Dance Program, select another full semester technique course as well. The two courses together constitute .5 credit. Options for the second course vary by semester and may include: Modern: Beginning Technique; The Gesture of Dance: Classical Indian/Polynesian Hula; African Dance; Hip-hop; Jazz: Beginning Technique; Social Dance: Swing and Salsa; Movement Improvisation and Intro to Tap. The schedule of these courses can be found on the Dance Program website www.brynmawr.edu/dance/courses/schedule.html and, at the beginning of the semester, on BIONIC under Physical Education. Students must attend the required number of technique class sessions; additional requirements for a passing grade include attendance at and critique of one live dance event and a short paper on a topic selected in consultation with the faculty coordinator. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Caruso Haviland,L., Chisena,M.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B140 Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives
This course introduces students to dance as a multi-layered, significant and enduring human behavior that ranges from art to play to ritual to politics and beyond. It engages students in the creative, critical and conceptual processes that emerge in response to the study of dance. It also explores the research potential that arises when other areas of academic inquiry, including criticism, ethnology, history and philosophy, interact with dance and dance scholarship. Lectures, discussion, film, video, and guest speakers are included.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2015)

ARTD B142 Dance Composition I
In this introduction to the art of making dances, an array of compositional tools and approaches is used to evolve and refine choreographic ideas. Basic concepts such as space, phrasing, timing, image, energy, density and partnering are introduced and explored alongside attention to the roles of inspiration and synthesis in the creative process. Improvisation is used to explore choreographic ideas and students learn to help and direct others in generating movement. Discussion of and feedback on weekly choreographic assignments and readings contributes to analyzing and refining choreography. Concurrent attendance in any level technique course is required.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ARTT-B142
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2014)

ARTD B145 Focus: Dance- Close Reading
This is a focus course. Students will engage in a closer reading of dance, using live dance performances as primary texts and setting these performances in critical and historical contexts through readings in dance criticism and theory, lectures and discussion, and media. Each week, students will consider focused questions and work through practical and analytical tasks related to critical seeing. They will apply their findings in organized field trips, where they will view a live performance, selected from a range of genres, and work through their responses in discussion and writing.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 0.5
(Spring 2015)

ARTD B223 Anthropology of Dance
This course surveys ethnographic approaches to the study of global dance in a variety of contemporary and historical contexts, including contact improvisation, Argentinian tango, Kathak dance in Indian modernity, a range of traditional dances from Japan and China, capoeira in today’s Brazil, and social dances in North America and Europe. Recognizing dance as a kind of shared cultural knowledge and drawing on theories and literature in anthropology, dance and related fields such as history, and ethnomusicology, we will examine dance’s relationship to social structure, ethnicity, gender, spirituality and politics. Lectures, discussion, media, and fieldwork are included. Prerequisite: A course in anthropology or related discipline, or a dance lecture/seminar course, or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B223
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Vriend,L.
(Fall 2014)

ARTD B230 Modern: Intermediate Technique
Intermediate level dance technique courses focus on expanding the movement vocabulary, on introducing movement phrases that are increasingly complex and demanding, and on further attention to motional dynamics and spatial contexts. Students at this level are also expected to begin demonstrating an intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of these technical challenges and their actual performance. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress as articulated within the field. Suggested Preparation: Three semesters of PE B105, ARTD B136: Intro to Dance Tech 1: Modern, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Crosslisting(s): PE-B106
Units: 0.5
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B231 Ballet: Intermediate Technique
Intermediate level dance technique courses focus on expanding the movement vocabulary, on introducing movement phrases that are increasingly complex and demanding, and on further attention to motional dynamics and spatial contexts. Students at this level are also expected to begin demonstrating an intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of these technical challenges and their actual performance. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress as articulated within the field. Suggested Preparation: Three semesters of PE B101, ARTD B137: Intro to Dance Tech 1: Ballet, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Crosslisting(s): PE-B102
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Moss,C.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B232 Jazz: Intermediate Technique
Intermediate level dance technique courses focus on expanding the movement vocabulary, on introducing movement phrases that are increasingly complex and demanding, and on further attention to motional dynamics and spatial contexts. Students at this level are also expected to begin demonstrating an intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of these technical challenges and their actual performance. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress as articulated within the field. Suggested Preparation: Three semesters of PE B108: Jazz: Beginning Technique, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Crosslisting(s): PE-B110
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Goodman,Y.
(Fall 2014)

ARTD B240 Dance History I: Roots of Western Theater Dance
This course investigates the historic and cultural forces affecting the development and functions of pre-20th-century Western theater dance. It will consider nontheatrical forms and applications as well, but will give special emphasis to the development of theater dance forms within the context of their relationship to and impact on Western culture. The course, of necessity, will give some consideration as well to the impact of global interchange on the development of Western dance. It will also introduce students to a selection of traditional and more contemporary models of historiography with particular reference to the changing modes of documenting, researching and analyzing dance. In addition to lectures and discussion, the course will include film, video, slides, and some movement experiences.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTD B241 Dance History II: A History of Contemporary Western Theater Dance
This course investigates the history of dance with particular emphasis on its development in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as a Western Theatre Art form within a broader context of global art and culture. The course investigates the historical and cultural forces that shape both the form and function of dance as well as the reciprocal relationship of dance to or impact on those same forces. Dance will be considered both chronologically and theoretically as cultural, social, aesthetic, and personal phenomena. The course will provide students with an introduction to both traditional and more contemporary models of historiography with particular reference to the changing modes of documenting, researching and analyzing dance. In addition to lectures and discussion, the course will include film, video, slides, and some movement experiences.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTD B242 Dance Composition II
This course builds on work accomplished in Composition I and develops an understanding of and skill in the theory and craft of choreography. This includes deepening movement invention skills; exploring form and structure; investigating sources for sound, music, text and language; developing group design; and broadening critical understanding. Students will work on projects and will have some opportunity to revise and expand work. Readings and viewings will be assigned and related production problems will be considered. Concurrent attendance in any level technique course is required. Prerequisite: ARTD B142.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cantor,M.
(Spring 2015)

ARTD B265 Dance, Migration and Exile
Highlighting aesthetic, political, social and spiritual powers of dance as it travels, transforms, and is accorded meaning both domestically and transnationally, especially in situations of war and social and political upheaval, this course investigates the re-creation of heritage and the production of new traditions in refugee camps and in diaspora. Prerequisite: A Dance lecture/seminar course or a course in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, or Peace and Conflict Studies, or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B265
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTD B310 Performing the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space
Building on the premise that space is a concern in performance, choreography, architecture and urban planning, this course will interrogate relationships between (performing) bodies and (city) spaces. Using perspectives from dance and performance studies, urban studies and cultural geography, it will introduce space, spatiality and the city as material and theoretical concepts and investigate how moving and performing bodies and city spaces intersect in political, social and cultural contexts. Lectures, discussion of assigned readings, attendance at live performance and 2-3 field trips are included. Prerequisites: One Dance lecture/seminar course or one course in relevant discipline e.g. cities, anthropology, sociology or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ARTT-B310
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTD B330 Modern: Advanced Technique
Advanced level technique courses continue to expand movement vocabulary and to introduce increasingly challenging movement phrases and repertory. Students are also expected to begin recognizing and incorporating the varied gestural and dynamic markers of styles and genres, with an eye to both developing their facility for working with various choreographic models and for beginning to mark out their individual movement preferences. These courses continue to focus on both the intellectual and kinesthetic understanding and command of technical challenges and their actual performance. Suggested Preparation: Two semesters of PE B107/ARTD B230: Modern: Intermediate Technique, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Crosslisting(s): PE-B107
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Malcolm-Naib,R.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B331 Ballet: Advanced Technique
Advanced level technique courses continue to expand movement vocabulary and to introduce increasingly challenging movement phrases and repertory. Students are also expected to begin recognizing and incorporating the varied gestural and dynamic markers of styles and genres, with an eye to both developing their facility for working with various choreographic models and for beginning to mark out their individual movement preferences. These courses continue to focus on both the intellectual and kinesthetic understanding and command of technical challenges and their actual performance. The last half hour of this class includes optional pointe work with permission of the instructor. Suggested Preparation: Two semesters of PE B103/ARTD B231: Ballet: Intermediate Technique, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Crosslisting(s): PE-B103
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Mintzer,L.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B342 Advanced Choreography
Independent study in choreography under the guidance of the instructor. Students are expected to produce one major choreographic work and are responsible for all production considerations. Concurrent attendance in any level technique course is required.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 0.5, 1.0
Instructor(s): Caruso Haviland,L., Cantor,M.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B345 Dance Ensemble: Modern
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique, particularly in relationship to dance as a performance art. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, their demonstration of full commitment and openness to the choreographic and performance processes both in terms of attitude and technical practice, and achievement of expected levels of performance. This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is required.
Crosslisting(s): PE-B145
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Caruso Haviland,L.
Fall 2014, Spring 2015: Current topic description: Students will learn a historical work from the repertory of the renowned dance artist and choreographer Martha Graham. “Steps in the Street” was created in 1936 as a portrait of the human condition between two world wars. The piece, licensed through the Martha Graham Dance Company will be reconstructed by Jennifer Conley, a former member of both the Martha Graham Dance Company and Pearl Lang Dance Theatre. Students will need to attend six classes in the Graham technique offered in conjunction with the first three weeks of Advanced Technique: Modern Class.

ARTD B346 Dance Ensemble: Ballet
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique, particularly in relationship to dance as a performance art. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, their demonstration of full commitment and openness to the choreographic and performance processes both in terms of attitude and technical practice, and achievement of expected levels of performance. This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is required.
Crosslisting(s): PE-B146
Units: 0.5
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B347 Dance Ensemble: Jazz
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique, particularly in relationship to dance as a performance art. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, their demonstration of full commitment and openness to the choreographic and performance processes both in terms of attitude and technical practice, and achievement of expected levels of performance This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is required.
Crosslisting(s): PE-B147
Units: 0.5
(Spring 2015)

ARTD B348 Dance Ensemble: African
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique, particularly in relationship to dance as a performance art. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, their demonstration of full commitment and openness to the choreographic and performance processes both in terms of attitude and technical practice, and achievement of expected levels of performance. This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is suggested.
Crosslisting(s): PE-B148
Units: 0.5
(Spring 2015)

ARTD B349 Dance Ensemble: Dance Outreach
Dance ensembles are offered in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African, and Dance Outreach and are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique, particularly in relationship to dance as a performance art. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, their demonstration of full commitment and openness to the choreographic and performance processes both in terms of attitude and technical practice, and achievement of expected levels of performance. This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is suggested.
Crosslisting(s): PE-B149
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTD B350 Dance Ensemble: Special Topics
This is a topics course. The genre or style content of this ensemble varies. Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique, particularly in relationship to dance as a performance art. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, their demonstration of full commitment and openness to the choreographic and performance processes both in terms of attitude and technical practice, and achievement of expected levels of performance. This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is suggested.
Crosslisting(s): PE-B150
Units: 0.5
(Spring 2015)

ARTD B390 Senior Project/Thesis
Majors develop, in conjunction with a faculty advisor, a senior capstone experience that is complementary to and will expand and deepen their work and interests within the field of dance. This can range from a significant research or expository paper to a substantial choreographic work that will be supported in a full studio performance. Students who elect to do choreographic or performance work must also submit a portfolio (10 pages) of written work on dance. Work begins in the fall semester and should be completed by the middle of the spring semester. One outside evaluator will be invited to offer additional comment.
Units: 0.5, 1.0
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTD B403 Supervised Work
Research in a particular topic of dance under the guidance of an instructor, resulting in a final paper or project.
Units: 0.5, 1.0
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

Fine Arts

Students may complete a major in Fine Arts at Haverford College.

The fine arts courses offered by the department are structured to accomplish the following: (1) For students not majoring in fine arts: to develop a visual perception of form and to present knowledge and understanding of it in works of art. (2) For students intending to major in fine arts: beyond the foregoing, to promote thinking in visual terms and to foster the skills needed to give expression to these in a coherent body of art works.

Major Requirements

Fine arts majors are required to concentrate in either painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or printmaking: four 100-level foundation courses in each discipline from each faculty member; two different 200-level courses outside the area of concentration; two 200-level courses and one 300-level course within that area; three art history courses to be taken at Bryn Mawr College or equivalent, and Senior Departmental Studies 499. For majors intending to do graduate work, it is strongly recommended that they take an additional 300-level studio course within their area of concentration and an additional art history course at Bryn Mawr College.

Minor Requirements

Fine arts minors are required to take four of 100-level foundation courses in painting (or drawing), sculpture, printmaking, and photography; two 200-level courses and one 300-level course within the chosen area of study; and one art history/theory/criticism, or visual culture courses.

Music

Students may complete a minor in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater and may submit an application to major in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater through the independent major program. Students may complete a major in Fine Arts or a major or minor in Music at Haverford College. English majors may complete a concentration in Creative Writing.

Courses in the arts are designed to prepare students who might wish to pursue advanced training in their fields and are also for those who want to broaden their academic studies with work in the arts that is conducted at a serious and disciplined level. Courses are offered at introductory as well as advanced levels.

Music at Haverford

The Department of Music is located at Haverford and offers well-qualified students a major and minor in music. For a list of requirements and courses offered, see Music at Haverford.

Music Performance

The following organizations are open to all students by audition. For information on academic credit for these groups, and for private vocal or instrumental instruction, see Music at Haverford.

  • The Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestra, with more than 70 members, rehearses once a week, and concerts are given regularly on both campuses. The annual concerto competition affords one or more students the opportunity to perform with the orchestra in a solo capacity.
  • The Chamber Music Program is open to all members of the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestra and to pianists who have passed an audition that includes sight reading. Students rehearse once a week on their own, in addition to once-weekly coaching. Performances, rehearsals and coachings are held on both campuses depending on students’ schedules and preferences.
  • The Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Singers is a select ensemble that demands a high level of vocal ability and musicianship. The group performs regularly on both campuses and in the Philadelphia area. Tours are planned within the United States and abroad.
  • The Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chorale is a large auditioned chorus that gives concerts with the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestra each year.
  • The Haverford-Bryn Mawr Women’s Ensemble emphasizes music for women’s voices and trebles and performs several times in the academic year.
  • Chamber Ensemble Groups are formed within the context of the Chamber Music Seminar (MUSC 215). Performances are held both on and off campus; students have the opportunity to perform in master classes with internationally known chamber musicians.
  • The Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Society offers extracurricular opportunities for experienced Bryn Mawr and Haverford students, faculty and staff to perform a variety of chamber works in a series of concerts held in the Music Room.

Theater

The curricular portion of the Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges’ Theater Program focuses on the point of contact between creative and analytic work. Courses combine theory (reading and discussion of dramatic literature, history and criticism) and practical work (creative exercises, scene study and performance) to provide viable theater training within a liberal-arts context.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in Theater are six units of course work, three required (ARTT 150, 251 and 252) and three elective. Students must consult with the Theater faculty to ensure that the necessary areas in the field are covered. Students may submit an application to major in Theater through the independent major program.

Theater Performance

Numerous opportunities exist to act, direct, design and work in technical theater. In addition to the Theater Program’s mainstage productions, many student theater groups exist that are committed to musical theater, improvisation, community outreach, Shakespeare, film and video work, etc. All Theater Program productions are open and casting is routinely blind with respect to race and gender.

COURSES

ARTT B142 Dance Composition I
In this introduction to the art of making dances, an array of compositional tools and approaches is used to evolve and refine choreographic ideas. Basic concepts such as space, phrasing, timing, image, energy, density and partnering are introduced and explored alongside attention to the roles of inspiration and synthesis in the creative process. Improvisation is used to explore choreographic ideas and students learn to help and direct others in generating movement. Discussion of and feedback on weekly choreographic assignments and readings contributes to analyzing and refining choreography. Concurrent attendance in any level technique course is required.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ARTD-B142
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2014)

ARTT B151 Focus: Dramatic Structures in Plays, Performance, and Film
This course is an introduction to techniques of dramatic structure that are used in the creation of plays, works of performance art, and films. We will have recourse in our work to some crucial theoretical documents as well as to play scripts both classic and contemporary and archived and live performances. Participants will make critical readings of works using the techniques of artistic analysis utilized by directors, dramaturgs, actors, playwrights and designers. This course is intended to be a touchstone for the study of any of these creative pursuits as well as an excellent opportunity for interested students to acquaint themselves with critical aspects of the creative process.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B152 Focus: Writing about Theater and Performance
This course will constitute an introduction to writing about theater and performance art events. Our work will be structured in relation to a number of live and archived performances which the class will see on and off-campus. Students will practice techniques for preparing to see a performance, discuss strategies for reading dramatic texts and for observing time-based art. We will read notable examples of occasional criticism by a diverse group of writers of the past fifty years, who publish in a wide variety of forms including on blogs and social media. We will examine their work for techniques and strategies. Students will also read and respond to each other’s writing. Central questions of the course include the evolution of critical vocabulary, the role of the critic’s bias, the development of a critical voice, and the likely trajectory of the fields of criticism and performance.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B230 Topics in American Drama
Considers American plays of the 20th century, reading major playwrights of the canon alongside other dramatists who were less often read and produced. Will also study later 20th century dramatists whose plays both develop and resist the complex foundation established by canonical American playwrights and how American drama reflects and responds to cultural and political shifts. Considers how modern American identity has been constructed through dramatic performance, considering both written and performed versions of these plays.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B230
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hemmeter,G.
(Spring 2015)

ARTT B232 Technical Theater I: Fundamentals of Lighting Techniques and Technology
The course is an introduction to how lights and lighting technologies are implemented in a theatrical context. Different from lighting design, this course is on the fundamental skills of instrument operation, installation, programming, and troubleshooting. Collaboration is the key to the successful implementation of these skills and students will work with designers to properly execute their concepts. Students will be required to attend outside performances and provide written analysis on how the techniques they’ve learned may have been used.
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B233 Technical Theater II: Fundamentals of Scenic Carpentry
The course is an introduction to the basic principles of scenic carpentry and set construction. It is meant to offer a hands-on approach to the craft as well as the underlying concepts behind how sets are built. Students will begin with a safety course in the use of hand and power tools, then learn how to translate design drawings into fully realized sets. Fundamental set elements such as flats, jacks, and cubes will be built, as well as individual projects. Students can expect to leave the class empowered by a project based learning experience that will translate into a practical skill set useful in both theater and the outside world. This is a quarter course.
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B250 Twentieth-Century Theories of Acting
An introduction to 20th-century theories of acting emphasizing the intellectual, aesthetic, and sociopolitical factors surrounding the emergence of each director’s approach to the study of human behavior on stage. Various theoretical approaches to the task of developing a role are applied in workshop and scene study.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B251 Fundamentals of Acting
An introduction to the fundamental elements of acting (scene analysis, characterization, improvisation, vocal and gestural presentation, and ensemble work) through the study of scenes from significant 20th-century dramatic literature.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Slusar,C.
(Fall 2014)

ARTT B252 Fundamentals of Technical Theater
A practical, hands-on workshop in the creative process of turning a concept into a tangible, workable end through the physical execution of a design. Exploring new and traditional methods of achieving a coherent synthesis of all areas of technical production.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDaniel,J.
(Spring 2015)

ARTT B253 Performance Ensemble
An intensive workshop in the methodologies and aesthetics of theater performance, this course is open to students with significant experience in performance. In collaboration with the director of theater, students will explore a range of performance techniques and styles in the context of rehearsing a performance project. Admission to the class is by audition or permission of the instructor. The class is offered for a half-unit of credit.
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Slusar,C.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTT B254 Fundamentals of Theater Design
An introduction to the creative process of visual design for theater; exploring dramatic context and influence of cultural, social, and ideological forces on theater and examining practical applications of various technical elements such as scenery, costume, and lighting while emphasizing their aesthetic integration.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Matsushima,M.
(Spring 2015)

ARTT B255 Fundamentals of Costume Design
Hands-on practical workshop on costume design for performing arts; analysis of text, characters, movement, situations; historical and stylistic research; cultivation of initial concept through materialization and plotting to execution of design.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Matsushima,M.
(Fall 2014)

ARTT B262 Playwriting I
An introduction to playwriting through a combination of reading assignments, writing exercises, discussions about craft and ultimately the creation of a complete one-act play. Students will work to discover and develop their own unique voices as they learn the technical aspects of the craft of playwriting. Short writing assignments will complement each reading assignment. The final assignment will be to write an original one-act play.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Crosslisting(s): ARTW-B262
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Guha,D.
(Spring 2015)

ARTT B265 Acting Across Culture
This course examines how we access Shakespeare across culture and across language, as performers and audience members. We will explore the role of creator/performer using traditional and non-traditional means (text work and scansion, investigation of objective and actions, and first-folio technique). Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Acting or its equivalent.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B270 Ecologies of Theater: Performance, Play, and Landscape
Students in this course will investigate the notion of theatrical landscape and its relation to plays and to the worlds that those landscapes refer to. Through readings in contemporary drama and performance and through the construction and evaluation of performances, the class will explore the relationship between human beings and the environments they imagine, and will study the ways in which those relationships impact how we think about our relationship to the world in which we live. The course will culminate in a series of public performances.Suggested Preparation: Any course in theater, design, film, drama, or permission of the instructor.
Crosslisting(s): COML-B269
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lord,M.
(Fall 2014)

ARTT B310 Performing the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space
Building on the premise that space is a concern in performance, choreography, architecture and urban planning, this course will interrogate relationships between (performing) bodies and (city) spaces. Using perspectives from dance and performance studies, urban studies and cultural geography, it will introduce space, spatiality and the city as material and theoretical concepts and investigate how moving and performing bodies and city spaces intersect in political, social and cultural contexts. Lectures, discussion of assigned readings, attendance at live performance and 2-3 field trips are included. Prerequisites: One Dance lecture/seminar course or one course in relevant discipline e.g. cities, anthropology, sociology or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ARTD-B310
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B332 The Actor Creates: Performance Studio in Generating Original Work
This course explores the actor as creator, inviting the performer to become a generative artist with agency to invent her own work. Building on skills introduced in Fundamentals of Acting, we will introduce new methodologies of training to construct a framework in which students can approach making original solo and group work. Students will use processes employing visual art, found dialogue, music, autobiography, and more. Emphasizing guided, individual, and group collaboration, we will examine the role of the actor/creator through exercises and readings that relate the actor’s creative process to an understanding of self and the artist’s role in communities. Prerequisite: ARTT B251 (Fundamentals of Acting)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Slusar,C.
(Fall 2014)

ARTT B351 Acting II
A continuation of the methods of inquiry in Fundamentals of Acting, this course is structured as a series of project-based learning explorations in acting. Students will supplement their study, rehearsal, and performance work by exploring principals of directing, dramaturgy, and design as applied to class projects as well as with advanced training in movement and voice. Readings will be drawn from the acting texts of Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov and others, with reflections and critiques recorded in a journal. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B353 Advanced Performance Ensemble
An advanced, intensive workshop in theater performance. Students explore a range of performance techniques in the context of rehearsing a performance project, and participate in weekly seminars in which the aesthetic and theatrical principles of the play and production will be developed and challenged. The course may be repeated. Prerequisite: ARTT B253 or permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Slusar,C.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

ARTT B356 Endgames: Theater of Samuel Beckett
An exploration of Beckett’s theater work conducted through both reading and practical exercises in performance techniques. Points of special interest include the monologue form of the early novels and its translation into theater, Beckett’s influences (particularly silent film) and collaborations, and the relationship between the texts of the major dramatic works and the development of both modern and postmodern performance techniques.
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B356
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B359 Directing for the Stage
A semiotic approach to the basic concepts and methods of stage direction. Topics explored through readings, discussion and creative exercises include directorial concept, script analysis and research, stage composition and movement, and casting and actor coaching. Students rehearse and present three major scenes.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

ARTT B403 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2015)