Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

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Fall 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARTT B251-001 Fundamentals of Acting Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Goodhart Hall Common Room Slusar,C.
ARTT B253-001 Performance Ensemble Semester / 0.5
ARTT B255-001 Fundamentals of Costume Design Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Theater Design Studio Matsushima,M.
ARTT B258-001 Intermediate Topics in Technical Theater Production Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Goodhart Hepburn Teaching Thea McDaniel,J.
ARTT B312-001 Ladies' Voices Give Pleasure: Plays by Women Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Goodhart Hall B Rizzo,J.
ARTT B332-001 The Actor Creates: Performance Studio in Generating Original Work Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Goodhart Hall Common Room Slusar,C.
ARTT B353-001 Advanced Performance Ensemble Semester / 1
ARTT B359-001 Directing for the Stage Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Goodhart Hall B Lord,M.
ARTT B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B430-001 Practicum in Stage Management Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA McDaniel,J.
ARTD B142-001 Dance Composition I Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Pembroke Studio Brick,D.
ARTD B250-001 Performing the Political Body: Dance and Power Semester / 1 LEC: 7:00 PM- 9:30 PM T Goodhart Hall B Caruso Haviland,L.
ARTW B362-001 Playwriting II Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH English House II Feldman,L.

Spring 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARTT B252-001 Fundamentals of Technical Theater Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH McDaniel,J.
ARTT B253-001 Performance Ensemble Semester / 0.5
ARTT B254-001 Fundamentals of Theater Design Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Goodhart Hall Common Room Matsushima,M.
ARTT B351-001 Acting II Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Goodhart Hall Common Room Slusar,C.
ARTT B353-001 Advanced Performance Ensemble Semester / 1
ARTT B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B430-001 Practicum in Stage Management Semester / 1
ENGL B230-001 Topics in American Drama Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH
ENGL B296-001 Introduction to Medieval Drama Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA

Fall 2017

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2016-17 Catalog Data

ARTT B151 Focus: Dramatic Structures in Plays, Performance, and Film Not offered 2016-17 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTT B152 Focus: Writing about Theater and Performance Not offered 2016-17 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTT B232 Technical Theater I: Fundamentals of Lighting Techniques and Technology Not offered 2016-17 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.

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ARTT B233 Technical Theater II: Fundamentals of Scenic Carpentry Not offered 2016-17 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.

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ARTT B250 Twentieth-Century Theories of Acting Not offered 2016-17 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.

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ARTT B251 Fundamentals of Acting Fall 2016 This studio course provides an introduction to the basic processes of acting to students of various experience levels. We develop tools and a shared vocabulary using performance exercises, games, improvisation and scene work.

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ARTT B252 Fundamentals of Technical Theater Spring 2017 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.

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ARTT B253 Performance Ensemble Fall 2016, Spring 2017 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.

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ARTT B254 Fundamentals of Theater Design Spring 2017 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. Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTT B255 Fundamentals of Costume Design Fall 2016 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. Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTT B258 Intermediate Topics in Technical Theater Production Fall 2016 This course is a deeper exploration of the process of technical theater production introduced in ARTT B252 - Fundamentals of Technical Theater Production. Through a combination of lecture, in-class and out-of-class analysis, and hands-on experience students will gain a more thorough understanding of the processes of technical theatrical production. The course focuses on five sections of technical production: basic technical drawing, advanced scenic construction techniques, electricity for the entertainment industry (lighting, sound, motors), basic rigging, and basic sound system design and execution. While mathematics is not the focus of the class, basic math and some algebra and trigonometry will be necessary. Prerequisite: ARTT B252 or Permission of Instructor Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTT B265 Acting Across Culture Not offered 2016-17 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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ARTT B270 Ecologies of Theater: Performance, Play, and Landscape Not offered 2016-17 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, dram, or permission of the instructor. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as COML B269

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ARTT B312 Ladies' Voices Give Pleasure: Plays by Women Fall 2016 This course introduces students to the rich and multifarious tradition(s) of dramatic literature (broadly construed) by women (broadly construed). Through close readings of texts that diverge from what some feminist critics have called the dominant "ejaculatory" model of dramaturgy rooted in Aristotelian teleology and replicative of the male sexual experience, we will explore the formal and thematic preoccupations of 20th and 21st century playwrights who complicate notions of desire, community, history, identity, difference, and representation. Prerequisite: 200 level course in Theater, English, or Comparative Literature.

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ARTT B332 The Actor Creates: Performance Studio in Generating Original Work Fall 2016 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)

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ARTT B351 Acting II Spring 2017 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. Prerequisite: ARTT B251 (Fundamentals of Acting) or permission of instructor.

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ARTT B353 Advanced Performance Ensemble Fall 2016, Spring 2017 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.

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ARTT B354 Shakespeare on the Stage Not offered 2016-17 An exploration of Shakespeare's texts from the point of view of the performer. A historical survey of the various approaches to producing Shakespeare from Elizabethan to contemporary times, with intensive scenework culminating in on-campus performances.

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ARTT B359 Directing for the Stage Fall 2016 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. Prerequisite: ARTT B251 (Fundamentals of Acting) or permission of instructor.

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ARTT B403 Supervised Work

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ARTT B403 Supervised Work

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ARTT B425 Praxis III

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ARTT B430 Practicum in Stage Management Over the semester, the student will attend all auditions, rehearsals, and performances of the Bi-College Theater Program production, and will be responsible for managing all the details of same. With the guidance of a mentor and through reading and research, the student will learn to perform the many organizational and communications tasks involved in stage management. Students will be required to read a number of texts with the goal of understanding the vast scope of the job, the artistry and authority expected of a stage manager, the variations in styles of stage management, and the standard procedures a student stage manager can incorporate into a college setting. Each student will be expected to keep a daily journal of their experience--intellectual, artistic, and practical. The journal is their own and is meant to stimulate and deepen their thinking about the process. This practicum requires that a student be willing to engage in the production process both as an artist with an intellectual stake in the work and as an adult with a position of real authority in the group. The student will be expected to use that authority while always remaining calm, polite, kind, and generous to the artists with whom they are working. Prerequisites: Prior academic work in theater and the permission of the instructor

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ARTA B251 Arts Teaching in Educational and Community Settings Not offered 2016-17 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 educational contexts. School or community placement 4 hours a week. Prerequisite: At least an intermediate level of experience in an art form. This course counts toward the minor in Dance or Theater. Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARTD B142 Dance Composition I Fall 2016 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 participation in any level technique course is required. Additional costs: In lieu of books, students may incur $30-$40 in performance ticket fees, but may take advantage of free Tri-co performances. . Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTD B250 Performing the Political Body
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Dance and Power Fall 2016 Artists, activists, politicos, regents, intellectuals and just ordinary people have, throughout history and across cultures, used dance and performance to support political goals and ideologies or to perform social or cultural interventions in the private and public spheres. From a wide range of possibilities, we will focus on how dance is a useful medium for both embodying and analyzing ideologies and practices of power, particularly with reference to gender, class, and ethnicity. Students will also investigate bodiedness as an active agent of social change and political action. We will read excerpts from seminal and contemporary theory of performing bodiedness, ethnicity, and gender, as well as from theoreticians, performers, and other practitioners more specifically engaged with dance and performance. In addition to literary, dance historical, anthropological and political texts, the course includes media, guest lecturers, and introductory group improvisation and performance exercises; however, no prior training or experience in dance or performance is necessary. In lieu of books, students will be assigned to see a dance performance (typical costs: $12-30) but may take advantage of free Tri-co performances. A previous dance lecture/seminar course or a course in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, or history is recommended but not required. Writing Attentive Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ARTD B310 Performing the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space Not offered 2016-17 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 a 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. Writing Attentive

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ARTW B262 Playwriting I Not offered 2016-17 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTW B362 Playwriting II Fall 2016 This course challenges students of playwriting to further develop their unique voices and improve their technical skills in writing for the stage. We will examine how great playwrights captivate a live audience through their mastery of character, story and structure. Through a combination of weekly reading assignments, playwriting exercises, theater explorations, artist-driven feedback, and discussions of craft, this class will facilitate each student's completion of an original, full-length play. Prerequisite: ARTW 262; or suitable experience in directing, acting or playwriting; or submission of a work sample of 10 pages of dialogue. All students must complete the Creative Writing preregistration questionnaire during preregistration to be considered for the course.

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ENGL B230 Topics in American Drama Spring 2017 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. Writing Intensive Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B296 Introduction to Medieval Drama Spring 2017 Introduces students to the major types of dramatic production in the Middle Ages: mystery plays, morality plays, and miracle plays. Also examines early Protestant political drama know as "interludes" and the translation of medieval plays into contemporary films and novellas. Explores the construction of local communities around professional acting and production guilds, different strategies of performance, and the relationship between the medieval dramatic stage and other kinds of "stages." Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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