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 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
ARTT B142-001 Dance Composition I Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Pembroke Studio Brick,D.
ARTT B251-001 Fundamentals of Acting Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM 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 Rockefeller Drafting Studio Matsushima,M.
ARTT B270-001 Ecologies of Theater: Performance, Play, and Landscape Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Goodhart Hall Common Room Lord,M.
ARTT B332-001 The Actor Creates: Performance Studio in Generating Original Work Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Goodhart Hall Common Room Slusar,C.
ARTT B353-001 Advanced Performance Ensemble Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Slusar,C.

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
ARTT B230-001 Topics in American Drama Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH English House II Hemmeter,G.
ARTT B252-001 Fundamentals of Technical Theater Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Goodhart Hepburn Teaching Thea McDaniel,J.
ARTT B253-001 Performance Ensemble Semester / 0.5
ARTT B254-001 Fundamentals of Theater Design Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Rockefeller Drafting Studio Matsushima,M.
ARTT B262-001 Playwriting I Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F English House I Guha,D.
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

Fall 2015

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

2014-15 Catalog Data

ARTT B142 Dance Composition I Fall 2014 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ARTD B142

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ARTT B151 Focus: Dramatic Structures in Plays, Performance, and Film Not offered 2014-15 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 2014-15 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 B230 Topics in American Drama Spring 2015 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) Cross-listed as ENGL B230

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ARTT B250 Twentieth-Century Theories of Acting Not offered 2014-15 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 2014 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.

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ARTT B252 Fundamentals of Technical Theater Spring 2015 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 2014, Spring 2015 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 2015 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.

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ARTT B255 Fundamentals of Costume Design Fall 2014 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.

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ARTT B262 Playwriting I Spring 2015 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) Cross-listed as ARTW B262

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ARTT B265 Acting Across Culture
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Shakespeare in the Classroom Not offered 2014-15 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 Fall 2014 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. Cross-listed as COML B269

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ARTT B310 Performing the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ARTD B310

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ARTT B332 The Actor Creates: Performance Studio in Generating Original Work Fall 2014 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 Not offered 2014-15 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.

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ARTT B353 Advanced Performance Ensemble Fall 2014, Spring 2015 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 B356 Endgames: Theater of Samuel Beckett Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as ENGL B356

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ARTT B359 Directing for the Stage Not offered 2014-15 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.

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ARTT B403 Supervised Work

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ARTT B403 Supervised Work

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