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.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's calendars page.

Fall 2022 ARTT

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
ARTT B150-001 Introduction to Theater 1Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Goodhart Hall Music Room
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B251-001 Fundamentals of Acting 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM TTH Goodhart Hall Common Room
In Person
Slusar,C.
ARTT B252-001 Fundamentals of Technical Theater 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Goodhart Hall Common Room
In Person
McDaniel,J.
ARTT B253-001 Performance Ensemble 0.5Semester / 0.5 In Person Slusar,C.
ARTT B255-001 Fundamentals of Costume Design 1Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Goodhart Hall Common Room
In Person
Matsushima,M.
ARTT B262-001 Playwriting I 1Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Goodhart Hall B
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B353-001 Advanced Performance Ensemble 1Semester / 1 In Person Slusar,C.
ARTT B359-001 Directing for the Stage 1Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM- 1:00 PM F Goodhart Hall Common Room
In Person
Sindelar,S.
ARTT B403-001 Supervised Work 1Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B403-001 Supervised Work 1Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B430-001 Practicum in Stage Management 1Semester / 1 In Person Dept. staff, TBA

Spring 2023 ARTT

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
ARTT B362-001 Advanced Playwriting 1Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Goodhart Hall B
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2023 ARTT

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

2022-23 Catalog Data: ARTT

ARTT B150 Introduction to Theater

Fall 2022

An exploration of a wide range of dramatic works and history of theater through research, analysis and discussion to develop understanding and foundations for a theatrical production.

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ARTT B151 Focus: Dramatic Structures in Plays, Performance, and Film

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ARTT B152 Focus: Writing about Theater and Performance

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ARTT B234 Lighting Design

Not offered 2022-23

This class is an introduction to the process of lighting design for the theatre. We will explore the steps and skills necessary to navigate the designer's path from text to production. This course will focus on how to think about light, how light can function as a dramaturgical tool, and how we can communicate lighting ideas to our collaborators.

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ARTT B238 Stage Properties

Not offered 2022-23

Stage properties is a varied discipline encompassing dozens of crafting/building challenges as well as textual analysis, historical and object research, cost estimation and planning, design analysis, and, most of all, the ability to think critically and creatively about some of the performing arts' weirdest challenges. This class will be part lectures and demos by the instructors, and a good part research, presentations, and hands-on design and building work by the students. We'll explore a wide variety of construction and craft techniques as we learn about organizing, researching, acquiring, designing, and building the objects required to create the worlds in which the plays we read are set. This class will exercise students' abilities to think creatively about unexpected and unusual design issues and give them a chance to solve problems in an experiential way. This class is open to students studying both in-person here on campus and those who are studying remotely--lectures and demos will be presented both in person and digitally, and craft and building projects will generally be developed based on a student's available resources, but, if needed, the instructors will help to source and send necessary tools and building materials to students who are off-campus.

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ARTT B250 Twentieth-Century Theories of Acting

Not offered 2022-23

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 2022

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

Fall 2022

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 2022

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

Not offered 2022-23

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 2022

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 B258 Intermediate Topics in Technical Theater Production

Not offered 2022-23

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

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ARTT B262 Playwriting I

Fall 2022

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.

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ARTT B270 Ecologies of Theater: Performance, Play, and Landscape

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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

Not offered 2022-23

This course explores the actor as creator, inviting the performer to become a generative artist with agency to invent their 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

Section 001 (Fall 2021): Scene Study

Not offered 2022-23

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 2022

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 2022-23

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 scene work culminating in on-campus performances. Prerequisite: ARTT B251 Fundamentals of Acting or permission of the instructor.

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ARTT B359 Directing for the Stage

Fall 2022

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 B252: or permission of instructor.

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ARTT B362 Advanced Playwriting

Spring 2023

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. Students will complete bi-weekly playwriting assignments of 10-12 pages and, ultimately, a one-act play of 30-40 pages. Readings include plays by Beckett, Chekhov, Lorraine Hansberry, Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, August Wilson and others. Prerequisite: ARTW 262; or suitable experience in directing, acting or playwriting; or submission of a work sample of 10 pages of dialogue.

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ARTT B403 Supervised Work

Research and work in a particular topic of theater under the guidance of an instructor.

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ARTT B403 Supervised Work

Research and work in a particular topic of theater under the guidance of an instructor.

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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 2022-23

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 and practices. 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. Preparation: At least an intermediate level of experience in an art form. This course counts toward the minor in Dance or Theater and towards a major or minor in Education.

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ARTW B262 Playwriting I

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ARTW B362 Playwriting II

Not offered 2022-23

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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Theater Program

Goodhart Hall
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
Phone: 610-526-5300
theater@brynmawr.edu