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Fall 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARTT B251-001Fundamentals of ActingSemester / 1Lecture: 10:00 AM-11:20 AM MWGoodhart Hall AuditoriumSlusar,C.
ARTT B252-001Fundamentals of Technical TheaterSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWGoodhart Scene ShopMcDaniel,J.
ARTT B253-001Performance EnsembleSemester / 0.5Lecture: 6:00 PM-10:00 PM M-THGoodhart Hall AuditoriumDept. staff, TBA
ARTT B255-001Fundamentals of Costume DesignSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TTheater Design StudioMatsushima,M.
ARTT B332-001The Actor Creates: Performance Studio in Generating Original WorkSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MGoodhart Hall AuditoriumSlusar,C.
ARTT B353-001Advanced Performance EnsembleSemester / 1Lecture: 6:00 PM-10:00 PM M-THGoodhart Hall AuditoriumDept. staff, TBA
ARTT B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B430-001Practicum in Stage ManagementSemester / 1
ARTD B250-001Performing the Political Body: Dance and PowerSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM WGoodhart Hall BJones,L.
ARTW B262-001Playwriting ISemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THDalton Hall 25Feldman,L.

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARTT B151-001Focus: Dramatic Structures in Plays, Performance, and FilmSemester / 0.5LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHGoodhart Hall Common RoomDept. staff, TBA
ARTT B152-001Focus: Writing about Theater and PerformanceSecond Half / 0.5LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHGoodhart Hall B
ARTT B251-001Fundamentals of ActingSemester / 1LEC: 10:00 AM-11:20 AM MWGoodhart Hall Common RoomSlusar,C.
ARTT B253-001Performance EnsembleSemester / 0.5
ARTT B254-001Fundamentals of Theater DesignSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TTheater Design StudioMatsushima,M.
ARTT B258-001Intermediate Topics in Technical Theater ProductionSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHGoodhart Hepburn Teaching TheaMcDaniel,J.
ARTT B351-001Acting IISemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MGoodhart Hall Common RoomSlusar,C.
ARTT B353-001Advanced Performance EnsembleSemester / 1
ARTT B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B430-001Practicum in Stage ManagementSemester / 1
ARTD B144-001Dance Composition: Elements and CraftSemester / 1LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHPembroke StudioCantor,M.

Fall 2019

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

2018-19 Catalog Data

ARTT B151 Focus: Dramatic Structures in Plays, Performance, and Film
Spring 2019
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
Spring 2019
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 B234 Lighting Design
Not offered 2018-19
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 B250 Twentieth-Century Theories of Acting
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018, Spring 2019
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 2018
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 2018, Spring 2019
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 2019
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 2018
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
Spring 2019
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 B265 Acting Across Culture
Not offered 2018-19
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 B312 Ladies' Voices Give Pleasure: Plays by Women
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018
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)
Counts toward Visual Studies

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ARTT B351 Acting II
Spring 2019
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 2018, Spring 2019
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 2018-19
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 B356 Endgames: Theater of Samuel Beckett
Not offered 2018-19
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.

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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 2018-19
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.
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARTD B144 Dance Composition: Elements and Craft
Spring 2019
This dance composition course develops knowledge and skill in the theory and craft of choreography. Basic elements of dancemaking such as space, timing, shaping, and relationship are explored and refined through structured and open movement experiences. Attention is given to developing movement invention skills and compositional strategies; considering form and structure; investigating music, language, images and objects as sources; experimenting with group design; and broadening critical understanding of their own work and the work of others. Students will work on weekly solo and group projects and will have some opportunity to revise work. Related viewing and reading will be assigned. Concurrent participation in at least one class session per week in any level Dance Program technique course, either for credit or as an auditor, is required.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTD B250 Performing the Political Body: Dance and Power
Fall 2018
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, this course focuses 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. Students 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, readings will be posted on Moodle. Preparation: A previous dance lecture/seminar course or a course in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, or history is recommended but not required.
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 2018-19
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. Preparation: One dance lecture/seminar course, or one course in relevant discipline such as cities, anthropology, or sociology, or permission of the instructor.

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ARTW B262 Playwriting I
Fall 2018
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
Not offered 2018-19
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
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B296 Introduction to Medieval Drama
Not offered 2018-19
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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