This project-based class challenges teams of writers, actors, dancers, visual/media artists, musicians, and managers to come together to devise, workshop, and produce an arts-based event. Students will master the elevator pitch, develop fundraising and publicity/marketing strategies, conduct production meetings, manage a budget, and present the work at the end of the term. Students will study what strategies have led to success for startup arts companies in Chicago. We will make site visits to art companies. Open only to students in Duke in Chicago Arts and Entrepreneurship summer program.
Research Independent Study. Individual research in a field of special interest, under the supervision of a faculty member, resulting in a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic. Consent of instructor and director of undergraduate studies required. One course.
Senior Colloquium. Major research project in production (acting, directing), critical writing, dramatic writing, or design. One course.
Shakespeare After 1600. One course.
Shakespeare Before 1600. One course.
Special Topics in Mainstage Production. Students participate in the production of a theatrical text for public performance. Students analyze, research, rehearse, and produce a play under the direction of a member of the Theater Studies faculty or a guest professional. Students may focus on acting, directing, design, dramaturgy, management, or production; specific area of focus will be determined through audition and/or arrangement with the instructor. Consent of instructor required. May be repeated for credit. One course.
Lighting Design. Introduction to the process and practice of lighting design for the theater. Focus on text analysis, research, design process, instrumentation, control, color, design documents, and realization of designs in the theater. Includes the study of principles and practices, labs in design imagery, and projects in lighting design. Prior experience in theater production required. One course.
Scene Design. Study of theory and methodology of set design for stage through examination of historical and contemporary stage design as well as conceptualization, research, and development of design solutions for assigned plays. One course.
Costume Design. The process of designing costumes for the stage beginning with the fundamentals of design and the language of clothing. Reading of plays as basis for analysis and interpretation of text and character, conceptualization of design ideas, and directions for design research. Weekly lab providing experience with and an understanding of costume construction theory and methodology, including the use of costume shop tools and equipment.One course.
The Arts in New York: A Thematic Approach. One course.