America Dreams, American Movies

America Dreams, American Movies.A survey course in selected American films that create as well as reflect American national identity. Through lectures, weekly screenings and students’ oral reports, we will study a dozen of the best-loved movies in our popular culture, from “The Gold Rush,” “King Kong,” “And It Happened One Night To Singin' In The Rain,” “The Godfather” and “Wall-E.” We will examine how these movies, their directors, and their stars, came to define American mythologies in the twentieth century and how they have collected over time iconic resonance.

Lighting Design

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

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

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. 


Directing.  Establishment of basic skills of information communication from script to stage to audience; analyzing texts from a director's point of view; basic stage articulation of viewpoint; development of skills in mechanics and staging techniques. Emphasis on scripts of poetic realists. Prerequisite: Theater Studies 145S and consent of instructor. One course.

Voice and Speech

Voice and Speech.  Introduction to vocal training techniques which facilitate the healthy use of the voice as an effective tool for communication. Much of the course content based upon the work of Kristin Linklater. Includes concepts developed by other major contemporary theorists/practitioners in voice and speech, phonetics, and the study and practice of stage dialects. Attention paid to the voice and its connections to the body and psyche; techniques for both "freeing" and "shaping" the voice. Emphasis on process-oriented, experimental activities, and collaboration.

Shakespeare Studio

Shakespeare Studio.  Study in approaches to acting Shakespeare text which focus on the actor's embodiment of text in ways which are organic, physical, and truthful. Use of text as the primary source for the actor's work. Students will have opportunity to act in class exercises and projects. Extensive scenework. Prerequisite: Theater Studies 145S and consent of instructor.  One course. 

Movement for the Theater

Movement for the Theater.  Intense series of exercises increasing "plasticity," power, and balance. Learning how to avoid injury and illness. Yoga, Pilates, acrobatics, gestural work, to strengthen training. Acting from the core lending heightened physical stakes to performance. History of modes of theatrical movement. One course. 

Black Theater Workshop

Black Theater Workshop.  Explore race and culture in America through texts of Black playwrights. Scene study by racially diverse class to engender feedback process. Juxtaposition of playwright's race to societal standards of universal content; relevance of actor's race to playwright's intent; historical context of Black Arts "militant" plays of the 1960s-70s. Workshop culminates in public performance. One course.