Legal Issues for the Performing Arts

An overview of copyright, contract, discrimination, employment, obscenity and other laws relevant to performing arts through readings and discussion of case law, statues, sample legal documents, news reports and other materials. Includes exposure to legal issues for non-profit boards. Cuts across these legal issues to examine how our legal system is a useful tool in promoting creation of artistic works. Instructor: Ellison. One course. C-L: Public Policy  363s, Economics 223s, Dance 379s

Non-Profit Cultural Institutions

Non-profit cultural institutions are an integral part of arts communities at all levels: national, regional, local. Through readings, projects and service-learning, students gain an overview of non-profit cultural organization formation, management, operational structures, governance challenges, board member responsibilities and situational ethics. Explores historical and present functions and social structures in which non-profit tax-exempt organizations operate.

Ready for Prime Time: Writing the Dramatic TV Episode

Some of the best dramatic writing today can now be found on television. This class will focus on one commercial prime-time drama, past or present. Beginning with a deep immersion in to the world of that show - watching allof Season One - students break into groups, coming up with their own long stories to advance the plots. Each student will pitch a story for their particular version of "Season Two" - developing an outline, tracking their storylines with the other members of their group, adn finally writing a draft of an hour-long TV episode.