Department of Theatre & Dance
Courses in Directing
Survey the concepts and practices of contemporary theater as an artistic collaboration & a profession. Learn to think like a playwright, director, actor or designer for the theater.
Study and write about plays through history to understand how drama articulates the human condition and “represents” humanity through a variety of “disguises.”
Explore the world of solo performance and performance art! Learn about contemporary theater as you develop personal performance pieces.
Develop performance power, skills & discipline through techniques in the presentation of monologues & scenes. Take risks, tap into your creativity and gain an appreciation of the art of the actor!
Investigate the development of Western theater from the Greeks to television! This course focuses on the nature of theater in performance with an emphasis on the development of theatrical playing spaces through history.
Part design, part performance: the art of the puppeteer, toy theater artist and animated objects.
Approach theater intuitively & spontaneously. Learn to think creatively on your feet in this practical course which develops skills for the performer in physical theater and ensemble performance.
An exploration of physical violence for the stage from Shakespeare to the present. Instruction in safety & methodologies of armed and un-armed stage fighting.
A review of style and form from Vaudeville to Broadway today. Gain an understanding of the art and collaboration of lyricists, composers, choreographers, directors and producers in this unique and entertaining art form.
Explore the process of bringing a script to the stage. Develop your own concept as a theater director. Learn about script analysis, casting, rehearsal process and performance. Explore the relationships of working with actors & designers
Develop your body as an expressive instrument through yoga/centering, acrobatics, circus techniques and more!
With a focus on the actor’s physical presence, actions over language and use of gesture, training is in the physical relationship between performers and the stage.
Learn to view and write about theater performances critically. Learn about the history of dramatic criticism and the nature and function of a good review. See lots of theater and write about it!
Become a playwright! Discover different styles and approaches possible in developing your own material for the stage as you study the inner workings of a play: scenic structure & character development.
Become an expressive, creative and informed Shakespearean actor. Learn scansion, verse structure, rhetoric, language imagery & performance style + the discipline of the professional actor!
Explore text & the profession of the actor through challenging performance studies. Develop a personal approach to acting. Increase your range as an actor or in working with actors.
Continued work on script analysis and working with actors and designers and bring a piece to public performance
A practical course in performing classical and highly stylized forms of theater: how to perform poetic or heightened language and movement as a continuation of acting training.
Work with a professional company in performance, production, management or administration.
Develop your own study of an aspect of Theater or Directing not covered by department courses. Examples: contemporary playwrights, alternative forms of theater
Capstone project in an aspect of theater of special interest to the student in research, production or a special topic
Attend theater performances and backstage tours in London! Experience some of the world’s best theater and dance while living in vibrant London for 3 weeks!
Focusing on the comedies & histories, learn about characters with complicated and engaging perspectives
Focusing on the great tragedies and romances, wit guest artist performances and workshops from the American Shakespeare Center, gain a sense of Shakespeare’s artistry