(Offered 2015-2016). An intensive exploration of the behind scenes and onstage world of professional theatre with a focus on actively discovering, viewing, and learning to appreciate and critique live theatre. This mini-term is offered alternate years between the Fall and Winter terms, for three weeks in early December. The course centers around building an understanding of the creative process of theatre from concept to performance. We will explore both the historical foundations of theatre and dance in London as well as modern day productions of West End and fringe theatre works. We will explore the artistic process and theatrical event with a consideration of the perspectives of the playwright, director, designers, performers and audience. Students will gain an understanding of the nature and function of theater as an art form and a profession through interactive discussions on theater and society.
Coursework will include response/review papers of shows, journal entries specific to cultural and historic explorations, and a photographic design assignment. Special events such as meetings with London theater professionals, back stage tours and guest artist workshops will be scheduled as available. Optional field trips & cultural events in London will be arranged. A mandatory orientation meeting prior to departure for London will cover information regarding travel advice, personal expense budgeting, accommodations, room assignments, dining, travel arrangements in and around London, contact and emergency information and pre-registering for optional program events.
Applications are available through the International Programs Office website and are due the third week of Spring term the year of travel. (April 17th, 2015)
Up to 14-18 students may be accepted for this term abroad
9 or more performances will be viewed and day trips outside of London will be scheduled
Several free days will be available during the mini-term to allow students to explore on their own
Students reside in studio apartments, centrally located near the University of London
Daily optional excursions are arranged to view cultural events and sites.