America in Prison: Theater Behind Bars|
Spring 2021 not offered
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Writing Certificate, Service Learning|
This course will give students the opportunity to study theater as a tool for social activism and to apply that knowledge to practical work in institutions that are part of the American criminal justice system. No previous experience in theater is necessary. Students will be encouraged to use their own skills in music, art, and drama as they devise ways to use the arts as catalysts for individual and social transformation.
This counts as an Expanded Field of Theater course for the Theater Major.
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|Course Format: Practicum||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CIVI-MN)(CWRC)(THEA)
Ferguson, Robert, INFERNO: AN ANATOMY OF AMERICAN PUNISHMENT
Alighieri, Dante, INFERNO
Alexander, Michelle, THE NEW JIM CROW
Boal, Agosto, THE THEATER OF THE OPPRESSED
Foucault, Michel, DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will have the opportunity to create collaborative performance projects in local prisons and/or forensic hospitals. Pedagogical principles will be based on the theater techniques of Augusto Boal. Collaboratively devised performance scripts will be adapted from classical literature (Shakespeare, Dante, ancient Greek drama, etc.)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The Theater Department organizes a variety of performances for students enrolled in its courses. Field trips to see performances off campus are integrated into course syllabi. Instructors will notify students of all dates at the beginning of the semester and costs for all course field trips are covered (specifically, transportation to and from the performance and tickets). Any potential scheduling conflicts for field trips should be discussed with faculty members. Once students indicate that they are going and tickets are purchased, it is assumed they will attend. (Students backing out of field trips they had said they would attend will be asked to cover the cost of their ticket.) Performances of visitors to Wesleyan's Center for the Arts are integrated into course syllabi and students are required to attend these performances unless otherwise negotiated with instructors. Tickets for performances are available to students at the Box Office in Usdan at the reduced price of $6.00.
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