|This course may be repeated for credit.|
Since theater is an art of collaboration, this course will offer advanced acting, directing, and playwriting students an opportunity to develop their skills in an ensemble environment and to collaborate on creative practice. Students will explore creating text, embodying performance, and developing an understanding of dynamic space with the goal of engaging collaborative processes. Techniques of storytelling, negotiation of differences in communication, and developing a coherent and cohesive theatrical event will be explored. Students will go through all stages of research, improvisation, rehearsal, and analysis of preparing a theatrical performance for an invited audience in a workshop structure.
This course will NOT fulfill an advanced directing requirement for students interested in pursuing senior theses in directing. This course provides an additional level of performance training beyond the core courses in acting, directing, and playwriting.
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|Course Format: Studio||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: THEA281 OR THEA199 OR THEA245
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Partial list subject to change includes:
Anne Bogart, A DIRECTOR PREPARES
Konstantin Stanislavski, AN ACTOR'S WORK
Twyla Tharp, THE CREATIVE HABIT
William Ball, A SENSE OF DIRECTION
Elia Kazan, KAZAN ON DIRECTING
Declan Donnellan, THE ACTOR AND THE TARGET
Katie Mitchell, THE DIRECTOR'S CRAFT
|Examination and Assignments: |
Acting exercises, creative writing, and directorial rehearsal will be scheduled outside of class and presented weekly. Journaling based on class and rehearsal processes and brief written responses to the required reading will be scheduled. Final performance event.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Due to the intensive nature of the course and a heavy rehearsal load, students are strongly advised against making significant extracurricular commitments that may conflict with the class especially during the second half of the semester.
Admission to this course will be by POI during drop/add; applicants will be required to send a short email request to the instructor for consideration. Completion of at least two of the three prerequisites courses is highly recommended.
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.
Times: ...W... 09:20AM-12:10PM; Location: TBA
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 12
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|