Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-285
Ron Bashford (Section 01)
In this course, students explore the function of the dramaturg in the process of theatrical creation, collaborating with directing, acting, and design students on projects created in Directing Studio (THDA 380). Student dramaturgs learn to conduct various methods of play analysis and targeted research concerning the work of given playwrights, their cultural milieus, and past production histories. As collaborative work proceeds, students learn to tailor additional research and analysis in concert with rehearsal activities. Activities include written analysis and synthesis of their findings, rehearsal and performance analysis, oral critique, and participation in creative conversations. Special emphasis is placed on developing skills in effective written and oral communication with actors, directors, and designers in support of a shared artistic vision. This course is appropriate for students interested in developing analytical skills related to the processes of directing, design, playwrighting, and the study of dramatic literature more generally. Two class meetings per week, and students should expect to attend a significant number of rehearsal and performance events outside of class meeting times.
Requisite: One prior college course in the arts or dramatic literature, or permission of the instructor. Limited to 24 students. Spring semester. Professor Bashford.
If Overenrolled: Preference given to majors, and first and second year students with prior experience