January 2022

Liveness and the Livestreaming Studio

Listed in: English, as ENGL-228


Dan Bernitt (Section 01J)


(Offered as ENGL 228 and THDA 251) In this course, we will explore theories and practices of “liveness.” What do we feel as alive in literature, drama, film, and television? How do we experience liveness across the forms of media? How does live media vs. recorded media influence our perceptions of its authenticity, and how do we express authenticity in each form? We will explore these questions as we examine works from drama, music, and dance; digital marketing, social media, and social networking; political protest, news broadcasts, and public relations.

With this theoretical and critical background in mind, we will also work on adapting between media by taking an existing creative work and transforming it into a dynamic live-streamed event. Works may be in creative writing, theatre, dance, music, or similar form, and they can be an original creation or a work by another author.

Technological Requirements: To fully participate in the final project, students will be expected to have regular access to an iPhone or Android smartphone with a working camera and a Mac or Windows computer with a working camera. If you lack either of these things, we will work with Academic Technology Services to ensure you have access to this technology during the January term.

Completion of this course will include a live in-class performance on the final day. Previous experience in any form of live performance is encouraged, but not required. Class will meet daily for 165 minutes.

Limited to 20 students. January term. Visiting Lecturer Bernitt.

If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).


Artistic Practice, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in January 2022, Spring 2022