Associate Professor of Theatre
His interdisciplinary work, which combines music, movement, and text as language, explores the broad gray area between performance art and theatre, and gives voice to individuals historically absent from the stage.
He has presented throughout the U.S. and abroad, contributed to such anthologies as Voices Rising, Colored Contradictions, and Staging Gay Lives, and published one book of collected plays entitled sash & trim. He has taught dance, acting, and dramatic writing at Macalester College, University of Minnesota, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
This course explores the creation and analysis of interdisciplinary theatre through the lens of the theatrical jazz aesthetic. We will combine music, movement and non-linear narrative to create short dramatic pieces, and deconstruct the works of such theatre artists as Laurie Carlos, Sharon Bridgforth and Daniel Alexander Jones. The course seeks to develop a language for collaboration and experimentation between theatre makers, dancers, musicians, and to mine directorial tools that mirror the characteristics of classic American jazz - particularly rhythm, syncopation, call-and-response, polyphony and improvisation. Prerequisite: Completion of at least one college level course in acting, directing, design, playwriting, devised theatre, dance or music.
This studio course applies introductory principles of acting to contemporary American scenes. Primary concerns are identifying and playing clear objectives, developing character through behavior, and cultivating a language for the critical analysis of contemporary drama. Assignments include workshopping and performing three contemporary American scenes, presenting two life studies, completing three written character analyses, and writing one theatre review. Due the highly collaborative and experiential nature of this studio course, attendance and punctuality are essential to successful participation in this class. Prerequisite: Opening the Instrument (or another college level introductory acting class).
This introductory course examines and applies principles of acting to contemporary monologues and scenes. Techniques include relaxation and focus, sense memory, physical awareness, vocal expression, improvisation, imagination and critical analysis. The principles are examined in at least two written assignments as well, including one theatre review, and one substantial character analysis. Due to the highly collaborative and experiential nature of this studio course, attendance and punctuality are essential: two absences, but no late arrivals will be permitted.
This introductory course explores principles of playwriting by reimagining familiar fairytales, classic myths and personal narrative. Primary considerations are creating clear narrative arcs, rewriting traditional archetypes, developing dynamic characters, and cultivating a vocabulary for the critical analysis of dramatic literature. Assignments will include writing at least three original short plays, and one critical essay centering on the adaption of a classic parable for the contemporary stage. Research and revision are vital aspects of the curriculum.
This introductory course examines and applies principles of directing through the lens of twentieth and twenty-first century American drama. Primary considerations include identifying the conflict of the play, investigating the world of the play, interpreting the action of the play, staging the play, and developing a collaborative language with actors. The principles are examined in at least four written assignments, a group presentation, and a showcase of selected scenes from three contemporary American plays (TBA). Required texts: Thinking Like a Director by Michael Bloom, and three plays (TBA). Recommended text: A Director Prepares by Anne Bogart.