Assistant Professor of Theatre
Making Documentary Theatre is a course in which participants will practice the building blocks of making theatre from historical events and real people. We will learn to conceive projects, gather information through techniques of primary interviews and various forms of research, and examine dramatic structure in its relationship to the content. We will work with verbatim text to explore staging methods for non-dramatic, and also construct narrative through playwriting and ensemble created methods. We will also consider the ethical issues in making work from real people's lives, and examine the ways in which the truth manifests and is manipulated in theatrical form.
All ancient books which have once been called sacred. will have their lasting place. and those who possess the courage, the perseverance, and the self-denial of the true miner, and of the true scholar, will find even in the darkest and dustiest shafts what they are seeking. -Max Müller, Introduction to the Upanishads Vol. II. In this class, we will explore sacred texts from various histories and cultures for performance. Through an investigation of what has been considered sacred, we will attempt to comprehend the holy and divine's relationship to humanity, traverse the space between the sacred and the profane, and examine the changing or unchanging nature of truth. By applying multiple theatrical forms, we seek to break open this text in order to find anew how theatre is a communal ritual that may enable us to praise god, celebrate life, interrogate everything, and bury the dead.
For Whom It Stands--this upper level course brings together the humanities and social sciences, in particular, theater and history in exploration of multiple, conflicting, and contested meanings of the U.S. flag. We will explore the meanings woven into the flag, artistic and political reimagining of the flag, alongside popular meanings and mobilizations of this treasured national symbol. Our goal is to think deeply and broadly about how symbols shape our lives and to look historically and critically about questions of belonging, citizenship, identity, and power domestically and across the globe. We intend to emphasize creative modes of inquiry that are informed and shaped by archival knowledge, oral history narratives, songs, letters, diaries, and speeches that help map the layered and often competing imaginings embroidered into fabric of the flag.
This introductory theatre course on directing uses material from students' personal and communal history as a starting point to learn the basic craft of story-telling. Through working from a deeply personal place, students will explore how to use space and time to engage with an audience. Major topics include: form, text, staging principles and composition, entrances and exits, the public and private space, and character development. Multidisciplinary work is encouraged.
This class will explore solo theatre through contemplative practice. Solo theatre includes the wide realm of solo performance and theatre made for one audience member. The experiential class will practice in various traditions of contemplative practice, including meditation, noble silence, devotion, reading and other methods of reflection. It will require rigorous vulnerability and deep searching as a way towards building artistic practice. Through exposure to other contemplative artist practitioners, and the embodying of established works, the class will have the opportunities to find how public solitude can manifest. Through the development of their own work, the students will investigate the rich relationship between contemplative and artistic practice.
This class will explore issues of social justice through theatre and examine the intersection of art and activism. We will explore how to direct theatrical experiences that open up complex discussions on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, among other markers of identity and social location. Through multiple and varied dramatic structures, including but not exclusively narrative and traditional plays, we will create ways of engaging an audience into larger conversations that affect our world.
This theatre course identifies the potential sources of artistic impulse and provides tools to develop artistic practice through making theatre with music as the primary element. From discovering the multiplicity of sources of inspiration, students will develop their own creative process from scratch to a final performance. Through unlocking the various ways music can be theatrical, we attempt song writing, composition of sonic landscape, utilizing found music to create theatre, and other possibilities. The course challenges the creator to continually return to the articulation of the investigation in various ways, learn strategies to dealing with roadblocks, and encourages innovation and experimentation with rigor and social conscience.