Assistant Professor of Theatre
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.
This directing class investigates the visual sequential art of graphic novels and comic books as inspiration for making theatre. Through dissecting the vocabulary of a two dimensional form, we examine perspective and perception to expand the possibilities of using time and space in live performance. By critical analysis of the content and form of stories in this genre, we will discuss and initiate character creation, world building, and how they link to constructing forms of live narrative. The class will stage comic books together, and will also include individual projects for a final showcase.
This dramaturgy class will introduce contemporary playwrights and performance makers who create work about China and the Chinese experience from diverse perspectives. As China expands its influence economically, politically, and culturally, we seek to understand and locate "Chinese-ness" in our contemporary society by examining its increasingly complex cultural dynamics. We will delve into issues of race, nation, history, culture, and the socio-political through the eyes of ethnic Chinese theatre makers writing from China, as well as Chinese-American and the global Chinese Diaspora. Through methodology and tools of analysis employed by the field of dramaturgy, the class prepares students to engage in pre-production and rehearsal discourse through the lens of this cultural perspective.