Fall 2017 Special Course Offerings

Theatre Arts is pleased to offer these special topics courses for the fall 2017 semester:

 

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE DESIGN (THAR 130 - 301)

Instructor: Baratta, E., - Wed. 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

 

Design for theatre (and all of the performing arts) is a dynamic, collaborative process that engages both intellect and emotion in staging the dramatic moment. The personal vision of the designer must navigate the often-uncharted waters of the production process, from the earliest, personal moments of design inspiration to the opening night performance. Design flows from creativity, is structured by research and theory, and is realized in living form by collaboration in the dynamic process of theatre making. This class will integrate history, theory and practice of stage design in the interactive setting of the Collaborative Classroom in Van Pelt Library in this special interdisciplinary, active-learning course offering open to all Penn students. Group and individual projects, field visits, practical projects and guest speakers will be featured in this newly revised course.

 

THE RACIAL IMAGINARY:

AN ACTING AND DIRECTING LABORATORY (THAR 251- 401)

Instructor: O’Harra, B. - Thurs., 1:30 pm to 4:20 pm

Permission of instructor required.

 

The course will engage two on-going projects on the Penn campus in the Fall of 2017. These two projects are happening in tandem: one is an exhibition at the ICA entitled Speech/Acts which engages writings and performance by Black writers and artists, the other is a pop-up The Racial Imaginary Institute founded by Claudia Rankine. The objective of the course is to engage these two projects/proposals through the study of acting and directing. Students will read, study, and perform texts while addressing head-on the construction of race, specifically addressing whiteness and embodiment of race on stage. Class work will be performed at an end of the semester for the Racial Imaginary Institute Pop-Up show organized by the ICA.

 

1960’s AMERICAN THEATRE (THAR 280 - 401)

Instructor: Schlatter, J. - Tues./ Thurs., 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

 

The 1960’s represents a watershed moment in America history, no less for the theatre than for the world of politics and culture at large. This course will investigate a wide range of new works created during this tumultuous decade. We will examine the radical work and ensemble process of experimental theatre companies such as The Open Theatre, The Living Theatre, and the Performance Group. We will read and discuss early plays by soon-to-be renowned playwrights such as Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, and John Guare. We will examine the rise of new Off-Broadway theatre companies such as Circle Rep and the American Place Theatre devoted to new American playwrights, as well as Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre. Finally, we will chart the development of the regional theatre movement in cities across the country. Students will do research and make presentations on work of individual playwrights, directors, actors, and theatre companies.