• THTR/CINE 1007 – Performance and Theory in James Bond
This first-year seminar introduces students to performance theory, critical analysis, and cultural studies through diverse works related to the fictional British spy character, James Bond. We will consider selected Bond films, Ian Fleming’s novels, as well as comic books, music, and other works related to the iconic series including parodies and spoofs (e.g., Austin Powers, Jason Bourne).
• THTR 1504 – Theater as Social Media
This course introduces students to the history of theater and performance as paradoxically both a social art (something that brings people together in time and space) and a form of media (literally a divide between people). The course begins with American playwright Anne Washburn’s futuristic play, Mr. Burns, and then analyzes contemporary media as forms of cultural performance. From the contemporary moment, the course traces the effects observed in contemporary theater, dance, and media through diverse global performance histories.
• THTR 2401 – Playwriting
A writing workshop for contemporary performance that includes introductory exercises in writing dialogue, scenes, and solo performance texts, then moves to the writing (and rewriting) of a short play or performance score.
• THTR 2510 – Performing America: Identities on Stage
What does it mean to act (or dance) like an American? This course looks at American performances in drama, dance, and theatrical events as reflections of changing American identities. We will look at indigenous and colonial drama, but the majority of the course will focus on drama, musical theater, and dance of the 19th and 20th centuries. In particular, we will look at the ways in which specific performances defined what it meant to be American, as well as how individual artists reshaped theater and dance to represent their own diverse identities.