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BOWDOIN COLLEGE (Recent Courses)

• 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.

Recent Posts

ASTR 2019 – hello!

I’m currently at the American Society for Theatre Research. Perhaps you are, too! Today, I’m participating in a roundtable and giving a workshop on public presentations for academic research. Much of what I will say will be disappointing because most of what I can say on this topic is fairly well known and even self-explanatory. I’m certainly no social media influencer. But, I’ve had some success sharing my ideas with colleagues accros different media and I’m happy to share what I know. Sometimes, reminders on the familiar may be helpful. If you’re following along at the conference, or simply interested, here are my notes for my talks today, along with a few preliminary resources that I’ve found helpful.

Plenary Rountable &
Workshop:
Shop Talks: Presenting Work to an Engaged Audience
Sarah Bay-Cheng, York University
ASTR: November 8, 2019
Arlington, VA

Reminder: “Distillation & Delivery”

Public Presentation Types

  • Public lectures
  • TEDx Talks
  • Podcasts
  • Social Media Campaigns: IGTV, Stories
  • Remarks

Key Elements

  • Defined Audience – Clear Objectives
  • Key Ideas
  • Structure & Rhythm
  • Punctuation
  • Accessories

References

Anderson, Chris. 2016. TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

“Podcasting for Beginners: The Complete Guide to Getting Started.” 2014. Buffer Marketing Library (blog). June 18, 2014. https://buffer.com/library/podcasting-for-beginners.

TEDxEast – Nancy Duarte Uncovers Common Structure of Greatest Communicators 11/11/2010. December 10, 2010. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nYFpuc2Umk&feature=youtu.be.

The 110 Techniques of Communication and Public Speaking | David JP Phillips | TEDxZagreb. February 1, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0pxo-dS9Hc.

“The Beginner’s Guide to Podcasts | WIRED.” August 27, 2017. https://www.wired.com/story/podcasts-beginners-guide/.

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