BOWDOIN COLLEGE (Select Courses)
• THTR/CINE 1007 – Performance and Theory in James Bond
This first-year seminar introduced students to performance theory, critical analysis, and cultural studies through diverse works related to the fictional British spy character, James Bond. Considered 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 examined representative American performances in drama, dance, and theatrical events as reflections of changing American identities. Included indigenous and colonial drama, as well as history of 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.
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO (Select Courses)
• TH 610/620/630 – Performance Research | Scholarship | Proseminar
Developed new graduate seminars on research methods, scholarship, and professional practices in theatre and performance studies. (Taught 610, 620) Emphasis on emerging methodologies, especially digital humanities research and practice-based research.
• TH 515 – Advanced Dramaturgy
Graduate seminar in production dramaturgy; included modules on live events outside of theatre, dance, and dramaturgy in new media and intermedial performance.
• TH 302 – Theatre History II
Second half of undergraduate theatre, lecture survey from the late 18th and early 19th century to the present.
• DMS 455/555 – Avant-Garde Cinema & Popular Culture
Combined undergraduate/graduate seminar in Department of Media Study. Coined after an elite military force, “avant-garde” film and media regularly appear in contemporary mass media in everything from music videos to corporate advertising. Have we arrived at the post-avant-garde? What constitutes an avant-garde film? Has the phrase become defunct in an age of almost instantaneous appropriation? This course is an advanced study in the theory and practice of avant-garde film and video and its connection to popular culture today. Students will analyze seminal works of past avant-garde(s) in connection with contemporary popular culture and media theory.
• DMS 416/516 – Theory & Practice of Intermedia Performance