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PMA 1128 : FWS: Arts Writing: Journalism and Public Media
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
What do excellent journalistic and academic writing have in common?  Both draw upon similar skills and values:  clarity, attention to detail, awareness of audience, and the writer's deep, informed engagement with a topic.  Moreover, to discuss current arts events effectively, the writer must push beyond simple, factual reporting to interpret or translate, with a distinctive voice, creative work for specific audiences.  Students in this seminar will attempt a range of assignments in arts writing: reviews, feature articles, interviews, educational materials, critical analyses, and blogs.  We will take advantage of exhibits at Cornell's Johnson Museum and performances at the Schwartz Center, as well as local music, films, and television, to consider how to apply the principles of good writing to a variety of public media.
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PMA 1130 : FWS: Going Undercover: Radical Undercover Journalism and the (re)creation of Self
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
What would it be like to go through life as a completely different person? In order to expose and combat social injustice, journalists have crossed lines of race, gender, age, class and appearance and gone undercover, sometimes risking their reputations, sanity and even their lives. But what are the results of these experiments? Do the ends justify the sometimes ethically questionable means? How does "going undercover" affect an individual or a community? By examining works of John Howard Griffin, Sarah Jones, Morgan Spurlock, Barbara Ehrenreich, Norah Vincent and a variety of identity-probing texts, we examine the complex facets of diverse identities. The course facilitates a range of writing assignments and culminates in students devising and executing their own undercover journalism and research projects.
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PMA 1132 : FWS: Boyfriendtwin: Queer Uncanny Doppelgangers
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Why are two identical people unsettling? "Uncanny" resemblances suggest the strange, even the supernatural. This course will investigate the doppelgänger myth influencing superstitions about un- or supernatural twins across the history of literature, drama, and film. We will look at a diverse selection of materials including Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christopher Nolan, and Joss Whedon. Considering the ways doubles work across styles from The Parent Trap to The Shining, the course concludes with an exploration of the contemporary social phenomenon of "twinning" in queer culture in relation to the long legacy of the double. With an emphasis on in-class discussion and peer editing, this class will foster and enhance each student's ability to produce coherent, concise, persuasive prose in the form of critical arguments.
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PMA 1137 : FWS: Adapt and Revise: History through Theatre and Performance
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
How does a playwright adapt a historical event or figure for the stage? What roles do authenticity and accuracy play in dramatic adaptations of history? What makes history relevant on today's stage? And what's the big deal about Hamilton, anyway? In this course, we will read and watch plays, musicals, and performances that stage history. While our focus will be on dramatic texts, we will also examine how and by whom history is written, as well as the nature of artistic representation. With an emphasis on in-class discussion, student-led research, and in-class writing workshops, this course will foster and enhance each student's ability to produce coherent, concise, persuasive prose in the form of critical arguments.
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PMA 1137 : FWS: Adapt and Revise: History through Theatre and Performance
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
How does a playwright adapt a historical event or figure for the stage? What roles do authenticity and accuracy play in dramatic adaptations of history? What makes history relevant on today's stage? And what's the big deal about Hamilton, anyway? In this course, we will read and watch plays, musicals, and performances that stage history. While our focus will be on dramatic texts, we will also examine how and by whom history is written, as well as the nature of artistic representation. With an emphasis on in-class discussion, student-led research, and in-class writing workshops, this course will foster and enhance each student's ability to produce coherent, concise, persuasive prose in the form of critical arguments.
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PMA 1138 : FWS: Playing with History: Reviewing the Past through Performance
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The history play is among the oldest forms of dramatic text. Performances that draw upon historical narratives for their subject matter continue to proliferate upon the contemporary stage. However, the past and its construction is a site of contention. Women, people of color, and individuals identifying with the LGBTQ community, name but a few identity categories that find themselves ignored and erased by many historical narratives. This course considers how performance can be a tool for marginalized communities to reassert narrative control over accounts of the past. Through close reading and analysis of dramatic texts and live/mediated performances, as well as a wide range of critically engaged writing assignments, we will explore questions surrounding history's construction and the potential of performance to intervene.
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PMA 1138 : FWS: Playing (with) History: Reviewing the Past through Performance
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The history play is among the oldest forms of dramatic text. Performances that draw upon historical narratives for their subject matter continue to proliferate upon the contemporary stage. However, the past and its construction is a site of contention. Women, people of color, and individuals identifying with the LGBTQ community, name but a few identity categories that find themselves ignored and erased by many historical narratives. This course considers how performance can be a tool for marginalized communities to reassert narrative control over accounts of the past. Through close reading and analysis of dramatic texts and live/mediated performances, as well as a wide range of critically engaged writing assignments, we will explore questions surrounding history's construction and the potential of performance to intervene.
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PMA 1139 : FWS: Broad Comedy: Funny Women and their Fans
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PMA 1140 : FWS: Testimonial (In)justice on the Documentary Stage
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Creating documentary theater is a process of falling in love: with stories, with people, with theatrical possibilities. Critically intimate relationships between documentary artists, their community partners, and the stories told are the sustaining force behind the form's painstaking writing process. This course uses the documentary process as a model for the types of inquiry and argumentation required by academic writing. Documentary artists delve deeply into evidence, articulate compelling questions, and grapple with the possibilities those questions engender. Throughout this course, we will work to unearth similar modes of learning through the production of professional and academic writing. Like the artists we study, we will develop individual and collective approaches to writing that nurture and extend our understanding of content.
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PMA 1141 : FWS: Performing Dreams and Telling Stories
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Creating interesting images and telling good stories are crucial skills in crafting effective writing. In this course students devise, rehearse, and perform original theatre pieces, in order to develop the writing processes of composition, revision, and presentation. Students will record their dreams and use this writing as source material in making performances. Students will also engage fantastical creative works ranging from "Beauty and the Beast" to the short stories of Franz Kafka, from Winsor McCay's comic strips to Shakespeare Behind Bars. This course is for theatre practitioners and non-performers alike. Students will also improve their scholarly writing through peer and instructor review and a multi-draft essay process.
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PMA 1200 : Dance Technique I
Crosslisted as: PE 1180 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Entry-level class. Covers the fundamentals of elementary dance training. Movement sequences focusing on rhythm, placement, and vitality of performance through an anatomically sound dance technique.
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PMA 1200 : Dance Technique I
Crosslisted as: PE 1180 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Entry-level class. Covers the fundamentals of elementary dance training. Movement sequences focusing on rhythm, placement, and vitality of performance through an anatomically sound dance technique.
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PMA 1410 : Media Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The Media Production Lab course is a series of self-contained lecture/workshops on various topics in the production of film and video. The workshops will be a mix of lecture and hands on experience with cameras, lighting and sound equipment. We will cover specific areas such as dollies and rigging, location sound and post production. Open to all skill levels.
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PMA 1410 : Media Production Laboratory
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The Media Production Lab course is a series of self-contained lecture/workshops on various topics in the production of film and video. The workshops will be a mix of lecture and hands on experience with cameras, lighting and sound equipment. We will cover specific areas such as dollies and rigging, location sound and post production. Open to all skill levels.
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PMA 1610 : Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Learn what it takes to prepare a live show. Students work on getting scenery, costumes, and lighting ready for performance or for production. Gain the practical skills and learn to use the tools that are integral to the presentation of live art.
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PMA 1610 : Production Laboratory
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Learn what it takes to prepare a live show. Students work on getting scenery, costumes, and lighting ready for performance or for production. Gain the practical skills and learn to use the tools that are integral to the presentation of live art.
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PMA 1611 : Rehearsal and Performance
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Perform in a departmental theatre production or dance concert. Research a role, develop a character, and perform for a live audience in a faculty supervised production. Explore choreography and perform in a departmental dance concert.
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PMA 1611 : Rehearsal and Performance
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Perform in a departmental theatre production or dance concert. Research a role, develop a character, and perform for a live audience in a faculty supervised production. Explore choreography and perform in a departmental dance concert.
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PMA 1670 : Student Laboratory Theatre Company
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The Student Laboratory Theatre Company (SLTC) is a group of student-actors who earn credit by acting in three scenes directed by students taking PMA 4880. Students enrolling in SLTC for credit earn 1 credit for two projects and 2 credits for three projects. SLTC also meets with directors once a week.
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PMA 2220 : Dance Technique II/Modern
Crosslisted as: PE 1183 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Introductory modern technique intended for students with some dance training. Material covered includes specific spinal and center work with attention to rhythm, design, and movement expression.
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PMA 2220 : Dance Technique II/Modern
Crosslisted as: PE 1183 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Introductory modern technique intended for students with some dance training. Material covered includes specific spinal and center work with attention to rhythm, design, and movement expression.
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PMA 2300 : Beginning Dance Composition
Crosslisted as: PMA 3300, PMA 4300, PMA 4301, VISST 2511 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Weekly assignments in basic elements of choreography. Students compose and present short studies that are discussed and reworked. Problems are defined and explored through class improvisations. Informal showing at end of semester. Includes informal showing of work.
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PMA 2510 : Film Festival Production Lab
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Learn the skills necessary to produce/curate/mount a film festival from planning to execution. The Centrally Isolated Film Festival (CIFF) involves students in all aspects of film festival organization, and welcomes students with skills in particular areas: publicity, design, administration, management, fundraising, solicitation of films, invitation of guests, reviewing films, curating the program, running the event itself. The course may span 2 semesters. There will be an informational meeting each fall semester to plan the coming year's events and time schedule.
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PMA 2510 : Film Festival Production Lab
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Learn the skills necessary to produce/curate/mount a film festival from planning to execution. The Centrally Isolated Film Festival (CIFF) involves students in all aspects of film festival organization, and welcomes students with skills in particular areas: publicity, design, administration, management, fundraising, solicitation of films, invitation of guests, reviewing films, curating the program, running the event itself. The course may span 2 semesters. There will be an informational meeting each fall semester to plan the coming year's events and time schedule.
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PMA 2605 : Theater, Sport, and Spectacle: Performance and Competition in Greece and Rome
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2605 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A study of the richly documented tradition of competitive artistic, athletic, and spectacular performances sponsored by cities, wealthy individuals, and kings/emperors in antiquity, with special attention to the ongoing connections and cross-influences between music/theater, athletics, and human/animal combats. We will take our comparative material from the fifth century bce to the late Roman empire. Topics include organizational frameworks, funding sources, associations of performers and their ideologies and rivalries, regulation and hierarchies of audiences, public claques, the adaptation of performance to political events, influence on art, and institutional and intellectual opposition. Evidence will include ancient treatises, inscriptions, mosaics, wall-paintings, and terracottas; all source readings available in English.
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PMA 2610 : Production Crew Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Learn what it means to run a live show or a film festival. Participate as part of a team to ensure all the elements work together and on time. Learn the intricacies of collaborating with a production group to create a unified artistic vision. Program lighting, sound, or video boards, or participate as a dresser, stage crew member, assistant stage manager, production assistant or projectionist.
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PMA 2610 : Production Crew Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Learn what it means to run a live show or a film festival. Participate as part of a team to ensure all the elements work together and on time. Learn the intricacies of collaborating with a production group to create a unified artistic vision. Program lighting, sound, or video boards, or participate as a dresser, stage crew member, assistant stage manager, production assistant or projectionist.
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PMA 2611 : Stage Management Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Practical experience in the organization and management of a theatrical production as an assistant stage manager for a fully supported department production under the supervision of the staff stage manager.
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PMA 2611 : Stage Management Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Practical experience in the organization and management of a theatrical production as an assistant stage manager for a fully supported department production under the supervision of the staff stage manager.
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PMA 2620 : Performing Death and Desire: Vampires on Stage and Screen
Crosslisted as: FGSS 2620 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Why are the undead so long-lived? This course hunts the dangerous and subversive figure of the vampire across a variety of pages, stages and screens. From campy melodramas and raucous stage comedies, to lush cinematic epics and politically savvy television---and all the Draculas that have come and gone in between--we will explore how the vampire changes with medium, period, and genre. Using a variety of critical approaches we will consider why this most persistent cultural metaphor emerges in particular cultural moments, and what social anxieties and desires it articulates. We will interrogate the vampire's relationship to race and gender and analyze how the vampire is constructed, appropriated, adapted, reinvented, and performed in its many contexts, asking what it means for us to consume these texts.
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PMA 2635 : The Comic Theater
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2651, COML 2230 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Study and analysis of 2500 years of comedy (all in English), from Greece (Aristophanes, Menander), Rome (Plautus and Terence), Italy (Machiavelli, The commedia dell' arte), Elizabethan (Shakespeare, Ben Jonson) and Restoration (Congreve, Wycherley) England, France (Molière), Hollywood (Keystone and Hal Roach studios, Screwball comedies of the 30's, Sitcoms) and others besides.
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PMA 2670 : Shakespeare
Crosslisted as: ENGL 2270 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This class aims to give students a good historical and critical grounding in Shakespeare's drama and its central place in Renaissance culture. We read ten plays covering the length of Shakespeare's career: comedies, history plays, tragedies, and romances, including The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, King Lear, Richard II, Henry IV Part One, and Henry V. Our study will include attention to dramatic forms, Shakespeare's themes, and social and historical contexts, including early modern English theater history. The course combines lectures and hands-on work in weekly discussions focused on performance, close reading, and questions raised by the plays. We will also view some film adaptations of Shakespeare.
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PMA 2681 : Shakespeare and the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Crosslisted as: ENGL 2080 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
What can we learn about Shakespeare's plays from their reception by late modernity? What can we learn about modern cultures from the way they appropriate these texts and the Shakespeare mystique? We will study five plays and their adaptations in film and theater and explore the uses made of Shakespeare in education, advertising, and public culture and by the Shakespeare industry itself. For spring 2018: Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, and Tempest, with films or filmed productions directed by Julie Taymor, Grigori Kozintsev, Akira Kurosawa, Trevor Nunn, Max Reinhardt, and Fred Wilcox. For updates, see http://courses.cit.cornell.edu/sad4449/2080/.
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PMA 2800 : Introduction to Acting
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
An introduction to the actor's technique and performance skills, exploring the elements necessary to begin training as an actor, i.e., observation, concentration, and imagination. Focus is on physical and vocal exercises, improvisation, and text and character. There is required play reading, play attendance, and some scene study.
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PMA 2800 : Introduction to Acting
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An introduction to the actor's technique and performance skills, exploring the elements necessary to begin training as an actor, i.e., observation, concentration, and imagination. Focus is on physical and vocal exercises, improvisation, and text and character. There is required play reading, play attendance, and some scene study.
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PMA 2901 : Spanish Performance Studio: Work, Labor, and the Climate Crisis
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This studio class will introduce students to a range of contemporary performance techniques in a Spanish context.  Through exercises, improvisation, textual analysis, and scene study, students will develop core acting skills, learn relevant Spanish theatre terminology, and enhance their self-expression in Spanish.  Students will also explore the dramatic and theatrical potential of short Spanish literary texts adapted for the stage.  The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.
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PMA 3000 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Independent study allows students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the course, must approve the student's program of study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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PMA 3000 : Independent Study
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Independent study allows students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the course, must approve the student's program of study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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PMA 3210 : Dance Technique III/Classical
Crosslisted as: PE 1184 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Intermediate Western classical dance technique. Work is done on strengthening the body through a movement technique emphasizing presence and musicality based on harmonic muscular control.
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PMA 3210 : Dance Technique III/Classical
Crosslisted as: PE 1184 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Intermediate Western classical dance technique. Work is done on strengthening the body through a movement technique emphasizing presence and musicality based on harmonic muscular control.
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PMA 3220 : Dance Technique III/Modern
Crosslisted as: PE 1185 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Intermediate modern technique focusing on rhythm, placement, and phrasing for students who are prepared to refine the skills of dancing. Students are challenged by complex phrases and musicality.
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PMA 3220 : Dance Technique III/Modern
Crosslisted as: PE 1185 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Intermediate modern technique focusing on rhythm, placement, and phrasing for students who are prepared to refine the skills of dancing. Students are challenged by complex phrases and musicality.
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PMA 3225 : Mapping the Moving Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4225 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will explore questions of how we perceive articulations of identity on the moving body. How do histories and cultural behaviors define differences? What are the conventions of race, gender, and sexuality as we follow the body in performance across borders? With the use of text, film, and the fine arts, the class will in collaboration conceive, choreograph, and perform an original body of work.
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PMA 3225 : Mapping the Moving Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4225 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will explore questions of how we perceive articulations of identity on the moving body. How do histories and cultural behaviors define differences? What are the conventions of race, gender, and sexuality as we follow the body in performance across borders? With the use of text, film, and the fine arts, the class will in collaboration conceive, choreograph, and perform an original body of work.
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PMA 3226 : Global Dance I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
How does the social production of dance reflect its historical context? Is dance inherently political?  What is the meaning of the "beautiful" in dance?  Beginning with 16th century court dances, we will explore how aesthetics have been aligned both with and against politics in various periods, across borders, and genres of the performing body, looking at dance as insider's diplomacy and outsider's rebellion.  Is modern dance a democratization of the art form? Is postmodern dance a discourse of traditions?  This course is designed to promote a critical appreciation of dance, its values and its ambitions, by developing a historical and cultural understanding.
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PMA 3300 : Intermediate Dance Composition I
Crosslisted as: PMA 2300, PMA 4300, PMA 4301, VISST 2511 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Intermediate choreographic projects are critiqued in progress by faculty and peers. Consideration of design problems in costuming and lighting.  Weekly assignments in basic elements of choreography. Students compose and present short studies that are discussed and reworked. Problems are defined and explored through class improvisations. Informal showing at end of semester. Includes informal showing of work.
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PMA 3350 : Technology and the Moving Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4350, VISST 3758, VISST 4758 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Formally titled "technosomakinesics," this class works to expand the specific aesthetics related to dance as embodied performance. Included in the process is the analysis of built environments that both inspire and are designed to be inhabited by these disciplines. This studio course explores the resulting neoperformance forms being created within the range of digital media processing; such as gallery installations, multimedia dance-theatre, personal interactive media (games and digital art) and web projects. Computer-imaging and sound-production programs are examined and used in the class work (human form-animation software, vocal recording and digital editing, digital-imaging tools. The new context of digital performance raises questions concerning the use of traditional lighting, set, costume, and sound-design techniques that are examined as they are repositioned by digital-translation tools with the goal of creating experimental and/or conceptual multimedia performance and/or installation work. Theoretical texts on dance and theatrical performance, film studies, the dynamic social body, architecture, and digital technology are also used to support conceptual creative work.
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PMA 3351 : Transpositioning the Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4351 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will cultivate collaborations between the practice and study of dance with fields such as architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, painting, digital arts, and other design and creative fields. The process of movement creation, spatial definition, and spatial analyses will be paralleled and interchanges will be made on a continual basis between chosen fields for each semester. Transposing between two, three, and four dimensional representations, concepts of framing, language (vocabulary), historical processes, concepts of performance and performativity, and concepts of audience are some of the topics that will be examined.
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PMA 3351 : Transpositioning the Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4351 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will cultivate collaborations between the practice and study of dance with fields such as architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, painting, digital arts, and other design and creative fields. The process of movement creation, spatial definition, and spatial analyses will be paralleled and interchanges will be made on a continual basis between chosen fields for each semester. Transposing between two, three, and four dimensional representations, concepts of framing, language (vocabulary), historical processes, concepts of performance and performativity, and concepts of audience are some of the topics that will be examined.
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PMA 3421 : Literary Theory on the Edge
Crosslisted as: COML 3021, ENGL 3021 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course juxtaposes the exciting theoretical advances of the late 20th century, including structuralism and post-structuralism, with current developments in 21st century theory such as performance studies, media theory, digital studies, trauma theory, transgender studies, and ecocriticsm. Taught by two Cornell professors active in the field, along with occasional invited guests, lectures and class discussions will pay close attention to the differences among mediatic systems in the texts we read as well as the uniqueness and complexity of language in its various forms. The course may involve presentation of performance art.
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PMA 3431 : Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3331, ASIAN 6631, FGSS 3331, FGSS 6331, LGBT 3331, LGBT 6331, RELST 3331 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are at present linked to citizenship and other forms of belonging and to how the films draw on Buddhist and Islamic traditions of representation and belief. Focusing on globally circulating Southeast Asian films of the past 15 years, the course draws on current writings from feminism, Buddhist studies, affect theory, queer studies, postcolonial theory, and film studies to ask what new understandings of subjectivity might emerge from these cinemas and their political contexts. Films will be drawn from both mainstream and independent cinema and will include the work of directors such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Danny and Oxide Pang, Yau Ching, Thunska Pansittivorakul, Garin Nugroho, and Jean-Jacques Annaud.
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PMA 3441 : Edge Cities: Celluloid New York and Los Angeles
Crosslisted as: AMST 3812, ARCH 3819, ARCH 5819, VISST 3812 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Anchoring the east and west coasts, New York and Los Angeles have been celebrated and excoriated in films. On the edge literally and metaphorically, these cities seem to be about competing visions of urban form, culture, and modernity. And the iconic forms of New York (tenements and skyscrapers) and of Los Angeles (highways and suburban homes) have fascinated film makers from the 19th century to the present day. We will both evoke and complicate the contrast between New York and Los Angeles by mapping the intersections of each city with cinema. We explore how the urban experience has been said to give rise to particular cinematic forms and the ways in which cinematic styles may be translated into urban design. Topics may include density and sprawl; place and creativity; class and ethnicity; race and gender; culture and commercialism; industrial and media economies; and insularism and cosmopolitanism. Screenings will include documentary, experimental, and commercial films and cover such genres as early actualities, city symphonies, film noir, science fiction, etc. Readings will be drawn from theories and histories of film, urbanism, and architecture.
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PMA 3461 : Introduction to African American Cinema
Crosslisted as: AMST 3461, ASRC 3999, VISST 3461 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the rich and diverse history of African American filmmaking.  Focusing on films written and/or directed by African Americans, this seminar traces the history of filmmaking from the silent era to the present day.  In exploring Black cultural production and creative expression, students will consider the ways in which film is used as a medium of protest, resistance, and cultural affirmation.  We will look at films through the critical lenses of race and representation in American cinema while locating our analysis within larger frameworks of Hollywood's representation of African Americans and various cultural and social movements within local and global contexts.
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PMA 3463 : Contemporary Television
Crosslisted as: AMST 3463, VISST 3463 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course considers issues, approaches, and complexities in the contemporary television landscape. As television has changed drastically over the past fifteen years, this course provides students with a deeper understanding of the changes in narratives, technologies, forms, and platforms that structure/restructure the televisual world. Students will grapple with how "new media" forms such as web-series and on-demand internet streaming services have changed primetime television. We will balance our look at television shows with nuanced readings about the televisual media industry. By watching, analyzing, and critiquing the powerful medium of television, students will situate their understanding within a broader consideration of the medium's regulation, production, distribution, and reception in the network and post-network era.
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PMA 3514 : Cinema of the Weimar Republic
Crosslisted as: GERST 3515, VISST 3515 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course introduces the cinema of the Weimar Republic (1918-33), a golden age of German cinema comparable to the classical Hollywood era. During this period, the German film industry developed a variety of influential aesthetics, from the Expressionism of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to the New Objectivity of Berlin – Symphony of a Metropolis. Situating the classic films, directors, and stars of the Weimar era within the cultural upheavals of the period, we will discuss the aftereffects of WWI; representations of class and gender; discourses of nature and technology; relationships between aesthetics, spectatorship, and politics; and processes of industrialization, urbanization, and globalization. Students without experience in film studies are welcome—the course will also double as an introduction to discussing and analyzing film.
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PMA 3520 : Light and Image
Crosslisted as: VISST 3520 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Light is the fundamental building block of all visual media. Whether a photographer, filmmaker, videographer, YouTube poster, or other maker of images, the strategic use of light can tell your story better, move your audience more deeply, and shape your composition more effectively. This studio course will take a hands-on approach to exploring different techniques of lighting, including location, kit, and grid systems. We will engage with both aesthetic and technical aspects of light. Students will come away with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for how light fundamentally affects and gives meaning to how we see the world.
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PMA 3531 : Screenwriting
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores the fundamentals of writing for the screen. The class format will include creative writing assignments, class discussion, screenings and workshop. Students will produce short film scripts, film analysis papers and feedback on student work. The semester will culminate in a revision of a longer film script and presentation.
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PMA 3531 : Screenwriting
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This course explores the fundamentals of writing for the screen. The class format will include creative writing assignments, class discussion, screenings and workshop. Students will produce short film scripts, film analysis papers and feedback on student work. The semester will culminate in a revision of a longer film script and presentation.
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PMA 3533 : Screen and Story: Script Analysis
Crosslisted as: AMST 3533 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will consider the history, theory and craft of feature film screenwriting. We will examine the vital elements of effective motion picture narrative (protagonist, pathos, objective, action), along with structural principles, genre conventions and emerging non-linear ideas. This is primarily a readings course (history/theory/criticism rubric), which will address effective screenwriting in a cultural and critical context.
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PMA 3545 : Screening the Middle Ages
Crosslisted as: COML 3113, GERST 3545, MEDVL 3545, VISST 3545 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Today, the legacy of the Middle Ages can be found everywhere, from the game of chess to Game of Thrones, the parliament to the university, the Crusades to the Vikings, the nostalgia for tradition to the very concept of modernity. This course explores the function of the medieval past through the lens of modern visual culture, as part of an emerging field known as "Medievalism." Along with readings of classic theories of Medievalism (Huizinga, Balázs, Panofsky, Bazin, McLuhan, Eco), screenings will put auteur films (Dreyer's Passion of Joan of Arc, Bergman's Seventh Seal, Kurosawa's Ran) in dialogue with popular culture (from Monthy Python to A Knight's Tale) in order to raise the question of a Global Middle Ages.  
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PMA 3550 : Global Cinema I
Crosslisted as: PMA 6550, VISST 3175 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution of form, style and genre, the medium's changing technologies and business models, as well as film's relation to broader cultural, social and political contexts. Screenings of narrative, documentary and experimental films will be accompanied by readings in film theory and history. Global Cinema I covers the period from 1895 to 1960. Precise topics will vary from year to year, but may include: early silent cinema; the emergence of Hollywood as industry and a "classical" narrative form; Soviet, German, French and Chinese film cultures; the coming of sound; interwar documentary and avant-garde movements; American cinema in the age of the studio system; Italian Neorealism; the post-war avant-garde.
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PMA 3551 : Global Cinema II
Crosslisted as: PMA 6551, VISST 3176 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution of form, style and genre, the medium's changing technologies and business models, as well as film's relation to broader cultural, social and political contexts. Screenings of narrative, documentary and experimental films will be accompanied by readings in film theory and history.
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PMA 3560 : American Cinema since 1968
Crosslisted as: AMST 3760, VISST 3760 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
In 1968, amongst cultural and political turmoil, the American film industry adopted the ratings system, which helped usher in the kinds of cinema we know today. This course focuses on developments in U.S. cinema since then: its politics, technological and economic transformations, relationship to other media, and changing ways in which people consume it. A main focus will be the aesthetic developments of films themselves: new and changing genres, new visual styles, new ways of storytelling, and ways in which new voices and visions have emerged. Weekly screenings will include mainstream, independent, and documentary films. The course can be taken as a complement to "American Cinema" (AMST 2760) or independently.
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PMA 3570 : Introduction to Visual Storytelling
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An introduction to filmmaking, students will learn to create compelling characters, as well as develop strong storytelling skills through basic character and story development and breakdown, cinematography, lighting, sound and editing.  
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PMA 3571 : Documentary Filmmaking
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Students will view selected documentaries and discuss styles, themes, ethics, as well as modes of production.  Over the course of the semester student will pitch ideas, conceptualize, and produce a short documentary film.  This course will culminate with the screening of final course projects, in a public, open-campus event at the end of the semester.
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PMA 3609 : Making Theatre: Rehearsal and Production Techniques
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This is a variable credit learning experience for students engaged in creating productions in the Department of Performing and Media Arts.  Students may act, assistant direct, assistant stage manage, or pursue dramaturgical research and will learn through various channels (lecture, discussion, participation in rehearsal, individual and group research) how to think about and realize artistic choices, appreciate the discipline and demands of theatrical craft, be exposed to the uncertainty required to experiment and explore in rehearsal, and understand more fully the strategies through which a collaborative team can realize a shared vision.  Assessment of this course will include audience response to a public performance that will be the end product of this creative collaboration. This complex, pedagogical journey will be guided by an experienced, faculty director/teacher who will be responsible for creating a process of production that assures learning for each student enrolled.   
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PMA 3610 : Intermediate Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Collaborate with a faculty member in the development and production of a live event, in a mentored role of Assistant Designer, Assistant Director, or Assistant Choreographer.
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PMA 3610 : Intermediate Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Collaborate with a faculty member in the development and production of a live event, in a mentored role of Assistant Designer, Assistant Director, or Assistant Choreographer.
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PMA 3614 : Creative Character Design
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A studio course working on the creation and development of characters on paper. The character designs explored will not be bound by the limits of the human body or physical costumes, but rather will push the limits of character imagery to that which could ultimately be achieved in print illustration, sequential art, traditional animation, digital special effects and animation, video gaming, various forms of puppetry and animatronic forms, depending on the student's area of interest. (Students will not engage in animation, or three-dimensional crafting of characters, but rather will develop the design content that could then be applied to these forms). Confident drawing skill is expected.
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PMA 3615 : Costume Construction Studio
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Introduction to draping and patterning basics followed by research, experimentation, and translation of historic silhouettes and structure.  Previous basic machine sewing experience helpful but not required.
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PMA 3616 : The Body of Fashion: A Head-to-Toe Journey through the History of Western Dress
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the evolution of western dress from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the early twentieth century by focusing on areas of the human anatomy and how each area has been presented, comported, supported, augmented, confined, or manipulated in costume.  Rather than indulging in the strange, we will endeavor to come to an understanding of the motivation for each gesture or the catalyst for each phenomenon in the context of the period, taking into consideration social, political, economic, environmental, technological, and aesthetic influences.
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PMA 3620 : Lighting Design Studio I
Crosslisted as: VISST 3620 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The theory and practice of lighting design as a medium for artistic expression. This course explores the aesthetic and mechanical aspects of light and their application in a variety of disciplines. Emphasis is on understanding lighting's function in an environment and manipulating light effectively. Artistic style and viewpoint are also covered.
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PMA 3640 : Scenic Design Studio
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An exploration of the scene design process for the live theatre. Students will execute design projects employing various media (e.g., sketches, paper models, computer graphics) that examine how elements of stage craft, architecture, and interior design can be employed to support and enhance the action of dramatic texts.
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PMA 3650 : Automated Lighting and Control Systems
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Covers the understanding and application of light control technologies, including electrical systems, color, optics, dimming protocols, and console programming. Students complete a series of projects culminating in the programming and use of moving fixtures and lighting visualization software.
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PMA 3660 : Costume Design Studio
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Design of costumes for theatre and film, concentrating on script and character analysis, period research, design elements, figure drawing and rendering skills, and an understanding of production style.
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PMA 3670 : Themed Entertainment: The Technical Perspective
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Exploration into the integration of art and science in today's theme parks and interactive entertainment attractions. Papers, projects, and discussions deal with planning and development aspects of large-scale entertainment projects including architecture, engineering, construction, and attraction installation. Focus is on the specialized entertainment technologies that make these attractions work: audio and lighting design, ride and show control systems, and special effects.
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PMA 3671 : Stagecraft Studio
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Exploration of the techniques and practice of theatre operation, scenic construction, stage mechanics, rigging, painting, and model building.
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PMA 3680 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 3431 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Covering the basics of digital audio, bioacoustics, psychoacoustics and sound design, as they apply to theatre, film and music production.  Students create soundscapes for text and moving image using ProTools software.
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PMA 3680 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 3431 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Covering the basics of digital audio, bioacoustics, psychoacoustics and sound design, as they apply to theatre, film and music production.  Students create soundscapes for text and moving image using ProTools software.
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PMA 3724 : The Tragic Theatre
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3645, COML 3440 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Tragedy and its audiences from ancient Greece to modern theater and film. Topics: origins of theatrical conventions; Shakespeare and Seneca; tragedy in modern theater and film. Works studied will include: Aeschylus' Agamemnon; Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus, Philoctetes; Euripides' Alcestis, Helen, Iphigeneia in Aulis, Orestes; Seneca's Thyestes, Trojan Women; Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Othello; Strindberg's The Father; Durrenmatt's The Visit; Bergman's Seventh Seal; Cacoyannis' Iphigeneia.
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PMA 3747 : Staging Faith: Contemporary Theatre and Lived Religions
Crosslisted as: AMST 3747, ENGL 3947, FGSS 3747, RELST 3747 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Religious beliefs, practices, and conflicts shape our world and influence global politics.  Yet mediatized depictions of religion can be reductive and polarizing.  Moreover, these depictions may be different from what people experience in their everyday lives.  In the contemporary theatre, we have the opportunity to consider representations of individuals' lived religion, the complex questions of belief, and challenges to faith from within and outside religious communities.  Through close readings of plays and related materials engaging with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and other faith traditions, we will explore and discuss together the religious motivations, tensions, and dilemmas facing us today.  Our texts include, among others, Jesus Christ Superstar, Disgraced, Angels in America, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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PMA 3750 : Global Stages I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed to introduce students to a range of historical, cross-cultural, and transnational performance texts, theories, and practices; to motivate students to examine the broad social, political, cultural, and economic contexts in which performances take place; and to familiarize students with the major methodologies and paradigms for the creation, spectatorship, and interpretation of embodied performances. Our investigations of these issues will be routed through three organizing concepts: ritual, realism, and revolution.
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PMA 3751 : Global Stages II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed to introduce students to a range of historical, cross-cultural, and transnational performance texts, theories, and practices; to motivate students to examine the broad social, political, cultural, and economic contexts in which performances take place; and to familiarize students with the major methodologies and paradigms for the creation, spectatorship, and interpretation of embodied performances. Our investigations of these issues will be routed through three organizing concepts: conquest, commerce, and community.
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PMA 3754 : Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Theater, and the Politics of the Performance
Crosslisted as: AMST 3754, ENGL 3954, FGSS 3754, LGBT 3754, LSP 3754 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In this course, we will critically examine the production and performance of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender through literature and contemporary performance genres such as spoken word, slam poetry, and hip-hop theatre.
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PMA 3757 : American Drama and Theatre
Crosslisted as: AMST 3360, ENGL 3360 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Explores major American playwrights from 1900 to 1960, introducing students to American theatre as a significant part of modern American cultural history. We will consider the ways in which theatre has contributed to the construction and deconstruction of a national identity. Similarly, we will examine the influence of the American Theatre on and in film. We will pay special attention to the social, political, and aesthetic contexts of the time period and discuss the shifting popularity of dramatic forms, including melodrama, realism, expressionism, absurdism, and the folk play, in the American theatre canon. Authors include O'Neill, Glaspell, Odets, Rice, Hellman, Hughes, Miller, Williams, and Albee, among others.
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PMA 3800 : Acting II
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Practical exploration of the actor's craft through exercises in physical and psychological action, improvisation and scene study.
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PMA 3800 : Acting II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Practical exploration of the actor's craft through exercises in physical and psychological action, improvisation and scene study.
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PMA 3805 : Playwriting I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In this introductory class, students will study elements of successful dramatic writing: strong structure, effective dialogue, and imaginative theatricality. Students will craft and revise short plays, in addition to drafting several short assignments and one analytical paper. Readings include full-length and 10-minute plays. Through giving and receiving constructive feedback, each writer will aim to take their work to new levels of complexity, theatricality, and meaning.
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PMA 3815 : Acting in Public: Performance in Everyday Life
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Telling jokes to a friend, making introductions, guiding meetings large and small, constructing and delivering business presentations, legal arguments or formal speeches are all examples of public performances.  The purpose of this course is to increase the student's effectiveness in meeting the demands and enjoying the opportunities of public performance.  The focus of this course is the student him/herself. What are the hallmarks of effective performance and how can you learn them? Employing techniques from actor/director training as well as dramatic writing, this course focuses the student on their own resources and self-imposed restrictions as a public speaker in everyday life. Subjects explored will include stage presence, audience connection, stage fright and mannerisms, speech making as storytelling, and gaining familiarity and finding comfort with one's own voice and gestures.  Public speaking will be taught as a craft that can be learned through understanding and practice.Acting skill and experience are not required to take this course.   Students must, however, be willing to attend all classes and learn by doing.  Class size limited to 12 students.
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PMA 3815 : Acting in Public: Performance in Everyday Life
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Telling jokes to a friend, making introductions, guiding meetings large and small, constructing and delivering business presentations, legal arguments or formal speeches are all examples of public performances.  The purpose of this course is to increase the student's effectiveness in meeting the demands and enjoying the opportunities of public performance.  The focus of this course is the student him/herself. What are the hallmarks of effective performance and how can you learn them? Employing techniques from actor/director training as well as dramatic writing, this course focuses the student on their own resources and self-imposed restrictions as a public speaker in everyday life. Subjects explored will include stage presence, audience connection, stage fright and mannerisms, speech making as storytelling, and gaining familiarity and finding comfort with one's own voice and gestures.  Public speaking will be taught as a craft that can be learned through understanding and practice.Acting skill and experience are not required to take this course.   Students must, however, be willing to attend all classes and learn by doing.  Class size limited to 12 students.
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PMA 3865 : On the Fringe - New Plays in Development
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A laboratory approach to new plays involving text analysis, scene work, and interactions with the authors of unproduced work. Authors who agree to participate with the class will submit plays for study and rehearsal. Authors will be included in discussions of the work via SKYPE and other Internet tools. The course will work with various theatres and new play networks in selecting plays and authors. At least one Cornell playwright will be included in each semester. Whenever possible, international writers will be part of the makeup of the class.
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PMA 3880 : Fundamentals of Directing I
Crosslisted as: VISST 3798 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Focused, practical exercises teach the student fundamental staging techniques that bring written text to theatrical life. A core objective is to increase the student's awareness of why and how certain stage events communicate effectively to an audience. Each student directs a number of exercises as well as a short scene.
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PMA 3885 : Stage Combat: Technique, Staging, Analysis
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course explores stage combat as a unique form of dramatic storytelling. Students learn fundamental techniques of stage combat (armed and unarmed) while exploring stage combat as embodied knowledge. Building upon fundamentals from acting and directing courses, students will engage with dramatic texts and improvised scenarios to consider interpretive choices around enacted violence.  Through research, readings and viewings from across performance history, students will discover that combat choreography incorporates all essential elements of theatre: theme, plot, character, rhythm, language and spectacle. Research assignments will also demonstrate the intersections and changing representations of identity roles in relation to "winner" and "loser" in stage combat.  All techniques taught/performed under SAFD safety guidelines.
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PMA 4000 : Senior Studio
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In this advanced undergraduate-level seminar, all senior majors synthesize four years of study in a collaborative intellectual and artistic project with the faculty. Over the course of the fall semester, students conceive and produce work for presentation to the public in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Students also generate a supporting scholarly matrix for that work, and their collective genesis of material integrates the major's four rubrics (history, theory, and criticism; creative authorship; design; and embodied performance). As a crucible for artistic and intellectual collaboration, the senior studio may emphasize an area of study, a period, a text, or a theme. The studio's organizing emphasis will be specific to ongoing, pressing inquiries in the disciplines of performing and media arts.
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PMA 4190 : American Shakespeare
Crosslisted as: AMST 4194, ENGL 4291 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
What is distinctive about American Shakespeare? Is it merely a less confident cousin of its more prestigious UK relative; or does it have a character of its own? What is currently happening with 'American Shakespeare' that is not happening anywhere else? This course is designed explicitly to exploit the wide variety of human and material resources of the DC and surrounding area, such as the Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre and the Blackfriars Playhouse at Staunton. While encountering a number of plays, students will have the opportunity to see at least three live performances and numerous movies, consider the history of Shakespeare in America and learn from actors, directors, scholars and designers.
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PMA 4222 : Advanced Dance Technique
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Advanced and pre-professional advanced ballet and modern technique. This class meets 4 days per week. This course is a combination of PMA 3210 and PMA 3220 in the same semester.  Attendance to concerts and related presentations, and short critical analysis of those events are required.
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PMA 4222 : Advanced Dance Technique
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Advanced and pre-professional advanced ballet and modern technique. This class meets 4 days per week. This course is a combination of PMA 3210 and PMA 3220 in the same semester.  Attendance to concerts and related presentations, and short critical analysis of those events are required.
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PMA 4225 : Mapping the Moving Body II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3225 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will continue the critical inquiry investigated in Mapping the Moving Body. Intended for advanced students, it will address the dialogue between contemporary choreography and current sociopolitical theory. The class will choose to study one choreographer or theorist whose negotiations across critical boundaries of the global, postmodern space will afford a framework for the making of an original, collaborative work.
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PMA 4225 : Mapping the Moving Body II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3225 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will continue the critical inquiry investigated in Mapping the Moving Body. Intended for advanced students, it will address the dialogue between contemporary choreography and current sociopolitical theory. The class will choose to study one choreographer or theorist whose negotiations across critical boundaries of the global, postmodern space will afford a framework for the making of an original, collaborative work.
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PMA 4230 : Pre-Professional Technique & Repertory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Pre-professional/Advanced ballet or modern technique with modern and contemporary ballet company repertory rehearsal and performances. This class meets 2 days per week, 3 hrs. 10 minutes per day with additionally scheduled rehearsal and performance times TBA. This course is a continuation of, and supplement to, PMA 3210 and PMA 3220.
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PMA 4230 : Pre-Professional Technique & Repertory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Pre-professional/Advanced ballet or modern technique with modern and contemporary ballet company repertory rehearsal and performances. This class meets 2 days per week, 3 hrs. 10 minutes per day with additionally scheduled rehearsal and performance times TBA. This course is a continuation of, and supplement to, PMA 3210 and PMA 3220.
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PMA 4300 : Advanced Dance Composition I
Crosslisted as: PMA 2300, PMA 3300, PMA 4301, VISST 2511 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Students work on advanced choreographic problems, to be presented in performance. Work in progress is critiqued by faculty members on a regular basis.
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PMA 4301 : Advanced Dance Composition II
Crosslisted as: PMA 2300, PMA 3300, PMA 4300, VISST 2511 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuation of PMA 4300. Intermediate choreographic projects are critiqued in progress by faculty and peers. Consideration of design problems in costuming and lighting.  Weekly assignments in basic elements of choreography. Students compose and present short studies that are discussed and reworked. Problems are defined and explored through class improvisations. Informal showing at end of semester. Includes informal showing of work.
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PMA 4350 : Technology and the Moving Body II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3350, VISST 3758, VISST 4758 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Continuation of PMA 3350. PMA 4350 expands on principles explored in PMA 3350 using more complex and interactive software and spatialities. Students must create work utilizing projections and built objects or interactive web based projects.
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PMA 4351 : Transpositioning the Body II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3351 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course continues the work done in PMA 3351. At an advanced level, this course will further explore the choreographic and design principles of contemporary choreographer, William Forsythe, who began his tenure as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large in 2010. The course will begin by using tools developed by Forsythe in his CD ROM, Improvisation Technologies and will continue to be structured through student and faculty consultation. The long term goal is to establish curriculum that can continue to develop new performance and installation work based on Forsythe's philosophies in his various fields of interests and how they relate to concert dance. Collaborations between fields such as dance, architecture, engineering and other design fields will be cultivated.
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PMA 4351 : Transpositioning the Body II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3351 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course continues the work done in PMA 3351. At an advanced level, this course will further explore the choreographic and design principles of contemporary choreographer, William Forsythe, who began his tenure as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large in 2010. The course will begin by using tools developed by Forsythe in his CD ROM, Improvisation Technologies and will continue to be structured through student and faculty consultation. The long term goal is to establish curriculum that can continue to develop new performance and installation work based on Forsythe's philosophies in his various fields of interests and how they relate to concert dance. Collaborations between fields such as dance, architecture, engineering and other design fields will be cultivated.
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PMA 4371 : Performing Modernism in the Chinese Body
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4479 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
What is the history of the body in performance in China, inside and outside the opera, and how far is the Asian body expressed or effaced in modern times? Does the Asian body on the stage and on the screen make a categorical difference in Western eyes? Is there a dynamic between cultures that is subtler than dialogue and that only the body can produce? This course is designed to realize the possibility of historical understanding through dance, theater, and film. 
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PMA 4420 : Cinematography I
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
An introduction to motion picture photography through the fundamental tools and principles of cinematography. Students will learn the art of creating images that support and enhance story. Through lectures, discussions, guests and screenings, students will acquire an appreciation of the art form. Throughout the semester students will learn the language of image construction, as well as analysis and deconstruction.  Students will learn how to crew together, through weekly collaborative exercises and projects using both film and digital cameras. They will explore the principles and tools of lighting and camera techniques, covering topics such as people, environment, spatial relationships, movement, color, and continuity. Students are expected to fulfill roles (cinematographer, gaffer, assistant camera, etc.) outside of class for the films in PMA 4585: Advanced Filmmaking. 
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PMA 4501 : Special Topics in Cinema and Media Theory
Crosslisted as: PMA 6501 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Radical transformations in our media landscape raise urgent questions for the field of cinema and media studies.  This course focuses on a topic drawn from current scholarly research.  They may include: theorizing the global, narrative and new media, queer/trans media paradigms, media and public life, media and migration, and critical race and media studies.  Weekly class meetings will combine discussion and short screenings; there may be additional screenings outside of class.
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PMA 4504 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4423, ASIAN 6623, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course uses the lens of temporality to track transformations in notions of urban personhood and collective life engendered by recent trans-Asia economic shifts. We will develop tools that help unpack the spatial and cultural forms of density and the layered histories that define the contemporary urban fabric of cities such as Hanoi, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The course combines the investigation of the cinemas and literatures of the region with the study of recent writing on cities from Asian studies, film studies, queer theory, urban studies, political theory, religious studies, cultural geography, literary theory, and anthropology.
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PMA 4505 : Playwriting II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course builds on skills developed in Playwriting I. Focusing on the development of longer scripts and the process of getting them to the stage, students will write a long one act play, and the materials to market it. The class will involve daily exercises, lessons on various issues of craft and the business of playwriting, and substantial workshopping and revision. Students will learn how to research opportunities for sending their work out and will leave the class with a polished script, a sense of themselves as writers, and the skills to take their play into production.
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PMA 4532 : Advanced Screenwriting
Crosslisted as: PMA 6532 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Focuses on the structure and style of the original web-series and long-form short screenplay, and incorporates extensive peer feedback, workshop, and revision. Students will produce and revise an original long short film and show pilot, in addition to crafting a log-line, treatment, and pitch for their film.​
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PMA 4585 : Advanced Film and Video Projects
Crosslisted as: VISST 4793 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A continuation of PMA 3570, Introduction to Visual Storytelling, students will dive deeper into creating story driven short form narratives. Students will have the opportunity to develop and produce a short film over the course of the semester.  The expectation is the follow through of the filmmaking process, from story development, preproduction, production, post production and distribution. Students are expected to collaborate heavily and crew on each other's film productions, in various roles. Final film projects will be screened in a public, open-campus event at the end of the semester.
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PMA 4607 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Dance
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A studio practicum that is the culmination of several semesters of coursework in choreography and design, this course is the student's preparation for an end of semester public presentation of an original experimental creative work focusing on the moving body. The student must exhibit strong competency in dance technique and show promise in choreography and group organizational skills to be accepted into the course.
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PMA 4608 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Design
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
AUPR in Design is a capstone experience in practice as research. Student take a leadership role as a designer, working with faculty as peers on a fully supported departmental production. After taking courses in an appropriate design sequence, in consultation with a faculty mentor, gathering experience on production both in and outside the department, and exhibiting the necessary ability and drive, students may be invited to this program by the faculty mentor in their area of concentration.
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PMA 4608 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Design
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
AUPR in Design is a capstone experience in practice as research. Student take a leadership role as a designer, working with faculty as peers on a fully supported departmental production. After taking courses in an appropriate design sequence, in consultation with a faculty mentor, gathering experience on production both in and outside the department, and exhibiting the necessary ability and drive, students may be invited to this program by the faculty mentor in their area of concentration.
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PMA 4609 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Directing
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The purpose of this course is to give interested and able undergraduate students the ability to gain skill and experience in the practice and art of directing.  To be considered for the AUPR-Directing, a student must first complete or be in the process of completing a series of demanding courses and experiences to assure that the student is ready to undertake the direction of a fully supported, PMA theatre production in the Schwartz Center.
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PMA 4620 : Lighting Design Studio II
Crosslisted as: VISST 4563 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Concentrates on designing lighting for different genres of performance in various venues. Emphasis is placed on developing both the visual sophistication and the technical artistry of the lighting designer. Commitment, personal style, and professional presentation are stressed.
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PMA 4701 : Nightlife
Crosslisted as: AMST 4705, FGSS 4701, LGBT 4701, LSP 4701, LSP 6701, PMA 6701 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores nightlife as a temporality that fosters countercultural performances of the self and that serves as a site for the emergence of alternative kinship networks.  Focusing on queer communities of color, course participants will be asked to interrogate the ways in which nightlife demonstrates the queer world-making potential that exists beyond the normative 9-5 capitalist model of production. Performances of the everyday, alongside films, texts, and performance art, will be analyzed through a performance studies methodological lens.  Through close readings and sustained cultural analysis, students will acquire a critical understanding of the potentiality of spaces, places, and geographies codified as "after hours" in the development of subcultures, alternative sexualities, and emerging performance practices.
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PMA 4710 : Late Theory
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4711, FGSS 6711, LGBT 4710, LGBT 6710, PMA 6710 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This seminar explores theoretical work in which lateness figures as the signal condition, gesture, problem, or method. We begin with two topics prominent in twentieth-century criticism: late style and late capitalism. We then pivot to contemporary theory "after" theory—or what Amy Holzapfel calls "subprime critique": works marked variously by senses or intimations of belatedness, loss, exhaustion, and decay. Throughout, theoretical readings are paired with an eclectic set of art objects, ranging from literary fictions (James, Baldwin) to more and less popular television series (The Sopranos, Roseanne's Nuts) to avant-garde performances (The Lily's Revenge, Discotropic). Authors may include Adorno, Agamben, Berlant, Jameson, Mbembe, Moten, Said, and Sedgwick. Issues of ability, age, class, gender, race, and sexuality are foregrounded.
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PMA 4800 : Advanced Scene Study
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This class focuses on advanced challenges for the stage presented by particular authors or plays that have a particular stylistic or structural demand. Focuses on advanced challenges for the stage. Monologues and scenes are drawn from Shakespeare and classical sources.
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PMA 4801 : Advanced Studies in Acting Techniques
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Class members can expect to attain greater vocal resonance and articulation as well as to improve flexibility, strength, and stamina through the course of the semester.
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PMA 4820 : Agents of Change: Community Organizing for the Public Good
Crosslisted as: DSOC 4820, NTRES 4820 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Democracy is more than a system of government. It's a way of life. It's a kind of politics that involves the development and exercise of power and the performance of civic roles on and off public stages. How can we achieve the promise of democracy in today's world? How can we engage in public work as effective and ethical change agents of change? And how can we build and sustain a public culture that develops and honors the knowledge, talents, capacities, and expertise of a diverse population? We will take these questions up together in this course through case studies, personal experiences, readings, narrative interviews, skill-building workshops, and field trips.
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PMA 4825 : Staging Dissent: Theater and Social Change
Crosslisted as: PMA 6825 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This class will explore the wide and varied application of theatrical techniques and practices to struggles for social justice in diverse historical moments, cultural contexts, and geographic locales. Framed by theoretical investigations into the relationships among performance, politics, and civic engagement, this participatory course will examine how power relations "play" themselves out in grand "spectacles," how authorities "mask" their privilege, and how social "actors" use theatricality to "(re)stage" repressive social "scripts."  We will investigate theater's function as a forum for rethinking and rehearsing notions of agency, citizenship, and community by analyzing and devising performances aimed at fomenting personal, collective, and institutional change.
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PMA 4866 : Practicum in Performance Criticism and Dramaturgy
Crosslisted as: ENGL 4766 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The function of the theatre critic is well understood, but the role of the dramaturg remains mysterious in the American theatre.  Yet theatre critics and dramaturgs use many of the same research, analytic, and writing skills, and need the same knowledge of history, literature, and culture, to perform their duties effectively.  This practicum, designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, will allow participants to develop the skills central to these complementary professions.  The course will include units on writing effective performance reviews, working with student playwrights on new script development, preparing informational materials for directors, designers and actors, writing program essays and other informational materials for audiences, script preparation for production, and selecting/preparing translations for production. While our focus will be on the theatre, students with interest in applying these skills to film/television/media or dance contexts are welcome.
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PMA 4880 : Fundamentals of Directing II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Builds on the directing techniques learned in Fundamentals of Directing I. In this course each student directs actors from the Student Laboratory Theatre Company in a series of projects and public presentations focusing on specific directorial challenges.
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PMA 4950 : Honors Research Tutorial I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
First of a two-semester sequence (the second is PMA 4951) for seniors engaged in an honors project.  You can find the honors guidelines and form at http://pma.cornell.edu/honors.
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PMA 4951 : Honors Research Tutorial II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Second of a two-semester sequence (the first is PMA 4950) for students engaged in an honors project.
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PMA 4951 : Honors Research Tutorial II
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Second of a two-semester sequence (the first is PMA 4950) for students engaged in an honors project.
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PMA 4952 : Undergraduate Internship
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Academic credit can only be awarded for unpaid internships. Students must submit an Application for Academic Credit by April 15. The Application for Academic Credit must be received/approved prior to the start of the internship. If the internship opportunity is deemed eligible for academic credit, the student pursues the internship during the summer months and enrolls in this course the fall semester immediately following the summer internship. A written evaluation of the internship experience is required. For complete information and application forms visit http://pma.cornell.edu/internships.
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PMA 6501 : Special Topics in Cinema and Media Theory
Crosslisted as: PMA 4501 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Radical transformations in our media landscape raise urgent questions for the field of cinema and media studies.  This course focuses on a topic drawn from current scholarly research.  They may include: theorizing the global, narrative and new media, queer/trans media paradigms, media and public life, media and migration, and critical race and media studies.  Weekly class meetings will combine discussion and short screenings; there may be additional screenings outside of class.
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PMA 6532 : Advanced Screenwriting
Crosslisted as: PMA 4532 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course focuses on the structure and style of the original, long-form short screenplay and web-series (approximately 25-35 pages), and incorporates extensive peer feedback, workshop, and revision. Students will produce and revise an original short script or two episodes of a show pilot, in addition to crafting a log-line, treatment, and pitch for their film.
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PMA 6550 : Global Cinema I
Crosslisted as: PMA 3550, VISST 3175 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution of form, style and genre, the medium's changing technologies and business models, as well as film's relation to broader cultural, social and political contexts. Screenings of narrative, documentary and experimental films will be accompanied by readings in film theory and history. Global Cinema I covers the period from 1895 to 1960. Precise topics will vary from year to year, but may include: early silent cinema; the emergence of Hollywood as industry and a "classical" narrative form; Soviet, German, French and Chinese film cultures; the coming of sound; interwar documentary and avant-garde movements; American cinema in the age of the studio system; Italian Neorealism; the post-war avant-garde.
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PMA 6551 : Global Cinema II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3551, VISST 3176 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution of form, style and genre, the medium's changing technologies and business models, as well as film's relation to broader cultural, social and political contexts. Screenings of narrative, documentary and experimental films will be accompanied by readings in film theory and history. Global Cinema II covers the period from 1960 to the present. Precise topics will vary from year to year, but may include: "New Waves" in Italy, France, Germany, Japan; cinematic modernism; new modes of documentary; changing technologies of sound and image; avant-garde and experimental cinema; "New" Hollywood; "counter-cinema" and underground film; feminist film theory and practice; Hollywood's enduring importance; popular cinema in China, India, Brazil; the impact of television, video and the digital revolution.
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PMA 6600 : Proseminar in Theatre Studies
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An introduction to the theory and methods involved in the study of the theatre. Attention focuses on pedagogy and the profession in Part I. Part II explores current scholarly trends.
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PMA 6600 : Proseminar in Theatre Studies
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
An introduction to the theory and methods involved in the study of the theatre. Attention focuses on pedagogy and the profession in Part I. Part II explores current scholarly trends.
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PMA 6701 : Nightlife
Crosslisted as: AMST 4705, FGSS 4701, LGBT 4701, LSP 4701, LSP 6701, PMA 4701 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores nightlife as a temporality that fosters countercultural performances of the self and that serves as a site for the emergence of alternative kinship networks.  Focusing on queer communities of color, course participants will be asked to interrogate the ways in which nightlife demonstrates the queer world-making potential that exists beyond the normative 9-5 capitalist model of production. Performances of the everyday, alongside films, texts, and performance art, will be analyzed through a performance studies methodological lens.  Through close readings and sustained cultural analysis, students will acquire a critical understanding of the potentiality of spaces, places, and geographies codified as "after hours" in the development of subcultures, alternative sexualities, and emerging performance practices.
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PMA 6710 : Late Theory
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4711, FGSS 6711, LGBT 4710, LGBT 6710, PMA 4710 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This seminar explores theoretical work in which lateness figures as the signal condition, gesture, problem, or method. We begin with two topics prominent in twentieth-century criticism: late style and late capitalism. We then pivot to contemporary theory "after" theory—or what Amy Holzapfel calls "subprime critique": works marked variously by senses or intimations of belatedness, loss, exhaustion, and decay. Throughout, theoretical readings are paired with an eclectic set of art objects, ranging from literary fictions (James, Baldwin) to more and less popular television series (The Sopranos, Roseanne's Nuts) to avant-garde performances (The Lily's Revenge, Discotropic). Authors may include Adorno, Agamben, Berlant, Jameson, Mbembe, Moten, Said, and Sedgwick. Issues of ability, age, class, gender, race, and sexuality are foregrounded.
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PMA 6825 : Staging Dissent: Theater and Social Change
Crosslisted as: PMA 4825 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This class will explore the wide and varied application of theatrical techniques and practices to struggles for social justice in diverse historical moments, cultural contexts, and geographic locales. Framed by theoretical investigations into the relationships among performance, politics, and civic engagement, this participatory course will examine how power relations "play" themselves out in grand "spectacles," how authorities "mask" their privilege, and how social "actors" use theatricality to "(re)stage" repressive social "scripts." We will investigate theater's function as a forum for rethinking and rehearsing notions of agency, citizenship, and community by analyzing and devising performances aimed at fomenting personal, collective, and institutional change.
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PMA 7000 : Independent Study for Graduate Students in Theatre
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Independent study in theatre allows graduate students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the course, must approve the student's program of study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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PMA 7000 : Independent Study for Graduate Students in Theatre
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Independent study in theatre allows graduate students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the course, must approve the student's program of study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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PMA 7100 : The Pedagogy of Theatre
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Provides graduate students in the field of theatre an opportunity to work directly with a faculty member to explore pedagogical theory and practice for undergraduate theatre classes in all areas of the curriculum.
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PMA 7100 : The Pedagogy of Theatre
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Provides graduate students in the field of theatre an opportunity to work directly with a faculty member to explore pedagogical theory and practice for undergraduate theatre classes in all areas of the curriculum.
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PMA 9900 : Thesis and Research Projects
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Graduate student course while working on thesis and research for dissertation.
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PMA 9900 : Thesis and Research Projects
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Graduate student course while working on thesis and research for dissertation.
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