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PMA 1104 : FWS: The Case of the Female Detective
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
"Women don't fit well into a trench coat and slouch hat," Marilyn Stasio has observed, yet female detectives can be found solving crimes and busting bad guys across media. Drawing from TV, film, fiction and theatre, this course explores the ways in which the female detective radically revises the conventions of the crime narrative in which she functions. Interrogating an inherent tension between gender and genre, we'll ask how different media construct female detectives and what gets re-visioned when Miss Marple and Clarice Starling fight violence and restore social order. By engaging with course texts, students will develop strategies for attentive reading and thoughtful writing. Assignments ranging from reviews to research papers will focus on critical thinking, preparation, clear prose, and papers structured around well-supported claims.
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PMA 1130 : FWS: Going Undercover: Radical Undercover Journalism and the (re)creation of Self
Semester offered: Spring 2017 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: Spring 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 1133 : FWS: Sex Acts: American Drama 1950-Present
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Is sex always a private matter? What constitutes sex and what happens when it is performed in public? This course asks: how does sex in theater and performance contribute to our understandings of identity, power, and community? Grounded in a study of dramatic literature and theatrical spectacles, this course discusses how representations of sex in theater and performance contribute to and challenge prevalent understandings of theater history, intimacy, and what "good" and "bad" theater is. 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. Students will analyze examples of performance through the lenses of critical texts drawn from the fields of performance studies, theatre studies, gender and sexuality studies, Black studies, and critical race theory.
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PMA 1135 : FWS: Screen Queens of Comedy
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Joan Rivers has lamented, "Nobody looks at female comedians as groundbreakers or as commentators on what's going on in the world, because we do it with comedy." In this writing seminar, we will take a closer look at various media—including movies, television episodes, and stand-up specials—featuring American comediennes from the 20th and 21st century, and consider how their comedy addresses crucial social issues of their times. From the "fast-talking dames" of thirties' and fourties' cinema, such as Barbara Stanwyck or Rosalind Russell, or the trailblazer stand-up comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley, to the recent boom in television and web comedy series, we will closely analyze audiovisual materials with a keen eye to their historical, social, and industrial contexts.
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PMA 1200 : Dance Technique I
Crosslisted as: PE 1180 Semester offered: Spring 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 2017 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 1610 : Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 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 1611 : Rehearsal and Performance
Semester offered: Spring 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 1670 : Student Laboratory Theatre Company
Semester offered: Spring 2017 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. (EP)
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PMA 2220 : Dance Technique II/Modern
Crosslisted as: PE 1183 Semester offered: Spring 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 2280 : Dance Improvisation
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The training and practice of skills for the spontaneous collaborative composition of movement performance. Students hone their abilities to invent and respond to each other and their environment to produce dances that engage their audience. This course coaxes inspiration, seeking to make it reliable and to keep it surprising. It offers the possibility of "training" one's movement instincts to respond relevantly and with spontaneity.
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PMA 2610 : Production Crew Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 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 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 2640 : Theatrical Makeup Studio
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course introduces students to basic two-dimensional techniques of makeup design and application for the stage including corrective, old age, youth, likeness, cross gender, and animal makeups. The process of stylizing imagery in makeup design is explored.  Students will also work with false facial hair.
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PMA 2680 : Desire
Crosslisted as: COML 2760, ENGL 2760, FGSS 2760, LGBT 2760 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
"Language is a skin," the critic Roland Barthes once wrote: "I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire." Sexual desire has a history, even a literary history, which we will examine through an introductory survey of European dramatic literature from Plato and Aristophanes to Jean Genet and Caryl Churchill, as well as a survey of classic readings in Western sexual theory from the Ancient Greeks through Sigmund Freud and Michel Foucault to recent feminist and queer theory.
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PMA 2681 : Shakespeare and the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Crosslisted as: ENGL 2080 Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 2017: Richard III, Othello, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, and Midsummer Night's Dream, with films or filmed productions directed by Richard Loncraine, Trevor Nunn, Janet Suzman, George Sidney, Max Reinhardt, and Adrian Noble. For updates, see http://courses.cit.cornell.edu/sad4449/2080/.
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PMA 2800 : Introduction to Acting
Semester offered: Spring 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 2830 : The Expressive Voice
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course introduces students to the primary components of vocal technique in performance.  Over the course of the semester, students will work through a series of vocal exercises which provide the basis for good vocal practice and mediated performance contexts.
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PMA 3000 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2017 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. Students must fill out the online Independent Study form at https://data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm.
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PMA 3210 : Dance Technique III/Classical
Crosslisted as: PE 1184 Semester offered: Spring 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 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 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 3227 : Global Dance II
Crosslisted as: VISST 3227 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course maintains a critical focus on the role of the moving body in the history of dance offering comparisons in theatre, film and other forms of media and live performance. Moving from the 16th century to present day, particular attention will be directed to the use of abstraction versus narrative and the role of process in the creation of body-centered works. Working both chronologically and conceptually, topics such as utopia, narrative impulse, technology, comparative modernities, political and social theory will enter the discussion. Attendance to live performance, film screenings, music concerts, museum visits and architectural and urban site visits will be required.
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PMA 3351 : Transpositioning the Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4351 Semester offered: Spring 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 3410 : Screening Cosa Nostra: The Mafia and the Movies from Scarface to The Sopranos
Crosslisted as: ITAL 3010 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
From Al Capone to Tony Soprano, the mafia has been the subject of numerous films over the course of 70 years, so many in fact that one might well speak of a "mafia obsession" in American popular culture. Drawing upon a large number of American and Italian films, this course examines the cultural history of the mafia through film. We will explore issues related to the figure of the gangster, the gender and class assumptions that underpin it, and the portrayal-almost always stereotypical-of Italian-American immigrant experience that emerges from our viewings. The aim will be to enhance our understanding of the role of mafia plays in American and Italian culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. Film screenings will include Little Caesar, Scarface, Shame of the Nation, The Godfather Parts I and II, Goodfellas, The Funeral, Donnie Brasco, episodes from The Sopranos, and Gomorrah.
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PMA 3421 : Literary Theory on the Edge
Crosslisted as: COML 3021, ENGL 3021 Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 3481 : Imagining Migration in Film and Literature
Crosslisted as: AMST 3581, COML 3580, GERST 3581, VISST 3581 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
What role should imaginative arts play in debates about transnational migration, one of the principal factors re-shaping community and communication today?  Focusing on literature and film from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, with primary examples drawn from Germany, France and the United States—in relation to Turkey, Hungary, Tunisia, Iran, Nigeria, China, Mexico, and Japan—this course explores how creative arts rework the fabric of social life affected by migration.  Seminar-style discussion of assigned readings and viewings, with occasional lectures on other arts and regions.  Thematic units organized around key concepts such as borders and movement, ethnoscapes and citizenship, reading and viewing, labor and leisure, cityscapes and place-making, mediascapes and personhood, lawfulness and illegality, language and speech, art and perception. 
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PMA 3531 : Screenwriting I
Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 3532 : Screenwriting II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 3551 : Global Cinema II
Crosslisted as: PMA 6551, VISST 3176 Semester offered: Spring 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.
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PMA 3610 : Intermediate Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 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 3641 : Film Production Design Studio: Designing the Next Batman Film
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Students will research, analyze and compare the design elements of architecture, interior design, costume, lighting, weaponry, technology, and popular culture within the various media presentations of "Batman" and relate the themes and aesthetics of those presentations to the social, political, and economic environment of the times in which they were created. Students will study and practice graphic communication and presentation skills in their particular design area of interest, culminating in a final design project that supports a particular film sequence for a select scene in a published, yet to be produced, screenplay for a Batman film.
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PMA 3650 : Automated Lighting and Control Systems
Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 2017 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 3672 : Raising Million$$: Special Events Production, Design and Logistics
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PMA 3680 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 3431 Semester offered: Spring 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 3746 : The Modernist Stage: Plays/Theories/Practices
Crosslisted as: COML 3746 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The modernist period saw profound transformations in the form, content, and staging of drama, as well as in ideas about theatre and society that remain important today.  We will explore the development of theatrical realism, expressionism, symbolism, and other avant-garde movements through both plays of the era and theoretical writings on drama, performance, and design.  Readings will include works by and about Buchner, Ibsen, Strindberg, Jarry, Shaw, Appia, Stanislavski, Chekhov, Artaud, Brecht, and Beckett.  All readings will be in English.
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PMA 3751 : Global Stages II
Semester offered: Spring 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: conquest, commerce, and community.
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PMA 3800 : Acting II
Semester offered: Spring 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 3806 : Uncanny Figures and Unsettled Places: Postcolonial and Transnational Drama
Crosslisted as: COML 3806, FGSS 3806 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Postcolonialism and Transnationalism are significant fields of theory and criticism, and ones not currently the main focus of contemporary drama classes offered through PMA. This course is being created to compliment existing history/theory classes that introduce postcolonial ideas in less detail, and to provide students with significant exposure to postcolonial texts and ideas applicable to their broader study of contemporary theatre and performance.
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PMA 3815 : Acting in Public: Performance in Everyday Life
Semester offered: Spring 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 4222 : Advanced Dance Technique
Semester offered: Spring 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 4225 : Mapping the Moving Body II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3225 Semester offered: Spring 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 4230 : Pre-Professional Technique & Repertory
Semester offered: Spring 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 4351 : Transpositioning the Body II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3351 Semester offered: Spring 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 4420 : Cinematography
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Students crew together on a series of short exercises and projects using both film and digital cameras.. The course explores principles and tools of lighting and camera techniques used in visual storytelling covering topics such as people, environment, spatial relationships, movement, color, and continuity.
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PMA 4504 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4423, ASIAN 6623, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504 Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 4512 : What was Film?
Crosslisted as: COML 4312, GERST 4312, STS 4821 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
In retrospect, was film anything more than some highly flammable strips of celluloid? Taking its cue from the "digital turn," this course rephrases a traditional question asked in film theory about the nature of the medium (What is film?) in terms of a historical question: What was film when it was still something to be cut, wound up, and carried around, a thing with a literally explosive potential? Reframing the object of study in this manner will help situate familiar narrative cinema within more unfamiliar scientific, aesthetic, and experimental contexts. Early film theorists saw great potential in the new medium, thought to be capable of conveying a new experience of movement and time, creating a new art of light and shadow, or functioning as a new kind of scientific instrument. Screenings will put readings of early film theory in dialogue with early European silent films that address similar concerns about the nature of cinema, such as A Trip to the Moon (1902), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), and Man with a Movie Camera (1929).
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PMA 4585 : Advanced Film and Video Projects
Crosslisted as: VISST 4793 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Intensive filmmaking/media production course in which students focus on developing and producing an accomplished creative project over the semester (16mm, HD, sound art, and multi-media are all options). Proposed projects can be in any stage (pre-production, production, or post-production), and class serves as a laboratory and collective workshop to hone and advance the artistic vision of each student. Classes will be project-oriented and focus on problem-solving and group critique sessions, and will incorporate readings, screenings, and visiting artists.
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PMA 4608 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Design
Semester offered: Spring 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 4620 : Lighting Design Studio II
Crosslisted as: VISST 4563 Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 4660 : Adaptation: Text/Theatricality
Crosslisted as: VISST 4260 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Mounting a script into a show is a process of adaptation from page to stage. This course challenges the boundaries of text to discover the possibilities of performance. Asks: How do we translate inspiration into tangible (or intangible) theatrical imagery? Working in workshop format as actors and writers, students explore the process of developing theatre pieces based on a variety of sources. 
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PMA 4680 : Prison Theatre and the Possibilities of Transformation
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
To explore cultural aspects of imprisonment through a focus on theatre produced by those incarcerated.  Does making theatre in prison seem to assist in transformation? Students create work with PPTG members in lab sessions, do narrative interviews, create annotated Internet data base.
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PMA 4800 : Advanced Scene Study
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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 2017 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 2017 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 4880 : Fundamentals of Directing II
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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 4951 : Honors Research Tutorial II
Semester offered: Spring 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 4961 : Screening Blackness
Crosslisted as: ASRC 4611, SHUM 4611 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The seminar "Screening Blackness" provides a theoretical, cultural, and historical focus on "blackness" in film, media, and visual culture. Considering questions of performance, censorship, embodiment, pleasure, and representational politics, we will evaluate how race, particularly Black skin, has been used as a signifier and complex code for various things on screen. In doing so, we will investigate how blackness is contingent on the specifics of its historical, social, and cultural production and, yet, open to multiple and competing claims. Therefore, blackness here is less a stable racial category than theoretical motor, operated by moving and contested discourses, histories, images, meanings, and performances by Black subjects. Focusing on Black skin representation and discourses of blackness as a cultural signifier, students will watch and discuss important representations and misrepresentations of blackness on screen.
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PMA 4965 : The Body's Edge in Performance
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4602, COML 4785, SHUM 4612 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course examines how skin and bodily margins in drama, performance art, and film shape the way we understand the human and its markers of identity, from the strange carapace that Oedipus presents in the ancient Theater of Dionysus to the "skin suspensions" of the post-body performance artist Stelarc. Readings and viewings include plays from the ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern periods; films by Peter Greenaway, Jenny Livingston, and Jim Jarmusch; and performances by Karen Finley and Marina Abramovic. We will explore concepts such as Julia Kristeva's abjection, Antonin Artaud's "theater of cruelty," and Georges Bataille's "visions of excess," as different ways of approaching what lies at and beyond the edges of the human.
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PMA 6441 : Aesthetics of Excess: Psycho-Philosophical Approaches to Cinematic Technologies
Crosslisted as: COML 6341, ENGL 6341, FREN 6341, VISST 6341 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The rise of cinema and mechanized representational technologies has provided an informative backdrop for a century long reflection on aesthetics and the excesses of affect, sentiment, and corporeality in relation to modern/postmodern formulations of subjectivity, community, politics, race, and sexuality. Emphasizing French Psycho-Philosophical approaches to cinematic technologies, the course will rehearse the intellectual backdrop for understanding this Aesthetics of Excess with readings in Freud, Bergson, Artaud, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty in order to frame discussion of later twentieth and twenty-first century reflections on the balance between aesthetics and cinematic and new media technologies. In dialogue with a range of films and digital artworks, we will analyze texts to be chosen from Fanon, Barthes, Simondon,Lyotard, Deleuze, Derrrida, Kristeva, Laplanche, Stiegler, Duguet, Bellour, Nancy, and Rancière.
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PMA 6551 : Global Cinema II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3551, VISST 3176 Semester offered: Spring 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 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: Spring 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 6701 : Nightlife
Crosslisted as: LSP 6701 Semester offered: Spring 2017 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 7000 : Independent Study for Graduate Students in Theatre
Semester offered: Spring 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 7100 : The Pedagogy of Theatre
Semester offered: Spring 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 9900 : Thesis and Research Projects
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Graduate student course while working on thesis and research for dissertation.
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