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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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