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PMA 4000 : Senior Studio
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 3900 : Special Topics
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
What makes comedy and how do you write it, perform it, direct it, create it?  This class will explore this question through focused experiments, exercises, research and rehearsal of Sheridan's 18th century play, The School for Scandal.  In consultation with PMA's design/tech faculty and staff, the Lab will conceive a one-hour final presentation arranged from class explorations and inspired by Sheridan's comic text.
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PMA 3880 : Fundamentals of Directing I
Crosslisted as: VISST 3798 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 3840 : Commedia: A Contemporization of Physical Acting Styles and the Comic Approach
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PMA 3805 : Playwriting I
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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 3800 : Acting II
Semester offered: Fall 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 3750 : Global Stages I
Semester offered: Fall 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: ritual, realism, and revolution.
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PMA 3724 : The Tragic Theatre
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3645, COML 3440 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Frederick Ahl
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 3680 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 3431 Semester offered: Fall 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 3671 : Stagecraft Studio
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Exploration of the techniques and practice of theatre operation, scenic construction, stage mechanics, rigging, painting, and model building.
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