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PMA 3900 : Special Topics
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is a focused exploration on a specialized topic that varies semester by semester. The topic for Fall 2018 (Border Crossings: Dane and the Politics of Migration), explores our world, tragically divided and torn apart by walls of exclusion. How far are people free, with the right to choose where they belong and to take up the traditions of other cultures? By studying such examples of intercultural exchange as hip hop, the circle dance, and the Dabkeh, we will explore the power of dance to negotiate questions of personhood, authenticity, and appropriation – transgressing and transcending, reframing the politics of identity and mobility.
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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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A wholly physical acting course based in the practices of Commedia dell'arte-stock characters, physical lazzi, improvisation, street theatre-using improvisation, some mask work, clown and viewpoint training. An exploration of how to use the body to illuminate text, and how to mine text to maximize comedy.
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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
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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
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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 3711 : Sitcom Jews: Ethnic Representation On Television and On Stage
Crosslisted as: JWST 3711 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
David Winitsky
"Sitcom Jews" uses close media analysis, theoretical discussion, and student performances or media projects to examine the representation of Jews on television and on the Broadway stage from 1948-2017. We'll ask whether study of performed Jewish identity can serve as a locus for discussion of cultural representation at large, including African American, Latinx, Asian American and LGBT communities on screen and onstage. Starting with classic sitcoms ("The Goldbergs" (1948), "All in the Family", and "Bridget Loves Bernie"), and continuing through current Jewish TV shows ("The Marvelous Ms. Maisel", "Transparent", "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), as well as major theater landmarks ("Fiddler on the Roof", "Cabaret", "Bad Jews", "Indecent"), we will compare these constructed media images to concurrent political, historical and cultural trends.
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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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