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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 2220 : Dance Technique II/Modern
Crosslisted as: PE 1183 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Nicholas Ceynowa
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 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 1611 : Rehearsal and Performance
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 1610 : Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 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 1200 : Dance Technique I
Crosslisted as: PE 1180 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Emily Healy
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 1141 : FWS: Performing Dreams and Telling Stories
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Nicholas Fesette
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 1140 : FWS: Testimonial (In)justice on the Documentary Stage
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Caitlin Kane
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 1138 : FWS: Playing with History: Reviewing the Past through Performance
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Samuel Blake
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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