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PMA 3000 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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.
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PMA 2830 : The Expressive Voice
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2800 : Introduction to Acting
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2670 : Shakespeare
Crosslisted as: ENGL 2270 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Barbara Correll
This class aims to give students a good historical and critical grounding in Shakespeare's drama and its central place in Renaissance culture. Our study will include attention to dramatic forms, Shakespeare's themes, and social and historical contexts, including early modern English theater history. The course combines lectures and hands-on work in weekly discussions focused on performance, close reading, and questions raised by the plays. We will also view some film adaptations of Shakespeare. Fall semester plays include The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, King Lear, Richard II, Henry IV Part One, and Henry V. Summer semester plays may vary.
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PMA 2633 : Music as Drama: An Introduction to Opera
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 2241 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Rebecca Harris-Warrick
Opera has been enthralling audiences for 400 years; this course explores the multiple facets of its appeal. Using seven operas as the focus-chosen from different periods, national traditions, and styles-the class will examine the texts that have been turned into operas, the musical conventions that have guided composers (or against which they have worked), and the decisions directors make when they put operas on stage. Each work will be seen as well as heard-either in a special screening or, at least once in the semester, in a live performance. Students who have a strong background in music may wish to also enroll in MUSIC 3901, which involves an extra class-period per week where the music is discussed in greater detail. Permission of the instructor is required for this one-credit addition.
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PMA 2611 : Stage Management Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2610 : Production Crew Laboratory
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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 2560 : American Cinema
Crosslisted as: AMST 2760, ENGL 2761, VISST 2300 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
From the beginning of the twentieth century to the present moment, movies -- and in particular Hollywood -- have profoundly influenced the ways in which people see, think and talk about the world. Focusing mostly on Hollywood film, this course introduces the study of American cinema from multiple perspectives: as an economy and mode of production; as an art form that produces particular aesthetic styles; as a cultural institution that comments on contemporary issues and allows people to socialize. We will consider the rise of Hollywood in the age of mass production; the star system; the introduction of sound and the function of the soundtrack; Hollywood's rivalry with television; censorship; the rise of independent film, etc. Weekly screenings introduce major American genres (e.g. science fiction, film noir, the musical) and directors (e.g. Hitchcock, Kubrick, Tarantino).
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PMA 2540 : Introduction to Film Analysis: Meaning and Value
Crosslisted as: VISST 2174 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Intensive consideration of the ways films generate meaning and of the ways we attribute meaning and value to films. Discussion ranges over commercial narrative, art cinema, documentary, and personal film modes.
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PMA 2501 : Playing out Difference: History and Identity in Sports Film
Crosslisted as: AMST 2505, FGSS 2501, VISST 2502 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The importance of sports to American society and popular culture cannot be denied, and this seminar will study sports films' vital significance in representing the intersection of sports, history, and social identities.  This seminar explores how the role of competition between individuals and teams in sports films relate to the competing discourses on race, gender, class, and sexuality in society at large. Additionally, we will examine how social issues are understood in sporting terms and concepts, such as: the hero and the underdog; urban and rural; natural talent versus hard work; and the individual versus team identity.
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