New, Revised, and Special Topics Courses (Spring 2023)

Note about overlapping courses

While some PMA instructors will allow students to enroll in classes that overlap, not all do. If your proposed Spring 2023 schedule includes overlaps, please consult with the faculty in question before enrolling so that you can adjust your enrollment plans if necessary.

PMA 3215 Performance and Immigration: Staging the Migrant, Alien, and Refugee in and outside the US

Instructor: Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz

In this course, we interrogate how immigration debates are staged and experiences of belonging are redefined through performance. The categories of "undocumented," "illegal," "displaced," and "exile" collide on international and national stages when governmental bodies decide who gets to be a migrant and under what terms. We assess how bodies marked culturally and legally as "aliens" use performance to navigate complex migration laws and dangerous social terrains that appear to be shifting and solidifying at the same time. We consider performances on stage, as well as performance in a broader understanding. We examine visual, linguistic, and performative representations of migrant experiences. We analyze and write about performances that deal with issues of migration beyond economic and security models.

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PMA 3682/MUSIC 3182 Making Noise: The Art of Process of Sound Generation

Instructors: Warren Cross & Kevin Ernste

A co-taught exploration (Profs. Cross, Ernste) in sound making, design, capture, analysis, manipulation, mixing, and production. Topics include microphones and audio capture, recording and synthesis, signals and noise, DIY synths and sensors, mixing and live performance, as well as deeper conceptual topics such as listening and hearing, the ear and the brain, fundamentals of acoustics and localization, composition and production techniques and aesthetics, as well as live performance and installation. Students produce a series of creative projects synthesizing course concepts and student interests.

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PMA 3887 Shakespeare Studio: Devising Shakespeare for Performance

Instructors: Theo Black & Bruce Levitt

This course will use the process devised by Fiasco Theatre Company to produce a play by Shakespeare with reduced support, inventive design, and smaller casts. The  selected text will be arranged so that between eight to twelve actors can perform all the roles and physical support relies on inventiveness, economy, and adaptation.   At the beginning of the semester students will study the language, history, and acting techniques necessary to perform the play and then rehearse the text--devising solutions to the complexities of production--during the remainder of the semester.  Students may participate as actors, dramaturgs, or designers.  The semester's work culminates in a presentation of a "reduced/condensed" production of the selected text.

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PMA 4501/6501 Special Topics in Cinema and Media Theory – Spring Topic: Black Media Studies

Instructor: Samantha Noelle Sheppard

Radical transformations in our media landscape raise urgent questions for the field of cinema and media studies.  This course focuses on a topic drawn from current scholarly research.  They may include: theorizing the global, narrative and new media, queer/trans media paradigms, media and public life, media and migration, and critical race and media studies.  Weekly class meetings will combine discussion and short screenings; there may be additional screenings outside of class.

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