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PMA 4880 : Fundamentals of Directing II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
David Feldshuh
Builds on the directing techniques learned in Fundamentals of Directing I. In this course each student directs actors from the Student Laboratory Theatre Company in a series of projects and public presentations focusing on specific directorial challenges.
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PMA 4825 : Staging Dissent: Theater and Social Change
Crosslisted as: PMA 6825 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Godfrey Simmons
Sara Warner
This class will explore the wide and varied application of theatrical techniques and practices to struggles for social justice in diverse historical moments, cultural contexts, and geographic locales. Framed by theoretical investigations into the relationships among performance, politics, and civic engagement, this participatory course will examine how power relations "play" themselves out in grand "spectacles," how authorities "mask" their privilege, and how social "actors" use theatricality to "(re)stage" repressive social "scripts."  We will investigate theater's function as a forum for rethinking and rehearsing notions of agency, citizenship, and community by analyzing and devising performances aimed at fomenting personal, collective, and institutional change.
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PMA 4820 : Agents of Change: Community Organizing for the Public Good
Crosslisted as: DSOC 4820, NTRES 4820 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shorna Allred
Bruce Levitt
Scott Peters
Democracy is more than a system of government. It's a way of life. It's a kind of politics that involves the development and exercise of power and the performance of civic roles on and off public stages. How can we achieve the promise of democracy in today's world? How can we engage in public work as effective and ethical change agents of change? And how can we build and sustain a public culture that develops and honors the knowledge, talents, capacities, and expertise of a diverse population? We will take these questions up together in this course through case studies, personal experiences, readings, narrative interviews, skill-building workshops, and field trips.
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PMA 4801 : Advanced Studies in Acting Techniques
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Bruce Levitt
Class members can expect to attain greater vocal resonance and articulation as well as to improve flexibility, strength, and stamina through the course of the semester.
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PMA 4800 : Advanced Scene Study
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Theo Black
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PMA 4660 : Adaptation: Text/Theatricality
Crosslisted as: VISST 4260 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Beth Milles
Mounting a script into a show is a process of adaptation from page to stage. This course challenges the boundaries of text to discover the possibilities of performance. Asks: How do we translate inspiration into tangible (or intangible) theatrical imagery? Working in workshop format as actors and writers, students explore the process of developing theatre pieces based on a variety of sources. 
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PMA 4620 : Lighting Design Studio II
Crosslisted as: VISST 4563 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Edward Intemann
Concentrates on designing lighting for different genres of performance in various venues. Emphasis is placed on developing both the visual sophistication and the technical artistry of the lighting designer. Commitment, personal style, and professional presentation are stressed.
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PMA 4608 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Design
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Edward Intemann
Sarah Bernstein
AUPR in Design is a capstone experience in practice as research. Student take a leadership role as a designer, working with faculty as peers on a fully supported departmental production. After taking courses in an appropriate design sequence, in consultation with a faculty mentor, gathering experience on production both in and outside the department, and exhibiting the necessary ability and drive, students may be invited to this program by the faculty mentor in their area of concentration.
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PMA 4607 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Dance
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jumay Chu
A studio practicum that is the culmination of several semesters of coursework in choreography and design, this course is the student's preparation for an end of semester public presentation of an original experimental creative work focusing on the moving body. The student must exhibit strong competency in dance technique and show promise in choreography and group organizational skills to be accepted into the course.
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PMA 4505 : Playwriting II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Aoise Stratford
This course builds on skills developed in Playwriting I. Focusing on the development of longer scripts and the process of getting them to the stage, students will write a long one act play, and the materials to market it. The class will involve daily exercises, lessons on various issues of craft and the business of playwriting, and substantial workshopping and revision. Students will learn how to research opportunities for sending their work out and will leave the class with a polished script, a sense of themselves as writers, and the skills to take their play into production.
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