New, Revised, and Special Topics Courses (Fall 2019)

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Introduction to Asian American Performance (PMA 2621)

Instructor: Christine Bacareza Balance

Course time: T/R 1:25 p.m.–2:40 p.m.

An introduction to Asian American performance, this course will consider both historical and contemporary examples and forms through the analytics of Asian American studies, theatre studies, and performance studies. Throughout the semester, we will pay equal attention to various forms of performance—plays and other staged performances, performance art, as well as everyday performances—as well as both primary sources and theoretical/critical readings. Students will be introduced to key concepts of Asian American performance studies, such as Orientalism, yellow face, radicalized accents, and the performing body, and will begin to not only map a history of Asian American performance, but also situate contemporary examples within this tradition.

(History, Theory, Criticism rubric)

Introduction to Latina/o/x Performance (PMA/LSP 2720)

Instructor: Karen Jaime

Course time: T/R 11:40 a.m.–12:55 p.m.

This course is an introduction to Latina/o/x Performance investigating the historical and contemporary representations of Latina/o/xs in performance and media. Throughout the semester, students will critically examine central themes and issues that inform the experiences and (re) presentations of Latina/o/xs in the United States. How is latinidad performed? In situating the class around "Latina/o/x," as both an umbrella term and an enacted social construction, we will then turn our attention to (re) presentations of latinidad within different genres of cultural expressions.

(History, Theory, Criticism rubric)

Advanced Scene Study: Shakespeare (PMA 4800)

Instructor: Theo Black

Course time: T/R 10:10 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

This class focuses on advanced challenges for the stage presented by particular authors or plays that have a particular stylistic or structural demand. Focuses on advanced challenges for the stage. Monologues and scenes are drawn from Shakespeare and classical sources.

Topic for 2019–2020 includes:

Fall: Shakespeare

Topic course description: Shakespeare will provide the focus for advanced challenges in stylistic and structural demand, harnessing the unique skills to perform his plays.

Prerequisite: PMA 2800 and one additional upper-level acting course. Permission of instructor required. 

(Embodied Performance rubric)

Advanced Studies in Acting Techniques (PMA 4801)

Instructor: Carolyn Goelzer

Course time: T/R 2:30 p.m.–4:25 p.m.

This ensemble acting class will prepare Caryl Churchill’s play Love and Information for a studio presentation at the semester’s end. Churchill’s play is a kaleidoscopic array of 49+ short scenes featuring up to 100 characters, and addresses ways in which we seek, filter, process, dismiss, and question information, and how this affects our ability and capacity to love. Michael Chekhov techniques, along with other interpretive methodologies, will be explored as part of the developmental acting process.

Cap: 12 students

Prerequisites: 2800 or 3609 + permission of the instructor

(Embodied Performance rubric)

States of Animation (PMA 4841/6841)

Instructor: Nick Salvato

Course time: W 12:20 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

What does it mean to be—or to become—animated? How have thinkers ranging from modern philosophers to contemporary critical theorists conceptualized animated-ness as essence, feeling, form, or intensity? What relationship(s) between bios and zoe may be understood through the analytic of animation? And how does animation clarify—or render less legible—distinctions among subjects, objects, and things? Answering these and related questions about reanimation, hyper-animation, inter(in)animation, and the uncanny, we also test theoretical ideas about states of animation against a number of performance and media practices. Authors include Benjamin, Bennett, Chen, Eisenstein, Freud, Hansen, Kleist, Ngai, Sammond, Schneider, and Sobchack. Art objects under investigation cross platforms and span a range from puppet theatre to Disney’s Steamboat Willie to MTV’s Daria

(History, Theory, Criticism rubric)