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Fall 2014 Courses

AMS 381 / GSS 379 / THR 383: History of American Popular Entertainments

This course investigates the history of popular entertainments in the United States from the colonial era to the present. Moving briskly among some of the myriad sites, sounds and spectacles that have captivated diverse American audiences, this course tracks how entertainment genres, venues, personalities and phenomena have shaped U.S. culture in enduring and significant ways. This course examines how U.S. entertainment--as simultaneously industrial operation and cultural production--has mapped routes of social encounter, mobility and resistance, while also serving as a platform for individual expression and imaginative escape. — Brian E. Herrera

THR 334: The Nature of Theatrical Reinvention

This seminar explores how iconic pieces of theatre can be re-explored for modern audiences. The course will examine various aspects of how an artist can think out-of-the-box and the mechanisms the artist can use to do so. There will be discussions, theatre visits, possible access to theatre practitioners and assignments which will encourage the participant to explore their own imaginative approach to storytelling. The course is designed for performers, directors, designers but would also be of interest to dancers, writers and those interested in how theatre can be challenging and relevant. — John M. Doyle

THR 335 / MUS 303: Development of the Multi-Skilled Performer

A practical class. This is a workshop based class for those interested in multi-skilled performance and in how performance skills can illuminate new forms of theatre making. Ideally participants should have musical skills and be able to bring an instrument to work with. A lack of instrument would not preclude somebody from participating. It is helpful, but not necessary if students can read music. The course is also open to those interested in directing or other aspects of storytelling. It is also available to music students who are interested in all aspects of performance. — John M. Doyle

THR 451: The Fall Show

The Fall Show provides students with a rigorous and challenging experience of creating theater under near-professional circumstances. A professional director, design team, and stage manager, as well as two weeks of performances in the Berlind Theatre, are key components.The Fall Show involves an extensive rehearsal period and concentrated tech week,often requiring more time and focus than a typical student-produced production might. This course is repeatable once for credit. Students cast in the Fall Show, or those who take on major production roles (such as Asst. Stage Manager, Asst. Designer, or Asst. Director), will receive course credit. — Staff

MUS 214: Projects in Vocal Performance - Opera Performance

This is a performance class, designed to prepare students for fully staged presentations of two complete Operas, through rehearsal and coaching. Students will be expected to learn their roles alone, so that class time can be used efficiently and effectively in fine-tuning individual parts, blocking and ensemble rehearsal. — Gabriel Crouch, David S. Kellett

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