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M - Intermediate

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Meets the following requirements:

  • AD - Arts & Design

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This course offers students the opportunity to explore the work of contemporary artists in the field.

Students research current trends and practices, roots and influences and consider how (and if) contemporary performance fuels public discourse and community action. The goal of the course is to better understand the evolving function and promise of theatre both culturally and politically in the context of current circumstances. Primary materials are recent theatrical texts, recorded and live performances, and curated forums on problems in practice. Course topics include the resurgence of small theatres and rural initiatives, site-specific work, devising ensembles, training and research methods, new investigations of historical forms and subjects, new voices/new audiences and the impact of current and future technologies.

Students will travel to New York for a portion of the 12th annual Under The Radar Fest, an international festival of new and experimental work housed at the Public Theatre. From this experience, the class will narrow a short list of current practitioners to research and the rest of the term will be devoted to studying the history, practices and the current body of work produced by these artists, to date.

Evaluation is based on commitment to the research, participation in class discussion, 2–3 shared project presentations, and a series of written responses.


Permission of instructor; priority will be given to seniors and/or those with significant coursework completed in related topics.

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