Visiting Assistant Professor of Directing and Performance
THTR 133 - Survey of Acting (3 Sections)
Introductory level acting course for non-majors focusing on objective based acting techniques and collaborative devising processes. Students work on developing communication skills through one fifteen-minute devised group project, a two person scene, and a ninety-second monologue.
Beginning training and exercises in the basic elements of acting, including vocal and physical preparation, sensory awareness, releasing the imagination and a basic understanding of action and objective. Staging exercises and terminology are emphasized.
THTR 440 - Directing 1: Page to Stage
Senior level course for theatre majors focusing on script analyis and staging techniques for directors. Students develop analytical tools for reading, conceptualizing, and staging contemporary dramatic literature.
Lecturer in Directing (Full-Time Graduate Faculty Appointment)
TH 5342 / TH 4360 – MFA Studio I: Working with Actors
This course focuses on work with actors. Students will explore various rehearsal methods, motifs and strategies. Students will direct two scenes, a ten-minute play, and a one act play to explore effective ways of working with actors. Stacked course with undergraduate student actors.
TH 5303 - History of Directing and Scenography
Survey course focusing on the history and theory of directing and scenic design from the late 19th century through the early 21st century. Emphasis is on major figures and companies who shaped the methods and aesthetics of the contemporary director.
TH 5304 / TH 4360 - MFA Studio 4: Devised and Experimental Directing
This course focuses on developing techniques for working with ensembles to create original and experiemental work. Students will develop a forty-five minute devised performance using an iterative method of rehearsal. Emphasis on physical and collaborative theatre techniques such as Viewpoints and Suzuki. Stacked course with undergraduate student actors serving as ensemble members.
This course investigates conceiving and developing a production concept and/or production context. It also explores how the concept/context is useful in the formation of a plan of "staging" and/or exhibition. Production implications that result from conceptualization, context, and composition are discussed and workshopped.
A study of the fundamentals of directing with practical experience provided by directing scenes. Students direct two five to ten minute scenes while developing dramaturgical tools for pre-production research and conceptualization.
This studio course introduces devising methods to give students a toolbox for the craft of ensemble-based devising using the Viewpoints system of physical theatre. Students will utilize the Viewpoints system in systematic approach to create a 15 minute collaborative devised performance project.
Introductory course designed to explore creativity, collaboration, and communication in the craft of acting. Focuses on basic terms and concepts of psychological realism fundamental to the actors' process through solo work.