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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated July 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
THDA 105-01  Theatre in the Twin Cities: Making the Musical
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 205 Colleary, Waters
*First Year Course only; first day attendance required* For nearly 150 years, the American musical has been one of this country’s most popular performance genres both at home and abroad. From minstrelsy and vaudeville revues to Rent and Avenue Q, from Bert Williams and Fanny Brice to Nathan Lane and Audra McDonald, the musical has both imagined and reflected American national identities. The musical has also been a forum where the social issues of the day are given voice, sometimes using the guise of popular entertainment as a strategy of subversion.

In this course, we will explore the musical’s rich historical tradition, digging deeply and critically into several performance texts. Students will participate in acting, dance, and design workshops, and have the opportunity to attend theatre performances in the Twin Cities. All students will also participate in the creation of Macalester’s fall semester production of The Cradle Will Rock, either as performers or stage technicians.

Throughout the semester, students will be taught to engage in critical thinking and writing about performance – skills which apply directly to future studies in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Previous theatre or performance experience is not required. Prospective majors are allowed to take this course. Due to the production schedule of The Cradle Will Rock, students enrolled in this course will not be able to take night courses during the Fall semester.



THDA 105-01  Theatre in the Twin Cities: Making the Musical
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR STUDIO Colleary, Waters
*First Year Course only; first day attendance required* For nearly 150 years, the American musical has been one of this country’s most popular performance genres both at home and abroad. From minstrelsy and vaudeville revues to Rent and Avenue Q, from Bert Williams and Fanny Brice to Nathan Lane and Audra McDonald, the musical has both imagined and reflected American national identities. The musical has also been a forum where the social issues of the day are given voice, sometimes using the guise of popular entertainment as a strategy of subversion.

In this course, we will explore the musical’s rich historical tradition, digging deeply and critically into several performance texts. Students will participate in acting, dance, and design workshops, and have the opportunity to attend theatre performances in the Twin Cities. All students will also participate in the creation of Macalester’s fall semester production of The Cradle Will Rock, either as performers or stage technicians.

Throughout the semester, students will be taught to engage in critical thinking and writing about performance – skills which apply directly to future studies in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Previous theatre or performance experience is not required. Prospective majors are allowed to take this course. Due to the production schedule of The Cradle Will Rock, students enrolled in this course will not be able to take night courses during the Fall semester.



THDA 110-01  Introduction to Theatre Studies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR 204 Eric Colleary
 
THDA 115-01  Cultures of Dance
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 115-01  Cultures of Dance
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm THEATR 205 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 120-01  Acting Theory and Performance I
MW 12:00 pm-01:30 pm THEATR STUDIO Cheryl Brinkley
*First day attendance required*

THDA 121-01  Beginning Dance Composition
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
This course is the study of dance-making. Students learn basic elements of movement – time, space, texture – and how they can be shaped to give the body expressive power. The relationships between form, content, and technique are explored. Students choreograph short studies, improvise, discuss, and view dance on film and in live performance. The course values risk-taking and collaboration. It culminates with the creation of a complete dance. No experience or dance training necessary. All are welcome!

THDA 141-01  Film and the Moving Body
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm THEATR 6 Rebecca Heist
Explore the world of movement on screen. This course looks at the development of this burgeoning art form. The infinite ways in which movement forms perception in the two dimensional format will be investigated. The semester begins with an historical perspective on the merging of film and dance followed by extensive studies of work ranging from insights into the human condition through pedestrian gesture to abstract choreography uniquely portrayed via the camera lens. The analytical examinations are supplemented with devised projects. In creating individual screendances students learn editing and camera techniques. Kinesthesia, rhythm, and spatial awareness are a few of the movement for the camera aspects that are applied to the film work. Previous experience in either dance or film is not required.

THDA 194-01  Technologies of Performance: Crafting the Tangible
MW 10:50 am-11:50 am THEATR 205 Thomas Barrett
*This course counts in place of THDA 125* As our society shifts away from a human connection to the tangible, this course seeks to reconnect the student to the tangible object. Our focus will be on the process of “thinking through making.” Through a series of project based learning opportunities, students will develop an understanding of themselves, the process of “critical making,” and current performance production technologies. This course will meet in a seminar format 1-2 times a week and a studio format 1 time a week. This topics course fulfills the Technical Theater requirement of the Theater and Dance major.

THDA 194-L1  Technologies of Performance Lab
T 08:00 am-11:10 am THEATR STUDIO Thomas Barrett
 
THDA 230-01  Physical Approaches
MWF 02:20 pm-04:30 pm THEATR STUDIO Robert Rosen
 
THDA 235-01  Fundamentals of Scene Design
TR 08:00 am-11:10 am THEATR Daniel Keyser
*$40 materials fee charged; course to meet in Theater 207*

THDA 310-01  Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 204 Beth Cleary
*Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

THDA 310-L1  Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints
R 08:00 am-11:10 am THEATR STUDIO Beth Cleary
 
THDA 341-01  Intermediate Dance Composition
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 475-01  Advanced Scene Design
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR 205 Daniel Keyser
*$40 materials fee charged*

THDA 489-01  Seminar in Performance Theory and Practice
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 205 Eric Colleary
*First day attendance required*

THDA 21-01  West African-Based Movement I
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am THEATR 6 Patricia Brown
 
THDA 41-01  Modern Dance I
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 6 Rebecca Heist
 
THDA 43-01  Modern Dance III
MW 03:50 pm-05:20 pm THEATR 6 Rebecca Heist
 
THDA 51-01  Ballet I
MW 02:20 pm-03:50 pm THEATR 6 Jill Lile
 
THDA 52-01  Ballet II
MW 02:20 pm-03:50 pm THEATR 6 Jill Lile
 
THDA 53-01  Ballet III
TR 04:40 pm-06:10 pm THEATR 6 Jill Lile
 

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated July 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
THDA 210-01  Community-Based Theatres
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 204 Harry Waters
 
THDA 220-01  Voice and Speech
MWF 02:20 pm-04:00 pm THEATR 205 Cheryl Brinkley
*First day attendance required*

THDA 250-01  Experiential Anatomy and the Mind Body Connection
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 255-01  Lighting Design
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 205 Thomas Barrett
*$20 lighting design fee*

THDA 294-01  Performance History and Theory
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 205 Eric Colleary
 
THDA 294-02  Theatre History / Sources
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR 205 Eric Colleary
 
THDA 294-04  New Performance Lab
MWF 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR STUDIO Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
 
THDA 360-01  Acting II
MWF 09:40 am-11:50 am THEATR STUDIO Harry Waters
*Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

THDA 394-01  Disability/Deaf Performance
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm THEATR 205 Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
 
THDA 22-01  West African-Based Movement II
MW 02:20 pm-03:50 pm THEATR 6 Patricia Brown
 
THDA 31-01  Dance Improvisation
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am THEATR 6 Krista Langberg
 
THDA 42-01  Modern Dance II
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 6 Rebecca Heist
 
THDA 44-01  Modern Dance IV
MW 04:00 pm-05:20 pm THEATR STUDIO Rebecca Heist
 
THDA 53-01  Ballet III
TR 04:40 pm-06:10 pm THEATR 6 Jill Lile
 

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