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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated February 6, 2016 at 02:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
THDA 105-01  Theatre in the Twin Cities: Dreaming the World Forward
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 204 Harry Waters Jr.
*First Year Course only; first day attendance required* The goal of this course is to introduce first-year students to live performance in the exciting arts scene of the Twin Cities!Students in this class learn approaches to studying theatre and performance events and texts, and begin to practice the vocabularies of scholarship in the field of theatre, dance and performance studies. We attend performances at professional theatres, and at Macalester College. There is an opportunity to participate either onstage or backstage connected to our fall production of AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by guest artist Barbra Berlovitz. In this process, students learn how to critically attend, discuss, and write about theatre and performance events, learning the vocabularies of the field. This course counts for both the Theatre major and minor.

THDA 110-01  Introduction to Theatre Studies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR STUDIO Malin Palani
 
THDA 120-01  Acting Theory and Performance I
MWF 12:00 pm-01:30 pm THEATR STUDIO Harry Waters Jr.
*First day attendance required*

THDA 121-01  Beginning Dance Composition
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 194-01  Crafting the Tangible: Technologies of Performance
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am THEATR 205 Thomas Barrett
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 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 Performance Lab
T 08:00 am-11:10 am THEATR Thomas Barrett
 
THDA 213-01  Cultures of Dance
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm THEATR 205 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 220-01  Voice and Speech
MWF 02:20 pm-04:00 pm THEATR 3 Cheryl Brinkley
*First day attendance required*

THDA 235-01  Fundamentals of Scene Design
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 205 Megan Reilly
 
THDA 263-01  African American Theatre
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 205 Sarah Bellamy
*Cross-listed with AMST 263-01 and ENGL 294-06; first day attendance required*

THDA 341-01  Intermediate Dance Composition
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 489-01  Seminar in Performance Theory and Practice
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 205 Malin Palani
*First day attendance required* What are the hopes of performance and performance theory in the current era of globalization? How do aesthetic and social projects, including visual art, theatre, performance events, and dance, engage with the many registers of thinking, what Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak calls ‘a planetary’ arts and criticism? In this class we assess some of the ways that performance artists and theorists conceptualize and address formal artistic methodologies, culture, and the politics of performance in an era of globalization. Our premise is that all researchers are cultural producers, at once located within processes of globalization and mapping their terrains. Understanding theory as the attempt to practice and articulate methods of action (nothing more, nothing less) we examine some of the essential critical vocabularies for thinking performance and the social together. Readings in Performance research, in addition to Critical Theory, Feminist/Queer Theory, Disability Studies, Eco-Criticism, and critical race theory contribute to our study of contemporary Performance Theory.

THDA 21-01  African-Based Movement I
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am THEATR 6 Patricia Brown
 
THDA 41-01  Modern Dance I
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 43-01  Modern Dance III
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 6 Brian Evans
 
THDA 51-01  Ballet I
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 2016 Class Schedule - updated February 6, 2016 at 02:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
THDA 120-01  Acting Theory and Performance I
MWF 12:00 pm-01:30 pm THEATR STUDIO Matthew Sciple
 
THDA 145-01  Make-Up Design and Application
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 205 Thomas Barrett
*$50 materials fee charged*

THDA 215-01  Topics in Dance History: Reading the Dancing Body
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm THEATR 205 Jill Lile
 
THDA 220-01  Voice and Speech
MWF 02:20 pm-04:00 pm THEATR 205 Cheryl Brinkley
*First day attendance required; course will meet in T-205 on the first day, and subsequent days in T-3.* An introduction to the fundamentals of correct and successful playing of the vocal instrument of the individual human body. Using techniques of Lessac, Linklater, and Rodenburg, students learn all the elements of elocution: communication awareness and confidence; breath support; healthy voice production and projection; posture and poise; articulation; Standard American English pronunciation; vocal expressiveness. Essential for all theatre and performing arts majors, including singers, and extremely useful for anyone choosing a career such as law, teaching, politics, leadership, etc., which demands speaking to groups and public presentations. Students learn to craft their own process of vocal support practice through a continuous self-analysis, journaling of classroom exercises, explorations and performance. This is a dynamic, physical, highly experiential, practical, and performance-based, lab course. Semester culminates with solo oratory performances. No previous experience required.

THDA 230-01  Physical Approaches
MWF 02:20 pm-04:30 pm THEATR STUDIO Robert Rosen
 
THDA 242-01  Playwriting and Textual Analysis
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm THEATR 205 Carson Kreitzer
*Cross-listed with ENGL 285-01* Visiting playwright Carson Kreitzer (McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at The Playwrights’ Center, and author of this fall’s Theater and Dance Production green, as well as previous Macalester productions The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Freakshow) will lead students through a semester focused on writing, and on reading contemporary plays. In-class exercises and prompts, and small-group workshopping and reading will challenge writers' development. Assignments will include reading plays, seeing and discussing local productions, and both at-home and in-class writing. We will begin by writing scenes, and move towards the completion of a one-act play.

THDA 255-01  Lighting Design
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR 205 Megan Reilly
 
THDA 262-01  Performing Feminisms
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm THEATR 204 Beth Cleary
*Cross-listed with WGSS 262-01; course open to all*

THDA 294-01  Transforming Objects and Vital Matters
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 101 Malin Palani
This seminar focuses on examining the ways in which objects permeate, transform, and function in socio-historical spheres and performance practices. Students will examine how different modalities of objects mediate relationships through object-oriented performances and play texts; engage with foundational texts that theorize an object’s agency, ontology, and relationality; cultivate a performance practice with objects; and create an object-oriented performance project. The course is designed to encourage students to work with and examine an array of object relations and material conditions in which an object might vitalize a vision of the world, rupture historical narratives, and materialize the unintelligible with great creative potential. Transforming Objects and Vital Matters is an exceptional choice for students of Media and Cultural Studies, Art, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and many other inter-disciplines.



THDA 294-02  Dance and the Brain:The Neuroaesthetics of Neuroentrainment
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 205 Lile, Wiertelak
*Cross-listed with NEUR 394-01 and PSYC 394-02* Dance makes use of processes of entrainment of both emotional valence and temporal information into movement. The embodiment of these concepts arguably makes dance the most complex form of motor responses the nervous system processes. This seminar-based course pursues an innovative curriculum of providing crosscutting training in a variety of forms of dance, exploration of relevant neuroscientific literature and discussion, and examination of dance theory (and to an extent, music theory) in a context of student-centered activities. Students will employ first hand experience in dance work (at their own level of expertise) relevant to deeper understanding of the nervous system, and examine leveraging greater understanding of the nervous system to optimize practice and physical performance in dance and other athletic activities.

THDA 350-01  Directing and Devising: Making Meaning on the Stage
MWF 02:20 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 204 Beth Cleary
*First day attendance required*

THDA 360-01  Acting II
MWF 09:40 am-11:50 am THEATR STUDIO Harry Waters Jr.
*Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

THDA 22-01  African-Based Movement II
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 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 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 44-01  Modern Dance IV
MW 04:00 pm-05:20 pm THEATR 6 Brian Evans
 
THDA 52-01  Ballet II
MW 02:20 pm-03:50 pm THEATR 6 Jill Lile
 
THDA 54-01  Ballet IV
TR 04:40 pm-06:00 pm THEATR 6 Jill Lile
 

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