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Spring 2017

THDA 145-01

Make-Up Design and Application

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Thomas Barrett

Notes: This course teaches students the theory and practice of make-up design and application, through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and intense application. Students independently complete an extensive research portfolio called a "make-up morgue" while learning the principles of make-up design and application in weekly classroom laboratory format. (4 credits)


THDA 210-01

Community-Based Theatres

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: Harry Waters Jr.

Notes: In almost every town in the world, in a rich tradition spanning millennia, communities make theatrical representations of themselves: their heroes, their unsung neighbors, their struggles, their aspirations. Community-based theatre is made by, for and about communities, and the varieties, strategies, controversies and triumphs of this form are the content of this course. In the United States, which is the geographical focus of this course, community-based theatre has emerged from rural and urban communities, communities of color, communities of coalitions united toward a cause - we will learn from historical and scholarly accounts, and from participants, about many of these efforts. We also will explore the Twin Cities' own deep history of community-based theatre-making, and participate in at least one major community project during the semester. (4 Credits)

THDA 213-01

Cultures of Dance

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This course will introduce you to dance forms from around the world. We will investigate a variety of forms and their cultural contexts through attendance at concerts, films, class discussions, readings, group research projects and movement activities. We will examine how dance functions in the lives of individuals and societies through various lenses including feminist, ethnographic, and africanist perspectives. We will move. (4 credits)

THDA 220-01

Voice and Speech

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:00 pm
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brinkley

Notes: *First day attendance required* 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 a process of vocal support practice through continuous self-analysis, journaling of exercises, explorations, and performance. This is a dynamic, physical, highly experiential, practical, and performance-based, lab course. Semester culminates with solo oratory and poetry performances. No previous experience required.

THDA 230-01

Physical Approaches

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR STUDIO
  • Instructor: Robert Rosen

Notes: This laboratory course offers intensive training in making theatre from action. Based on the teaching of Jacques Lecoq and his school of physical theatre training in Paris, work will focus on the observation, re-creation and transposition of daily life to create a theatre that is at once playful, emotional and creative. Course work will include an examination of the natural world and all its movements, our relationship with space and time, the neutral and larval masks and object manipulation. We will use improvisation, games and exercises to develop physical and creative skills with which to create original work; training includes basic acrobatics, balancing and juggling. Applied analyses of professional productions are required, as are written analyses of course work and individual progress. The goal of the course is to encourage curiosity and exploration and to engage the student as creator, designer and performer. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Theater/Dance 120 or other performance training strongly encouraged.

THDA 250-01

Experiential Anatomy and the Mind Body Connection

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: Through reading, writing, research, hands-on exercises, and structured movement activities, this course will explore the body's design and function, focusing on the skeletal, muscle, nervous, and respiratory systems. We will use yoga postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama) as tools to cultivate direct knowledge of anatomy and alignment. This course is designed to integrate scientific models of anatomy and one's lived experience of body and movement. We will investigate the relationship between body and mind, beginning with the question of how the body and mind are defined and understood. Along with recent scholarly research, we will use mindfulness meditation (calm, precise attention) as a means to study thought, feeling, sensation, perception, and consciousness and how they interrelate. (4 Credits)

THDA 255-01

Lighting Design

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: This course is an introduction to basic lighting design techniques used in performance and the history of lighting. While the student will be expected to have a basic grasp of lighting hardware, the emphasis of this course is on developing a design process that includes script analysis, making design decisions that support the performance in question, and how to translate ideas and inspiration into a practical design. The first aim of the course is to make the student more aware of color and light around him/her every day. Demonstrations are an integral part of the lectures.

THDA 294-01

Enactments:Theaters/Therapies

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: NEILL 304
  • Instructor: Cleary, Strauss

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required; cross-listed with PSYC 294-02* Theaters/Therapies is a semester-long inquiry into the dynamic, complex, and generative intersections between psychology and performance. Beginning with Freud’s epiphanies about personality while viewing a staged production of Oedipus Rex, the course uses psychoanalytic theory to reveal and interrogate audiences’ and actors’ psychological experience alongside therapists’ and clients’ dramatic experience. We explore plays about therapy; improvisation as a therapeutic and performance practice; empathy, emotion and spectatorship; and the transformative capacity of “what if?” role-playing. The course also invites reflections on the intertwined worlds of theater and therapy in promoting social justice.

THDA 294-03

Ecology and Performance:What does the Warming World need now?

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Malin Palani

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 294-01* In this course, students will develop a working knowledge of current ecological debates and concerns; an understanding of eco-performance and the core principles that inform ecological practices in theatre and performance; and a range of performance techniques that inform an ecologically-driven performance project. The course will focus on experiential learning and student-directed research that encourages students to collaborate with others including their other-than-human surroundings. The course will foster a practice-based awareness of how theatre and the performing arts help us take up and critically communicate environmental issues as well as develop a more informed understanding of our responsibilities, roles, and relations with the environment and the earth

THDA 294-04

Performance Art: Defiance, Disruption, Dys/topia as Critical Life Practice

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Malin Palani

Notes: In this Performance Art class, students will develop their own performance art practice in response to 20th and 21st century performance art genres and movements. Based in practical exercises and embodied engagements, the course will focus on: how the categories of "art" and "life" are constructed, the stakes of performance art, and on how one’s own artistic practice might impact and transform the surrounding world. Guided by themes of body, time, identity, community, event, and action—students will question how their work participates in urgent critiques of social, cultural, and historical formations.

THDA 360-01

Acting Theory and Performance II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:50 am
  • Room: THEATR STUDIO
  • Instructor: Harry Waters Jr.

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

Advanced work in characterization and additional acting techniques with continued focus on voice, movement, improvisation and textual analysis. A continuation of Acting I, this course is designed to deepen the student's understanding of his/her instrument as well as develop an individualized working method. Included in the course is a consideration of style through scene work in other genres. Enrollment limited to 12 students. (4 Credits)


THDA 22-01

African-Based Movement II

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Patricia Brown

Notes: This course focuses on dance inspired by West African and other African regions, the Caribbean, and the Americas. It is rooted in a communal environment and is supported and accompanied by a live musician/drummer. Students continue building on fundamental principles and technique, including more complex polyrhythmic aspects of the movement, while deepening the inter-connected relationship with the drums. They also create in-class dance projects and presentations. Spring semester. (1 credit)

THDA 31-01

Dance Improvisation

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Krista Langberg

Notes: Find expression and embodiment through the practice of movement improvisation. Open to all levels of ability. Come with a desire to move, an open mind and a willingness to explore in a non-competitive environment. We will learn to fall, roll and work with gravity in relationship to ourselves and others. The class will introduce you to contact improvisation, the "art-sport" developed by Steve Paxton in 1972. Relieve stress and balance your mind and body through physical awareness.

THDA 42-01

Modern Dance II

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This beginning/advanced-beginning level course deepens further into the theory, technique, and terminology of modern dance as introduced in Modern Dance I. (1 credit)

THDA 44-01

Modern Dance IV

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 04:00 pm-05:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Brian Evans

Notes: In Modern Dance IV, students continue to build upon their skills as efficient and expressive dancers through active alignment, strength, flexibility and coordination. They act, sing, speak, write, improvise, and explore - shaping their skills as a citizen artist. (1 credit)

THDA 52-01

Ballet II

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This ballet technique class is for students with some experience in classical ballet. The goal is to demonstrate a beginning to intermediate dancer's understanding and execution of ballet technique. It will include barre work, center-floor, and across-the-floor combinations. (1 credit)

THDA 54-01

Ballet IV

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 04:40 pm-06:10 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This is the highest level of ballet at Macalester and is a continuation and progression of Ballet III. It is assumed at this level that the student has acquired and practiced work covered in previous levels. Students will refine vocabulary and strive to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, and artistry within their movements. Proper alignment, musicality, clarity of movement will be emphasized. Students are expected to pick up movement quickly and dance with speed and accuracy and demonstrate control. Corrections should be applied and refined quickly. (1 credit)

Fall 2017

THDA 105-01

Theatre and Performance in the Twin Cities

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: MAIN 009
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: *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 and performance studies. We attend performances at professional theatres, and at Macalester College. In this process of studied spectatorship, students learn how to critically attend, discuss, and write about theatre and performance events, learning the vocabularies of the field.

Class meets TR, 9:40 am - 11:10 am in Old Main 009

Writing designation: WA anticipated


THDA 110-01

Introduction to Theatre Studies

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 304
  • Instructor: Claudia Nascimento

Notes: This is a survey course that welcomes majors and non-majors. Students are exposed to a variety of modern and contemporary plays, productions, and criticism to explore the intersections of theater, identity, aesthetics, and politics. Assignments include readings and research; screenings and/or performances; script analyses and staged readings of selected scenes; and short written projects.

THDA 120-01

Acting Theory and Performance I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:30 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Robert Rosen

Notes: *First day attendance required*

An introduction to the fundamental techniques of realistic acting. Through improvisation, physical and vocal exercises, text and character analysis, and scene studies, the student is introduced to the process of acting preparation and performance. Limited to 16 students. (4 credits)


THDA 121-01

Beginning Dance Composition

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This course is the study and discipline of dance-making. Students learn the tools of the choreographer - time, space, energy - 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 in a supportive, shared space. Through the creative process, we seek energy from a sense of investigation as opposed to the pressure to "succeed." The solo form is emphasized. No dance experience is necessary. Either this course or Intermediate Dance Composition is required for a dance minor. (4 credits)

THDA 194-01

Crafting the Tangible

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 228
  • Instructor: Thomas Barrett

Notes: 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 2-3 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

Crafting the Tangible Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR SCENE
  • Instructor: Thomas Barrett

Notes:

THDA 215-01

Reading the Dancing Body:Topics in Dance History

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: Dance is an art of the body in time, space, and culture. It is a language that reflects individual, economic, social, and religious forces. This class will "read" the gender, race, and politics of the dancing body within African-American and Euro-American dance traditions from the 19th century to the early 21st century. The focus will be on theatrical dance forms in the United States including ballet, modern, and musical theater dance. Social dance will also be looked at as a predecessor to some of these genres. We will read, write, discuss, dance, view videos, and attend performances. (4 credits)

THDA 220-01

Voice and Speech

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:00 pm
  • Room: 1550SM THEATER
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brinkley

Notes: *First day attendance required*

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.

THDA 255-01

Lighting Design

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 228
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: This course is an introduction to basic lighting design and the history of lighting. While emphasis is on theater, it also teaches the lighting design of film, television, dance, opera, and environmental settings. This course is primarily an approach to lighting design, but the student will be expected to have a basic grasp of lighting hardware as well. The first aim of the course is to make the student more aware of color and light around him/her every day. Demonstrations are an integral part of the lectures. Alternate years. (4 credits)

THDA 263-01

African American Theatre

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: *Cross-listed with AMST 263-01*

This course is an overview of the development of theatre by and about Black Americans. It examines the historical, social, political, and cultural context of African-American Theatre. After investigating the roots of African-American Theatre in African culture, performance modes, and social values, it focuses on a study of plays written by Black Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cross-listed with American Studies 263. (4 Credits)


THDA 310-01

Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: ARTCOM 202
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course is an experiential survey of major European and U.S. performance methods, 1600-present. Through readings in theatre and performance history and theory, students will investigate the social forces that have shaped acting-as-representation: from Shakespeare's Globe through commedia dell'arte, from Stanislavski's "magic if" to Brecht's V-effekt, Barba's "paper canoe" to the ongoing U.S. performance inquiry into "presence." In a weekly intensive lab component, students will learn the specific techniques developed by and required of these practitioners and genres. Research projects will culminate in an open community workshop of exercises and techniques, incorporated by the students as part of their comprehensive inquiry into additional innovators or genres. Requirement for Theatre and Dance majors. Enrollment limited to 12 students, with preference given to Theatre and Dance major and/or minors. (4 Credits)

THDA 310-L1

Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR STUDIO
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: This course is an experiential survey of major European and U.S. performance methods, 1600-present. Through readings in theatre and performance history and theory, students will investigate the social forces that have shaped acting-as-representation: from Shakespeare's Globe through commedia dell'arte, from Stanislavski's "magic if" to Brecht's V-effekt, Barba's "paper canoe" to the ongoing U.S. performance inquiry into "presence." In a weekly intensive lab component, students will learn the specific techniques developed by and required of these practitioners and genres. Research projects will culminate in an open community workshop of exercises and techniques, incorporated by the students as part of their comprehensive inquiry into additional innovators or genres. Requirement for Theatre and Dance majors. Enrollment limited to 12 students, with preference given to Theatre and Dance major and/or minors. (4 Credits)

THDA 341-01

Intermediate Dance Composition

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: In this course, the student has the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the craft of dancing-making. They embody the tools of space, time and energy with greater clarity, and become fluent with compositional structures as they choreograph solo, duet, and group forms. They begin to touch more deeply into their distinct power and vision as an artist. Collaboration, risk-taking, investigation, and joy are valued within the support of a shared space. (4 credits)

THDA 489-01

Seminar in Performance Theory and Practice

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: ARTCOM 102
  • Instructor: Malin Palani

Notes: *First day attendance required*

What are the hopes of performance and performance theory in the current era of globalization? How to 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, and critical race theory contribute to our study of contemporary Performance Theory. Specific theme may vary by semester, depending on instructor. (4 credits)

THDA 21-01

African-Based Movement I

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Patricia Brown

Notes: This African Based Movement course focuses on dance inspired by West Africa, as well as other regions of the continent, the Caribbean, Americas, and the African Diaspora at large. This physically rigorous class is rooted in a communal environment and is accompanied by a drummer. Students will learn African- based dance technique, characteristics, and the fundamental connection between the drums and the dance. They will also create in-class movement projects and presentations. Though this class may focus on traditional dance at times, it is not a tradition-specific class. All are welcome. (1 credit)

THDA 41-01

Modern Dance I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This introductory level course is a joyous and demanding exploration of the theory, technique, and terminology of modern dance as a performing art. Students engage fully with their bodies and minds as they deepen their strength, sense of rhythm, flexibility, and coordination. The course develops skills in inversions, floorwork, and balance based in clear alignment. (1 credit)

THDA 43-01

Modern Dance III

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 04:40 pm-06:10 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: In this joyous and highly physical intermediate course, students continue to build upon their skills as expressive dancers through active alignment, coordination, musicality, spatial awareness and nuanced moving. Clarity in increasingly complex movement sequences is emphasized. May be repeated for credit. (1 credit)


THDA 51-01

Ballet I

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:50 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This is a beginning ballet technique class. The goal is to demonstrate fundamental understanding and execution of ballet technique. It will include barre work, center-floor, and across-the-floor combinations. (1 credit)

THDA 53-01

Ballet III

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This is an intermediate ballet class and is geared for students who have developed proficient skills at the barre and in the center. Center will include pirouettes, adage, beats, and more complex combinations. Students will develop a more advanced vocabulary while continuing to focus on placement, alignment, flexibility, strength, and fluidity and connection of movement. The refinement of technical skills and performance skills with longer combinations will be emphasized. (1 credit)

Spring 2018

THDA 120-01

Acting Theory and Performance I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Harry Waters Jr.

Notes: *First day attendance required*

An introduction to the fundamental techniques of realistic acting. Through improvisation, physical and vocal exercises, text and character analysis, and scene studies, the student is introduced to the process of acting preparation and performance. Limited to 16 students. (4 credits)


THDA 213-01

Cultures of Dance

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This course will introduce you to dance forms from around the world. We will investigate a variety of forms and their cultural contexts through attendance at concerts, films, class discussions, readings, group research projects and movement activities. We will examine how dance functions in the lives of individuals and societies through various lenses including feminist, ethnographic, and africanist perspectives. We will move. (4 credits)

THDA 220-01

Voice and Speech

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brinkley

Notes: *First day attendance required*

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.

THDA 230-01

Physical Approaches

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Robert Rosen

Notes: This laboratory course offers intensive training in making theatre from action. Based on the teaching of Jacques Lecoq and his school of physical theatre training in Paris, work will focus on the observation, re-creation and transposition of daily life to create a theatre that is at once playful, emotional and creative. Course work will include an examination of the natural world and all its movements, our relationship with space and time, the neutral and larval masks and object manipulation. We will use improvisation, games and exercises to develop physical and creative skills with which to create original work; training includes basic acrobatics, balancing and juggling. Applied analyses of professional productions are required, as are written analyses of course work and individual progress. The goal of the course is to encourage curiosity and exploration and to engage the student as creator, designer and performer. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Theater/Dance 120 or other performance training strongly encouraged.

THDA 235-01

Fundamentals of Scenography

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: Scenography is the creation of imagined spaces for performance. In this course we will study the fundamentals of scenography holistically, including scenic, lighting, costume, sound, and projection design. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique elements of performance design, articulating design ideas verbally and through writing, and completing a design project from analysis to tangible object. $40 materials fee required. (4 credits)


THDA 250-01

Experiential Anatomy and the Mind Body Connection

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: Through reading, writing, research, hands-on exercises, and structured movement activities, this course will explore the body's design and function, focusing on the skeletal, muscle, nervous, and respiratory systems. We will use yoga postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama) as tools to cultivate direct knowledge of anatomy and alignment. This course is designed to integrate scientific models of anatomy and one's lived experience of body and movement. We will investigate the relationship between body and mind, beginning with the question of how the body and mind are defined and understood. Along with recent scholarly research, we will use mindfulness meditation (calm, precise attention) as a means to study thought, feeling, sensation, perception, and consciousness and how they interrelate. (4 Credits)

THDA 262-01

Performing Feminisms

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; cross-listed with WGSS 262-01; first day attendance required*

Feminisms in performance - whether on an actual theater stage or in offstage force fields of politics, history and culture - are the concern of this course. Through feminist, queer and performance theories of the body, representation, identification and spectatorship, and through the reading of plays, students will engage with the historic and contemporary practices of feminisms and performance-making. Attending performances, viewing films and performance documents will contribute to students' capacities to write critically about feminist performance practices. Cross-listed with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 262. (4 credits)

THDA 350-01

Directing and Devising: Making Meaning on the Stage

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Claudia Nascimento

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

Whether the stage is a narrow room, an open field or a proper theatre, making nonhaphazard meaning there requires knowledge of performance history - "what came here before?" - compositional skill - "how and in what combinations do these visual/aural languages signtify?" - and collaborative expertise. Students in this course will research the international history of theatre directing and devising since the late nineteenth century, learning from a variety of documents about process, vocabulary, composition and production. They will collaborate on an original class devising project, establishing the new work's aesthetic codes, communication practices, and production logistics. They will also conduct extensive research, script analyses and design prospectus of playwrights' work for their final public directing assignments in the one-act play form. Enrollment limited to 12 students.


THDA 360-01

Acting Theory and Performance II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Harry Waters Jr.

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

Advanced work in characterization and additional acting techniques with continued focus on voice, movement, improvisation and textual analysis. A continuation of Acting I, this course is designed to deepen the student's understanding of his/her instrument as well as develop an individualized working method. Included in the course is a consideration of style through scene work in other genres. Enrollment limited to 12 students. (4 Credits)


THDA 22-01

African-Based Movement II

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Patricia Brown

Notes: This course focuses on dance inspired by West African and other African regions, the Caribbean, and the Americas. It is rooted in a communal environment and is supported and accompanied by a live musician/drummer. Students continue building on fundamental principles and technique, including more complex polyrhythmic aspects of the movement, while deepening the inter-connected relationship with the drums. They also create in-class dance projects and presentations. Spring semester. (1 credit)

THDA 31-01

Dance Improvisation

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Krista Langberg

Notes: Find expression and embodiment through the practice of movement improvisation. Open to all levels of ability. Come with a desire to move, an open mind and a willingness to explore in a non-competitive environment. We will learn to fall, roll and work with gravity in relationship to ourselves and others. The class will introduce you to contact improvisation, the "art-sport" developed by Steve Paxton in 1972. Relieve stress and balance your mind and body through physical awareness.

THDA 42-01

Modern Dance II

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This beginning/advanced-beginning level course deepens further into the theory, technique, and terminology of modern dance as introduced in Modern Dance I. (1 credit)

THDA 44-01

Modern Dance IV

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 04:00 pm-05:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: In Modern Dance IV, students continue to build upon their skills as efficient and expressive dancers through active alignment, strength, flexibility and coordination. They act, sing, speak, write, improvise, and explore - shaping their skills as a citizen artist. (1 credit)

THDA 52-01

Ballet II

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This ballet technique class is for students with some experience in classical ballet. The goal is to demonstrate a beginning to intermediate dancer's understanding and execution of ballet technique. It will include barre work, center-floor, and across-the-floor combinations. (1 credit)

THDA 54-01

Ballet IV

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 04:40 pm-06:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This is the highest level of ballet at Macalester and is a continuation and progression of Ballet III. It is assumed at this level that the student has acquired and practiced work covered in previous levels. Students will refine vocabulary and strive to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, and artistry within their movements. Proper alignment, musicality, clarity of movement will be emphasized. Students are expected to pick up movement quickly and dance with speed and accuracy and demonstrate control. Corrections should be applied and refined quickly. (1 credit)