THEA 325 Spring 2014 A Room that Pretends to be Another Room: Scenography in Theory and Practice

How have designers and directors thought about theatrical space? How successfully have their theories aligned with their practice? How are the ideas of the great European and American scenographers being re-imagined, reused, or abused on today's stages? In this tutorial we will take a hybrid approach to the study of scenography, blending theoretical, historical, and critical readings about stage design with a studio component that focuses on formulating an artistic response to those ideas. Our study of scenography will span a hundred years from Robert Edmund Jones to Nature Theater of Oklahoma, examining the ideas of Josef Svoboda, Bertolt Brecht and Caspar Neher, Mielziner, Lee, and Conklin; Wilson, Foreman, and The Wooster Group; and contemporary New York experimental theater. Assignments will alternate between writing short papers and creating preliminary scenic designs; both done in response to the designers or periods being examined in the readings. Introductory drawing and/or some scale model-making experience would be useful, but is not absolutely required.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on critical analysis & discussion of readings, and active participation in critiques of creative work; assignments will consist of response papers alternating with design projects
Additional Info: that include visual research, sketches and/or scale models; there will be a final public presentation or display of all students' work at the end of the semester
Additional Info2: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: one of the following: THEA 101, THEA 201 (ARTS 201), THEA 248, ARTS 100; or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: will be given to Theatre majors
Department Notes:
Material and Lab Fees: fee of up to $100 for materials and copying to be added to student term bill
Distribution Notes:
Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 6
Class Number: 3778
THEA325-T1(S) TUT A Room that Pretends Division 1: Languages and the Arts David E. Morris
TBA 3778
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