THEA 406
Senior Seminar: Putting Theory into Practice Spring 2018
Division I
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Designer Richard Hudson defined scenography as, “Choosing what the audience will see.” However, this task can’t be limited to the scenery or lighting or costumes, but must be the responsibility of everyone involved: director and designer, performer and playwright, stagehand and board operator. It is the Wagnerian gesamtkunstwerk: the totality of everything that is experienced by the audience. How have designers, directors, and performers of the last century approached the creation and articulation of these onstage worlds? How successfully did they align their theories with their practice, and how are their ideas being re-imagined, reused, and abused on today’s stages? As a culmination of performance studies for the Theatre major, this senior seminar will take a hybrid approach to the study of scenography by blending theoretical, historical, and critical readings with a studio component that produces artistic responses to those ideas.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 4
Expected: 4
Class#: 3534
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: critical analysis & discussion of readings, and active participation in critiques of made work; assignments consist of response papers alternating with creative projects
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: limited to senior Theatre majors
Enrollment Preferences: Senior Theatre majors only
Unit Notes: this course is required for the Theatre major
Materials/Lab Fee: up to $100 for materials and copying to be added to student term bill
Distributions: Division I

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