THEA 439
Introduction to Dramaturgy: The Art of Adaptation
Last Offered Fall 2016
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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The dramaturge is an important collaborator in the theatrical production process, playing the multi-faceted role of historian, cultural critic, audience educator, and supporter of the production team. Working closely with the director and design team, the dramaturge helps to shape a production and facilitate the demanding process of creating a world on stage. This advanced seminar course will introduce students to the fundamentals of production dramaturgy, applying our study of the practice to the more focused topic of the dramaturge’s role as an adaptor and translator in the creative process of theatre making. As a major creative dramaturgical project for the course, students will choose a mythical or classical inspirational source (textual, visual, musical, or otherwise) and adapt it into a written performance piece. Along with creating our own projects, we will explore how contemporary writers, such as Tarell McCraney, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Amy Herzog, Elfriede Jelinek, and Anne Washburn, have adapted source material by engaging with ethnography, dramaturgical research, and archival digging.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 10
Class#: 1884
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: assignments will be project-based and will range from making image boards to writing program notes and educational study guides
Extra Info: as a final assignment, students will research and write their own adaptations of selected inspirational sources and present their material to one another through informal, staged readings
Prerequisites: THEA 101, or by permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors; English majors with creative writing experience
Distributions: Division I

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