THEA 339
Introduction to Dramaturgy
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 dramaturg is a major collaborator in theatre, playing the multi-faceted role of an in-house producer, curator, historian, literary manager, cultural critic, audience educator, community engager, and all-around supporter of the production team. Working closely with fellow theatre makers, the dramaturg helps to shape a production and facilitate the rewarding process of creating a world on stage. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of dramaturgy, including: new play development, production research, curatorship, literary management, educational outreach, social and community engagement, and adaptation/translation. Students may also be invited to collaborate as dramaturgs on the Theatre Department’s spring production. Assignments over the term will be hands-on, practical, creative, and project-based and include writing, research, oral presentation, as well as group work. As a culminating project, students will complete a creative adaptation and dramaturgical casebook for source material of their own choosing. Students may be asked to attend some production rehearsals as well as live performances and exhibitions when relevant.
The Class: Format: seminar; seminar, with studio and production components
Limit: 14
Expected: 6
Class#: 1884
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Assignments will be creative and project-based and will range from making image galleries to writing program notes and educational study guides. In-class writing and participation in class discussion will occur daily. A major project over the term will include the assembly of a final production casebook, including: research and historical summary; timeline; artist's bio; educational guide; image gallery; program note; community outreach strategy; lobby design and curatorship; critical/theoretical perspective; and creative adaptation/translation.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors
Distributions: Division I

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