THEA 401
Senior Seminar: Practicing Theory Spring 2022
Division I

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This class constitutes a culminating course of study for the Theater major. It aims to delve deep into consideration of the relationship between theory and practice, between text and performance, between performer and audience, and between aesthetics and politics. We will explore a selection of influential ideas and methodologies that have shaped both making theater and thinking about theater in various historical periods and cultural contexts. Sample artists or critics addressed by the course may include: Antonin Artaud, Veenapani Chawla, Franz Fanon, Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski, Richard Schechner, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Augusto Boal, Anne Bogart, and Rustom Bharucha. Through discussion and experimentation, we will endeavor to understand how theater engages with cultural, social, and philosophical issues that link the stage with the realities and fantasies of everyday life. Central to our exploration will be excavating the Eurocentric assumptions that conventionally shape the practice and study of theater in the United States. We will seek ways to decolonize our perspectives and ask critical questions about performance’s potential to enact strategies of anti-racism and anti-imperialism.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3347
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Participation in discussion, reading responses, and creative projects.
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 charged to term bill
Distributions: Division I

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