THEA 339
Introduction to Dramaturgy Fall 2021
Division I

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The dramaturge is a major collaborator in theatre, playing the multi-faceted role of producer, curator, historian, literary manager, cultural critic, audience educator, community engager, and all-around supporter of a production process. Working closely with fellow theatre-makers, the dramaturge helps to shape a production, tell a story, and facilitate the rewarding process of creating a world on stage. This studio-based course will introduce students to the fundamentals of dramaturgy, including: new play development, production research and support, curatorship, literary management, educational outreach, criticism and journalism, social and community engagement, and adaptation. Assignments over the term will be hands-on, practical, creative, and project-based and include independent writing, research, oral presentation, as well as group work. We will also read new plays and discuss urgent topics in the theatre industry. During some terms, we may collaborate as dramaturges on departmental productions. As a culminating project, students will complete a creative adaptation and dramaturgical casebook for a source material of their own choosing. Students may be asked to attend live performances and exhibitions when relevant.
The Class: Format: studio; studio course with seminar components
Limit: 12
Expected: 6-8
Class#: 1297
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 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.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors
Distributions: Division I

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