THEA 345
Contemporary Theatre and Performance
Last Offered Spring 2017
Division I
Cross-listed ENGL 349 / AMST 345 / COMP 355 / THEA 345
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

As Gertrude Stein once remarked, “The hardest thing is to know one’s present moment.” What is going on in theatre and performance today? What are the hot topics? Who are the writers, performers, and directors of our recent past and present moment? This seminar course will consider both experimental and mainstream drama and performance mainly in the U.S. from the past twenty years, focusing on topics such as: postmodern performance, theatre of images, auteur-directors, new realism, identity theatre, eco-theatre, performance art, postdramatic theatre, devised performance, virtuosic theatre, immersive theatre, social practice, neo-collectivism, and more. As part of the seminar, students will conduct individual research on selected topics and present their findings through oral reports. Students will be required to attend theatre, dance and other performances at the ’62 Center. Artists and groups considered may include: The Wooster Group, Richard Foreman, Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Edward Albee, Maria Irene Fornes, Sam Shepard, Caryl Churchill, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Kane, Will Eno, Richard Maxwell, Young Jean Lee, Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Anne Washburn, Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, The Civilians, and many others. As a final project, students will work individually or in small groups to create a script or short performance that addresses the question: “What is the most important story to be telling right now?”
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 16
Class#: 3796
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on written and dramaturgical-based assignments, an oral presentation, as well as in-class discussions and a final creative writing and/or performance project
Prerequisites: an introductory course in THEA, ENGL, ARTH, COMP, or AMST
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre, Art History, English or Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under THEA, COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 349 Division I AMST 345 Division I COMP 355 Division I THEA 345 Division I

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