Courses for Fall 2014

  • Introduction to Acting and Directing

    Explores basic acting/directing concepts from a variety of perspectives including the use of the actor's imagination/impulsivity in the creation of truthful, dramatic performance; the body, as a way of knowing and communicating knowledge; and the voice, as a means of discovering and revealing emotion/thought. There is a mandatory tech requirement and some evening hours are required. Please go to the TAPS website for specifics on admission and the technical requirement (http://brown.edu/go/TAPS0030). Enrollment limited to 18 first year students. Instructor permission required. No permission will be given during pre-registration.
    TAPS 0030 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Crawford
    TAPS 0030 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Crawford
  • Playwriting I

    A workshop for students who have little or no previous experience in writing plays. Students will be introduced to a variety of technical and imaginative considerations through exercises, readings and discussions. Course is not open to those who have taken Advanced Playwriting (TAPS 1500, formerly LITR 1010C and TSDA 1500). Enrollment is limited to 14 undergraduates per section. A limited number of spaces are reserved for incoming and transfer students. Instructor permission required. S/NC. WRIT
    TAPS 0100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Taha
  • Playwriting II

    Emphasis is placed on dramatic conventions, such as monologues, dialogue, mise-en-scene and time. Writing includes frequent exercises in various theatrical approaches. This course is limited to undergraduate students. Instructor permission required. Prerequisite: TAPS 0100 (formerly LITR 0110C and TSDA 0100). Enrollment is limited to 14 undergraduates per section. Instructor permission required. S/NC. WRIT
    TAPS 0200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Burkhardt
  • Persuasive Communication

    Provides an introduction to public speaking, and helps students develop confidence in public speaking through the presentation of persuasive speeches. Primarily for seniors. Limited to 18. Instructor's permission required. No permission will be given during pre-registration; interested students should sign up well in advance on the TAPS 0220 waitlist (application form is at http://brown.edu/go/TAPS0220) and attend the first day of class. Attendance is mandatory. The application/waitlist process does not apply to students registering for the Summer term through the Office of Continuing Education.
    TAPS 0220 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tannenbaum
    TAPS 0220 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Tannenbaum
    TAPS 0220 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Tannenbaum
    TAPS 0220 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Tannenbaum
    TAPS 0220 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Hartigan
  • Acting

    Focus on elements of dramatic analysis and interpretation as applied to the art of acting, and, by extension, directing. Monologues, scene study, and improvisation are basis for comment on individual problems. Reading of dramatic texts and theory. Substantial scene rehearsal commitment necessary. Attendance mandatory. Not open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 20. Instructor permission required. S/NC
    TAPS 0230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Moore
    TAPS 0230 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Platt
  • Introduction to Technical Theatre and Production

    This course is an introduction to the basic principles of stagecraft, lighting and sound technology and the different elements of theatrical design. Instructor permission required. Enrollment limited to 15.
    TAPS 0250 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hett
  • Stage Lighting

    This course is an introduction to stage lighting. Enrollment limited to 20.
    TAPS 0260 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hett
  • Beginning Modern Dance

    Introduction to the art of movement. Focuses on building a common vocabulary based on ballet, vernacular forms, improvisation, Laban movement analysis, American modern dance, and the body therapies. Individual work is explored. One and one-half hours of class, four days a week. Enrollment limited to 40. S/NC.
    TAPS 0310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Strandberg
  • Dance Composition

    Focuses on building the individual's creative voice. A movement vocabulary is developed from Western techniques (ballet, American modern dance, Laban/Bartenieff movement analysis, vernacular forms, space-harmony/movement physics, and the body therapies) along with group improvisations and collaboration with artists in other disciplines. Enrollment limited to 40. S/NC.
    TAPS 0320 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bach-Coulibaly
  • The Actor's Instrument: Stage Movement for Actors and Directors

    Students will be engaged in a process of exploration that centers on the physical relationship of the actor to the physical reality of the stage including sound, props and costumes. Work with a broad spectrum of contemporary and classic movement theories/approaches to constructing performance. Instructor permission required; interested students must come to the first class, fill out an application and participate in a sample class. Accepted students will be notified by the third class meeting. You must show up to every class meeting in order to keep your application active throughout the registration process. Enrollment limited to 18.
    TAPS 0930C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Quinn
  • Stage Management

    To introduce students to the principles and techniques of modern stage management from script selection to closing. Through the study of various models of stage management (both professional and academic), students will develop an appreciation of the role of the stage manager as the facilitator, mediator and organizer of the production process. Students will apply theory learned in the classroom by stage-managing or assistant stage-managing a TAPS production and/or observing other TAPS and Trinity Rep stage managers during the production process. Enrollment limited to 12.
    TAPS 1100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Reo
  • Performance Theory and World Theatre History: Paleolithic to Medieval

    This course offers an introduction to basic texts performance theory and then directs the methodological questions derived from those texts to the study of performance practices in context, exploring paleolithic, ancient, and medieval performance histories in global, cross-cultural perspective. WRIT
    TAPS 1230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schneider
  • Libretto Workshop for Musical Theatre

    This class is not only for the aspiring librettist but for any student desiring insight into the craft of book writing for musical theater. The course will cover the basics of storytelling (plot, character development conflict, etc.) but specifically in terms of the musical. It will also detail the fundamentals of lyric writing, musical narrative and basic composition. We will examine three libretti (SWEENEY TODD: the classic horror, LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS, the modern sci-fi and RENT, the contemporary adaptation). There will be lectures, group discussions, talks with guest professionals, and analysis of student assignments. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
    TAPS 1280S S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gardley
  • Introduction to Dance Studies

    This course introduces students to dance studies by outlining a critical history of the field in close connection to a range of artistic practices from the early twentieth century to the present. How have choreographers and dancers experimented with the traditions, conventions, and forms of dance? Looking at a wide range of choreographers and movements, including Cunningham, Bausch, Rainer and Paxton, we will examine the ways in which dance practices engage with the production of meanings and values while exploring alternative modes of subjectivity, and how these experiments propose new forms of engagement with broad artistic, social, and political fields.
    TAPS 1281Q S01
    Primary Instructor
    Solomon
  • Artists and Scientists as Partners

    This course focuses on current research on and practices in arts and healing, with an emphasis on dance and music for persons with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and Autism (ASD). Includes guest lecturers, readings, field trips, and site placements. Admission to class will be through application in order to balance the course between self-identified artists and scientists and those primarily interested in PD and those primarily interested in ASD. Enrollment limited to 30.
    TAPS 1281W S01
    Primary Instructor
    Strandberg
    TAPS 1281W L01
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Advanced Modern Dance

    Designed for dancers who have attained an advanced level in any dance technique. The purpose is to help such dancers come to understand both intellectually and kinesthetically the diversity of one of the few indigenous American art forms: modern dance. Enrollment limited to 40. S/NC.
  • Dance Performance and Repertory

    Half course credit each semester. A study of dance repertory through commissioned new works, reconstruction, coaching, rehearsal, and performance. Guest artists and consultants from the American Dance Legacy Institute. Enrollment is by audition. Limited to skilled dancers. Instructor permission required. S/NC.
    TAPS 1350 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Strandberg
  • New Works/World Traditions

    From research to performance, develops new dance theater pieces that are rooted in Mande dance and American dance. Includes study with Mande, American, and European artists in building a body of repertory for the concert stage. May be repeated for credit. By audition. S/NC.
    TAPS 1370 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bach-Coulibaly
  • Advanced Performance

    An investigation into abstract and nonlinear modes of performance, working from fragmentary and recombined narrative, dramatic, and found sources. Seeks to evolve a conceptual approach to performance of the individual actor-director-writer through supervised and independent exercises and projects. Prerequisite: TAPS 0230. For juniors and especially seniors. Enrollment limited to 20. WRIT
    TAPS 1400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Golub
  • Advanced Writing for Performance

    This course is an intense examination of the craft of writing scripts for the stage from germinal idea through production by analyzing students work in workshops, reading scripts and attending local performances. Students will learn proper script format, story outline and structure, characterization, plot and the nuts and bolts of the script writing business. Moreover, they will write a full-length play or a series of one-acts. They will also be required to read and critique each other's work and bring a significant number of script copies to class for workshop. Prerequisite: TAPS 0100 and 0200. Enrollment limited to 17.
    TAPS 1500H S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gardley
  • Seminar in Theatre Arts

    Seminar designed primarily for senior theatre arts concentrators, required during Semester VII. Topics focus on career planning and theatre arts subjects not dealt with in other courses. Enrollment limited to 25 seniors.
    TAPS 1520 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ruppel
  • Performativity and the Body: Staging Gender, Staging Race

    This course examines how we develop and interrogate different meanings around our bodies through performance practices in everyday life and on stage. Specifically, we analyze how race and gender are regulated, reinforced, reworked, and subverted through embodied modes of performance. We explore how raced and gendered bodies are constructed, reconstructed, and deconstructed through everyday performances of self from fashion to food to surgery. We will also examine works by playwrights, visual artists, and theatre artists who deploy performance practices to make, unmake, and remake historical, social, and political understandings of our bodies as raced and gendered. WRIT
    TAPS 1630 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Nye
  • Queer Relations: Aesthetics and Sexuality (ENGL 1900R)

    Interested students must register for ENGL 1900R (CRN 15179).
  • Independent Reading and Research

    Intensive reading and research on selected topics arranged in terms of special needs and interests of the student. A written proposal must be submitted to the instructor and the chair of the theatre arts department before the project can be approved. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    TAPS 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bach-Coulibaly
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Reo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Crawford
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Jones
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Gardley
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Golub
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Hett
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Marshall
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    McGarty
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Schneider
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Ehn
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Strandberg
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Tannenbaum
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Ybarra
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Senior Honors Thesis Preparation

    To be taken by all students accepted into the theatre arts honors program. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    TAPS 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ehn
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1990 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Golub
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Schneider
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1990 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Strandberg
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Ybarra
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Gardley
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Liveness: Performance and Neoanimism in Late Capitalism

    Has the “affect economy’s” 24/7 live shifted medial maps distinguishing live from object arts? As animacy and inanimacy warp, do orientations to duration, participation, and relation shift? Can liveness extend to the Paleolithic in today’s “new materialist” imaginary? If "Cinema is Dead," does it join theatre as a zombie form? Modernist “animism,” “totemism,” and “primitivism” provide a backdrop to recent returns to animism in Chen, Bennet, Latour and others. Does theatre’s separation from ritual and possession demand rethinking via “relationscapes” and the critical turn to affect theory? Art/performance, theatre, cinema will be under discussion, from Euripides Bacchae to Gucci Bacchae.
    TAPS 2200N S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schneider
  • Pedagogy: Prep and Practice

    In the second year of the three-year MFA Playwriting Program, students are required to teach undergraduates Introductory and Intermediate Playwriting. This course readies MFAs for their teaching in advance of their time at the head of the classroom, provides them with mentorship during the conduct of their teaching, and assesses their experience at the end of their assignments. It is an intensive seminar, where the head of the Playwriting Program meets with students individually and as a team, sharing in the evolutions of curricular design and practice, offering close comment and tailored assignments (suggested readings; writing tasks).
    TAPS 2300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ehn
  • Graduate Playwriting

    With Word as the bodying forth into social reality of original experience, the structures, purposes and ethical risks of writing for performance are examined; experienced through the reading of each other's works-in-progress, through the reading of essays and in session exercises. Must be taken by playwriting grad students every semester in residence. May be taken multiple times for credit. Undergraduates will be admitted with permission of the instructor. Contact Erik_Ehn@Brown.edu using "Grad PW" in the subject line. Permission will be given once manuscripts have been reviewed. S/NC
    TAPS 2310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ehn
  • The Politics of Precariousness and Resilience (POLS 2355)

    Interested students must register for POLS 2355 (CRN 15948).
  • Acting, Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium

    This course is open only to students of the Consortium. It will include fundamental exercises, textual analysis, rehearsal techniques, character and scene work designed to provide the student actor with a working method based upon the general principles of the Stanislavski system. A major part of this course will include rehearsal and performance responsibilities.
    TAPS 2500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Voice: Power and Range for the Actor

    This course is open only to students of the Consortium. It will provide a progression of exercises to free, develop and strengthen the voice as the actor's instrument. The classes focus on relaxation, physical awareness, breath, freeing the channel for sound developing the resonators, releasing the voice from the body, articulation, self-expression, and the link to text and acting.
    TAPS 2510 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Movement: Form, Center and Balance

    This course is open only to students of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Consortium program. It will develop a physical vocabulary through floor work, choreographed combinations and movement improvisation, helping the actor develop an understanding of space, strength of movement, and physical life onstage.
    TAPS 2520 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Directing: Composition and Staging

    This course is open only to the MFA Consortium program. It will include information and exercises addressing how to stage a play, balance the space, and transition from scene to scene. It will also focus on the director's responsibility to the actors, and ways in which to help them create their roles.
    TAPS 2530 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Acting: Shakespeare and Moliere

    This is a two-credit course and is open only to students of the MFA Consortium program. This is a scene study class with an emphasis on the problems of style and language in the plays of Moliere and Shakespeare.
    TAPS 2600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Voice: Verse Text

    This course is open only to students of the MFA Consortium program. It will include advanced vocal work and an introduction to singing in performance. Rhythm and rhyme will be explored in relation to lyrics and verse.
    TAPS 2610 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Movement: The Alexander Technique

    This course is open only to students of the MFA Consortium program. This class will provide a step-by-step understanding and application of The Alexander Technique, which helps to develop body alignment, range of motion, and inner stillness.
    TAPS 2620 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Directing: The Director's Vision

    This course is open only to students of the MFA Consortium program. Under close supervision, students will direct projects at the Consortium. Each student will be responsible for the creation of either a new or an established script. Students will meet regularly with the faculty to discuss process and progress.
    TAPS 2630 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Acting: Monologue Performance

    This is a two-credit course and is open only to students of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Consortium program. Acting assignments will include solo work presented in a variety of ways. These might include a selection of monologues and songs presented by the students to show the full range of his or her abilities. A performance might also include a solo piece written by the student and presented as a single-actor production.
    TAPS 2700 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Voice: Dialects and Accents

    This course is open only to students of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Consortium program. This course will teach actors various American regional dialects and international accents including British, Irish, Italian and Russian. Students will examine the language with the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, and will be expected to perform using the regionalisms and dialect and then teach it to the rest of the class.
    TAPS 2710 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Physical Theatre

    This course is open only to students of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Consortium program. This course will explore various kinds of physical theatre, and ways in which the actor can be free, spontaneous and open in rehearsal and performance. Areas of exploration will include Commedia, mask and yoga.
    TAPS 2720 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Directing: Design in the Collaborative Process

    This is a two-credit course and is open only to students of the Brown/ Trinity Rep MFA Consortium program. Directing students will study theatrical design including stage settings, costumes, lights and sound. Particular focus will be given to ways in which a director works with a designer to establish his or her vision of the play. Areas of study will include blueprints, floor plans, renderings and focus.
    TAPS 2730 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Berenson
  • Comprehensive Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    TAPS 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Thesis Workshop

    For graduate playwrights, in their second and third years, rehearsing and revising their thesis projects. May be taken multiple times for credit. Must be taken both semesters in the second and third year.
    TAPS 2975 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ehn
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2975 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ybarra
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2975 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Golub
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2975 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Marshall
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2975 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Mertes
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2975 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Schneider
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Graduate Level Independent Reading and Research

    A program of intensive reading and research on selected topics arranged in terms of special needs and interests of the student. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    TAPS 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ehn
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ybarra
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Golub
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Marshall
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Strandberg
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Tannenbaum
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Mertes
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Schneider
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Master's Thesis Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    TAPS 2981 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schneider
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2981 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Lim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2981 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ybarra
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2981 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Golub
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    TAPS 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep