Drama and Theatre Arts

http://theatre.barnard.edu/

507 Milbank Hall
212-854-2080
212-280-8764 (fax)
Department Administrator: Mike Cavalier
Faculty Department Assistant: Coretta Grant

The Barnard and Columbia undergraduate theatre program engages the disciplines of drama, theatre, and performance studies as a distinctive mode of intellectual and artistic inquiry. Majors take foundational coursework in the literary, cultural, and embodied traditions of western and nonwestern performance as well as in the practices of acting, directing, design, and playwriting. All majors then specialize in a specific area and undertake advanced thesis work, leading either to a formal essay of original research, or to an artistic project (in acting, design, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, or solo performance) that combines the practices of research and artistic creation.

While Barnard and Columbia students fulfill the overall graduation requirements of their respective institutions, major requirements for the Barnard Major in Theatre/Columbia Major in Drama and Theatre Arts are identical, and the majority of required coursework is offered through the Barnard College Department of Theatre. Barnard and Columbia students receive their degrees from their respective colleges of Columbia University.

The Department's season of productions in the Minor Latham Playhouse and the Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre is a crucible of investigation: the place where professional directors and designers collaborate with undergraduates, using a wide range of classic and contemporary plays and performance practices to shape insights unique to theatrical inquiry today. Whether it's Shakespeare or Soyinka or Caryl Churchill, or the directing, solo performance, and playwriting theses in the Senior Thesis Festival, Department of Theatre productions are both a learning process and a scene of encounter, where perceptions are shaped for the attention and creative response of a larger public.

Students interested in majoring in Theatre should consider taking three or four of the required classes in their first two years of study: Theatre History I, Theatre History II and/or a course fulfilling the "world theatre" requirement, and at least one class in acting, design, directing, or playwriting (preferably in the area you might choose as areas of specialization). Students thinking about a research focus might consider an additional dramatic literature class early in their studies; students thinking about an acting or design focus, for example, might consider additional classes in those areas in the second or third year of study.

Students declare the major in the spring semester of the sophomore year. The major requirements are spelled out below, and the process for choosing a thesis area as well: all Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors complete a thesis as a capstone to their work in the degree. For more information about the major, please contact any full-time faculty member (see Faculty pages).

Barnard students must make an appointment or come by the office of the Department Chair to have the major-declaration form signed, and will have a major adviser from the Department faculty; Columbia students are encouraged to meet with members of the faculty to discuss the degree. All majors should introduce themselves to the Theatre Administrator in 507 Milbank Hall; he will add names to the departmental listserv, and help students to keep up to date in important information about studying in the Department.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the major, successful students will be able to attain the following objectives:

  • Assess critically the artistic ambitions of contemporary theatrical performance, and of literary, critical and theoretical issues involved in the interpretation of dramatic literature and theatrical performance;
  • Create with proficiency in at least one area of creative work in the field: critical/research writing, acting, directing, design, playwriting, and dramaturgy.

Areas of Concentration

Drama and Theatre Studies Student Learning Objectives

Students successfully completing drama and theatre studies coursework, or concentrating in drama and theatre studies, should be able to attain the following objectives:

  1. Write clearly about dramatic literature, and about performance, including where applicable film performance;
  2. Synthesize and evaluate contemporary criticism and research scholarship in writing;
  3. Know specific authors, movements, periods, styles, and ideological structures in the history of drama, theatre, and performance (i.e., Shakespeare, American drama, Performative Cultures of the Third Reich, Black Theatre);
  4. Use critical, theoretical, and historical concepts in the analysis of drama and performance.

Acting Student Learning Objectives

Students successfully completing a concentration in acting should be able to attain the following objectives:

  1. Analyze dramatic texts and apply the analysis to developing a performable role/character;
  2. Synthesize external elements with external elements (social mores, environment, historical context, status relationship to others) and internal elements (center of gravity, personal rhythm, speed, tempo) toward the expression of a character's physicality and emotionality;
  3. Recognize and apply the fundamental concepts of character development: objectives, obstacles, actions, given circumstances;
  4. Develop vocal, physical and emotional awareness and imagination, and to explore techniques available to aid the actor in applying these elements in a conscious way during rehearsal and performance.

Design Student Learning Objectives

Students successfully completing a concentration in design should be able to attain the following objectives:

  1. Analyze dramatic texts and translate that analysis into documents used in the production process (breakdowns, plots, etc.);
  2. Collect images and texts that provide insight into the developing design idea, and accurately communicate historical and stylistic choices;
  3. Demonstrate fluency with the craft of a design field – e.g. sketching, model making, drafting, sound and lighting plots, and associated software;
  4. Perform collaboratively, adapting and informing their designs with ideas generated through conversation with colleagues, classmates, and advisors.

Directing Student Learning Objectives

Students successfully completing a concentration in directing should be able to attain the following objectives:

  1. Recognize the different demands of different configurations of stage space;
  2. Apply compositional tools;
  3. Define production style and its influence on performance choices;
  4. Communicate effectively with actors;
  5. Analyze the historical, social, and aesthetic elements of a dramatic text as the basis for a directorial conception.

Dramaturgy Student Learning Objectives

Students successfully completing a concentration in dramaturgy should be able to attain the following objectives:

  1. Apply important critical and theoretical concepts to the analysis of dramatic writing and theatrical performance;
  2. Synthesize and evaluate contemporary research scholarship and apply it to a specific production, including biographical, historical, and interpretive information;
  3. Write clearly and effectively about the goals of a production, its critical contexts and purposes;
  4. Communicate the critical stakes of a performance to a director and cast; to be able to work with a director in fashioning those stakes;
  5. Edit dramatic scripts for production.

Playwriting Student Learning Objectives

Students successfully completing a concentration in playwriting should be able to attain the following objectives:

  1. Create an individual theatrical voice in writing;
  2. Construct dramatic and theatrical events onstage;
  3. Communicate supportive critique to fellow writers;
  4. Interpret plot and story, and to employ language and spectacle creatively;
  5. Recognize dramatic structures, and be able to shape and hold an audience's attention.

Chair: W.B. Worthen (Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, Drama and Theatre Arts)
Assistant Professors: Shayoni Mitra, Hana Worthen
Assistant Professors of Professional Practice: Sandra Goldmark, Alice Reagan
Adjunct Lecturers: Betsy Adams, Mana Allen, Linda Bartholomai, Andy Bragen, Grant Chapman, Kyle deCamp, Crystal Finn, Sharon Fogarty, Mikhael Tara Garver, Tuomas Hiltunen, Anne Kenney, Jimmy King, Stacey McMath, Suman Mukherjee, Piia Mustamäki, Fitz Patton, Rita Pietropinto, Wendy Waterman

Affiliated Faculty:
Associate Professor: Maja Horn (Spanish and Latin American Cultures)
Senior Lecturers: Pam Cobrin (English, Director, Writing Program), Patricia Denison (English, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, Drama and Theatre Arts)

Other officers of the University offering courses listed below:
Professors: Austin E. Quigley, Julie Stone Peters
Professor of Professional Practice: Steven Chaikelson
Assistant Professor: Katherine Biers

Department Administrator: Mike Cavalier
Technical Director: Greg Winkler
Production Manager: Michael Banta
Costume Shop Manager: Kara Feely
Faculty Department Assistant: Coretta Grant

Requirements for the Major

Download the Theatre major self-audit form

Students intending to major in Theatre should consult with the Department Chair in their sophomore year or earlier to plan a program: this consultation is required for Barnard students and strongly recommended for Columbia students. Twelve courses and one senior thesis (in Performance or in Research) are required as follows:

Dramatic Literature and Theatre History
World theatre and performance histories:
Western Theatre Traditions: Classic to Romantic
Select one of the following:
Theatre Traditions in a Global Context
Traditional Indian Theatre
Modern Asian Performance
Select one course in drama, theatre, and performance theories:4
Theories of Performance Studies
Drama, Theatre, and Theory
Drama, Theatre, Theory
Select one course in Shakespeare
Select two courses in dramatic literature, theatre studies, or performance studies, taken in the Theatre Department or in another department with advisor's approval. One course must be a seminar
Theatre Practice
Select one of the following courses in theatre design:
THTR UN3132
Sound Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
THTR UN3135
Problems in Design
Collaboration: Directing and Design (may be counted it not counted toward directing)
Select one of the following courses in acting:
Scene Lab
Acting Lab
Advanced Acting Lab
Select one of the following courses in directing:
Directing I
Collaboration: Directing and Design (may be counted if not counted toward Design)
Concentration
All majors must take an additional two courses in the field of the senior thesis: acting, directing, design, dramaturgy, playwriting, or research. See below.
Senior Thesis
All students must take either THTR V3997 or THTR V3998:
Senior Thesis: Performance (acting, design, directing, dramaturgy, or playwriting) *
Senior Thesis: Research **
*

Prior to completing the Senior Thesis: Performance, majors must take an additional two courses in the field of the thesis (acting, design, dramaturgy, directing, playwriting). Courses in acting, design, and directing are offered through the Department of Theatre. Courses in playwriting are offered through the Department of Theatre; courses offered through the Barnard Department of English may be taken as well with advisor approval. For theses in Directing, students must take Dramaturgy prior to the thesis year. For theses in Dramaturgy, students take two courses in drama, theatre, or performance research; these courses may be drawn from courses in dramatic literature, theatre studies, and global performance traditions offered in the Theatre department, or from dramatic literature courses offered in other departments with adviser's approval. Dramaturgy concentrators may substitute one course in playwriting for one of these two courses. Students taking a Solo Performance thesis are required to have taken the Solo Performance course prior to the thesis semester (spring), among the three required courses in acting. 

**

Prior to completing the Senior Thesis: Research, majors must take an additional two courses in drama, theatre, or performance research; these courses may be drawn from courses in dramatic literature, theatre studies, and global performance traditions offered in the Theatre department, or from dramatic literature courses offered in other departments with adviser's approval. These courses should be discussed with the student's major advisor, as well as with the sponsor of the thesis.

Production Crew

Theatre majors planning on completing a Senior Thesis in Performance (acting, design, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, solo performance) are required to complete a run crew assignment and a crew head assignment prior to their final semester; to be in the strongest position for the thesis, ideally these assignments are completed during the junior year.  Please see the section on Production Crew for more information.

Studio Courses

Please note that for Barnard students there is a limit on studio courses. Theatre majors may take 24 studio points in Theatre and an additional six in another discipline for a total of 30 studio points. Theatre Department studio courses are:

THTR V2003Voice and Speech2
THTR V2004Movement for Actors2
THTR UN2005Acting Workshop3
THTR V2007Scene Lab3
THTR UN2120 3
THTR UN3004Acting Lab3
THTR V3005 3
THTR UN3006Advanced Acting Lab3
THTR UN3122 1-3
THTR UN3172 1-3

Graduate Courses

Only under special circumstances, and with the permission of the instructor, can undergraduates take graduate classes.

THTR V2002 New York Theatre. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Permission given by instructor only at first meeting.

Students attend a variety of performances as well as a weekly lab meeting. Emphasis on expanding students' critical vocabulary and understanding of current New York theatre and its history. Section on contemporary New York theatre management and production practices.

THTR V2003 Voice and Speech. 2 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 14 students. Acting classes are open to all Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. Permission of Theatre Department through audition required: auditions for acting classes and for the semester's stage productions held 6pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday class days of each semester. Acting classes begin meeting after auditions. For required details, consult Auditions on the Barnard Theatre Department website in advance: theatre.barnard.edu/auditions

Techniques of vocal production tailored to the individual problems and potential of the student. Exercises for use in warm-up, relaxation, breathing, and rehearsal; daily work with poetry and dramatic texts.

THTR V2004 Movement for Actors. 2 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Recommended for students intending to focus on acting or directing in the senior thesis. Enrollment limited to 14 students. Acting classes are open to all Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. Permission of Theatre Department through audition required: auditions for acting classes and for the semester's stage productions held 6pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday class days of each semester. Acting classes begin meeting after auditions. For required details, consult "Auditions" on the Barnard Theatre Department website in advance: theatre.barnard.edu/auditions

Exploration of the actor's physical performance. Classical and contemporary approaches to theatre movement.

THTR UN2005 Acting Workshop. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
When offered in Fall semester, open only to first-year students.

Prerequisites: Acting classes are open to all Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. Permission of Theatre Department through audition required: auditions for acting classes and for the semester's stage productions held 6pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday class days of each semester. Acting classes begin meeting after auditions. For required details, consult "Auditions" on the Barnard Theatre Department website in advance: theatre.barnard.edu/auditions.

Course develops the processes and tools an actor needs to approach the text of a play. Students develop their physical, vocal, and imaginative range and skills through voice and speech exercises, work on non-verbal behavior, improvisation, and character development.  IN THE FALL SEMESTER OPEN ONLY TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS. Course encouraged for prospective BC Theatre and CU Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

Fall 2017: THTR UN2005
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 2005 001/07546 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Crystal Finn 3 0
THTR 2005 002/00488 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
James King 3 1

THTR V2007 Scene Lab. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Acting classes are open to all Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. Permission of Theatre Department through audition required: auditions for acting classes and for the semester's stage productions held 6pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday class days of each semester. Acting classes begin meeting after auditions. For required details, consult "Auditions" on the Barnard Theatre Department website in advance: theatre.barnard.edu/auditions.

 Provides an overview of the creative process of acting: text analysis, circumstance, establishment of place, pursuit of intention in coordination with exercises and improvisation designed to enhance concentration, imagination, resonance, movement, and projection. Rehearsal 2 hours per week outside class, participation in discussion of plays, playwrights, and performances required. Fulfills one course in Acting for Theatre/Drama Theatre Arts majors.

THTR V2120 Technical Production. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Crew assignment optional. Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Introduction to the equipment, terms, and procedures employed in the creation of scenery, lighting, and sound for the stage. Classroom exercises and field visits emphasize approaches to collaborative process and production management.

THTR V2121 Stage Management. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor, given at first class meeting.

This course explores the role of the stage manager and production manager in  theatrical production. Students undertake hands-on exercises to develop the practical and collaborative skills essential to working both as a stage manager and production manager--script analysis; production timeline and rehearsal management; technical rehearsal; budgeting; working with directors and designers; working with unions; health and safety codes; house management; box office.

THTR V2140 History and Practice of Producing for the Theatre. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Preference given to students who have taken New York Theatre and/or are Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors. Permission of instructor given at first class meeting, required. Course limited to 12.

Explores the role and responsibilities of the producer in commercial and not-for-profit theatre; the relationship of the producer to the cast and creative team; the creative development of plays and musicals; the evolution of the role of the producer over the twentieth century; and the pioneering work of great producers of the past century. Students develop criteria to assess artistic and financial merits of theatrical work. Attendance at productions on and off Broadway, meetings with producers and other theatre artists.

THTR V3000 Theatre Traditions in a Global Context. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 50 students.

Provides a broad introduction to several traditions of nonwestern drama and theatrical practice, often placing recent and contemporary writing in relation to established conventions.  Taking up plays and performance traditions from Asia, South Asia, and various African traditions, it may also consider the relation between elite and popular culture (adaptations of Shakespeare, for example), and between drama, theatre, and film. Fulfills one course in World Theatre for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

THTR UN3004 Acting Lab. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: Enrollment in each section limited to 14 students. Acting classes are open to all Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. Permission of Theatre Department through audition required: auditions for acting classes and for the semester's stage productions held 6pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday class days of each semester. Acting classes begin meeting after auditions. For required details, consult "Auditions" on the Barnard Theatre Department website in advance: theatre.barnard.edu/auditions

This is an umbrella course whose offerings will change each year. Some are narrow, some broad; all are designed with several objectives in common, including: a. To focus on a particular genre, playwright,  approach to live performance. b. To develop an interrelated set of conceptual, analytical, and embodiment skills and approaches. Courses typically involve  scene preparation, reading, research, and both individual and group projects, as well as active participation in classroom exercises. c. To develop a sense of the purposes and goals of a specific approach to acting. The acting lab courses are intentionally non-sequential; students with little previous background in acting are strongly encouraged to consider the Acting Workshop and Scene Lab courses. No more than six courses can be taken from the Acting Lab/Advanced Acting Lab offerings during a student's career. Auditions are required for all Acting Labs and will take place the first two evenings of each semester. Each course fulfills one course in Acting requirement for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors. Please check with the Theatre Department website for specific offerings and audition information.

Fall 2017: THTR UN3004
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3004 001/07733 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Mana Allen 3 15
THTR 3004 002/00451 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
John Chapman 3 5
THTR 3004 003/07149 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Kyle deCamp 3 7

THTR UN3005 ACTING LAB: ACTING MICHAEL CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE. 3 points.

The Michael Chekhov Technique is a psychophysical approach to acting, emphasizing the connection between the actor’s body and the imagination in creating character. Unlike some acting pedagogies which encourage the actor’s personal identification with a character through the use of emotional memory, Chekhov proposes a “transpersonal” approach through investigating qualities of movement, physical sensation, relationship to space and architecture, image, archetype, and gesture. The technique bridges the divide between the “inner” and “outer” aspects of an actor’s work, and can be applied across performance genres from naturalism to the avant-garde. That is, Chekhov training uses a range of movement vocabularies to develop a distinctive set of approaches to the problem of characterization. • Unlike many courses on offer which address a particular style or genre of writing, this class undertakes the investigation of a specific acting technique, which can then be applied across a range of dramatic genres. • This technique bridges the gap between body and imagination, intellect and creativity, and so helps to develop the physical dimension of an actor's work. • The “transpersonal” approach of this technique does not engage the student’s personal psychology in creating a character.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3005
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3005 001/04426 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
118 Milbank Hall
Wendy Waterman, Mana Allen 3 12
THTR 3005 002/05214 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Ll200 Diana Center
John Chapman 3 12
THTR 3005 004/03191 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
229 Milbank Hall
John Chapman 3 19

THTR UN3006 Advanced Acting Lab. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Preference given to juniors and seniors; THTRV 3004 or 3005 prerequisite. Enrollment limited to 14 students. Acting classes are open to all Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. Permission of Theatre Department through audition required: auditions for acting classes and for the semester's stage productions held 6pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday class days of each semester. Acting classes begin meeting after auditions. For required details, consult "Auditions" on the Barnard Theatre Department website in advance: theatre.barnard.edu/auditions

Special problems of performance. In-class scene work, extensive outside research, rehearsals, and reading.   Fulfills additional coursework in Acting for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

Fall 2017: THTR UN3006
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3006 001/01708 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Crystal Finn 3 5
THTR 3006 002/08720 T Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Mana Allen 3 6

THTR V3122 Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 points.

Prerequisites: Students cast as actors in a departmental stage production register for this course; course emphasizes the collaborative nature of production, and appropriate research and reading required in addition to artistic assignments. Students working as dramaturgs on departmental productions register for this course as well. Auditions for each semester's stage productions held 6pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday class days of each semester. Acting classes begin meeting after auditions. For required details, consult "Auditions" on the Barnard Theatre Department website in advance: theatre.barnard.edu/auditions

Students take part in the full production of a play as actors, designers, dramaturgs, or stage managers. Emphasizes the collaborative nature of production. Appropriate research and reading will be required in addition to artistic assignments.

THTR V3132 Sound Design. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor given at first class meeting.

Studies the art and practice of designing sound and scoring music for dramatic performance. Students study the relationship between concert and incidental music, and read plays toward the production of a score for live theatre. Students also read broadly in the fields of sound, music, acoustics, and the cultural analysis of sound as a component of performance. Background in music or composition not essential. Fulfills one course in Design for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

THTR V3133 Costume Design. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor given at first class meeting.

Studio course exploring designing costumes for the stage. Students become familiar with textual and character analysis, research, sketching and rendering, swatching and introductory costume history.  Fulfills one course in Design for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

THTR V3134 Lighting Design. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students. Permission of instructor given at first class meeting.

Focuses on both the technical and creative aspects of theatrical lighting design. Students will learn the role of lighting within the larger design and performance collaboration through individual and group projects, readings, hands-on workshops, and critique of actual designs. Fulfills one course in Design for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

THTR V3135 Scene Design. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students. Permission of instructor given at first class meeting.

Introduction to designing for the theatre. The course will focus on set design, developing skills in script analysis, sketching, model making, storyboarding and design presentation. Some investigation into theatre architecture, scenic techniques and materials, and costume and lighting design. Fulfills one course in Design for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

THTR UN3140 Performing Women. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students.

This course examines the category of "woman" as it is mobilized in performance, considering both a variety of contemporary performances chosen from a wide range of genres and a diversity of critical/theoretical perspectives.

Fall 2017: THTR UN3140
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3140 001/05992 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Shayoni Mitra 4 17

THTR V3141 Socialism/Communism in Performance. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Enrollment limited to 16 students.

Analyzes dramatic texts and performances under the Communist regimes behind the Iron Curtain before 1989. Principal focus is on Czech, Polish, and East German playwrights and their productions; we will consider their work in both legal and illegal contexts. In order to gain a wider understanding of the diversity of underground performative cultures, works from Hungary, Romania, and Slovenia will be considered as well. The seminar also attends to dissident performative activities in the framework of the 1980s revolutions, and reflects on works by western authors and emigrant/diasporic writers produced on stages behind the Iron Curtain.  Fulfills one (of two) required courses in dramatic literature for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts major.

THTR V3142 Bertolt Brecht: The Making of Theatre. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16; permission of instructor given at first class meeting. Course is conducted in English and readings are in English; German majors and German-speaking students may do readings and papers in German.

This class provides a comprehensive overview of the drama, theatre, and theory of Bertolt Brecht, the most influential European playwright and theorist of the twentieth century, in the context of their original historical contexts and subsequent legacies.  Fulfills one (of two) required courses in dramatic literature for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts major.

THTR V3146 American Drama in the 1990s. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16.

Examines American drama in the period between the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the attack on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001, considering a range of aesthetic (epic theatre, performance art), social (AIDS), and political (Reaganomics) issues of the period. Fulfills one (of two) required courses in dramatic literature for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts major.

THTR UN3150 Western Theatre Traditions: Classic to Romantic. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Dialectical approach to reading and thinking about the history of dramatic theatre in the west, interrogating the ways poetry inflects, and is inflected by, the material dynamics of performance. We will undertake careful study of the practices of performance, and of the sociocultural, economic, political, and aesthetic conditions animating representative plays of the Western tradition from the classical theatre through the early modern period to early romanticism; course will also emphasize development of important critical concepts for the analysis of drama, theatre, and performance. Specific attention will be given to classical Athens, medieval cycle drama, the professional theatre of early modern England, the rival theatres of seventeenth century France and Spain, and eighteenth-century theatre in England and Germany; topics include the sociology of theatre, the impact of print on conceptions of performance, representing gender and race, and the dynamics of court performance. Writing: 2-3 papers; Reading: 1-2 plays, critical and historical reading per week; final examination. Fulfills one (of two) Theatre History requirements for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

Fall 2017: THTR UN3150
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3150 001/06594 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
William Worthen 3 29

THTR UN3151 Western Theatre Traditions: Modern. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Dialectical approach to reading and thinking about the history of dramatic theatre in the west, interrogating the ways poetry inflects, and is inflected by, the material dynamics of performance. We will undertake careful study of the practices of performance, and of the sociocultural, economic, political, and aesthetic conditions animating representative plays of the Western tradition from the late eighteenth century to today; course will also emphasize development of important critical concepts for the analysis of drama, theatre, and performance. Specific attention will be given to the ideology of realism and naturalism, the development of epic theatre, the theatre of cruelty, postcolonial performance, and the continuing invention of dramatic forms (theatre of the absurd, speechplays, postdramatic theatre), as well as to the political and theoretical impact of race, gender, sexuality in modern performance culture. Writing: 2-3 papers; Reading: 1-2 plays, critical and historical reading per week; final examination. Fulfills one (of two) Theatre History requirements for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3151
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3151 001/03990 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
324 Milbank Hall
Hana Worthen 3 42

THTR UN3152 Nazism in Performance. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: Course enrollment limited to 16; permission of instructor given at first class meeting.

Explores the cultivation of national and transnational performances as a significant force of National Socialism, at the same time as challenging the notion of “Nazi Theatre” as monolithic formation. The core of the course inquires into the dialectical analysis of artistic creations in diverse art genres, while working towards an understanding of the social dramaturgy of such events as staging the Führer and the racialized body of the privileged people. Nazism did not harbor ideologies without benefits for the allied nations. Thus, the dynamic performance of transnationalism among the “brothers in arms” will be included as well, in order to elucidate how works of art crossing into the Third Reich were reimagined, sometimes in ways challenging to the presumed values of the state stage. Fulfills one (of two) required courses in dramatic literature for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts major.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3152
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3152 001/01239 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
225 Milbank Hall
Hana Worthen 4 16

THTR UN3155 Traditional Indian Theatre. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Course provides a perspective on traditional forms of Indian performance from classical theory to contemporary traditional practices. Course covers Sanskrit drama, Kathakali, Ramlila, and Chhau; extensive video of performances and guest practitioners. Fulfills one course in World Theatre requirement for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3155
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3155 001/03926 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
117 Barnard Hall
Shayoni Mitra 4 13

THTR V3156 Modern Asian Performance. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor given at first class meeting; enrollment limited to 16.
Corequisites: Fulfills one course in World Theatre requirement for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

Course studies contemporary Asian performance with focus on modernity, covering most nations on the Asian continent; readings cover theoretical and aesthetic questions from performances of healing to revolutionary theatre to diasporic performance.

THTR UN3165 Theories of Performance Studies. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students.

Course surveys the wide range of genres and categories addressed by the practice of modern "performance studies"; it introduces a number of performance practices, as well as relevant interdisciplinary methodologies. Students consider live performances as well as a number of mediated works, learning to think critically and creatively about the relation between text, technology, and the body. Course fulfills the Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts major requirement in Drama, Theatre, Theory.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3165
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3165 001/02663 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Ll105 Diana Center
Shayoni Mitra 4 15

THTR V3166 Drama, Theatre, and Theory. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students.

Intensive immersion in fundamental principles and practices of world drama, theatre, and performance, past and present. Close readings of performances, plays, video, film, and digital media.  Assignments include presentations, performance projects, and critical writing. Fulfills one course in Drama, Theatre, and Theory requirement for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

THTR UN3167 Dramaturgy. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, given at first class meeting; enrollment limited to 12.

This course teaches the research skills and practices a production dramaturg develops as part of the conceptual work of theatrical production. Course is focused on a series of activities: analyzing dramatic text, comparing different versions of script, conducting archival and cultural research, and presenting it to the production team.  Fulfills one (of two) required courses in dramatic literature for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors. Required for students undertaking a senior thesis in dramaturgy. Required for students undertaking a senior thesis in directing prior to the thesis year.

Fall 2017: THTR UN3167
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3167 001/09317 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Linda Bartholomai 4 16

THTR V3172 Rehearsal and Performance - Design and Technical. 1-3 points.

Prerequisites: Students working in a design, stage management, or backstage capacity on departmental stage production register for this course. Audition not required, but students must meet with Theatre Department Production Manager, Michael Banta (mbanta@barnard.edu).

Students take part in the full production of a play as designers or stage managers. Emphasizes the collaborative nature of production, the acquisition and development of technical and artistic perspectives on production, and appropriate research.

THTR UN3200 Directing I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor given at first class meeting.

Exploration of the evolution of the director's role in Europe and the US, including the study of important figures. Emphasis on text analysis, and varied schools of acting in relation to directing practice. Students gain a foundation in composing stage pictures and using stage movement to tell a story. All students will direct at least one fully-realized scene.  Fulfills one course in Directing requirement for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3200
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3200 001/04115 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Ll200 Diana Center
Sharon Fogarty 3 7
Fall 2017: THTR UN3200
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3200 001/04474 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Sharon Fogarty 3 33

THTR UN3201 Directing II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Students required to have taken THTRV 3200 Directing I, THTRV 3203 Collaboration: Directing and Design, or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 14 students. Permission of instructor given at first class meeting.

Course focuses on developing an individual directorial style, placing emphasis on visual research, and the use of different staging environments: end-stage, in the round, environmental. Class is structured around scene-work and critique, and each student will direct at least three fully-realized scenes. Material typically drawn from European avant-garde. Fulfills additional coursework in Directing required for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors concentrating in Directing.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3201 001/02899 T Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
229 Milbank Hall
Alice Reagan 3 4

THTR UN3202 Advanced Directing. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Open to students who have taken at least one course in directing. Required for students approved for Directing thesis, but open to all qualified students. Permission of instructor given at first class meeting.

This course requires students to draw on all previous theatre training, synthesizing scholarship and research toward dynamic fully-realized scene work. Emphasis is on the director-actor relationship; students will direct at least three fully-realized scenes, typically drawn from Shakespeare, Chekhov, or other playwrights. Students may have the opportunity to make devised work, and will collaborate with students in the Advanced Acting class. Required for, but not limited to, students undertaking a senior thesis in directing. Fulfills additional directing coursework in Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts major.

Fall 2017: THTR UN3202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3202 001/09360 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Alice Reagan 4 4

THTR V3203 Collaboration: Directing and Design. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructors given at first meeting; enrollment limited to 24.

Course focuses on developing both technical and collaborative skills of directors and designers.  Students are assigned to different roles in creative teams working on a series of at least three fully realized and designed scenes. Introduction to various design disciplines and directing practice. May be counted as either a course in directing or a course in design for majors. Fulfills requirement for one course in EITHER Directing OR Design for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors; counts as second or third course in either Directing or Design.

THTR V3250 Performance Lab. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students. Acting classes are open to all Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. Permission of Theatre Department through audition required: auditions for acting classes and for the semester's stage productions held 6pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday class days of each semester. Acting classes begin meeting after auditions. For required details, consult "Auditions" on the Barnard Theatre Department website in advance: theatre.barnard.edu/auditions

In Spring 2012 the course will provide a critical context and embodied understanding of experimental theatre and performance in the United States between 1960 and the present.  In the spirit of the critic/practitioners who emerged in this period, students will generate written assignments, research presentations, and scene work inspired by this artistic movement.

THTR UN3300 Playwriting Workshop. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor given at first class meeting.

Students will create and workshop plays, with a focus on learning new approaches to language and structure. Recommended for students undertaking a senior thesis in playwriting.

Fall 2017: THTR UN3300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3300 001/02909 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Andrew Bragen 3 8

THTR UN3301 Playwriting Lab. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and writing sample required.

Students will develop original dramatic scripts. Students will also read drafts of writers currently produced on New York stages to understand why changes and rewrites were made. Recommended for students undertaking a senior thesis in playwriting.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3301
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3301 001/04908 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Ll105 Diana Center
Andrew Bragen 3 12

THTR V3510 Problems in Design. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Some design experience is helpful, though not required. Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Studio-based course explores the main elements of theatrical design: sets, costumes, lighting, and sound. Students examine these design elements as both individual and interrelated components of a production. A series of guest artists contribute to understanding the design process, collaboration, and making a design idea a reality on stage. Fulfills one course in Design requirement for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

THTR V3600 The Theatre Workshop. 1 point.

Prerequisites: To be taken only for P/D/F. Auditions for this class are sometimes required; please check with Theatre Department in advance. If audition is required, auditions held 6pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday class days of each semester. Class begins meeting after auditions. For required details, consult "Auditions" on the Barnard Theatre Department website in advance: theatre.barnard.edu/auditions

Various topics presented by visiting theatre scholars, artists, and practitioners in a lecture/seminar/workshop series that will meet for at least four sessions during each semester. Topics, times, and visiting instructors will be announced by the department. Students must attend all classes to receive credit for the course.

THTR UN3997 Senior Thesis: Performance. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Appropriate coursework and substantial production experience, including a major crew assignment in the junior year. Enrollment limited to senior Theatre majors. Combined and special majors may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Permission of the instructor required.

Students will act in, direct, design, or dramaturg a play in the Barnard Department of Theatre season, or write a short play or solo performance piece that will be produced (according to departmental guidelines) in the Senior Thesis Festival. Collaboration is expected and students will meet weekly with faculty and other seniors. A written proposal must be submitted in the spring of the junior year and be approved. In addition to the performance, an extensive written Casebook is required: see departmental guidelines.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3997 001/08629 F 2:10pm - 5:00pm
230 Milbank Hall
Alice Reagan 4 4
THTR 3997 002/04815 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Ll200 Diana Center
Andrew Bragen 4 4
THTR 3997 003/02620 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Ll105 Diana Center
Andrew Bragen 4 3
THTR 3997 004/06617 F 2:10pm - 5:00pm
230 Milbank Hall
Sandra Goldmark 4 2
THTR 3997 005/08772 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
229 Milbank Hall
Crystal Finn 4 2
Fall 2017: THTR UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3997 001/03156 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
James King 4 2
THTR 3997 002/03882 F 2:10pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Sandra Goldmark 4 1
THTR 3997 003/02189 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
James King 4 1
THTR 3997 003/02189 M 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
James King 4 1

THTR UN3998 Senior Thesis: Research. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to senior Theatre majors. Combined and special majors may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Permission of the instructor required.

In-depth research project culminating in a substantial written thesis on any aspect of drama, performance, or theatre research.

Spring 2017: THTR UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3998 001/07475  
William Worthen 4 0
THTR 3998 002/09389  
Hana Worthen 4 1
THTR 3998 003/04387  
Shayoni Mitra 4 0
Fall 2017: THTR UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3998 001/05554  
William Worthen 4 0

THTR V3999 Independent Study. 1-4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the chair required.

Students submit, before the semester begins, a detailed proposal for independent research to a faculty sponsor.