Summer Study

Drama 103, theatre appreciation, distance learning course

This online course is a general introduction to the theatre. Throughout the course, you will develop the critical skills and the vocabulary you need to appreciate live theatre. The course begins by building theatrical vocabulary, then moves on to explain the various components of creating theater and the processes of manifesting ideas on stage.

Drama 259, Play! Improvisation and Theatre Games, taught by L. Zane

In this class, students will be engaged in a variety of exercises, games and creative activities, all aimed at encouraging a full commitment to PLAY, an essential ingredient to the art of story-telling. The expansive use of imagination and an emphasis on creative freedom will be the focus of the class.

This course is open to all - actors and non-actors. No audition needed.

Drama 316 - Theatrical make-up, taught by Josie Gardner

This is an entry level technical make up workshop based class. Most of the work is completed within the time limitations of the class. This course offers the student a practical guide to the theory and practice of different levels of stage make up.

Students are required to purchase specific supplies and tools to complete the course. A limited understanding of color, light, and shadow are encouraged. Enthusiasm is welcomed and appreciated. Read more about this class in an article from University Week.

Drama 317 - Anime/Cosplay Costume Construction, taught by Deborah Skorstad. A term and/or B term

Need help with Cosplay? Build your Anime Character, Construction Skills for Theatrical Costuming Cosplay Intensive

Deborah Skorstad is offering an intensive costume construction class. Class will focus on design, research and fabrication. The student will learn how to use professional shop equipment, machine and hand sewing techniques; will be expected to complete a wearable costume. The aim of this class is to support the participant in fabricating their character. It is intended for Anime enthusiasts, costume professionals, fiber artists, and design students. Students can learn basic sewing skills or take their current skills to the next level.

Drama 490 B, 2 credits - Alexander Technique, taught by Cathy Madden

"The hallmarks of the Alexander Technique are creativity, spontaneity, and adaptability to change." - A.R. Alexander
This class is a practical and theoretical introduction to the Alexander Technique, a psychophysical re-education process developed by F. M. Alexander (1869-1955). Studio application of this work improves physical/vocal coordination, enhances creativity, and clarifies thinking.

This class emphasizes its practical application to drama and/or any activity. Frank Pierce Jones says, the Alexander Technique "teaches you how to bring more practical intelligence into what you are already doing; how to eliminate stereotyped responses; how to deal with habit and change." Students access greater physical and vocal coordination as well as learn to "think in activity". (This course is of particular interest to students of drama, music, dance, education and psychology, and is useful to anyone who moves.)

Cathy's approach is playful and practical. Experienced teachers and advanced students who have studied with her assist her in the class. In class work will be tailored to the needs of the class members.

This summer's class is being taught in the intensive format that Madden teaches at Alexander Technique training schools around the world. The class meets daily from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 23-June 27, 2014.

For more details about upcoming summer courses, see Course Listings for Summer 2014.