Courses

FALL 2016 COURSES

CA 130 – Introduction to Theatre
This course surveys the principles, techniques, history, and literature of the theatre.  Reading and viewing a wide range of plays, we will explore several prominent periods in Western dramatic literature.  In addition, the course examines the role of actors, designers, playwrights, directors, and audiences, and attempts to understand the unique contributions each makes to theatrical art.  Students regularly perform assigned readings to better understand the choices made by theatre artists.  The course culminates in a focused acting and directing project.
9-9:50 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
111 Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

CA 150 – Fundamentals of Acting
Exercises in the actor’s basic skills, including scene analysis, sensory work, and improvisation as applied to realistic drama. Classroom performance of memorized scenes is required.  May not be taken credit/no credit.
3-4:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
107 Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

CA 315 – Classical Ages of the Theatre
This course studies several major periods in Western theatre history, commencing with the origins of drama and concluding with the closing of the English playhouses in 1642.  The focus will be on individuals, events, and dramatic forms that have contributed to the development of the theatre as a complex institution.  In a larger sense, the course will examine how these developments are shaped by the political, social, and intellectual forces of their time.
2:30 – 3:20, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
207 Alden Hall

SPRING 2017 COURSES

I will direct Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale in February 2017. More information and audition dates are forthcoming.

FS 102, Section 5 – The Contemporary American Musical
 A series of recent, boldly inventive American musicals have challenged long-held values and cultural norms.  Rather than the traditional fusion of syrupy plotlines with flashy songs and dances, these shows are “taking musical theatre on a whole new trip.”  This course surveys the contemporary American musical, with a focus on the presentation of “difference” and “diversity” on stage.  Musicals studied may include Sunday in the Park with George, Rent, Hairspray, Avenue Q, Wicked, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, The Book of Mormon, Fun Home, and Hamilton.  This seminar develops written and oral communication skills, with an emphasis on persuasive communication.
3:30-4:45 p.m., Monday and Wednesday
Alden 210

CA 325 – The Revolutionary Stage
From the seventeenth through the twentieth century, the theatres of Europe and the United States underwent a series of revolutions in craft, theory, technique, and production. Each of these revolutions helped shape the contemporary stage. From French neoclassicism and the English Restoration, to romanticism, the birth of melodrama, the beginnings of modern realism and the epic theatre this course considers significant periods in the theatre’s development.
11-11:50 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
202 Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

Italy EL 2017 – May/June 2017
In May/June 2017, Professors Mark Cosdon and David Miller will lead their sixth EL study tour to Italy. Our trip dates are May 14 – June 8. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn four academic credits.

A highlight of the trip will be our week-long stay in the small hilltown of Amelia. With human settlements dating back at least 2,500 years, Amelia is one of the oldest towns in Italy. Here, students will live for a week with Italian families and study Italian at a local language school. With Amelia as a base, we will trek to a handful of neighboring towns, visit local producers of olive oil, wine, and candy, and form lasting friendships with our Italian host families.

To learn more about the trip, see the full itinerary here:  https://www.facebook.com/notes/allegheny-college-italy-2017/el-italy-2017-tentative-itinerary/1062761197140183