Courses for Fall 2017

  • 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
    dAngelo
  • 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
    Searle
    TAPS 0100 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
  • 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
    Izumi
  • 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 School of Professional Studies.
    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
    Tannenbaum
  • 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. No permission will be given during pre-registration. S/NC
    TAPS 0230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Waterhouse
    TAPS 0230 S02
    Primary Instructor
    dAngelo
  • 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
    Haynes
  • 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
  • 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
  • Global Theatre and Performance: Paleolithic to the Threshold of Modernity

    This course explores performance practices that predate the European Renaissance across disparate parts of the globe. Considered will be Paleolithic rock art and other evidence of ritual practices in Europe, Africa, and the Americas; ritual dramas of Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire; Sub-Saharan African traditions and theatre/dance forms in ancient India, medieval Japan and the indigenous Americas. In short, we will explore a wealth of differing ancestral theatrical modes and methods that continue to leave their mark in contemporary diasporic expressions. WRIT
    TAPS 1230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schneider
  • Introduction to Set Design

    Students will explore set/scenic design for live performance in a studio format. The main objective is to introduce the language, tools, and technical skills involved in the discipline of scenic design and to lay the foundation for further study while empowering students to actively engage as set designers in productions on campus after taking the course. A special feature of the course are guest visits which will give students the opportunity to engage in dialogue with a professional director and playwright in order to situate set design as a conceptual artistic discipline which utilizes technical tools. Enrollment limited to 10.
  • Issues in Performance Studies

    Explores myriad ways of thinking, doing and talking about performance in the broad spectrum -- from social media to theatre, dance, film, and everyday life including identifications and disidentifications of gender, race, sex, and class. We may study museum installations, surgery, tourism, carnival, history reenactments, performance-based art, sports, and even dinner parties among other actions and sites. The objective is not to pin down a genre or category of performance but to understand performance variously as an analytic and practice, a form of lived history and way of being, including but not limited to traditional theater and dance practices.
    TAPS 1280Y S02
    Primary Instructor
    Schneider
  • Introduction to Costume Construction

    An introduction to the study and practice of core costume construction skills. Topics include basic machine, hand sewing and patterning techniques.
    TAPS 1281M S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cesario
  • 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. DPLL
    TAPS 1281W S01
    Primary Instructor
    Strandberg
    TAPS 1281W L01
    Primary Instructor
    Strandberg
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Film Acting

    This advanced acting class is designed to teach the actor how to apply the screenplay as a blueprint for the finished film and to familiarize the actor with the actual process of working on a film set. Utilizing an extensive library of screenplays, the class will learn film scene analysis and preparation, pro-active choice, and heightened connection. They will develop and hone the skill to remain present and vital through multiple takes of the scene, always keeping emphasis on process rather than presentation.
    TAPS 1285 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Waterhouse
  • Advanced Modern Dance

    This course is designed for students with several years of dance experience in any genre. The purpose of this class is to endow students with technical mastery of current contemporary movement vocabularies, with emphasis on Release Technique and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Enrollment limited to 40. S/NC.
  • Dance History: The 20th Century

    An exploration of the major figures and trends in modern dance. While the main focus of the course is on American Dance, attention is given to earlier European and other dance traditions that have contribited to the American dance heritage. May be of particular interest Americanists, art historians, dancers, and theatre majors.
    TAPS 1330 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Strandberg
  • 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
  • The Activist Body

    The current explosion of activist activity on and beyond college campuses has been called a “movement moment” (McCarthy, 2017), signaling an urgent need to address what it means to be a politically responsive body in the world today. This course examines activism as a topic and performance practice rooted in the body’s capacity to disrupt the political status quo. Building from the growing literature on protest and social movement in dance and performance studies, students will theorize activism and agentic embodiment, analyze cultural events that claim activist intentions, and body forth activist strategies and manifestos in weekly movement sessions.
    TAPS 1485 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wilbur
  • Seminar in Theatre Arts

    Seminar designed 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 seniors.
  • 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
    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
    Cesario
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Wilbur
    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
    TAPS 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Haynes
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Skybetter
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 1970 S18
    Primary Instructor
    dAngelo
    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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • 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
  • 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
    McEleney
  • 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
    Jones
  • 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
    Mertes
  • 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
    McEleney
  • 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
    Jones
  • 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
    Mertes
  • 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
    McEleney
  • 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
    Jones
  • 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
    Mertes
  • 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 third year.
    TAPS 2975 S01
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    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 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Moore
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    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 S05
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2980 S06
    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
    TAPS 2980 S11
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    TAPS 2980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Jones
    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
    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