Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
THDA 101-01 Theatre as Social Exploration
Instructor: Todd Wronski
Course Description:
Theatre has always been, and continues to be, an artistic form in which society sees itself portrayed. Theatre artists reflect and are influenced by the way they see current social situations, but they also construct and present social criticism that points to a different or desired social future. This course will explore how theatre artists have contributed to movements advocating equality for individuals regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. A comparison will also be drawn by exploring how theatre artists' advocacy and perspective on such issues can be seen throughout theatrical history (in plays such as Shakespeare's Othello, Euripides' The Trojan Women, or Ibsen's A Doll's House, for instance.) By examining the rich tradition of dramatic performancesand especially through looking at performances on contemporary stages and in related dramatic forms--an appreciation for the role of the artist as an agent for social equality and change will be pursued through the course. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement and US Diversity graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   DENNY 317
THDA 102-01 Introduction to Global Dance Studies
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
This is an introductory course that explores dance forms from six different regions: Africa, India, North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Focus will be on how dance functions within various social structures and how these functions operate to re-inscribe, contest or legitimate race, class, and gender identity formations. Issues such as authenticity, hybridity, cultural tourism and globalization will be examined. Through an interactive classroom, guest artists and studio work, we will gain a deeper kinesthetic understanding of how dance can operate as a powerful cultural tool, glue or agent for social change. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) and Comparative Civilizations requirements. Offered every two years.
1330:MR   WEISS 235
THDA 111-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs, Shannon Cochran
Course Description:
Students may earn 2 P.E. Blocks. Classes taught by CPYB faculty under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary founder and artistic director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet CPYB. Instruction will utilize the precise, disciplined and repetitive methods of ballet training developed by Ms. Weary. Careful consideration to alignment, placement and proper execution of steps will be covered in depth. Dickinson students at all levels of experience are welcome but will be required to take the official placement class usually held during the first week of the semester. All classes are taught at the CPYB Warehouse and Barn studio during studio hours on or after 4:30 Monday through Friday and at 9am Saturday with other possible classes until 4pm. When taken for .5 academic credit, these courses do not fulfill a distribution requirement, but will carry 2 PE blocks. In order to qualify for 2 PE blocks, a student must take three hours of ballet weekly throughout the semester. Classes also count for those students enrolled in the CPYB Certificate program. When taken for 1 full academic credit, these courses satisfy the DIV I.c. distribution requirement and 2 PE blocks.
 
THDA 121-01 Modern Dance I
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block. Studio courses in modern dance offered at three levels: I. the basic level, which assumes no previous dance experience; II. the intermediate level, open to students who demonstrate basic accomplishment in dance technique; III. the advanced level, open to students who demonstrate substantial technical skill. All courses will explore the principles of modern dance, emphasizing body awareness and the expressive use of weight, space, and time. Materials will be selected from a variety of contemporary dance and movement training practices such as Pilates, yoga, somatics and ballet to promote performance of a range of movement dynamics, as well as musicality, strength, flexibility, and improved body alignment. Each course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Each carries .5 academic credit and 2 PE blocks.
1500:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 125-01 International Dance
Instructor: Janet Peck, Todd Wronski
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.
1800:M   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 127-01 Contemporary Ballet
Instructor: Bruce Thornton
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.Students also earn 1 P.E. Block. Studio classes in contemporary ballet taught at the appropriate level by teachers from the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Instruction will combine core ballet basics with an open approach to mobility, momentum, and expression. Students will focus on maintaining proper alignment in the body while exploring a greater range of motion and momentum. All classes will be taught at the Dickinson dance studio 25 High Street. Each course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.
1130:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 203-01 Acting
Instructor: Michael Miller, Todd Wronski
Course Description:
An introduction to the principles and theories of acting combined with practical exercises and scene performance. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.
1500:MR   CUBICU STUDIO
THDA 204-01 Fundamentals of Choreography and Dance Composition
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
A studio-based course designed to introduce the student to various tools to generate and create original dance compositions. Basic elements such as time, space, energy, dynamics, movement generation, and quality are explored in addition to multiple structuring devices. Using an interdisciplinary lens, this course offers a different approach to art making from related fields such as visual art,literature, and media in order to treat dance composition as a relevant response to the contemporary moment. Prerequisite: 200, or permission of the instructor. One studio course in dance is recommended.
1330:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 210-01 Costumes and Props
Instructor: Sherry Harper-McCombs
Course Description:
A course of study in dramatic production examining the collaborative relationship between designers and technicians in the major design and technical fields supporting theatre and dance production. Students will learn the work and craft of the designer as a visual artist complemented by experience with the tools and technologies which bring the designers' concepts to the stage. Two topics will be selected each semester from the fields of costuming, lighting, sceneography, stage properties production, and sound production. Basic design skills in drawing, drafting, painting, rendering, and model making will be augmented with experience in the shops and with the tools, techniques, and equipment by which abstract design concepts are brought to dramatic life. Three hours of classroom and a two-hour laboratory per week. Offered every semester with rotating topics to be announced. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.
0900:TR   MONTGM 200
1330:W   MONTGM 200
THDA 305-01 Advanced Directing
Instructor: Karen Kirkham
Course Description:
An inquiry into the process of translating a play from the printed text to the live stage. Detailed analytical techniques and major directorial theories are examined through readings, class discussion, and written assignments. Each student directs a one-act production under advisement of the instructor. Prerequisite: 205 and 210.
1030:TR   MONTGM 100
THDA 321-01 Modern Dance III
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.Students also earn 1 P.E. Block. Studio courses in modern dance offered at three levels: I. the basic level, which assumes no previous dance experience; II. the intermediate level, open to students who demonstrate basic accomplishment in dance technique; III. the advanced level, open to students who demonstrate substantial technical skill. All courses will explore the principles of modern dance, emphasizing body awareness and the expressive use of weight, space, and time. Materials will be selected from a variety of contemporary dance and movement training practices such as Pilates, yoga, somatics and ballet to promote performance of a range of movement dynamics, as well as musicality, strength, flexibility, and improved body alignment. Each course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: Permission on the instructor. Each carries .5 academic credit and 2 PE blocks.
0900:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 495-01 Senior Project
Instructor: Karen Kirkham, Todd Wronski
Course Description:
A culminating experience for students completing the Theatre major with emphasis in Dramatic Literature, Acting/Directing, or Dance. The specific nature of projects will be determined on an individual basis, but all senior projects will consist of at least two of the following: a) scholarship, b) technical/production work, and c) performance. Students will register for .5 course credit in the fall semester, during which planning and research will be conducted, and .5 in the spring, during which presentation of the project will occur. Prerequisite: Senior major status. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.
  MONTGM 100