on sabbatical Spring 2017
An actor, director and playwright, Todd' s professional credits include work with the Guthrie Theater, the Dallas Theater Center, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Florida's Annie Russell Theatre, New York's Cider Mill Playhouse and performances at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. Productions of his plays have included HOTEL INTOLERATO (Dickinson College), THE HAND (Trinity University), and IN MY CASE AN EXCEPTION SHOULD BE MADE, produced initially at the Randolph Studio, Edinburgh, Scotland, and subsequently at the Fresno (CA) Museum of Fine Arts. It was also recorded for broadcast on California Public Radio. As a director and producer, Todd's productions have been presented at many college, university and professional theatres domestically and also at the Randolph Studio (Edinburgh, Scotland), the Berliner Arbeiter Theatre (Berlin, Germany), the UEA Studio Theatre (Norwich, England), and the Teatro Bicchieraia (Arezzo, Italy.) Todd's most recent activities have included playing Mark Twain opposite British actor Tom Watson in " Dickens and Twain: Crossing the Pond" in England, Scotland and the US, and reviving his one man play based on the life and writings of William Saroyan (to mark the centenary of Saroyan's birth) which was performed in San Francisco, Fresno, New York City and Yerevan, Armenia.
THDA 101 Theatre as Social Exploration
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 performances—and 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.
THDA 305 Advanced Directing
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 230.