Faculty Profile

Todd Wronski

Professor of Theatre (1987)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Spring 2017

wronski@dickinson.edu

Montgomery House
717.245.1611
http://www.dickinson.edu/~wronski

Bio

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.

Education

  • B.A., Gustavus-Adolphus College, 1978
  • M.F.A., Trinity University, 1981. Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1997

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

THDA 101 Introduction to Theatre
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 495 Senior Project
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.

Spring 2016

THDA 303 Advanced Acting
An in-depth examination of the process of acting. Technical, interpretive, and psychological aspects are explored through reading, exercises, and scene performances. Major theories of acting are presented and discussed in the context of developing a workable, individualized approach to acting. Prerequisite: 203.

THDA 313 Theatre History Seminar
An intensive investigation of theatre in its various historical contexts within a seminar structure. Selected eras of Western Theatre are examined in depth, as are various non-western theatrical traditions. Prerequisites: 101 or permission of instructor.

THDA 495 Senior Project
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.

THDA 500 Independent Study

Summer 2016

THDA 110 Theatre in England
A topics course in the history and performance of drama which uses performances in and expertise of the theatrical world in London as resources for its study. Taught only in the Summer Semester in England program. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.

PMGT 290 The Political Arts
Courses in the area of Policy Management. The content of the course will reflect the interests and expertise of faculty and the needs of students. Prerequisite dependent upon topic.

POSC 290 The Political Arts
Topics not normally studied in depth in the regular offerings are analyzed in these special topics courses. Recent offerings have included: Contemporary Political Ideologies, Mexican Politics, Political Thought of the Enlightenment, Politics in Fiction, Separation of Powers, The Bill of Rights, and Italian Politics. Prerequisite for 290 is dependent upon topic.

LAWP 290 The Political Arts
Courses in the area of Policy Studies. The content of the course will reflect the interests and expertise of faculty and the needs of students. Prerequisite dependent upon topic.