2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Acting & Directing: Queer Theory and Practice

Revised Last Updated: 11/17/2008

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Walter Eugene Grodzik theater, acting

Faculty Signature Required: For admission to the program, interested sophomore to senior level students should meet with Walter Grodzik (grodzikw@evergreen.edu) on or before the spring Academic Fair, May 14, 2008, for a faculty signature. Freshmen students may register without a signature. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

Major areas of study include acting, directing, technical theatre and theatrical design, theater history and dramatic literature, playwriting, dramaturgy, and queer, gender, and feminist studies.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

This program will not be accepting new students winter quarter.

The appearance of queer people on the stage is not only a modern phenomenon. This program will investigate the portrayal of gays and lesbians in the theatre from Shakespeare through the pioneering plays of the early and mid-twentieth century, to contemporary playwrights and queer performance and performance art. In addition, we will also examine how the nature and practice of theatrical performance has transformed from the realism of the early 20th century to the postmodern performance of today.

Students will participate in weekly seminars, critiques, and theatre workshops. In seminar, we will study queer theatre history and dramatic literature, and acting and directing theories and techniques from Stanislavski to Robert Wilson and Anne Bogart. In performance workshop, students will select and perform monologues and scene work and also act in and direct one-act plays. In addition to the performance aspects of the class, students should possess a strong interest in reading, critical thinking, and queer theatre history and gay and lesbian dramatic literature.

Students interested in this program should come prepared with commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity. Students must also possess a strong interest in gay, lesbian, and queer theatre and performance as it is fundamental to the program. This is an introductory preparatory theatre training program where students of all ages and abilities are welcome. Students who show the discipline and ability to perform at an advanced level will be invited to join spring quarter's Theater Intensive: Theater Production.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 24

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in education, theatre, queer studies, the arts and humanities.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Expressive Arts

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 18th, 2008 A signature requirement was added for sophomore to senior students.
November 17th, 2008 Restriction against joining program winter quarter added.