2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

From Page to Stage

NEW! Last Updated: 03/20/2009

Spring quarter

Faculty: Joye Hardiman Humanities, Performance, Cultural Studies, Kabby Mitchell III Dance, Performance and Production and African- American History

Academic web site: hardimwj@evergreen.edu; mitchelk@evergreen.edu

Major areas of study include Script Development, Production and Performance

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 offer a serious study of the role and function of performing arts as both mirror and re-educator of the society. Arts not only are directly tied to the world in which they are created but also transcend time and space in reverberation and relevancy. For as long as human existence, performing arts have provided the metaphors and symbols for cultural reflection and re-education; they have bravely defied stereotypes, attacked bigotry and mis-education, bringing the darkest of human nature and action into light and re-framing. Serving as an imager and re-imager of the society, performing arts expose the hidden truths of the contemporary world's untold stories at the same time recording its countless accomplishments and triumphs. Theatre, dance, and music are honest recorders and commentators of the human minds and activities at any given moment.

With this general program interest in mind, all participants will be engaged in a variety of major activities. Since the criteria for program admission is a developed concept, script, storyboard or score, participants will begin by critically analyzing their initial developed concept, script, storyboard or score in light of how performing arts can illuminate individual or collective characters and cultural affirmatives. Dialogic seminars will be used for exercising and honing such critical thinking skills and standard-setting.

Weekly Script Development and Performance and Production Workshops will focus on developing participants' scripts through monologue/scene work as well as staging improvisation exercises. Each class will start with mental and physical stretching exercises and a series of improvisational activities intended to build individual awareness/spontaneity, ensemble dynamics, and creative production. To further enhance their comprehension of script development and production, participants will exercise imagination and creative conceptualization skills through weekly non-conventional writing assignments. They also will work on two rough drafts which they will share with their peers and faculty, which will result in final script concept or storyboard or score, a reflection paper and a final presentation.

Throughout the quarter, participants will explore different genres of production to inspire their own work though film and field trips to professional venues. Regular rehearsals and production meetings in and outside of class are mandatory. Every student will also keep a journal throughout the quarter to document her/his growth as a writer/producer. Collective Projects are encouraged.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 50

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in writing, performance and production,

Planning Units: Expressive Arts

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 20th, 2009 This program has changed to all level and the signature requirement has been removed.