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Course Schedule for THEATER AND DANCE - Spring 2018
Class
No.
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Required
Dist Qtr
4214 THDN-103-01 Basic Acting 1.00 STU Hendrick, Michelle MW: 10:00AM-12:00PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 14
  NOTE: 5 spaces reserved for first-year students; 4 for sophomores, 3 for juniors, and 2 for seniors.
  An introduction to the basic elements of acting. Students will work on releasing tension, developing their powers of concentration, promoting spontaneity through improvisation, and exploring a systematic approach to preparing a role for performance. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level acting courses.
4167 THDN-109-02 Performance 0.25 STU Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  Major performance participation in a faculty-directed dance showcase concert or a non-faculty-directed Theater and Dance Department production. Students participating in the production should see the show's director to arrange for .25 credit. Do not register for this course during regular Trinity College registration.
4168 THDN-109-03 Production 0.25 STU Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  Major technical role in a faculty-directed dance showcase concert or a non-faculty-directed Theater and Dance Department production. Students participating in the production should see the show's technical director to arrange for .25 credit. Do not register for this course during regular Trinity College registration.
4960 THDN-132-01 Introduction to Modern Dance 1.00 STU Farlow, Lesley TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 14
  NOTE: Seats reserved as follows: 3 first years, 4 sophomores, 4 juniors and 4 seniors
  Designed for the beginning-level dancer. This course combines an introduction to the fundamentals of modern dance technique with an integrating seminar on the history and aesthetics of contemporary dance and choreography.
5213 THDN-209-33 Hip Hop 0.50 STU Couloute, Brandon MW: 1:15PM-2:45PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  NOTE: 5 spaces reserved for first-year students, 5 for sophomores, 4 for juniors and 5 for seniors
  This course in Hip Hop is open to students of all levels. It is designed to develop a knowledge of Hip Hop movement as well as an understanding of the history and the cultural context of the dance. The class will provide an understanding of how the music and dance moves have evolved from their origins up to the present.
4666 THDN-220-01 Kathak: Philosophy & Practice 1.00 STU Agrawal, Rachna MW: 4:00PM-5:30PM TBA GLB1  
  Enrollment limited to 16
  This course emphasizes the practice, theory, and philosophy of Kathak, a classical dance of India, which originated over 2,000 years ago. Evolving from a blend of Middle Eastern dance styles and ancient Indian storytelling art form, Kathak combines dance, drama, and music to convey ideas and emotions. Modern Kathak emphasizes geometric patterns and design with special emphasis on footwork, pirouettes and intricate rhythms. The course covers specific techniques as well as the cultural context from which they evolved. The course also includes analyses of philosophical, economic, political, and gender issues that facilitated the development of Kathak. Also listed under international studies/Asian studies.
5200 THDN-227-01 Stage Design Theater & Dance 1.00 STU Brown, Tim F: 10:00AM-1:00PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  This course explores the art of stage setting from conceptual development to visual realization in the theater. The visual and dynamic relationships between the performer and the space in which he or she performs will be examined in theatrical and dance contexts.
4416 THDN-229-01 Jazz Dance Technique II 0.50 STU Matias, Lisa TR: 1:15PM-2:45PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Designed for intermediate level dancers with previous training in modern, jazz, lyrical, or ballet. This course deepens the dancer's understanding of the principles of jazz dance, with an emphasis on rhythmic complexity and performative style.
4610 THDN-233-01 Critical Views/Critical Values 1.00 LEC Power, Katharine MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Why are we profoundly moved by a particular performance we see? Why are we perplexed? Or disturbed? What is going on in a performance that we should understand in order to come to terms with our own values about art and life? And how have others come to such terms? These are the questions that students will consider as they examine a broad array of critical perspectives on performances both present and past as a means to developing their own criteria for critical elevation.
4560 THDN-247-01 Post War American Theater 1.00 SEM Power, Katharine TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course offers a survey of prominent plays and choreographies authored by American theater artists during the post-war period (1945-1965). Playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, and Tennessee Williams, along with selected choreographers, including Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey will be discussed with reference to the House Committee on Unamerican Activities; the popularity of Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis; the emergence of a civil rights movement; and the social and political forces of "containment" that defined the early years of the Cold War era.
4578 THDN-270-01 Arts in Action: Community 1.00 SEM Roberts, Jennifer TR: 4:30PM-5:45PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  In this course we will examine the way the arts in general and movement in particular both engage a community and are engaged in the community. Using Hartford and the region as a field for our inquiry, we will look at the role the arts play in contributing to the overall health of a community with a particular focus on schools for at-risk youth, correctional institutions, homes for the elderly, specialized magnet schools, after-school programming and performance that utilizes the community as a generative resource. In addition to readings, films, guest speakers and discussions, there will be applied observation and study in the city of Hartford and beyond.
4417 THDN-304-01 Directing 1.50 STU Karger, Barbara TR: 1:30PM-4:30PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  Prerequisite: C- or better in THDN 103 or 107, or Permission of the Instructor
  This course explores the fundamentals of stage directing. Students will read texts by and about major 20th-century directors. In addition, students will direct a scene for each class, focusing on and combining different directing skills, including the understanding of stage space, movement, and text. The class will culminate in a presentation of one-act plays directed by the students.
5246 THDN-305-01 Theorizing Narrative Media 1.00 SEM Cadrette, Ryan M: 2:30PM-5:30PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is not open to first-year students.
  NOTE: First-year students will be admitted only with Permission of the Instructor.
  Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of the human experience. It allows us to preserve the past, telling us where we came from. At the same time, stories drive us into the future, tracing the contours around which we imagine the possible. This course draws upon narrative theory to examine the ways stories are told within and across media. Through a deep and systematic exploration of narrative technique, we will seek to examine why storytelling has played such a vital role in the formation of identity, history, and culture. Using examples from literature, film, comics, and video games, we will cover topics including: trans-media storytelling, interactive and non-linear narrative, adaptation, and historiography.
4678 THDN-309-01 Stage Production 0.50 STU Preston, Michael TBA TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  Major performance or design participation in a faculty-directed Theater and Dance Department production. Cast members will enroll at the first rehearsal. Design students will enroll with the technical director. All students participating in the production will receive .5 credit and will be graded. Do not register for this course during regular Trinity College registration.
4381 THDN-309-02 Stage Production 0.50 STU Farlow, Lesley TBA TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  Major performance or design participation in a faculty-directed Theater and Dance Department production. Cast members will enroll at the first rehearsal. Design students will enroll with the technical director. All students participating in the production will receive .5 credit and will be graded. Do not register for this course during regular Trinity College registration.
5641 THDN-345-12 Theater for Social Change 1.00 STU Pongstaphone, Ruth W: 3:00PM-6:00PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 14
  The course introduces documentary-based ensemble theatre making and performance as a mode of participatory action research for initiating social change. During the semester students will engage in the process of making and performing an original work of theatre that investigates real circumstances, examines existing perceptions, identifies critical issues, and generates a public forum for social dialogue. The course work will focus on techniques based on the work of Augusto Boal and other methodologies. It will include individual research to explore ethical questions and diverse perspectives regarding freedoms and limitations of academic and personal expression in the context of maintaining responsibility and well-being within a multicultural society.
4319 THDN-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
4320 THDN-466-01 Teaching Assistantship 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
4321 THDN-497-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  The second semester of a capstone exercise for all theater and dance majors who do not elect the two-credit thesis option. Students will be required to present an original theatrical piece and to submit an accompanying paper as the culmination of their work in the Theater and Dance Department.
4318 THDN-499-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  An option available only to student with strong academic records in the major and proven ability to work independently. Individual topics to be selected by the student and approved by departmental faculty. It is expected that the thesis will consist of a substantial written component with a performance or public presentation which relates in some fundamental way to the written part of the thesis. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for each semester of this year-long thesis. (2 course credits are considered pending for Part 1 in the first semester; 2 course credits will be awarded for completion of Part 2 in the second semester.)
5242 MUSC-249-01 Music Therapy Intro 1.00 SEM Johnson, Douglas MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  An introduction to the principles and current practices of music therapy, with emphasis on the broadly interdisciplinary nature of the field. Topics explored include music itself, and music interwoven with studies in movement, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, ethics, human development, ability, and disability. Seminar format emphasizes student engagement and responsibility. Reading, writing, discussion, and evaluation of research, and an experiential component each week offer a variety of modes of engaging with key topics in the field.