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Spring 2021 class information

This page is intended to help students with the registration process for Spring 2021 by highlighting spring classes that are new, or that have significant new elements to them.
Talk to your advisor, and visit the online advising page for more information about requirements, classes, and other helpful information. Classes are listed in numerical order.

 

A flyer details the Queer Theater class — text is replicated in the text of the web page

Theater 333: Contemporary Rep: Queer Theater is taught by Prof. Finn Lefevre and delives into conceptions of queerness. The course meets Tuesday & Thursday 1-2:15 and is fully remote. Prerequisite is Theater 120; meets Junior Year Writing and Dramaturgy requirements. 

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Theater 334: Contemporary Repertory: Women
Fully remote
Monday & Wednesday 2:30-3:45
Explore how women voice themselves and their concerns through theater! We'll read texts and see performances by and about women and examine them within their sociopolitical/historical contexts.
Prerequisite: Theater 120

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flowersTheater 393N: DEVISED THEATER: It’s Festival Time! 
Course participants will be co-creators in a campus community celebration entitled ‘The Rites/Rights of Spring’ produced by the Theater Dept. and Afro-Am Studies Dept. in April 2021. Our festival is conceived as both a virtual and if conditions permit, a live event. Festivals are a society’s way of restoring and renewing its core values; The Rites/Rights of Spring affirms beauty, freedom, humanity and art in these transformative times. Students will serve in a variety of roles including festival planning, management, facilitation, promotion, performance, etc. Class meets Tues/Thurs 4 – 6 pm for 3 credits. Prerequisites are TH140 or an equivalent theater course, permission of instructor required. For further information contact Prof Judyie Al-Bilali jalbilali@theater.umass.edu

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Theater 397U: The Craft of Voiceover is taught by Prof. Elisa Gonzales, Monday & Wednesday 1:25-3:25, fully remote, and aims to give students the skills to work in voiceover, including producing their own work. Prerequisite is Theater 140. See a video of one of the types of exercises you will do in this class.

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Theater 397W Special Topics: How to Produce a Podcast will be offered by Prof. Amy Altadonna and Bianca Dillard. They are going to take people from the most basic of basics in sound recording and production;  ideas, writing, and interviewing; and progress from exercises into bigger projects. By the end of the semester, they'll have worked collaboratively to produce a podcast series (about the department and our work and experiences through the pandemic). Prof Altadonna notes that the aim is making a documentary record of this time for others to listen to! It will be a fun time and very interactive. Meets Monday & Wednesday 2:30-4:30, remotely, no prerequisite.

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Theater 440: Acting Shakespeare
Ready for fun, high-voltage, playful Shakespeare?
Strap on that sword, tighten that corset, and buckle on some spirit.
Acting Shakespeare is coming in Spring 2021!
Theater 440, Tuesdays & Thursdays (remote class)
10am – 11:15am
Professor: Milan Dragicevich
This course explores the dynamic world of Shakespearean performance. Plunge into the magic of verse speaking, rhythm and meter, sizzling words, and the bold energized acting power of the Elizabethan Stage. Expand your range as a performer.
Participants will perform an exciting medley of scenes & monologues and will learn about the world of Shakespeare’s London, opening
new doors to the interpretation of his plays.
This course satisfies one of the performance requirements for the theater major.
Course prerequisite: TH 342 or equivalent experience.
To enroll into the course, please email Milan at: miland@theater.umass.edu

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Theater 445: Directing Two
Face to face
Fridays 10:10-2:15 p.m.
Explore tools for theatrical storytelling and share your work with our community as part of our department's spring festival!  Create live (outdoor) and/or virtual work.
Prerequisite: Directing One (Theater 345)

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Theater 593c: Color & Proportion in 2-D Design_SPRING 2020
With Professor Anya Klepikov
Fridays 10:10am-12:40pm
Special Topic: SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS
Color is a powerful tool of expression for a designer. This studio course aims to develop the interconnected skills of seeing and communicating about color. Because our perception of color is a function of the lighting conditions we find ourselves in, we will devote some time to studying and understanding the original source of light, i.e. natural sunlight. This course will provide an opportunity for close observation of the natural world outside, since sunlight, shadows, reflections, aerial perspective, and the sky are color phenomena rich with scientific underpinnings as well as impulses for creative reflection. Because of the remote nature of this learning process, each student will design, implement, and run their unique laboratory for deep observation, documentation, and research of color as a function of natural light in the world around us. In this process, we will reference works of visual artists who actively chased natural light (Google Claude Monet’s Rouen cathedral series) as well as create our own original work. We will use colored paper to create compositions as a way of testing, deepening, reflecting, and exaggerating the color discoveries we make. We will attempt to hold physics in one hand and subjective perception in the other in order to zero in on the fuzzy line between what we know to be true and what we accept as truth. Hopefully, by the end of the semester, we will be able to look at a shadow and understand it as a color.
The course is designed to be taught synchronously and remotely for the most part, but there will also be a few opportunities to gather outside in nature, while practicing physical distancing. Joining the group outside will not be required, since these outings will be designed around asynchronous assignments, and a student can successfully complete the course 100% remotely. 

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THEATER 593F-01 Fabric Painting and Distressing 
(T/Th 9:05-11:05, fully remote
with Prof. Yao Chen
If you are interested to learn interesting fabric-distressing methods for theatre and camera, as well as painting a silk scarf as a gift for mom, it is the class you need to take! This is a class exploring multiple media to create beautiful 2D painting and effects on fabric and garments. Fabric painting and treatment has been a traditional decorative tradition since the dawn of  human civilization and is different within various cultures and geographic settings. This class would cover popular fabric painting and distressing crafts in Western theatre and film industry and lead a story-telling experience through fabric treatment. After the class, student should be able to create convincing portfolio pieces through fabric silk dye, batik, fabric paint, and distressing.