Summer 2015 on the Square

Summer is just around the corner and now is the time to register for our exciting summer courses here at the Washington Square campus.

Acting: Character Study (MPAET-UE 1052/GE 2252)

An advanced exploration into the tools & techniques of creating character within the context of the world of the play. Through script analysis & attention to style, students will learn how to create the imaginary world in which the character lives. Scenes will be selected from both contemporary & classical genres.

Dramatic Activities in the Secondary Classroom (MPAET-UE 1068/GE 2031)

Theories & practices of educational drama & theatre as applied to the secondary classroom in such areas as learning processes, motivation, communication & classroom management. Attention given to the relationship of drama & theatre to speaking, thinking, writing, reading, history & other curricular subjects. An examination of improvisational techniques as well as play production. Student will use drama & theatre to address the human developmental processes that impact on the 7-12 student’s readiness to learn, such as culture, nutrition, personal safety & community. Laboratory experience required: 15 hours.

Physical Theatre Improvisation (MPAET-UE 1113/GE 2113)

Physical Theatre is the study of physical, vocal & improvisational exercises designed to free the creative imagination & develop performance skills. Through the layering of words, sound & movement, students will hone the essential ingredients & tools of the performer’s craft. Focus will be on vocal & movement techniques exploring atmosphere, imagery, gesture, isolation, abstraction, timing, rhythm, spatial awareness, character development, mime, body graphics, viewpoints, & the theories of Yakim, Delsarte & Laban. The creation of original material will also be studied.

Storytelling in the Classroom (MPAET-GE 2042)

This course will examine the ancient art of storytelling as a performance form (developing expressive tools, creativity, physical & vocal skills); as it has appeared throughout history (in mythology, folk tales, legends, fairy tales, fables); & as it can enhance curricular subject areas (math, science, social studies, literature, & history), relate to the New York State Learning Standards for Arts Education & the Standards for English & Language Arts. Oral history projects will also be explored through the telling of personal stories.

Theatre Practices: Problems in Play Production (MPAET-GE 2152)

Participate in the New Plays Series; attend rehearsals, meetings with the playwrights, directors and dramaturges and experience the procedures of bringing new scripts to life. Theories and methods of play development including script analysis, rehearsals and presentation of works-in-progress. Students in MPAET-GE 2152 work with visiting playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs, attend rehearsals, and participate in the step-by-step procedures of bringing new scripts to life. This practical course, designed for teachers, directors, playwrights and producers, gives particular attention to script selection, play analysis and rehearsal techniques.

Drama in Education I (MPAET-GE 2193)

Relationships of theories of dramatic art to general educational principles; present practices & potential of education drama at all levels of instruction. Uses of theatre & drama in education from the Greeks to present day. The history & philosophy of drama in education as they relate to a variety of classroom strategies, including the use of new technologies. The impact of human developmental processes, such as culture, personal safety, & nutrition on learning through theatre & drama. Individualizing instruction to prepare students with special needs for their highest levels of achievement.

Seminar in Applied Theatre Research (MPAET-GE 2400)

An advanced seminar which examines the key considerations which drive research activity in applied theatre. Students canvas the territory of applied theatre, the purposes of an applied theatre, & the challenges researchers face when designing, implementing & presenting their applied theatre studies. Students create their own applied theatre research project which can include a creative component.

Role Play 1: The Teacher in Role (MPAET-GE 2950)

The technique of stepping into the shoes of someone else is at the heart of educational drama. This course focuses on the use of role play as a strategy in the classroom & similar settings, & it explores how teachers may employ this complex convention. It will define those characteristics that are specific to educational role-play & will provide participants with opportunities to practice the techniques & skills required or its successful implementation. The course will focus primarily on the strategy of teach-in-role.

Creating Theatre with Young People (MPAET-GE 2980)

This course is designed for students who would like to develop knowledge & skills in planning & leading theatre workshops with young people. The course explores the theory & practice of creating theatre with young people from a youth-centered perspective, offers practice in designing workshops, & culminates with an in-course opportunity to initiate practical work with young people.

Directing Youth Theatre: Looking for Shakespeare (MPAET-GE 2982)

This four-week graduate course is an invaluable experience working with a youth acting ensemble, providing the chance to delve into Shakespeare’s language and hone coaching/directing skills. Students will also work with an assistant director, stage manager, designers, and youth ensemble on a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

 

Summer Courses

While the spring term draws to a close, it is not too late to make plans for summer courses. Below, you will find course descriptions for available summer courses in Educational Theatre. If you are interested in enrolling in a course, be sure and schedule an appointment with your academic advisor soon!

Acting: Scene Study

In this course students will continue the exploration begun in Acting: Fundamentals with in-depth scene & monologue preparation from the contemporary stage. Studio work will focus on the given circumstances, creating a physical life for the character, & miming the relationships that drive the play.

Storytelling in the Classroom

Storytelling dynamically engages us in the act of learning. This highly participatory class explores storytelling as an art form and as a tool in the classroom and community. Students explore its historical context, educational use and significance, performance techniques, and types of tellable tales.

Methods and Materials of Research in Educational Theatre

This class will explore the diverse research designs available for investigation in Educational Theatre. An examination of how to construct a research and grant proposal, as well as data collection and analysis techniques, and the various forms of representing data including performed ethnography. A required course in the MA programs.

Theatre Practices: Problems in Play Production

This course examines how artists work with new plays in a development process. The course addresses theories and methods of play development including script analysis, rehearsal, and performance of works-in-progress. Students have opportunities to observe rehearsals, attend performances, and dialogue with playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs associated with the New Plays for Young Audiences series at the Provincetown Playhouse.

http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/edtheatre/programs/summer/newplays

Drama in Education II

Study contemporary applications of drama in community sites. Topics include community-engaged drama, participatory theatre, theatre for seniors, and prison theatre.

Teaching Through Drama

This course provides an essential foundation upon which to build a drama-in-education practice. It introduces students to many drama-in-education strategies; critiques the educational rationale which supports them; & analyzes the process of structuring drama work as a medium for learning across the curriculum & beyond. Students will become critically acquainted with the pedagogical principles which delineate the teaching terrain of the drama-in-education practitioner.

Drama with Special Ed Populations

Examines the practices and theories of educational theatre as they apply to working with elementary and secondary students with special needs. At its core, this class is about good teaching. Any professional teaching in today’s schools will work with a child with a disability. Differentiated instruction is not about teaching a class, but rather teaching a student. This hands-on course will isolate specific drama approaches and techniques and adapt them for the physically, cognitively, or emotionally challenged student.

Directing Youth Theatre: Looking for Shakespeare

High school students work with a director and graduate students from NYU to shape an original production of Shakespeare. This program is unique in that the ensemble members will work with director, Nan Smithner, and a dramaturg to discover how a Shakespearean play resonates for them, within their own personal experiences. Using these connections as a source and inspiration, the ensemble members will rehearse and perform their own version of the play. The production will be supported by designers and stage managers.

http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/edtheatre/programs/summer/shakespeare

Independent Study / Practicum

Under faculty mentorship, students craft their own research project in one of the program’s four concentration areas: drama education, applied theatre, theatre for young audiences, and theatre production.