Course Schedule


Materials and content are subject to change. 

Note: Only our first intro class is on a Wednesday, after that all class synchronous sessions are on Mondays.  

GK=Gathering Knowledge Posts (topics will be assigned/selected)  

Responses (to a posted question or to GK posts/each other)

WED 8/25 – IntroClass Intro and Logistics
For Class:
READ YOUR SYLLABUSLook through and start to familiarize yourself with the class website
Mon 8/30 – Class #1Realism and Beyond
Before Class:By Wed 9/1 at noon:
Introductory Post
Add events to the class timeline (2 theatrical, 2 historic, 1 personal)
Context Materials
Williams, Tennessee, A Streetcar Named Desire– National Theatre  Live productionEuguenio Barba “A Chosen Diaspora in the Guts of the Monster”
Sign up for 1st solo GK post and 1st group post
Possible GK Topics: Ayad Ahktar –Disgraced,Arthur Miller,Lorraine Hansbury, Chikao Tanaka, August Wilson
Respond to Responses
Mon 9/6 – NO CLASS
Mon – 9/13 – Class #2Absurdism/Postmodernism
Before Class:By Wed 9/15 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsEugene Ionesco- Salutations Assorted Samuel Beckett short playsOsvaldo Dragun or Tawfiq el Hakim playMuller, Heiner, MedeaPlaySarah Kane  videosResponsesPossible GK Topics: Reduced Shakespeare Company, Hanoch Levin, Tom Stoppard, Griselda Gambarro, Reza Abdoh, Kobo Abe

Engage with Posts and Responses
Mon 9/20 – Class #3Communism and its Impact
Before Class:By Wed 9/22 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsChinese Cultural Revolution – Columbia Anthology of Chinese Drama (BC Library ebook) – Teahouse? Or Red LanternVaclav Havel – Temptation or AudienceGrotowski – TBAResponsesSign up for solo and group GK PostsPossible GK topics: House of Unamerican Activities and the Theatre, Tian Han, The White Haired Girl, Eduardo Machado
Engage with Posts and Responses Submit Possible Paper Topic
Mon 9/27 – Class #4Postcolonial Africa and the Caribbean
For ClassBy Wed 9/30 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsAime Cesaire – A Tempest“Wole Soyinka” video (AS)Negritude article
Possible GK topics:Ngugi Wa Thion’go, Athol FugardDerek Walcott, 
Engage with Posts and Responses 
Mon 10/4  – Class #5Legacies of Colonialism
For ClassBy Wed 10/6 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsTranslations – Brian Friel“No Hint as to the Author is Anywhere Found” E.J. Westlake (or alternative)
ALL KG – Unesco Cultural Heritage Posts
Engage with Posts and Responses 
Mon 10/11 – NO CLASS
Mon 10/18 – Class #6Black Arts Movement
For ClassBy Wed 10/20 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsAmiri Baraka, Flying DutchmanNtzoke Shange videoIntro to Adell’s “Contemporary Plays By African American Women”Watch part of Woodie King’s “Making of a Movement” (AS)
Possible GK Topics:  Susan Lori-Parks, Lynn Notage, Jeremy O. Haris, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Adrienne KennedyEngage with Posts and Responses 5 possible paper sources
Mon 10/25 – Class #7Theatres of Community 
For ClassBy Wed 10/27 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsBoal, Augusto excerptsDwarhdakar article? Truth and Reconciliation Project vLuis Valdez, play TBA
ResponsesSign up for solo and group GK posts
Possible GK Topics: Experimental Theatres of the 60s – San Francisco Mime, the Living Theatre, El Teatro Campasino, Nephesh Theatre
Engage with Posts and Responses 
Mon. 11/1 – Class #8Theatres of Identity
For ClassBy Wed 11/3 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsKushner, Tony Angels In America: Millennium ApproachesSpiderwoman TheatreAustralian and New Zealand aboriginal companiesPossible Guest Lecture – Lesbian Drama
Possible GK Topics: New Earth Performing Arts (Toronto)Larissa Fasthorse, Taki Rua (New Zealand),  Elizabeth Wong, Split BritchesEngage with Posts and Responses 
Submit a paper plan (outline, intro, etc.)  Set up a conference with me
Mon. 11/8 – Class #9Megamusical and its Discontent
For ClassBy Wed 11/10 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsMiss Saigon (excerpts)Yellow Face – David Henry Hwang Broadway as Brand – David Savran (?)Guest Lecture – Evolving Technologies/DesignResponsesPossible Topics: Musical Theatre of Korea, Philippines, Japan, Takarazuka, Concept Musicals, Hair, The Public Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hamilton
Engage with Posts and Responses 
Mon. 11/15- Class #10Physical Theatre/Dance
For ClassBy Wed 11/17 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsPuppetry, Butoh, Cirque exerptsWarhorse/HandspringArticles TBA
ResponsesOptional: Intro to Paper to me for feedback
Possible GK Topics: Bill Irwin, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Urban Bush Women, Bread and Puppet, Blind Summit, Theatre de l’Oeil, Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance, Compagnie XYEngage with Posts and Responses 
Mon. 11/22 – Class #11Performance Art/Solo Work/Protest
For ClassBy Wed 11/24 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsAnna Deveare Smith excerptsWebb, Loy “I am a Woman”Marina AbromavicAlgerian Civil War Dramas (Haedicke article) ?)Possible Guest Lecture: South American drama under dictatorships
Paper intro/argument speed dating in class
ResponsesSign up for solo and group presentation
Possible Topics: Taylor Mac, Ping Chong,Akram Khan, Guerilla Girls, Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, Dario Fo, Yoko Ono, 
Engage with Posts and Responses 
Mon. 11/29 – Class #12Global Theatre Festivals, Intracultural Theatre
For ClassBy Wed 12/1 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsTheatre Festivals (Fringes, etc.) Children’s theatresPeter BrooksTBA article

Possible Topics: Elevator Repair Service, Theatre de Soleil, Complicite, OIly Cart, Catherine Wheels, 
Engage with Posts and Responses Full Paper Draft to Writing Partner
Mon. 12/6 – Class #13Immersion, Tourism and Performance
For ClassBy Wed 12/8 at noon
Previous GK postsContext MaterialsTheatre/Tourism – Susan Bennett(?)Theme Parks as Theatre, “Visiting Yiddishland”Museum Performances, Punch DrunkExcerpt “Enacting History”ResponsesPossible Topics: Harry Potter, Civil War Reenactments, American Girl Theatre, Colonial Williamsburg, 
Engage with Posts and Responses Theatrical Review Due (or EARLIER)
Mon 12/13 – Class #14Theatre of the Future (?)
For classBy 12/15
Previous GK PostsVR, AI, Digital theatricality -TBAFinal Paper
12/14-12/20Schedule TBAYou must have turned your reflection in to have your grade conference.Individual Grade ConferencesFinal self-reflection due 24 hours in advance of the conference.