Fall 2016

Plays in Play: The Ensemble and the Playwright

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-242


Ron Bashford (Section 01)


In this course, students conduct rehearsal investigations into the work of a particular playwright, and explore ways in which coordinated action renders dramatic writing in theatrical form.  In addition to examining selected plays and background material, students develop ensemble techniques of play, improvisation, and staging.  Emphasis is placed on the communicative means required to develop a shared vision.  This course is open to students interested in any aspect of play production but is required for students who want to do advanced work in directing in the department.  All students should expect to act, co-direct, conduct research, and explore basic visual design implications together.  The course will culminate in a workshop-style performance, and group rehearsals outside of class meeting times are required.  This course may be repeated once when the selected playwright is different.  The playwright for fall 2016 is Bertolt Brecht.

Requisite: A prior college-level course in theater or permission of the instructor. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 24 students.  Fall semester. Professor Bashford. 

If Overenrolled: Interested students should come to the first class meeting. A working ensemble will be chosen based on artistic considerations and a mix of student backgrounds and interests.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Speaking, Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016