Spring 2020

Solo Performance

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-355


Ron Bashford (Section 01)
Wendy Woodson (Section 01)


In this studio course, we will explore different skills and approaches towards creating solo performance. We will examine examples of historical and contemporary live solo performances in theater, dance, video, music, street, stand up and in political/social arenas to inform and ask what makes these effective (or not). We will use what we learn from these examples to inspire our own solo material. We will also develop additional techniques (through improvisational trial and error) that enliven and engage our different voices, stories, imaginations and emotions. An emphasis will be placed on exploring and crafting a dynamic relationship between body and voice, between movement and text and between literal and abstract expression in order to create confident and compelling solo presentations on and off stage. We will consider the solo as both a personal vehicle of expression and as a means of giving voice to experiences of others. In the process of making compositional choices, we will consider the personal and social implications of these choices. The semester will culminate in a public performance of final solos.

Requisite: Previous experience in performance and/or video--whether in the arts or public presentations in other disciplines/contexts. Open to juniors and seniors. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students. Spring semester. Professor Woodson.

If Overenrolled: Course is open to juniors and seniors. Previous experience in performance, whether in the arts or in public presentations in other disciplines/contexts, is essential.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Speaking


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022