Spring 2021

Visual Thinking: Materials of Performance

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-112

Formerly listed as: THDA-12


Suzanne P. Dougan (Section 01)


An introduction to methods of visual research and visual creativity for textual, narrative, and performance interpretation. The course is conducted in a format combining discussions, creative play, student presentations, and collaborative critique. Class discussions and readings include the theoretical basis of a range of historical theatrical conventions, from Aristotle through Robert Wilson. Class exercises in perception and analysis build skills culminating in the realization of three-dimensional and story-boarding projects. In addition to two two-hour class meetings per week, students participate in the equivalent of a two-hour per week laboratory experience coordinated with the department’s production season.

This course will be conducted in a hybrid format, with both in-person and on-line components as needed, supported by appropriate technology. Options for online-only participation will be available for those students unable to participate in person.

Limited to 12 students per section. Spring semester. Professor Dougan.

If Overenrolled: Roster managed for balance of class years and interests; preference to majors, first-years and sophomores

Cost: 150 ?


Artistic Practice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022