Spring 2024

The Creative Process

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-110


Ron Bashford (Section 01)
Jungeun Kim (Section 01)


In this course, we explore the ways in which artists in theater and dance create performances.  In particular, we will focus on collaboration as the primary mode of artists' creative research.  How do collaborating artists play with one other?  What kinds of conversations are the most generative?  How can we interact playfully with movement, text, space, and time?  How do the design elements of performance (such as light, sound, objects, etc.) “play” with each other?  Study of performance conventions and forms, seminal performance works, and theoretical readings will provide context for experiential learning. Through the creation of short pieces, students will learn to embrace the role of improvisation in various rehearsal situations and creative discussions, and increase their sensory awareness and responsiveness to others, while distinguishing among modes of thought and action.  Regular journaling and writing will be required.  In addition, visits to in-progress rehearsals and performances outside of class will also be included.

Two class meetings per week. Spring semester. Professors Bashford and Kim.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course will involve regular attendance and class participation, class discussion, reading, possible viewing and writing assignments, group work outside of class including rehearsal or other artistic assignments, as well as physical or vocal performance work and/or visual, aural, and physical analysis as applicable. Attendance at performances outside of class may also be required.

THDA 110 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM WEBS 122
Th 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM WEBS 122


Other years: Offered in Spring 2024