Courses Taught at Florida State

 
Students igniting their final "Imagined Theatre" assignments in an homage to The Rude Mechs'  The Method Gun .

Students igniting their final "Imagined Theatre" assignments in an homage to The Rude Mechs' The Method Gun.

Theatre 4935: Theories and Practices of Site-Specific Performance (Spring 2018)

This course had three major movements. First, we defined site-specific, immersive, and ambulatory performance and situated them historically, placing them within traditions of both visual and performing arts. Next, we explored the breadth of contemporary performances that interrogate and utilize site, examining both performance documentation and theory. Finally, we tried our hands at creating mediated and conceptualized site performances of our own. Along the way, we utilized the writing techniques of the historians and scholars we were studying to develop our own writing methodologies towards contemporary performance. 

 
One of the image pages for the class' lobby display supporting the School of Theatre production of  Ragtime . After reading E.L. Doctorow's novel, each student researched one of the real-life characters, discovering how Doctorow (and, later, librettist Terrence McNally) adapted the source material to suit their needs. Design: Dan Pecci. 

One of the image pages for the class' lobby display supporting the School of Theatre production of Ragtime. After reading E.L. Doctorow's novel, each student researched one of the real-life characters, discovering how Doctorow (and, later, librettist Terrence McNally) adapted the source material to suit their needs. Design: Dan Pecci. 

Theatre 4481: Dramaturgy (Spring 2015)

In addition to the standard tools of textual analysis and research, this course emphasized the practical and interpersonal skills of rehearsal room dramaturgy. Students supported a production, honed their presentation skills in lectures and talkbacks, explored international trends in contemporary playwriting, and practiced collaborating with playwrights responsibly.

 
Fall 2014 class. 

Fall 2014 class. 

Theatre 4303: Play Analysis (Fall 2015, Spring 2015-2017)

This course privileged an understanding of disparate dramatic structures, challenging students to differentiate between the patterns and efficacies of various forms in conversation, writing, and production.

 

Theatre 2000: Introduction to Theatre for Non-Majors (Summer 2014-2017)

Designed to fulfill a university “Diversity in Western Culture” requirement, this course introduces students to a wide range of performance practices and theatre histories. The course also frames current trends and controversies in the American theatre, exposing students to the works of Katori Hall, Young Jean Lee, Qui Nguyen, and Lynn Nottage as well as site-specific performances.

The student-generated list of "ingredients" for the Summer 2017 Playwriting Assignment, inspired by the "Bakeoff" writing prompt first conceived by Paula Vogel, Constance Congdon, and Mac Wellman. 

The student-generated list of "ingredients" for the Summer 2017 Playwriting Assignment, inspired by the "Bakeoff" writing prompt first conceived by Paula Vogel, Constance Congdon, and Mac Wellman.