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PRF 581

DIRECTING I

This course covers the basics of the directing process with an emphasis on textual analysis. Lecture discussion and performance projects are utilized to develop a common understanding and vocabulary useable in the wide variety of theatrical situations the contemporary director is likely to confront. The final project of the class is the direction of a short play.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 582

DIRECTING I

This course covers the basics of the directing process with an emphasis on textual analysis. Lecture discussion and performance projects are utilized to develop a common understanding and vocabulary useable in the wide variety of theatrical situations the contemporary director is likely to confront. The final project of the class is the direction of a short play.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 583

DIRECTING I

This course covers the basics of the directing process with an emphasis on textual analysis. Lecture discussion and performance projects are utilized to develop a common understanding and vocabulary useable in the wide variety of theatrical situations the contemporary director is likely to confront. The final project of the class is the direction of a short play.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 691

DIRECTING SEMINAR

This course provides the opportunity for all three years of MFA directors and directing faculty to share, discuss and investigate particular and immediate aspects of directing. The course provides a forum for directors to discuss current rehearsal processes and trouble-shoot with their colleagues and instructor. Additionally, directing students reflect on, discuss and receive feedback from their colleagues and instructor on production work. The second half of the course focuses on honing a specific directorial skill or exploring new directorial territory. This component changes quarterly at the discretion of the instructor.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 692

DIRECTING SEMINAR

This course provides the opportunity for all three years of MFA directors and directing faculty to share, discuss and investigate particular and immediate aspects of directing. The course provides a forum for directors to discuss current rehearsal processes and trouble-shoot with their colleagues and instructor. Additionally, directing students reflect on, discuss and receive feedback from their colleagues and instructor on production work. The second half of the course focuses on honing a specific directorial skill or exploring new directorial territory. This component changes quarterly at the discretion of the instructor.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 693

DIRECTING SEMINAR

This course provides the opportunity for all three years of MFA directors and directing faculty to share, discuss and investigate particular and immediate aspects of directing. The course provides a forum for directors to discuss current rehearsal processes and trouble-shoot with their colleagues and instructor. Additionally, directing students reflect on, discuss and receive feedback from their colleagues and instructor on production work. The second half of the course focuses on honing a specific directorial skill or exploring new directorial territory. This component changes quarterly at the discretion of the instructor.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 511

GRADUATE ACTING I

Beginning with a series of exercised and improvisations, the class introduces the acting student to the basic components of the acting process. Scene work forms the backbone of this class.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 512

GRADUATE ACTING I

Beginning with a series of exercised and improvisations, the class introduces the acting student to the basic components of the acting process. Scene work forms the backbone of this class.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 513

GRADUATE ACTING I

Beginning with a series of exercised and improvisations, the class introduces the acting student to the basic components of the acting process. Scene work forms the backbone of this class.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 552

MFA I MEISNER

Sanford Meisner said, "Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." In this first of a two quarter sequence, actors will participate in a sequence of structured improvisational exercises focused on the first half of that sentence: living truthfully. The foundational exercise is called Repetition. Using Repetition as a base, students will explore exercises specifically designed to improve their listening and answering skills and increase their ability to respond to their partner moment to moment.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 234

DRAMATURGY I: INTRODUCTION TO DRAMATURGY

THE 234 is the first course in the three-term Dramaturgy I sequence. Through reading about the history of dramaturgy, the course develops the intellectual framework necessary to think about the art and science of the discipline and focuses on the study of dramaturgical issues of the past two decades. Students work on theoretical projects. Some attendance at theatre productions may be required. Prerequisite: THE 210 or THE 212 or comparable courses as approved by the instructor. Enrollment Info: This course is open to graduate and undergraduate students at The Theatre School. The course may be taken by non-theatre majors with approval by the instructor.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 235

DRAMATURGY I: INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION DRAMATURGY

The second class in the three-term Dramaturgy I sequence, this course continues the work of THE 234 and emphasizes writing in a workshop context as well as the process of collaboration and hands-on collaboration itself. Much of the student work focuses on in-house theoretical theatre productions. Students who are dramaturgy-criticism majors prepare to work on their first dramaturgy project, the MFAI short plays. Prerequisite: THE 234, THE 210, THE 212, or comparable courses as approved by the instructor. Enrollment Info: This course is open to graduate and undergraduate students at The Theatre School. The course may be taken by non-theatre majors who have completed THE 234 or who have instructor permission.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 591

DIRECTING THEORIES

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of stage directing as an independent art form and to the key directorial thinkers of Western theatre. Through both lecture and practice, student learn the theories and techniques of such innovators as Stanislavaski, Meyerhold, Craig Artaud, Brecht, Clurman, Grotowski, Brook, LeCompte, and Bogart.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 592

DIRECTING THEORIES

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of stage directing as an independent art form and to the key directorial thinkers of Western theatre. Through both lecture and practice, student learn the theories and techniques of such innovators as Stanislavaski, Meyerhold, Craigm Artaud, Brecht, Clurman, Grotowski, Brook, LeCompte, and Bogart.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 382

SURVEY OF THE ARTS FOR THEATRE

Second course in a three-course sequence. The styles and aesthetics of art, architecture, fashion and the decorative arts from ancient Egypt through the first half of the 20th century are examined. Emphasis is placed on periods and countries that are most important to American theatre. Can be taken by non-Theatre School students with permission of instructor.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 383

SURVEY OF THE ARTS FOR THEATRE

Third course in a three-course sequence. The styles and aesthetics of art, architecture, fashion and the decorative arts from ancient Egypt through the first half of the 20th century are examined. Emphasis is placed on periods and countries that are most important to American theatre. Can be taken by non-Theatre School students with permission of instructor.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 561

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I

Graduate acting and direction students are continually involved in rehearsal and performance of plays in the Showcase, the Playworks series and workshop productions. Acting students constitute the casting pool for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 562

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I

Graduate acting and direction students are continually involved in rehearsal and performance of plays in the Showcase, the Playworks series and workshop productions. Acting students constitute the casting pool for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 563

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I

Graduate acting and direction students are continually involved in rehearsal and performance of plays in the Showcase, the Playworks series and workshop productions. Acting students constitute the casting pool for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 681

DIRECTING II

A laboratory class in which student directed scenes are rehearsed and presented for discussion and criticism. Several cuttings are directed during the year.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 682

DIRECTING II

A laboratory class in which student directed scenes are rehearsed and presented for discussion and criticism. Several cuttings are directed during the year.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 683

DIRECTING II

A laboratory class in which student directed scenes are rehearsed and presented for discussion and criticism. Several cuttings are directed during the year.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 641

THEATRICAL COLLABORATION

An investigation, through research and discussion, of the conceptual problems of physically mounting specific, assigned scripts from the classic and modern theatre, covering a broad stylistic range. Students will submit proposals for designs and justify their ideas through literary and pictorial research. The directorial and collaborative problems of arriving at a production concept, up to, but not including fully-realized design documentation, is emphasized through a series of projects.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

DES 642

THEATRICAL COLLABORATION

An investigation, through research and discussion, of the conceptual problems of physically mounting specific, assigned scripts from the classic and modern theatre, covering a broad stylistic range. Students will submit proposals for designs and justify their ideas through literary and pictorial research. The directorial and collaborative problems of arriving at a production concept, up to, but not including fully-realized design documentation, is emphasized through a series of projects.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 617

DIRECTING: SCENE STUDY

This is a two-quarter classic play scene study class. MFA directors will learn a variety of techniques in staging, text analysis, and working with actors. Directors will work with a variety of modern writers including Chekov, Ibsen, Miller, and O'Neill. They will also investigate working with heightened text including Moliere, Shakespeare, and the Greeks.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 618

DIRECTING: SCENE STUDY

This is a two-quarter classic play scene study class. MFA directors will learn a variety of techniques in staging, text analysis, and working with actors. Directors will work with a variety of modern writers including Chekov, Ibsen, Miller, and O'Neill. They will also investigate working with heightened text including Moliere, Shakespeare, and the Greeks.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 619

THE DIRECTOR AND THE NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

This course is offered every other year and explores the director's role in the development of new plays. MFA Directors work with professional playwrights on new work. Directors are introduced to the many ways they may be charged with presenting new work, including table readings, staged readings, workshops, designed workshops and world premieres. Over the course of the quarter, directors rehearse and present one sit-down reading and one staged reading. Additionally, students rehearse and present a staged reading in a professional situation.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 611

GRADUATE ACTING II: CLASSICAL

The goal of this year-long course in Heightened Text/Classical Acting is to join the emotional, physical and imaginative life of a role with the technical skills needed to express that character to its fullest. This is achieved through rigorous foundation work and applying the basic tenets of acting to the acting of plays in verse; making strong choices that are grounded in the text, establishing a connection to the scene partner, listening and responding to what is happening in the scene, and integrating the work done in other voice, speech and movement classes.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 612

GRADUATE ACTING II: CLASSICAL

In winter quarter, students work with dramatic monologues, explore and study Shakespeare's prose and scenes from the Jacobean playwrights John Webster, John Ford and Thomas Middleton. Though prose lacks meter, it has its own rhythm, in part defined by punctuation and rhetorical shape. Finding that rhythm of thought is essential to the clarity and life of the prose. With prose, as with meter, rhetoric, and imagery, we approach the work through both brain and body: balancing analytical and physical techniques for understanding and harnessing the dynamics of Shakespeare's language.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 613

GRADUATE ACTING II: CLASSICAL

The spring quarter will focus on comedies by Shakespeare, Moliere, Sheridan, Wilde and Coward. Students will call upon all of the truth-seeking, risk-taking and relish-making that comedy and heightened language requires. Only farce and commedia are larger. The resulting agility with text provides a firm foundation for confident performance of all classical and modern roles. Exploration of Shakespeare's comedies will include collaboration with M.F.A. Directors with scenes to be presented as an invited-audience showing.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 601

GRADUATE SEMINAR

The course familiarizes the student with the requisites of the thesis project and prepares the student to successfully complete this graduate requirement. Additionally, students review material in preparation for the comprehensive exam in the history of theatre and dramatic literature.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 602

GRADUATE SEMINAR

The course familiarizes the student with the requisites of the thesis project and prepares the student to successfully complete this graduate requirement. Additionally, students review material in preparation for the comprehensive exam in the history of theatre and dramatic literature.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 603

GRADUATE SEMINAR

The course familiarizes the student with the requisites of the thesis project and prepares the student to successfully complete this graduate requirement. Additionally, students review material in preparation for the comprehensive exam in the history of theatre and dramatic literature.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 661

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II

Graduate acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal and performance of plays in the showcase, the Playworks series, and workshop productions. Acting students constitute the casting pool for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 662

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II

Graduate acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal and performance of plays in the showcase, the Playworks series, and workshop productions. Acting students constitute the casting pool for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 663

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II

Graduate acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal and performance of plays in the showcase, the Playworks series, and workshop productions. Acting students constitute the casting pool for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 781

THESIS PROJECT IN DIRECTING

A year long research and performance project that culminates in a fully supported production and written thesis. The production is part of The New Directors Series presented for the general public.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 782

THESIS PROJECT IN DIRECTING

A year long research and performance project that culminates in a fully supported production and written thesis. The production is part of The New Directors Series presented for the general public.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 783

THESIS PROJECT IN DIRECTING

A year long research and performance project that culminates in a fully supported production and written thesis. The production is part of The New Directors Series presented for the general public.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 631

GRADUATE VOICE AND SPEECH II

Intensive, individualized work on the development of the full range of the actor's voice. The second half of the Linklater progression is explored in depth. Texts are chosen that place greater demands on the actor's growing emotional and vocal capabilities.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 761

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE III

Graduate acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal and performance of plays in the Showcase, the Playworks series, and workshop productions. Acting students constitute the casting pool for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 762

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE III

Graduate acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal and performance of plays in the Showcase, the Playworks series, and workshop productions. Acting students constitute the casting pool for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 763

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE III

Graduate acting and directing students are continually involved in rehearsal and performance of plays in the Showcase, the Playworks series, and workshop productions. Acting students constitute the casting pool for the school.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

PRF 690

INTERNSHIP

The internship provides the student with an opportunity to learn by working with experienced professionals in an area related to his or her area of study at The Theatre School.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 534

DRAMATURGY I

This course develops the skills necessary to begin work as a production dramaturg through a consideration of practical, historical, and theoretical issues. The students work on both in-class and school productions as well as writing critical essays.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

THE 535

DRAMATURGY I

This course develops the skills necessary to begin work as a production dramaturg through a consideration of practical, historical, and theoretical issues. The students work on both in-class and school productions as well as writing critical essays.
Prerequisites:
Status as Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.

TEC 320

TECHNICAL COLLABORATION

This class is designed to teach students how to collaborate, and hone their tech cueing skills, within a small storefront theatrical setting that they will undoubtedly come across when they graduate and move into the Chicago theatre community. In this class, the students will learn how to create opening and closing cues; transitions that punctuate, build/decline, propel, and show passage of time. The cues will then be amended in the workshop, to help the students learn to work quickly in changing timings and mood. Making quick artistic decisions and implementing them efficiently is the goal.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Undergraduate or Graduate Theatre student is a prerequisite for this class.