Degree Requirements

The following outline is subject to change based on guest artists in residence each year. Training in contemplative practice, physical performance techniques, acting, directing, design, scripting, dance, performance-making, voice, and practice as research are ongoing throughout the curriculum. Students take 12 credits per semester, for a total of 48 credits.

First Year

Contemplative Training

  • Meditation Practice and View
  • Contemplative Dance Practice and Pedagogy

Physical Performance Techniques

  • Somatic Foundations and Experiential Anatomy Lab
  • Developmental Technique

Performance-Making

  • Foundations in Acting
  • Intensive on the Viewpoints (offered every other year)
  • Guest Artist Workshops and Residencies with leading National and International Professionals in the field (Academic Year 16/17 has included artists from China, India, Iran, Israel, Mexico, The Philippines, South Africa, Russia, and The United States)
  • Alternative Modes of Contemporary Performance-Making
  • Modes of Text Analysis and Self-Scripting
  • First Year Project Presentations
  • Ensemble Development, Performance Project
  • Silent Playwrighting Retreat

Voice

  • Introduction to Extended Voice in the tradition of Roy Hart Theatre
  • Vocal Intensive: Application to classical texts and musical forms
  • Knight-Thompson speech & dialect training

Experiential Research

  • Theory and Context
  • Practice as Research and Dissemination
  • Intercultural Performance
  • Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship

SUBTOTAL 24 credits (12 Fall, 12 Spring)

Second Year

Contemplative Training

  • Meditation Practice and View II
  • Deepening Mindfulness/Awareness Practice
  • Contemplative Dance

Physical Performance Techniques

  • Somatic Applications
  • Developmental Technique II
  • Contact Improvisation

Performance-Making

  • Advanced Acting (styles including classical forms)
  • Advanced Developmental (Physical) Technique
  • The Viewpoints: Composition, Directing, and Performance (offered every other year)
  • Moment Work as developed by Tectonic Theatre Project (every other year)
  • Guest Artist Workshops and Residencies with leading National and International Professionals in the field (Academic Year 16/17 has included artists from China, India, Iran, Israel, Mexico, The Philippines, South Africa, Russia, and The United States)
  • Musical Composition
  • Second Year Ensemble Development, Performance Project
  • Embodied Poetics
  • Site-Specific Performance

Technique

  • Modes of Text Analysis and Self-Scripting
  • Alternative Modes of Contemporary Performance-Making

Voice

  • Extended Voice: Application to Performance
  • Vocal Pedagogy and Practice

Experiential Research

  • Theory and Context
  • Practice as Research and Dissemination
  • Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Intercultural Performance
  • Somatic Pedagogy
  • Pedagogy of the Viewpoints (every other year)
  • Voice Pedagogy

Thesis

  • Thesis Practicum
  • Thesis Project

SUBTOTAL 24 credits (12 Fall, 12 Spring)

TOTAL CREDITS 48

©