Theater and Performance
THEA 001. Theater and Performance
Professor Elizabeth Stevens
When: Monday 1:00 - 4:00PM
Where: Kohlberg 116
By combining a survey of many different approaches to theatrical performance, this class should give you an understanding and appreciation of the importance of theater and performance in the world. Study will include history, performance theory, and production design in relationship to play scripts and videotaped or live performances. Sessions will include exercises that pertain to the collaboration between actors, directors and designers. Writing requirements will include journal keeping, responses to readings and performances and research papers.
About the ProfessorElizabeth Stevens has been an Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College since 2006. She comes to Swarthmore from Bryn Mawr College, where she also taught Acting and Directing. While there, she directed three Bi-Co productions, Three Sisters, Big Love and Antigone. Before teaching, she was the Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager at the Dallas Theater Center where she directed an acclaimed production of Wit.
At Swarthmore, Elizabeth has directed Jonathan Franzen's new translation of Wedekind's Spring Awakening and Hannah Harvester's ('05) Honors Thesis: Through the Leaves by Franz Xaver Kroetz. In February of 2009, Elizabeth directed two operas at Curtis Opera Theater, Impressions of Pelleas and The Medium. She performed in Headlong Dance Theater's site-specific piece, Cell at the 2006 Fringe Festival, and co-directed Workshop for Potential Movement's original piece, Speak, Mascot, also at the 2006 Fringe Festival.
Other productions include Gilgamesh, a world-premiere opera (La Mama, NYC), Baby with the Bathwater (Triad Stage, Greensboro), Dick in London, and Whirligig (Target Margin Theater, NYC), Loot and Bee-luther-hatchee (Actor's Express Theater, Atlanta), Doctor of Last Resort (Clubbed Thumb, NYC), Prometheus Bound (Ontological Hysteric Theater, NYC), Life is a Dream, Titus Andronicus and Cloud Nine (Yale School of Drama), Tone Clusters and Turn of the Screw (Yale Cabaret).
Elizabeth has also taught directing at Southern Methodist University and mentored directing students at N.Y.U.'s Playwright's Horizons. She has taught acting at Yale University's Summer Program and the Dallas Theater Center.
She has an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
This course fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors and is open to all students without prerequisite.