Theater and Performance
THEA 001. Theater and Performance
Professor Laila Swanson
When: Monday 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Where: Kohlberg 115
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 Professor
Laila Swanson received an MFA in Set Design with a minor in Costume Design from Temple University in 1994 and has been the Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College since 2009.
She has previously taught classes in Costume and Set Design at Arcadia University, and has been designing sets and costumes for productions in Scandinavia as well as in the US. Her most recent productions are Funnyhouse of a Negro at Brown University, directed by Kym Moore, and Hayavadana at Swarthmore College, directed by Erin Mee. She continues to design for Production Ensemble once a year.
Laila was the Costume Shop Supervisor at Swarthmore College in 2005-2009, and is a long standing member IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees) as both costume designer and scenic painter. Her work as scenic painter includes the movies of M. Night Shyamalan.
This course fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors and is open to all students without prerequisite.