The Boston Theatre Experience

THTR 2335 (4 SH)
Enjoy Boston area productions featuring a dynamic and diverse range of styles and genres. Through preparatory readings and lectures, combined with post-play assessments and interactions with professional theatre artists, discover what’s happening on- and off-stage in contemporary theatre. Ticket fees and attendance at plays outside of class time are required. Taught by visiting faculty Bridget O’Leary, Associate Artistic Director of the New Repertory Theatre.


Musical Theatre Technique: You Can’t Stop the Beat

THTR 3570 (4 SH)
Try defying gravity. Through solo songs, musical scenes and group dance numbers, discover how acting choices unlock a musical theatre performance. Explore songs and scenes from the classics (Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter), the innovators (Sondheim, HAIR) and the new wave (Duncan Sheik, Green Day). Includes research on the context of the musical being performed and culminates in a semester-end showcase. Previous experience welcome but not necessary. Taught by Maurice Emmanuel Parent.


Activism and Performance

THTR 1215 (4 SH)
Change the world. Act up. Explore the intersection of theatre, politics, and social transformation by studying the artistic manifestos and experiencing the performances of fearless, passionate activist theatre artists who work in theatre, docudrama, ritual, dance, street theatre, and community generated performance. Culminates in the creation of an original activist performance. Taught by Dr. Mike Lueger. NU Core: Arts level 1.


Playwriting I

THTR 2330 (4 SH)
Discover the creative dynamic of writing for the theater. With emphasis on process, risk-taking, and finding one’s own voice, explore the development of characterization, scene structure, action, and dialogue.  Culminates in the writing of an original one-act play. Taught by Joyce Van Dyke.