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Theater and Dance Department

Theater and Dance are among the richest and most rewarding of educational disciplines. They combine interests in creative arts, humanities, and social sciences. Through their integration of thinking and doing, of analysis and creative problem solving, they develop the mind, body, sensibility, and imagination. We offer a Theater Studies major and minor, a Dance major and minor, and a joint major in Playwriting with the Creative Writing Program. Each area has its own focus and requirements.

Theater Studies

Our course of study offers an excellent broad-based undergraduate education. A liberal arts education in theater not only challenges and develops the student in our discipline, but also offers practical preparation for a variety of careers, including law, business, medicine, education, and communications. Excellent teaching and mentoring are high priorities for the faculty and interactions occur in a variety of settings: small classes, individual consultations, master classes, rehearsals, and performances.

The major and minor require a study of the various subfields of the theater, with a strong core of dramatic literature. Advanced courses in all areas are available. Emory's unique combination of a liberal arts undergraduate program and a professional theater provide a strong and flexible training ground. All of this makes the study and practice of theater at Emory demanding, memorable, and rewarding.

The Dance Program

The Emory Dance Program provides a range of opportunities for students to experience dance, from performance and production to technique and theory. The mission of the Emory Dance Program is to provide a curriculum that interweaves both the practical and theoretical to foster students' creative, intellectual, and communicative powers in the field of dance. The Emory Dance Program emphasizes performance and choreography based on the primary tenets of modern dance, which value individualism, innovation, and interdisciplinary approaches to the arts.

The study of dance is perhaps the most unique and all-encompassing pursuit in the fine arts. It involves the total exploration of the self-emotional, intellectual, and kinesthetic. The program develops students' awareness and appreciation of movement in all its diverse forms and their ability to communicate through non-verbal expression. Dance develops insights into a broad range of studies; therefore it plays a viable role in the liberal arts education. Since dance is so multi-faceted, it enhances the student's preparation for a variety of careers.

Follow this link to view details about the Dance Program.

The Joint Major in Playwriting

The playwriting joint major brings together the disciplines of Theater Studies and Creative Writing in an innovative synthesis designed to educate playwrights both as writers and as theater professionals. A playwright must understand the workings of narrative and storytelling and have opportunities to develop dramatic, fully realized narratives. The playwright also needs a strong grounding in the literature and mechanics of theater and in the collaborative process, since these are the worlds he or she seeks to inhabit, and the instrument for which the playwright composes. 

Faculty

Chair/Director
Timothy McDonough
P3667184
Professor

Education

  • BA, Williams College, 1967

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • acting
  • creating new works
  • major figures
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Randy Fullerton
P6137522
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Bridgewater College, 1975
  • MA, University of Pittsburgh, 1979
  • MFA, Yale University, 1982

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty
Core Faculty
Janice Akers
P8931733
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, California State University, Sacramento, 1974

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • acting
John Ammerman
P0352672
Associate Professor and Artistic Director, Theater Emory

Education

  • BS, Central Michigan University, 1977
  • MFA, University of Georgia, 1979

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • acting
  • movement
  • styles
Gregory Catellier
P9890218
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Arizona State University, 1993
  • MFA, Ohio State University, 2001

Departments

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty
  • Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • modern dance and lighting design
Sara Culpepper
P5245078
Lecturer

Education

  • MFA, University of Virginia,
  • BA, Louisiana Tech,

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty
Michael Evenden
P4970543
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Brigham Young University, 1979
  • MFA, Yale University, 1983
  • Other, Yale University, 1987

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • dramatic literature
  • theater history
  • criticism
  • genre study
  • musical theater
  • dramaturgy
Randy Fullerton
P6137522
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Bridgewater College, 1975
  • MA, University of Pittsburgh, 1979
  • MFA, Yale University, 1982

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty
Brent Glenn
P1072931
Lecturer

Education

  • MFA, Louisiana State University,
  • BA, Brenau College,

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty
Anna Leo
P1751951
Associate Professor

Education

  • BFA, Ohio State University, 1974
  • MFA, Ohio State University, 1992

Departments

  • Dance, Core Faculty
  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • modern dance
  • ballet
  • dance history
  • choreography
Timothy McDonough
P3667184
Professor

Education

  • BA, Williams College, 1967

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • acting
  • creating new works
  • major figures
Donald McManus
P6451149
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Toronto, 1991
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1998

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • dramatic literature
  • major figures
  • genre
  • comedy
Vincent Murphy
P2029633
Professor

Education

  • BA, Boston University, 1972

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • directing
  • acting
  • playwriting
Lisa Paulsen
P3835328
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, University of Northern Iowa, 1983
  • MFA, Southern Methodist University, 1987

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • acting
  • play development
Sally Radell
P6393594
Professor

Education

  • BA, Scripps College, 1979
  • MA, Ohio State University, 1984
  • MFA, Arizona State University, 1987

Departments

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty
  • Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • modern dance
  • ballet
  • choreography
  • labanotation
George Staib
P5822195
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Dickinson College, 1989
  • MFA, Temple University, 1994

Departments

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty
  • Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • modern dance
  • ballet
  • choreography
  • introduction to dance
Leslie Taylor
P5752353
Professor

Education

  • BA, Wellesley College, 1977
  • MFA, New York University, 1980

Department

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • set and costume design
Lori Teague
P1476284
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Columbia College, 1986
  • MFA, Ohio State University, 1991

Departments

  • Theater and Dance, Core Faculty
  • Dance, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • modern dance
  • dance pedagogy
  • composition
  • dance literacy
  • improvisation
  • movement fundamentals

Courses

Theater Studies 100-Level Courses
THEA 100: Introduction To The Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. A theoretical and practical initiation to theater as a collaborative art. Includes script analysis as well as basic instruction in acting, improvisation, stage design, and play direction.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 120: Acting: Fundamentals
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. An introductory course on the principles and practice of the actor's craft.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 130: Basic Stagecraft
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. A theoretical and practical initiation to technical theater. Practical assignments will be oriented toward mounting productions staged by Theater Emory.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 190: Fresh Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introductory seminar on a special topic in theater studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Theater Studies 200-Level Courses
THEA 200R: Theater Practicum
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A required course for all majors and minors, but must be taken at least once at Emory. Students undertake a substantial technical theater responsibility in a Theater Emory production

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 210: Reading For Performance
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. The close reading of plays with a view to production. Exercises and projects explore how a text emerges in performance from the combined perspectives of actors, directors, designers, and audience.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 210W: Reading For Performance
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. The close reading of plays with a view to production. Exercises and projects explore how a text emerges in performance from the combined perspectives of actors, directors, designers, and audience.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 215: History of Drama and Theater I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 215: History of Drama and Theater I
Course Description

General history of the theater from its origins through the Renaissance, focusing on representative dramatic works and on the influence of actor, staging, and audience.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 216: History of Drama & Theater II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 216: History of Drama & Theater II
Course Description

General history of the theater from French neoclassicism through the twentieth century, focusing on representative dramatic works and on the influence of actor, staging, and audience.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 221: Acting: Scene Work
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the challenges of acting scenes. This process-oriented course will focus on the development of character relationship through principles of objective, circumstance, habit, activity, age, and emotion.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 222: Acting: Speeches & Monologues
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
Either of the listed courses or permission of instructor.
THEA 120: Acting: Fundamentals
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A systematic approach to the art of acting a speech that tells a story. Students develop several narrative speeches of audition length. Topics include setting the scene and characterization; gesture, movement and space; sound sense; fades, builds and the architecture of a speech; creating inner conflict with opposites.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 223: Voice & Diction
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An overview of voice and diction for actors. Through group exercises and individual instruction, students will learn techniques to achieve proper breath support, vocal production, vocal range, and articulation necessary for stage performance.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 224: Movement For The Actor
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A course designed for the physical actor. This laboratory-focused course will explore and develop a variety of processes unique to the construction of the actor's physical form and coordination. Topics include center, balance, kinesthetics, and rhythm in the context of stage combat, mime, clowning, and physical relationship in scene work.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 230: Principles Of Design
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
DANC 230: Principles Of Design
Course Description

A theoretical and practical understanding of the process involved in conceiving and executing a stage design and the interrelationship of the various design disciplines.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 240: Arts Administration
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A lecture/laboratory course on how artists accomplish their work in the face of changes in values, government mandates, and the economy

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 250: Directing I
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Theater 201 or a 200-level or higher acting course, or permission of instructor. A theoretical and practical introduction to the art of staging plays, including script analysis, rehearsal techniques, and presentation of scenes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 260R: Ensemble
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An ensemble will intensively research, explore, develop, produce and perform a collaboratively created, bare-bones production. The stylistic focus will vary with each offering.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
350 - 400
THEA 270R: Experiencing New Works
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is designed to deepen student engagement with theatrical works in progress and experimentation through observation, constructive response, and presentation of individual or collaborative projects. Course offered in conjunction with Theater Emory's new work series "Breaking Ground"

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes
50
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
300 - 340
THEA 283: Playwriting Workshop
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 289: Special Topics: Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Individual courses on special topics in theater at the 200-level. This course may be repeated.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 289W: Special Topics: Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Individual courses on special topics in theater at the 200-level. This course may be repeated.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
Theater Studies 300-Level Courses
THEA 300R: Production Assistantship
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will give the advanced design, technical or stage management student the opportunity to work as an assistant to a professional artist on a Theater Emory production.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 312: Sem:Shakespeare In Performance
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A consideration of several of Shakespeare¿s plays and the possibilities and problems of staging. A related laboratory covers acting issues in detail, including: scansion, emphasis, and shaping; gesture, movement, and space; soliloquy; images and antitheses.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 313: Hist Of American Drama/Thea
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A history of the American theater and its plays, including consideration of the actor, staging, audience, and their influence on the development of American theatrical art, performance style, and dramatic literature.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 314: 20th Century Music Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A study of the history and forms of musical theater in America since the turn of the twentieth century.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
THEA 315R: Studies In Period Drama
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A systematic reading of a group of plays from a major period. Course will focus on the style and historical context of the period.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 316R: Studies in Genre
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A systematic reading of plays through dramatic structure as genre, exploring such major forms as tragedy or comedy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 317R: Studies in a Major Figure
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A consideration of the work of a major theatrical figure (dramatist, director, designer).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 320R: Acting Laboratory
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor or consent of department. A course in a specialized area of acting, normally connected with a dramatic literature course and/or a Theater Emory production. [Beginning Fall 2010, this course will carry the number THEA 400R.]

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 321: Acting: Advanced Scene Work
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 221. Advanced work on character and relationship through a variety of approaches.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 322: Acting: Developing A Role
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Theater 222 and permission of instructor. Each actor works on two substantive roles, with an emphasis on generating and shaping thematic through-lines.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 324R: Studies in Period Style
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Advanced work on scenes in a variety of period styles. Topics include center, sticking point, kinesthetics, fashion and manner, mask, language/text work, characterization, and status.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 330R: Stagecraft Laboratory
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable credit. Prerequisite: Theater 130 or permission of instructor. An advanced tutorial on practical problems in properties and craftwork for theater.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 331: Costume Design
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 230 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the theory and practice of costume design. Includes script analysis from a visual perspective as well as exercises to develop basic design skills.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 332: Set Design
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 230 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the theory and practice of scene design. Includes historical research, script analysis from a visual perspective, and exercises to develop basic design skills.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 333: Lighting Design
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 230 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the theory and practice of lighting design, including script analysis from a visual perspective as well as classroom and practical exercises.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 334: Sound Design
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 230 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the theory and practice of sound design, including script analysis and practical exercises in analog and digital sound.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 335: Scenic Painting
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
Permission of Instructor or below listed course
THEA 230: Principles Of Design
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Basic techniques of scenic painting in theater and film in step-by-step projects. The role of the scenic artists. How to communicate with a scenic designer. How to comment constructively on your own work and that of class mates.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
300
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
350 - 400
THEA 340: Arts Writing & Criticism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
DANC 340: Arts Writing & Criticism
JRNL 340: Arts Writing & Criticism
Course Description

This course will be conducted as a professional workshop. During the semester students will be required to produce a series of critical articles covering a wide spectrum of fields from music to books, to dance, to theater and the visual arts. Class sessions and assignments will be devoted to nurturing the requisite skills needed to become a successful reviewer or critic. The seminar will include talks by faculty from Journalism, Dance, Music and Theater Studies, as well as visiting professional critics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 340W: Arts Writing & Criticism
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
DANC 340W: Arts Writing & Criticism
JRNL 340W: Arts Writing & Criticism
Course Description

This course will be conducted as a professional workshop. During the semester students will be required to produce a series of critical articles covering a wide spectrum of fields from music to books, to dance, to theater and the visual arts. Class sessions and assignments will be devoted to nurturing the requisite skills needed to become a successful reviewer or critic. The seminar will include talks by faculty from Journalism, Dance, Music and Theater Studies, as well as visiting professional critics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 350: Directing II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 251 or permission of instructor. Includes continued script investigation of a major play, visualization, actor coaching, and analysis of the throughlines of characters in the play.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 365: Modern Drama
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 365: Modern Drama
Course Description

Development of modern drama from the late nineteenth century to 1950, including dramatists such as Ibsen, Shaw, Yeats, Synge, O'Neill, and Williams.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 365W: Modern Drama
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 365W: Modern Drama
Course Description

Development of modern drama from the late nineteenth century to 1950, including dramatists such as Ibsen, Shaw, Yeats, Synge, O'Neill, and Williams.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 366: Contemporary Drama
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 366: Comtemporary Drama
Course Description

Selected works of the contemporary theater since 1950, including dramatists such as Beckett, Bond, Fornes, Gems, Pinter, Shepard, and Wilson.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 366W: Contemporary Drama
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 366W: Comtemporary Drama
Course Description

Selected works of the contemporary theater since 1950, including dramatists such as Beckett, Bond, Fornes, Gems, Pinter, Shepard, and Wilson.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 370R: Creating New Works
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: 200-level theater class or permission of instructor. A workshop for the creation of new works by actors, designers, directors, and writers. Projects may include performances created from improvisation, adaptations of fiction or nonfiction, experimentation with classics, and self-scripted monologues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 371R: Theater Artist Laboratory
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Maymester Course. An experiential theater production course developing, mounting and presenting an original theater piece. This highly collaborative

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
THEA 372R: Intermediate Playwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENGCW 372R: Intermediate Playwriting
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in writing plays.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 372RW: Intermediate Playwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENGCW 372RW: Intermediate Playwriting
Course Description

Every semester. Intermediate level workshop in writing plays.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 375R: Advanced Playwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Intensive workshop in writing plays for advanced students.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 375RW: Advanced Playwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Intensive workshop in writing plays for advanced students.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 389: Spec Tops:Lit,Hist,Aesth Thea
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Individual courses designed to introduce students to special topics in theater.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 389W: Spec Tops:Lit,Hist,Aesth Thea
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Individual courses designed to introduce students to special topics in theater.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 396R: Theater Colloquia
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. A one-credit course required for majors and minors. Must be taken twice to complete major/minor. Comprised of lectures, workshops, and panel discussions with faculty, guest artists, and alumni in addition to attendance at other arts events.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Speaker series
Weekly Contact Minutes
50
THEA 397R: Directed Studies In Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable credit. Prerequisite: permission of department. Special projects, research, and readings under the direction of a faculty member.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Theater Studies 400-Level Courses
THEA 400R: Theater Emory Laboratory
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

For work with Theater Emory as playwright, director, designer, dramaturg, or lead actor. [Prior to Fall 2010, this course carried the number THEA 421R.]

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 410: Seminar Aesthetics & Criticism of Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Theater 201WR. A seminar, capstone to the theater studies major, covering major critical texts that interrogate the nature of the theatrical event.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 410W: Seminar Aesthetics & Criticism of Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisite: Theater 201WR. A seminar, capstone to the theater studies major, covering major critical texts that interrogate the nature of the theatrical event.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 419R: Dramaturgy Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. An introduction to the many roles of the dramaturg. Research assignments focus on the dramaturgical work surrounding a Theater Emory production.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 420R: Acting Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. An advanced course focused on specified individual needs and interests of an advanced student actor. Can be taken only twice. [Prior to Fall 2010, this course carried the number THEA 400R.]

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 431R: Costume Design Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 231 and/or permission of instructor. An in-depth approach to the art, practice, and history of costume design. Work will center on conceptualization, research, and design.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 432R: Scene Design Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 232 and/or permission of instructor. An in-depth approach to the art, practice, and history of scene design. Work will center on conceptualization, research, and design.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 433R: Lighting Design Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 233 and/or permission of instructor. An advanced course in the theory and practice of lighting design, including lighting for the theater, dance, concert, film, and video.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 434R: Sound Design Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 234 and/or permission of instructor. An advanced course in the theory and practice of sound design, including sound design for theater, dance, and film.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 440R: Administrative Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Theater 241 and/or permission of instructor. A lecture/laboratory course focused on practical problems in theater administration, including budgeting, contracting, publicity, and stage management. Practical assignments oriented to Theater Emory's season.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 450R: Directing Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Theater 351 and/or consent of department. Advanced problems in staging plays, including a fully mounted production of a one-act or full-length play.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 489: Special Topics: Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Individual courses designed to introduce students to special topics in theater at the 400-level

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 489W: Special Topics: Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Individual courses designed to introduce students to special topics in theater at the 400-level

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 494R: Honors in Playwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 494R: Honors in Playwriting
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
THEA 494RW: Honors in Playwriting
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 494RW: Honors in Playwriting
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 495R: Honors Project In Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable credit. Prerequisites: qualification for honors and consent of department. A supervised project in any area of theater.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 495RW: Honors Project In Theater
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable credit. Prerequisites: qualification for honors and consent of department. A supervised project in any area of theater.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
THEA 497R: Advanced Directed Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A supervised project in any area of theater for seniors. [Prior to Fall 2010, this course carried the number THEA 497.]

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
THEA 499R: Spec Proj In Theater Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable credit. Prerequisite: consent of department. A supervised project in any area of theater.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Dance 100-Level Courses
DANC 121R: Ballet I
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is designed for students with no or very minimal experience in ballet technique. Ballet I introduces students to the basic skills and terminology of ballet. The course includes barre exercises with an emphasis on alignment. Center work will include adagio, tendu, basic turns, petite allegro, and grande allegro in simple combinations. The course is designed to develop individual body awareness, strength, flexibility, and an appreciation of the art of ballet. May be taken up to three times for credit. Students are required to take this course at least two times before progressing to the next level and should secure the permission of the instructor before doing so.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 123R: Contemporary Modern Dance I (Introduction)
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is designed for students with no or minimal dance experience. It introduces dance technique and contemporary modern dance vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed on dynamic alignment, sensing and activating weight, developing coordination, and discovering body connections. Movement explorations take place on the floor, standing, and in sequences locomoting through space. Creative expression and musicality are integrated into class content. May be taken up to three times for credit. Students are required to take this course three times before progressing to the next level and should secure the permission of the instructor before doing so.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 124R: Jazz Dance I (Introduction)
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is designed for students with no or very minimal jazz dance experience. The course provides an introduction to articulating and expressing rhythms through stylized movement sequences, basic technical skills, and performance. Emphasis is on development of greater body awareness, strength, flexibility, coordination, musicality (especially syncopation), and improvisation. May be taken up to three times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 127R: World Dance Forms
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Students will study a world dance form, learning the basic techniques, movement vocabulary, and a dance or dances indicative of the form. The material will be further explored through historical, cultural and political perspectives. This course culminates in a performance or lecture demonstration. Required course for dance and movement studies majors. May be taken up to three times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 150R: Movement Improvisation
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An investigation of your body's potential to move without preconception. Explorations in a variety of improvisational forms emphasize group interplay, problem-solving, and inner listening in order to reveal new movement vocabularies and increase kinesthetic awareness. Required course for dance and movement studies majors and minors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 190: Freshman Seminar: Dance
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introductory seminar on a special topic in dance and movement studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Dance 200-Level Courses
DANC 207R: Emory Dance Company
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 2
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Emory Dance Company is a professionally oriented performance company that exposes students to the diverse choreographic approaches of faculty, student and guest artist work, as well as historical reconstructions. Course admission is by audition. Students gain performance techniques, collaborative skills, and often contribute to the making of original choreography as they prepare for a fully produced dance concert. Simultaneous enrollment in a dance technique class is required. In addition, students gain experience in some of the technical aspects of dance concert production. Credit hours are assigned in accordance with the number of works in which a student participates. Evaluation procedures announced in class.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
DANC 211: Tango: Argentina's Art Form
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MUS 211: Tango: Argentina's Art Form
Course Description

This course for music and dance students to study Argentine tango in Buenos Aires will intersect scholarly studies of tango history and culture with performance practice. It will provide an authentic, holistic learning experience for students to understand how theory and practice inform each other. Music and dance majors and minors only, or by permission of instructor with letter of recommendation by a music or dance professor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
DANC 220: History Of Western Concert Dance
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course traces the development of Western concert dance from 19th century Romantic Ballet to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the development of American modern dance, post modern dance, and current trends and dance artists. This course is required for all dance and movement studies majors and minors. Students wishing to enroll must be a declared dance and movement studies major or minor, or obtain permission of the instructor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Other on-line course component
DANC 221R: Ballet II
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 121R: Ballet I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is designed for students who can demonstrate an understanding of and familiarity with basic ballet vocabulary. Includes barre exercises with a continued emphasis on alignment. Center work will include adagio, tendu, turns, petite allegro, and grande allegro in simple combinations. The course is designed to develop individual body awareness, strength, flexibility, musicality, and an appreciation of the art of ballet. At least 2-3 semesters in Ballet I and consultation with the instructor are required before entry into this course. May be taken up to three times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 223R: Contemporary Modern Dance II (Advanced Beginning)
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 123R: Contemporary Modern Dance I (Introduction)
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course builds on the technical skills introduced in Dance 123R. Emphasis is placed on centering, core support, breath support, full articulation of the body in three-dimensional space, fully integrating concepts of parallel and rotation, and the interplay of stability and mobility. At least three semesters in the Contemporary Modern Dance I and consultation with instructor is required before entry into this course. May be taken up to three times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 224R: Jazz Dance II (Beginning/Intermediate)
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 124R: Jazz Dance I (Introduction)
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course includes further development of skills introduced in Jazz Dance I with greater emphasis on style, performance, and technique. More technically challenging movement sequences will be introduced and students will be expected to individualize movement at a beginner/intermediate level. May be taken up to three times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 225: Fitness for Dancers
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
PPF
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course increases the students' physical capacities through study and implementation of principles of physical fitness with the objective of improving dance performance. Somatic practices and exercise systems are introduced through guest lectures. Students are introduced to anatomical and physiological issues that are common among dancers.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
DANC 226: Movement Fundamentals
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PPF
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course emphasizes the fundamental elements of movement-breath support, body connections, weight transfer and release. The movement experiences are invaluable for a mover who seeks to enhance skill development in a dance technique class.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
DANC 227: Awareness in Motion - The Alexander Technique
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The Alexander Technique utilizes a mind-body approach to improve awareness, alignment, flexibility, balance, and strength. Through readings, discussion, group exercises, and hands-on work, students will develop skills to perform everyday and specialized activities with more clarity, ease, and efficiency. This class is particularly valuable for dancers, actors, musicians, and athletes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 229: Introduction To Dance
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to Dance is an overview of dance as an expressive art form, a symbolic language, and an integral aspect of world cultures. The course is designed to help students grasp a range of cultural, aesthetic, and bodily worlds from which dance is born. Course work enables students to develop intuitive and verbal skills which allow them to articulate about movement and its meaning. This is supported by direct physical experience in various dance forms, styles, genres, and throughly exploring the creative process.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 230: Principles Of Design
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
THEA 230: Principles Of Design
Course Description

A theoretical and practical understanding of the process involved in conceiving and executing a stage design and the interrelationship of the various design disciplines.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
DANC 240: Dance Literacy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will provide a framework for observing, analyzing, notating, and understanding movement as an expressive, communicative form. Movement literacy skills are demonstrated through the body by building relationships between Body, Space, Shape, and Effort. By utilizing Rudolph Laban¿s Movement Analysis system (LMA), emphasis is placed on embodying movement intention and discovering context and meaning in stylistic patterns of movement. Required course for dance and movement studies majors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 250: Choreography I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 150R: Movement Improvisation
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This is a dance composition course designed to allow the student to discover new ideas about movement in a nurturing and experimental environment. Students develop and perform solo studies with an emphasis placed on the development of personal movement vocabulary, phrase building, and the exploration of choreographic tools. Discussion, critiquing, and descriptive writing about their choreographic processes will supplement direct physical work. Required course for dance and movement studies majors and minors. Must be a declared dance and movement studies major or minor, or permission of instructor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Dance 300-Level Courses
DANC 307R: Emory Dance On Tour
General Information
Credit Hours
2
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course offers the experience of performing extensively within a touring context in order to develop an arts education curriculum and broaden performance techniques. Students will learn a diverse repertory that can adapt to a variety of venues or settings in the Atlanta community. Entrance by audition.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Community engaged learning
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
DANC 321R: Ballet III
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 221R: Ballet II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course continues to reinforce and build upon the skills learned in Ballet II. More emphasis is placed on style and execution of movement at an intermediate level. Movement sequences become more intricate. A more extensive movement vocabulary is introduced. At least 2-3 semesters in Ballet II and consultation with the instructor are required before enrolling in this course. May be taken up to six times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 323R: Contemporary Modern Dance III (Intermediate)
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 223R: Contemporary Modern Dance II (Advanced Beginning)
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is designed for students who are ready to deepen technical practices. Emphasis is placed on the student¿s technical proficiency and versatility. This course encourages intermediate students to become articulate performers by developing groundedness, musicality, sophisticated use of three-dimensional space, partnering, and ensemble work. Consultation with instructor is required before enrolling in this course. May be taken up to three times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 324R: Jazz Dance III (Advanced)
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 224R: Jazz Dance II (Beginning/Intermediate)
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course includes further development of skills introduced in Jazz Dance II with greater emphasis on style, performance and technique. More technically challenging movement sequences will be introduced and students will be expected to individualize movement at an advanced level. Course material may include components of Broadway, lyrical, hip hop and other entertainment-based dance forms. May be taken up to three times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 329: Contemporary Issues In Dance
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course examines the practical, aesthetic, and current issues of dance as a fine art and profession. Focus areas in the course generally include the arts in higher education, arts advocacy, grant writing and presentation skills, dance as a reflection of contemporary culture, and guest lectures from a myriad of professionals in dance related fields. Individual subtopics in the course will vary depending on topical issues and immediate resources. The course material is delivered via readings, discussions, project-based assignments, guest speakers, and field trips as appropriate. Required course for dance and movement studies majors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic Speaker series
DANC 330: Dance Pedagogy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course develops communicative, leadership, and creative skills while preparing the student for his/her role as a dance educator. Movement is developed as a kinesthetic tool for learning. Content includes the history of dance education, educational theories, development of original lesson plans, and practical teaching experiences in the Atlanta community.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Community engaged learning
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic field trips
DANC 339: Labanotation
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Labanotation is a system of movement notation developed by Rudolf Laban in the early twentieth century. It is a tool which is used worldwide for in-depth study, preservation and greater understanding of dance works of this century. In this course students will develop basic skills in the analysis, recording and reading of movement phrases and scores.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
DANC 340: Arts Writing & Criticism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JRNL 340: Arts Writing & Criticism
THEA 340: Arts Writing & Criticism
Course Description

This course will be conducted as a professional workshop. During the semester students will be required to produce a series of critical articles covering a wide spectrum of fields from music to books, to dance, to theater and the visual arts. Class sessions and assignments will be devoted to nurturing the requisite skills needed to become a successful reviewer or critic. The seminar will include talks by faculty from Journalism, Dance, Music and Theater Studies, as well as visiting professional critics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
DANC 340W: Arts Writing & Criticism
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JRNL 340W: Arts Writing & Criticism
THEA 340W: Arts Writing & Criticism
Course Description

This course will be conducted as a professional workshop. During the semester students will be required to produce a series of critical articles covering a wide spectrum of fields from music to books, to dance, to theater and the visual arts. Class sessions and assignments will be devoted to nurturing the requisite skills needed to become a successful reviewer or critic. The seminar will include talks by faculty from Journalism, Dance, Music and Theater Studies, as well as visiting professional critics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
DANC 350: Choreography II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 150R: Movement Improvisation
DANC 250: Choreography I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Students will utilize skills acquired in Choreography I. Choreography II emphasizes deeper exploration and understanding of the elements of space, time, and energy in group works. This course meets twice a week, with an additional evening lab for viewing and critiquing works in progress. Students participate in many aspects of the production process.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
technical rehearsals and five performances
DANC 360R: Choreographic Laboratory
General Information
Credit Hours
2
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 150R: Movement Improvisation
DANC 250: Choreography I
DANC 350: Choreography II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course supports students who are continuing to create original choreographic work for the Emory Dance Company after successfully completing Choreography I and II. The lab is designed to provide ongoing feedback during the creative process.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
100
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
DANC 385: Spec Topics:Dance&Mvmnt Studie
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course focuses on somatic movement education. The holistic study of a somatic practice will illuminate the relationship between the body and mind, guiding the process of full body integration. A variety of somatic practices may be covered, including Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering, Iyengar-based Yoga, GYROKINESIS® movement training, Alexander Technique, and The Feldenkrais Method. Somatic practices can be applied to everyday activities and performance.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
DANC 385W: Spec Topics:Dance&Mvmnt Studie
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course focuses on somatic movement education. The holistic study of a somatic practice will illuminate the relationship between the body and mind, guiding the process of full body integration. A variety of somatic practices may be covered, including Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering, Iyengar-based Yoga, GYROKINESIS® movement training, Alexander Technique, and The Feldenkrais Method. Somatic practices can be applied to everyday activities and performance.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Dance 400-Level Courses
DANC 421R: Ballet IV
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 321R: Ballet III
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course continues to reinforce and build upon the skills learned in Dance 321R. More emphasis is placed on style and execution. Combinations increase in intricacy and a larger dance movement vocabulary is introduced. Course work may include pointe work and variations. At least two semesters in Ballet III and consultation with the instructor are required before enrolling in this course. May be taken up to nine times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
DANC 423R: Contemporary Modern Dance IV (Advanced)
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
PED
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
DANC 323R: Contemporary Modern Dance III (Intermediate)
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is designed for advanced dance students who can demonstrate a consistent repertoire of technical skill absent of fundamental body issues. Class material challenges the student's technical and performance range and develops a sophisticated understanding of movement concepts through assignments, discussion, and unique class experiences. Content includes, but is not limited to, problem solving, partnering, a conscience use of phrasing, and somatic practices. May be taken up to nine times for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Performance
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
DANC 491R: Special Projects: Performance
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 2
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed performance projects or perform in honors projects under faculty supervision and evaluation. May be repeated for credit when project varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
DANC 492R: Spec Proj:Technical Production
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed technical production projects in dance under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit when project varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
DANC 493R: Spec Proj:Hist/Theoreticl Rsch
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed historical and/or theoretical research projects under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit when project varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
DANC 494R: Special Projects: Internship
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed internship projects under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit when project varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Scheduled Related Component
Community engaged learning
DANC 495A: Honors Thesis
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall Prerequisite: consent of department only. Must be taken in addition to the major requirements. Open by permission to candidates for honors in their senior year.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
None
DANC 495BW: Honors Thesis
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring; Must be taken in addition to the major requirements. Open by permission to candidates for honors in their senior year.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
None
Writing Requirement
Yes
DANC 496R: Special Projects: Directing
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed directing projects under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit when project varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
DANC 497R: Special Projects: Choreography
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed choreographic projects under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit when project varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
DANC 499R: Spec Proj:Danc & Movemnt Stud
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed projects under faculty supervision and evaluation. May be repeated for credit when project varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable

Honors Program

See "Honors Program" under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult either the Dance Office Manager, the Theater Studies Academic Degree Program Coordinator, or the Creative Writing Program Coordinator.

Interested students with the requisite GPA will identify a potential advisor and submit an Honors proposal in April of their junior year. The Academic Procedures Committee of the department or program makes the selection of the Honors participants.

Theater Studies

All Theater Studies Honors candidates will complete the Aesthetics and Criticism Senior Seminar (THEA 490WR) in the fall of their senior year and the Theater Studies Honors course (THEA 495R) in the spring of their senior year, culminating in the research project or paper that is the equivalent of a BA or BS thesis.

Playwriting

Interested Playwriting majors with the requisite GPA will submit their Honors proposal according to the Creative Writing guidelines, with an application deadline in March of their junior year.  Selection of Playwriting Honors candidates is made by the Playwriting advisors in consultation with the Academic Procedures Committees in both Theater Studies and Creative Writing.

Creative Writing Honors Guidelines are available via this link.

Playwriting Honors candidates who have their application accepted are either enrolled in Honors in Playwriting (ENG or THEA 494RWR) both fall and spring semesters of their senior year, or complete the Aesthetics and Criticism Senior Seminar (THEA 490WR) in the fall semester and Honors in Playwriting in the spring.

Dance

For Dance Honors coursework information, please consult the Dance Program.

For information pertaining to Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) grants, see the Independent Study and Research section.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs and opportunities are developed and provided through Emory's Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA).

Theater Studies has three approved study abroad opportunities:

The Accademia dell'Arte program in Arezzo, Italy, includes courses in Italian language and theater, design, scene painting, costume design, commedia/mask, commedia skills, voice and performance, and studio/production. This study abroad opportunity will fulfill one semester of the language requirement in Italian. Visit www.dell-arte.org for more information.

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is designed for performing arts majors and minors, providing students with conservatory theater training in acting. Training is based on three central elements: acting (including improvisation), movement (including movement theater, clown, and historic dance), and voice (including poetry, prose, solo and chorus singing). Visit http://www.lamda.org.uk for more information.

The British Studies Emory College Summer Program includes courses in Shakespeare and often, contemporary British Drama.  The program includes visits to Stratford-upon-Avon, London, and the Oxford environs and has frequently included a special five-day trip to Scotland that visits cultural and historical venues in Edinburgh and St. Andrews.

For information on the Dance Program's study abroad opportunities, consult with the Dance Program faculty.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Advising

Each Theater Studies major and minor is assigned a mentor advisor--ideally this is a faculty member in the student's main area of interest--whom they have gotten to know through a class or a production.

Playwriting Majors are assigned an advisor from either the Creative Writing or Theater Studies faculty.  Available advisors for Playwriting majors are identified by the Chair of Theater Studies and the Director of the Creative Writing Program.

For students involved with Theater Emory, Theater Studies often provides acting and/or vocal coaching to ensure the most meaningful experience possible. It is made clear to the professional artists involved in the productions that part of their role is to serve as models and mentors for the students.

All Dance majors and minors are assigned a faculty advisor to assist them in planning their course of study. Advisors also facilitate research projects, internships, and off-campus study opportunities.

Language Study

The semester abroad program in Arezzo, Italy, fulfills one semester of the College language requirement in Italian.

Internship

Theater, Dance, and Playwriting students may receive credit for approved internships with local organizations.  Playwriting students may receive credit for approved internships either through the English Department or Theater Studies.

Dance, Theater, and Creative Writing faculty help students find appropriate internships for their skills and interests.

Students may receive credit for summer internships through the Emory University Summer Internship Program (EUSIP), a no-cost, non-residential program for either paid or unpaid internships. One credit that fulfills federal labor requirements may be earned through a non-tuition based course.

Awards and Honors

Theater Honors and Prizes

The Alice N. Benston Award in Theater Studies is awarded annually by the departmental faculty to one or two graduating seniors or recent graduates who have shown exceptional dedication, promise, and intellectual rigor, to encourage their continuing education in theater.

The Friends of Theater at Emory Award annually recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to Theater Emory.

The Fine Award honors a junior or senior major or minor in Theater Studies for outstanding acting.

The Brenda Bynum Theater at Emory Award is given to the student who has offered selfless and generous contributions of time, ability, and enthusiasm to the Theater @ Emory community, which includes the Theater Studies Department, Theater Emory, and Student Theater.

Dance Honors and Prizes

The Sally A. Radell Friends of Dance Summer Scholarship Program was established in 1996 to make summer dance study more accessible to Emory students. It enables dance majors and minors to study either in the United States or abroad with notable practicing artists, dance programs, and dance companies of their choice.

The Pioneer Award is given to a senior dance major or minor who is "breaking new ground." This award recognizes creative application and creative potential in the field of dance. It is defined by an in-depth investigation in technique, performance, choreography, or movement studies.

Playwriting Awards

The Creative Writing Program awards prizes in poetry, fiction, and drama, including the Artistine Mann Award in Playwriting. Students interested in submitting entries should watch for the contest announcements early in the spring semester or consult the department.

Other Arts Awards

Emory College of Arts and Sciences awards the Sudler Prize in the arts each year for outstanding student achievement in studio art, creative writing, dance, music, or theater. Students are nominated by the department and selected by the Sudler Committee.

The Woman's Club Arts Scholarship is an academic scholarship given to a student in dance, film, music, or theater studies. The award rotates among departments each year.

Independent Research and Study

Theater Studies and Playwriting:

1. Directed Study in Theater (THEA 397R) and Creative Writing: Independent Study (ENG 397WR). Independent readings and research under the direction of a faculty member.

2. Senior Project (THEA 497) and Special Project in Theater (THEA 499R). Supervised projects in any area of theater. 

3. Tutorials for advanced students in dramaturgy, design, administration, and acting.

4. Laboratories in production and acting.

Dance:

Independent study projects in dance can be arranged in the areas of technical production, choreography, historical or theoretical research, performance, directing, or choreography.

Undergraduate Research Grants:

Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) research grants are available to students for both independent and Honors projects. Dance, Theater, and Creative Writing faculty mentor students through both the application process and projects.


Theater Emory

Theater Emory, our resident professional theater, produces seasons in partnership with the department and offers undergraduates the opportunity to perform and work with professional actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs, technicians, and administrators. Highly respected within Atlanta's theater community, Theater Emory functions as a laboratory in which students work with faculty and guest artists in theatrical research productions. The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory hosts a biennial Brave New Works Festival focused on the development of new plays; commissions new scripts, brings playwrights to campus, and supports the work of playwriting students. Excellent teaching and mentoring are high priorities for the faculty; interaction occurs in a variety of settings: small classes, individual consultations, master classes, rehearsals, and performances.

The Emory Dance Company produces two concerts annually featuring choreography by faculty, guest artists, and students, as well as interdisciplinary projects performed in a variety of venues.