Academic Programs

Division of the Arts

Theater and Performance

A new Theater and Performance program will begin Fall 2012.


Theater Program

(Program description and requirements below apply to currently moderated students through Spring 2014. See Theater and Performance description for Fall 2012.)

Overview

The Theater and Performance Program aims to develop innovative thinkers and artists who use great theatrical ideas from the past and present to imagine and instigate the theater of the future. Theater and performance are intrinsically collaborative art forms, and collaboration and devised theater making are at the heart of Bard’s program.

The Theater and Performance Program trains well-rounded theater makers who study the history, theory, and contemporary practice of theater and performance; hone their technical abilities as writers, performers, and directors; and create their own productions and performances under the mentorship of master artists and teachers. Students are encouraged to be cross-disciplinary thinkers and makers who explore the intersection of theater and performance with dance, music, the visual arts, film, and literature, as well as with the sciences and humanities. Students work side by side with a faculty of leading professional theater and performance artists; in addition, a wide range of visiting artists from this country and abroad bring a global perspective of cutting-edge theater and performance to the Bard campus.

Areas of Study

Theater and Performance offers courses in context, technique, and creative practice and research. Students who major in the program are expected to take classes in all three areas of study. Context courses include the history of theater and performance, contemporary practice, theories of theater and performance, dramatic literature, and world theater. Technique courses include skills-based classes in playwriting, directing, acting, voice, movement, dramatic structure, performance, and composition. Creative practice and research comprises productions, performance laboratories, master classes, and specialized workshops.

Requirements

For students entering the College in the fall of 2012, the Theater and Performance curriculum emphasizes courses in context and technique, ensuring that a strong foundation is built in the first two years of study. The following courses are required before Moderation: Theater 145, Introduction to Theater and Performance: Revolutions in Time and Space; Theater 201, Introduction to Acting: The Actor and the Moment; Theater 207, Introduction to Playwriting: The Theatrical Voice; Theater 244, Introduction to Theater Making; and a theoretical or historical course drawn from elsewhere in the Arts Division. In addition, students participate in the creation and performance of a group-devised Moderation project. Theater and Performance 65 After Moderation, students are required to take two courses from a menu of options in each of the three areas of study—context, technique, and creative practice and research (for a total of six courses). Students must also complete a Senior Project and a group-devised production or performance in combination with a written assignment, which carries the equivalent workload and credit of two courses.

Facilities

The Theater and Performance Program is located in Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry. Facilities include studios, workshops, and two theaters, including the flexible Theater Two, which seats up to 200.

Courses

Program courses emphasize the truly inclusive nature of theater, which encompasses performance, literature, design, history, artistic community, and intellectual rigor. Stu dents are expected to acquire a solid familiarity with dramatic literature and to develop the ability to research the historical context and dramaturgy of a play and to write about it.


Theater and Performance Program

(The following program description and requirements are for student who moderate in Fall 2012 and after)

Overview

The Theater and Performance Program aims to develop innovative thinkers and artists, who use great theatrical ideas from the past and present to imagine and instigate the theater of the future. Theater and performance are intrinsically collaborative art forms, and collaboration and devised theater making are at the heart of Bard’s program. The program trains well-rounded theater makers, who study the history, theory, and contemporary practice of theater and performance, hone their technical abilities as writers, performers and, directors, and create their own productions and performances under the mentorship of master artists and teachers. We encourage students to be cross-disciplinary thinkers and makers, who explore the intersection of theater and performance with dance, music, the visual arts, film, and literature, as well as the sciences and humanities. In addition to a faculty of leading professional theater and performance artists, students work side by side with a wide range of visiting artists from this country and aboard, who bring a global perspective of cutting-edge theater and performance to Bard’s campus.

Areas of Study

The Theater and Performance offers courses in Context, Technique, and Creative Practice and Research, and students are required to take classes in all three areas of study.
  • Context courses include the history of theater and performance, contemporary practice, theories of theater and performance, dramatic literature, world theater.
  • Technique courses include skills-based classes in playwriting, directing, acting, voice, movement, dramatic structure, performance, and composition.
  • Creative Practice and Research comprises productions, performance laboratories, master classes and specialized workshops.
Before Moderation the curriculum emphasizes courses in Context and Technique, ensuring that a strong foundation is built in the first two years study. After Moderation more prominence is given to Creative Practice and Research.

Requirements

The following 5 courses are required for students wishing to moderate into the Theater and Performance Program:
  1. Introduction to Theater and Performance: Revolutions in Time and Space
  2. Introduction to Theater Making
  3. The Actor and the Moment
  4. Introduction to Playwriting: the Theatrical Voice
  5. A theoretical or historical course drawn from elsewhere in the Arts Division, i.e. film, music, dance, art history, photography, studio arts.
In addition, students participate in the creation and performance of a group-devised Moderation project.

After Moderation, students are required to take 2 courses from a menu of options in each of the 3 areas of study – Context, Technique, Creative Practice and Research – for a total of 6 courses. In addition, students complete a Senior Project; a group-devised production or performance in combination with a written assignment, which carries the equivalent workload and credit of 2 courses.

Program Website:

http://theater.bard.edu

Program Director: Gideon Lester
Phone: 845-758-7949
E-mail: glester@bard.edu

Faculty:

Jorge CortiƱas
Neil Gaiman
Anne Gridley
Lynn Hawley
Chiori Miyagawa
Jonathan Rosenberg
Geoffrey Sobelle
Nilaja Sun
Naomi Thornton
Jean Wagner

Staff:

Robert Bangiola
Jennifer Lown
Maureen Schell
Matthew Waldron