You will take one on-site course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units.
Course: Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 113A
Title: Irish Theatre: Origins and the Contemporary Scene
Dates: July 5 – August 6, 2016
Instructors: Christine Nicholson, M.F.A., M.A., and Jody Allen Randolph
Units: 6 units
In the first component of this course, "Modern and Contemporary Irish Theatre: Culture, Context, Critique," you will engage with Irish dramatic literature, history, and cultural theory in a lecture and discussion format. You will closely examine the following influences on the development of Irish theatre: the role of British colonialism and struggles for independence, the Irish War for Independence, Civil War and partition of the North, the influence of the Catholic Church, the Troubles, and social and cultural change following the Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 1990s. You will apply your knowledge to writing weekly critical essays addressing productions, trips, and class activities, in order to integrate your intellectual knowledge with your lived experience as theatergoers, performers, and visitors in Ireland.
In tandem with the lecture/discussion component, "Applied Acting Techniques" offers you the opportunity to explore the craft of acting as a means understanding the performer's contribution to theatre. Through acting exercises and work on scenes and monologues taken from Irish canonical and modern works, you will discover the challenges of bringing text to life on the stage, how personal and cultural experience shapes interpretation, and how actors work with directors and technical theater artists to tell the story of a play. The performing aspects of the class will be responsive to your individual skill level.
This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.
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