Drama Workshop I is a collaborative workshop in the elements of acting and directing: the creation of a “serious-play” space where students can take risks and explore the dramatic art form in order to become better actors and better performers. No previous acting experience is required. Students engage in various sense memory exercises and group improvisations and work together as a unit on a series of scenes from a play currently being rehearsed and performed by students in the Boston University acting program.
taught by Patrick Keppel
In this course, students will read and write poetry, and read and discuss the poetry of classmates both in the workshop itself and in small groups outside class. As poet Robert Creeley points out, “Form is never more than an extension of content, and content is never more than an extension of form.” To that end, we will concentrate on the techniques of poetry, such as rhythm, repetition of many kinds, line breaks, pace, point of view, figurative language, imagery, juxtaposition, fixed forms & organic form. At the end of the term the class will give a poetry reading and produce a class booklet.
taught by Ruth Lepson
Interarts will access all the arts (e.g. fiction, poetry, dance and theatre, as well as music and fine art) and confront the same issues that must be tackled in every discipline to create innovative work. How does an artist push her/himself to really crack open to inventive and authentic ideas and approaches critical to performance and installation art? Multiple ways of engaging a wide range of disciplines will include sampling and scanning, the role of improvisation and chance and the use of non-traditional tools and media. We will actively utilize the Museum of Fine Arts exhibitions, collections and films. Multimedia collaborations might entail deep thinking on a small scale and a tight budget or require an enormous space for a brief time. Projects can pull from popular culture to grapple with contemporary issues. This course lives in a place that is “inter”: that which is between and among. We will engage as many inters as we’re interested in. For instance, we might interlope and intermingle, while we internalize, interpret, and interrupt, interweaving as we go along.
taught by Robin Dash