TAL Course Descriptions

Introduction to London Theatre THE 3061

This course is a theatre audience course and consists of theatre-going, the discussion of plays, their theoretical background, historical context, and criticism.  In addition, students will make backstage visits to the National Theatre and the Globe and attend talks given by theatre practitioners and invited guest lecturers.  The aim of this course is to introduce students to as wide an experience of London entertainment as possible whilst providing them with the basic vocabulary of critical terms for thinking about plays in performance. 

Class fee for this course: £125 which will cover the cost of between 8 and 10 theatre performances. Students should also maintain a topped-up Oyster travel card to facilitate travel around London.

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Fundamentals of Playwriting TPP 4600

This class is a practical exploration of the craft of writing for the stage.  It emphasizes form and the mastery of form in order to empower the writer to turn imagination into a unique and satisfying dramatic work to present to an audience.  Students will write their own short dramas and learn how to rewrite them in response to critical feedback from the rest of the class. 

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Writing for the Screen THE 4935

An introduction to screenwriting for the beginner.  This is essentially a practical course in which students will begin writing their own screenplays, but its working method is a continuing comparison between American and European film and television.  The course will cover screenplay form and formatting, visual storytelling and style, story tone and film genre, character development and journey, scene and dialogue writing, and treatments.

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Shakespeare THE 3931

This is an introduction to performing Shakespeare and the basics of verse-speaking. 
Students will develop practical strategies for working on Shakespeare’s text using the clues he put in for his actors, exploring the physical dynamic and muscle of the language and learning how it supports the sense of the text and the development of character.

Class fee for this course: £15 to cover the cost of one theatre performance or excursion.

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Ethnic Theatres in London THE 4733 (Gender, Race and Performance)

An introduction to contemporary theories and practices of performance of race and gender on the stage.  Includes theatre-going and guest lectures given by the artists involved in these productions.  This course has the city of London itself, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, as its most significant resource.  

Class fee for this course: £100 which will cover the cost of between 6 and 8 theatre performances. Students should also maintain a topped-up Oyster travel card to facilitate travel around London.

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Adaptation THE 4934

This course is a practical exploration of the craft of adapting stories from other media for the stage or screen.  It offers techniques to break down stories into their dramatic constituents and presents a working process through which the particular demands of adaptation can be better understood.  By comparing adaptations with their source material it aims to uncover the adaptor’s approach in certain key works.  Students will work on an adaptation of their own from a story of their choice. 

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Directing 1 TPP 4310

A basic techniques course with emphasis on script analysis - ‘table work’, breaking down scenes into movements and beats; the fundamentals of staging - from the initial concept to working with actors; and all aspects of  the rehearsal process - procedures and etiquette, venue and scheduling and collaboration with designers, production team, technical crew, etc. 

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