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TAPS 170B: Directing Workshop: The Actor-Director Dialogue (TAPS 372)

This course focuses on the actor-director dialogue. We will work with actors and directors developing approaches to collaboration that make the actor-director dialogue in theater. TAPS Ph.D. students are required to enroll in TAPS 372 for 4 units. This course must be taken for a minimum of 3 units and a letter grade to be eligible for Ways-AII credit.
Last offered: Winter 2020 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit

TAPS 170W: Laughter & Play for Wellbeing (WELLNESS 170)

Learn about and practice laughter yoga, combined with theater exercises. Laughter yoga (distinct from traditional movement-based yoga) is a modality that integrates laughter exercises with yogic breathing. Explore the growing field of research on laughter yoga and its positive effects on wellbeing and other health outcomes. Examine the various dimensions of laughter yoga as a form of cardiovascular and aerobic exercise, mindfulness, and play. Use theater exercises to leverage the power of performative, healing laughter and to cultivate embodied awareness, creativity, resilience, and joy. Readings and exercises will draw from the work of pioneers in the fields of laughter wellness and socially engaged theater, such as Madan Kataria and Augusto Boal.
Terms: Spr | Units: 1-2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE
Instructors: Otalvaro, G. (PI)

TAPS 173: Making Your Solo Show (TAPS 273)

Are you tired of the classics? Were you frustrated by casting choices in the past? Sometimes, you have to step away from the canon and create your own work. Do you have something to say about race, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, yourself, and the Other? Did you ever want to create and perform your own show but didn't know how to start? This is your chance. In this course, you will go through a series of workshops leading to the creation of your own performance. It is an all-in-one acting, writing, directing, and design class, leading to a festival of solo performances in the Nitery. At the end of the quarter, you will receive feedback about how to take your show on the road. Course requirements include: creating a solo play that is at least 15 minutes long; performing your solo show as part of the Nitery season at the end of the quarter; committing to 10-15 hours of rehearsal per week. To request enrollment, email salsaber@stanford.edu answering the following questions: Which contemporary issues would be central to your solo play? How do issues of race and ethnicity centrally affect the overall drama or throughline of your solo play? Why should you be accepted in this class/festival?
Last offered: Spring 2020 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 173D: Theater Production Lab: Dramaturgy and Development

173/373: In this course students will explore general dramaturgical history and methodology as well as engaging in applied dramaturgy from evaluating works for a productions seasons, to developing dramaturgical materials for specific productions. Students will agree the focus of their course-work with the instructor depending on their specific interests. The TAPS 2nd year grad students enrolled in this course will act as a dramaturgical team, supporting the TAPS winter production of The Tempest in Pigott Theater March 2-11 2017, directed by Amy Freed. Students will support the actors and the creative team through providing research materials and presentations and helping actors with guided research, write program essays for general audiences, attend rehearsals and provide constructive notes, and curate and/or present on a Preface panel prior to opening night.
Last offered: Winter 2017 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 174V: Staging Change: from A Doll's House to Votes for Women!

A practice-led exploration of women in theater at the rise of feminism and realism: 75% workshop 25% seminar with 2 public table reads and a class production (play TBD depending on class size and constituency) to be staged in Roble or Pigott theater at the end of Fall quarter. Students will use Hill's new book Sex, Suffrage and the Stage (2017) for historical context in their readings and scene work on 12 iconic plays that transformed stage representations of women, including A Doll's House, The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith, A Woman of No Importance, Mrs Warren's Profession and Votes for Women!
| UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 175T: Collaborative Theater-Making (TAPS 275T)

Instructor Young Jean Lee has written and directed ten shows with her theater company and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. In 2018, she became the first Asian-American female to have had her play produced in Broadway. In this workshop, students will collaborate on the creation, development, and performance of an original short play directed by Young Jean, culminating in an invited performance during the last class. The students will be responsible for researching, writing, designing, and performing the play. This class will teach the basics of creating a play, the process of theatrical collaboration, and the tools of devised ensemble work. Students must email the instructor at yjl@stanford.edu for permission to enroll in the class.
Last offered: Spring 2019 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 176N: The Inside Story

The Inside Story is a workshop that focuses on the generation of autobiographical material by exploring the connections between biology and biography. Students will gather autobiological and autobiographical material, investigate stories of their bodies and explore `gut feelings¿. They will work on individual and group exercises looking at cellular and body memory from which they will create text, gesture, image, performance and installation. The exercises will include autobiographical writing prompts, body memory exercises, Yin Yoga, and body mapping.
Last offered: Winter 2018 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 177: Dramatic Writing: The Fundamentals (TAPS 277)

Course introduces students to the basic elements of playwriting and creative experimentation for the stage. Topics include: character development, conflict and plot construction, staging and setting, and play structure. Script analysis of works by contemporary playwrights may include: Marsha Norman, Patrick Shanley, August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, Octavio Solis and others. Table readings of one-act length work required by quarter's end.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-CE
Instructors: Freed, A. (PI)

TAPS 177W: Workshop with Young Jean Lee (CSRE 177I, TAPS 277W)

Instructor Young Jean Lee is a playwright and director who will have two plays premiering on Broadway in 2018-2019. In this workshop, students will help to collaboratively perform, direct, and rewrite the script of one of these plays, which is about the intersection of class and race. The class will involve acting for students who want to act, directing for students who want to direct, and writing for students who want to write. The current character breakdown is as follows: 2 black women, 1 Asian-American woman, 1 Colombian woman, 1 Mexican-American man, 2 black men, 2 white women, 2 white men.
Last offered: Winter 2018 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 178C: Playwriting Workshop (TAPS 278C)

Instructor Young Jean Lee is the first Asian-American female to have had her play produced in Broadway. This workshop will guide you through the process of of creating a script for a full-length piece of theater (musicals are welcome, and screenplays are allowed for winter quarter only), and will focus on helping you to make significant progress on and/or complete a draft. You'll be required to write every week and give feedback on each others' work. You can be anywhere in your process from having no idea what you want to do to being close to a final draft. This class is open to a wide range of approaches and styles, including adaptations and devised work. Both students who have never written for theater and students who have worked on a script with Young Jean in a previous class are welcome. Students must email the instructor at yjl@stanford.edu for permission to enroll. This class will be taught at both 8:30am and 2:30pm, so please indicate your time preference.
Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 1-4 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit
Instructors: Lee, Y. (PI)
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