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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)

TAPS 178E: Advanced Playwriting Workshop (TAPS 278E)

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, 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. This class is identical to TAPS 178C, except that preference is given to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Students must email the instructor at yjl@stanford.edu for permission to enroll in the class.
| UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 183C: Interpretation of Musical Theater Repertoire (MUSIC 183C)

By audition only: Contact instructor prior to enrolling (mlcats@stanford.edu). Ability to read music expected, but students with experience singing in musical theater can be accepted. For singers and pianists as partners. Performance class in a workshop setting along with lecture/discussion of important eras of musical theater history. Composers include Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers, Sondheim, Lloyd Weber, Jason Robert Brown and others. May be repeated for credit a total of 2 times. Enrollment limit: 20 (ten singers maximum). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Recommended prerequisite: 170 (pianists).
Terms: Win | Units: 1-2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable 2 times (up to 4 units total)
Instructors: Catsalis, M. (PI)

TAPS 183E: Singing for Musicals (MUSIC 183E)

Do you love singing in musicals? Do you know how to sing in musicals? This course provides training in vocal technique and acting for students interested in performing musical theater. Students will learn about the physical process of singing, including posture, breath support, and vocal exercises. They will incorporate vocal technique with the study of phrasing in different styles of Broadway repertoire, and apply both to the art of acting the song. Through understanding vocal technique, students will become more confident and joyful performers. Admission to the course is by audition or permission of the instructor. Due to the COVID-19 situation, Singing for Musicals classes will be taught online during Spring 2021. As this can pose a problem with students in various time zones and internet arrangements, the instructor will contact all waitlisted students with more detailed information regarding video auditions and a questionnaire prior to the first class.
Terms: Spr | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable 4 times (up to 8 units total)
Instructors: Jennings, K. (PI)
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