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TAPS 111: The American Dramatic Musical

The class offers an overview of the musical as an American genre, but will focus primarily on the evolution of the dramatic musical over the past 50 years, especially the work of Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and similar artists. The class will culminate in participation in the creation of TheatreWorks' production of the musical Jane Austen's Emma, including discussions at rehearsals and previews with its author-composer Paul Gordon (Tony Award nominee for Jane Eyre) and its professional actors and designers. Final project rather than final exam. Some classes will be held off-campus during class hours. Taught by visiting lecturer Robert Kelley, Artistic Director, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Kelley, R. (PI)

TAPS 112: Creative Expression: Musical Theater (MUSIC 112)

Students begin to create pieces that are fresh and innovative forms of musical theater that do not necessarily appeal to specifically popular audiences but perhaps to audiences more associated with high art, opera, or even contemporary independent music. Musical theater is an untapped resource of potential artistic innovation and has unfortunately become stuck in an ideal of universal accessibility. In present popular culture and the culture of contemporary art forms, musical theater almost exclusively refers to popular productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar. Although excellent pieces of art in their own way, both dramaturgically and in their ability to evoke emotion through catchy melodies, for the most part each of them have their basis in popular and traditional musical idioms and theatrical forms, seldom exploring more advanced or avant-garde and experimental compositional and theatrical techniques.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 113: Creative Expression: Directing the Musical

This course would teach conductors, composers, sound engineers and directors what to consider when directing the music for a musical theater production. Students would learn to efficiently schedule and conduct rehearsals, create legible scores and parts, make a checklist for all the required nuances ie: Music stands, stand lights, stools etc. Additionally, it is evident that musicians, theater artists, dancers, lighting designers, costume designers and scenic designers all have very different cultures in the way they operate: punctuality, preparation, warm ups, expectations etc. In order to have a smooth and successful working relationship with all of these important members of a theatrical production, a musical director must understand these cultures and how to communicate with them using a language they all understand.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 114: Designing Wonder: Creating "everyday audiences"

Flash Mobs, Concerts, Amusement Parks, Bakeries. Art and Theater does not need to be confined to a stage, and audiences do not need to be confined to comfy red velvet seats. In this course, students will explore and create unexpected and engaging experiences in everyday spaces. Sidewalks, Parks, Stanford Dining Halls. All of the work will seek to make the world a more WONDERous place in which moments of amazement and delight are possible around every corner. Class time will frequently be substituted for off-campus excursions including Great America, The Exploratorium, House of Air, Alcatraz Island, and Outdoor Movie Screenings. This is a hands-on, creative course.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 115: Musical Theater

In this workshop we will traverse the landscape of world of Musical Theater. It will serve as an introduction for the beginning actor and singer, and expand the more experienced performer¿s range in this genre. The world of Musical Theater is filled with stories of love, passion, joy, violence, heartbreak and rage. The class will include an introduction to vocal and movement skills for musical theater, beginning with exercises to build an ensemble and encourage a sense of play and relaxation in supportive environment. Our class must be a place where everyone feels safe. As ensemble members, we will be responsible for each other in this environment. nnStudents will choose one solo song, and perform in a group number from this exciting discipline. The instructor will work with the actors on technique, utilization of action, specificity of language, personalization, and emotional truth. A professional coach from the theater community will conduct vocal coaching. Physical warm-ups and choreography will be suited for both the dancer and non-dancer.n nThe class will culminate in the last week with live performance for friends and family.nnSTUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING THEIR OWN SUGGESTIONS. (Isn¿t there a role you¿ve always wanted to sing?)nnRequired text: Broadway Musicals Show by Show: Sixth Edition - Stanley Green; Paperback
Terms: Spr | Units: 1-3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 120A: Acting I: Scene Study

A substantive introduction to the basics of the craft of acting, this course gives all incoming students the foundation of a common vocabulary. Students will learn fundamental elements of dramatic analysis, and how to apply it in action. Topics include scene analysis, environment work, psychological and physical scoring, and development of a sound and serviceable rehearsal technique. Scene work will be chosen from accessible, contemporary, and realistic plays. Outside rehearsal time required.
Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 1-3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Freed, A. (PI)

TAPS 120B: Acting II: Period and Style

Learn how to expand character work, beyond what is immediately familiar. Continuing basic practices from the first part of the sequence, in this quarter they will look beyond the strictly contemporary, and may begin to approach roles drawn from more challenging dramatic texts. This might include plays chosen from mid-century American classics, World Theater, or other works with specific historic or cultural requirements. Actors begin to learn how a performing artist researches and how that research can be used to enrich and deepen performance. Prerequisite: 120A or consent of instructor.
Terms: Spr | Units: 1-3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Freed, A. (PI)

TAPS 120D: Studio Performance

Rehearsal and development of a studio performance project for an end of quarter presentation. Emphasis is on development of acting skills with minimal technical support. Material chosen from classic plays, American realism, world theater, or created group ensemble pieces.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 1-5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

TAPS 120V: Vocal Production and Audition (TAPS 210V)

An introductory study of the vocal mechanism and the development of voice and articulation for the stage. Students will be introduced to the actor's tools of phonetics, verbal action and text analysis. Vocal technique will then be applied to the actor's process in preparation for audition. Actors will fully participate in the audition process, from beginning to end. Emphasis will be on relaxation, selection of appropriate material, and versatility to show contrast and range.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 1-3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 121: Proseminar (TAPS 321)

Workshop. Open to graduate and undergraduate students. Prepares PhD students for the academic profession by honing skills in conference presentations, job market, and scholarly publications. Also offered to undergraduates to help prepare them for careers in theater.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Menon, J. (PI)
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