E 379M • Shakespeare Through Performance
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Consent of instructor must be obtained.
Contact Prof. Loehlin at email@example.com for interview.
The course is designed for students with an interest in Shakespeare and a willingness to perform in front of others. Previous experience with acting is not necessary. The goals of the course are to acquaint students with the conventions, concerns and techniques of the Elizabethan theatre; to gain a mastery of Shakespearean language and rhetoric through close textual work; to explore a series of social, aesthetic and ethical issues through interpretive work on scenes; to compare and evaluate different approaches to the play; and finally to bring together the students work in public performance.
This class will require you to spend three weekends at The University of Texas Winedale Historical Center: the first weekends in March and April (Friday-Sunday) and the last weekend in April (Thursday afternoon through Sunday). We will also plan a one-day visit on the Saturday or Sunday before the final weekend. Your performances at Winedale are required. All expenses for meals and accommodations are paid for by Shakespeare at Winedale. During these weekends, you will be working very long hours on the play, from early morning to late at night. You should be prepared for this commitment before you register. The course concludes with two public performances of the play on the final Friday and Saturday of April.
Grades will be based on attendance and participation, written work, and above all your ability to learn and teach through performance (not your acting ability per se). Attendance and active participation are required, and are the most important parts of the course. Throughout the semester there will be a series of short written assignments (1-2 pages) that will respond to the reading of the texts and to the performance work in class. Performance--both reading from a text and with lines memorized--will be a daily activity. The course will test every aspect of the students interaction with Shakespeare, demanding close critical reading, discussion and written analysis, and rigorous, creative exploration of the text in performance.
In-class performance work 25%
Final project 20%