Summer Courses

While the spring term draws to a close, it is not too late to make plans for summer courses. Below, you will find course descriptions for available summer courses in Educational Theatre. If you are interested in enrolling in a course, be sure and schedule an appointment with your academic advisor soon!

Acting: Scene Study

In this course students will continue the exploration begun in Acting: Fundamentals with in-depth scene & monologue preparation from the contemporary stage. Studio work will focus on the given circumstances, creating a physical life for the character, & miming the relationships that drive the play.

Storytelling in the Classroom

Storytelling dynamically engages us in the act of learning. This highly participatory class explores storytelling as an art form and as a tool in the classroom and community. Students explore its historical context, educational use and significance, performance techniques, and types of tellable tales.

Methods and Materials of Research in Educational Theatre

This class will explore the diverse research designs available for investigation in Educational Theatre. An examination of how to construct a research and grant proposal, as well as data collection and analysis techniques, and the various forms of representing data including performed ethnography. A required course in the MA programs.

Theatre Practices: Problems in Play Production

This course examines how artists work with new plays in a development process. The course addresses theories and methods of play development including script analysis, rehearsal, and performance of works-in-progress. Students have opportunities to observe rehearsals, attend performances, and dialogue with playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs associated with the New Plays for Young Audiences series at the Provincetown Playhouse.

Drama in Education II

Study contemporary applications of drama in community sites. Topics include community-engaged drama, participatory theatre, theatre for seniors, and prison theatre.

Teaching Through Drama

This course provides an essential foundation upon which to build a drama-in-education practice. It introduces students to many drama-in-education strategies; critiques the educational rationale which supports them; & analyzes the process of structuring drama work as a medium for learning across the curriculum & beyond. Students will become critically acquainted with the pedagogical principles which delineate the teaching terrain of the drama-in-education practitioner.

Drama with Special Ed Populations

Examines the practices and theories of educational theatre as they apply to working with elementary and secondary students with special needs. At its core, this class is about good teaching. Any professional teaching in today’s schools will work with a child with a disability. Differentiated instruction is not about teaching a class, but rather teaching a student. This hands-on course will isolate specific drama approaches and techniques and adapt them for the physically, cognitively, or emotionally challenged student.

Directing Youth Theatre: Looking for Shakespeare

High school students work with a director and graduate students from NYU to shape an original production of Shakespeare. This program is unique in that the ensemble members will work with director, Nan Smithner, and a dramaturg to discover how a Shakespearean play resonates for them, within their own personal experiences. Using these connections as a source and inspiration, the ensemble members will rehearse and perform their own version of the play. The production will be supported by designers and stage managers.

Independent Study / Practicum

Under faculty mentorship, students craft their own research project in one of the program’s four concentration areas: drama education, applied theatre, theatre for young audiences, and theatre production.