Fall 2017  |  AAS 3311 Section 001: Asian American Theater (36475)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Meets With:
TH 3311 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2017 - 12/13/2017
Fri 09:05AM - 12:05PM
UMTC, West Bank
Rarig Center STUDIO-A
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Through submerging students in both theater history and practice, this class brings students closer to the history, experiences, and politics of Asian Americans. Why are Asian American stories needed and how do we tell them? What are the artistic and social agendas driving the making of Asian American theater? How have the styles of performance shifted? While we will be actively working on readings and original theater projects, you don't need to be a theater expert to enjoy this class. Topics will include reading plays by Frank Chin, David Henry Hwang, Wakako Yamauchi, Naomi Iizuka, and others; looking at the history of Asian American theater companies; discussing creative approaches to casting, acting, directing, and design; and building collaborations among companies, audiences, and communities.
Class Notes:
Will be scheduled in Rarig (Theatre deptl space), meets w/TH 3311
Class Description:
Through submerging students in both theater history and practice, this class brings students closer to the history, experiences, and politics of Asian Americans. Why are Asian American stories needed and how do we tell them? What are the artistic and social agendas driving the making of Asian American theater? How have the styles of performance shifted? While we will be actively working on readings and original theater projects, no previous acting, directing, or other experience with stage performance is necessary. You don't need to be a theater buff to enjoy this class! Topics may include reading plays by Asian American writers such as Frank Chin, David Henry Hwang, Wakako Yamauchi, Naomi Iizuka, and others; looking at the history of Asian American theater companies; discussing creative approaches to casting, acting, directing, and design; and building collaborations among companies, audiences, and communities.
Class Format:
25% lecture
25% in-class exercises
50% discussion
Workload:
Approximately 50-75 pages of reading weekly; two short (500-word) writing assignments; one creative project; one collaborative project.
Textbooks:
http://www.bookstores.umn.edu/buybooks.cgi?deptlookup=1&search=AAS3311~001&term=1179
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
2 May 2017

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