Arts Program (Bryn Mawr)

Department Website:
https://www.brynmawr.edu/arts

Courses in the arts are designed to prepare students who might wish to pursue advanced training in their fields and are also for those who want to broaden their academic studies with work in the arts that is conducted at a serious and disciplined level. Courses are offered at introductory as well as advanced levels.

Students may complete a minor in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater and may submit an application to major in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater through the independent major program. Students may complete a major in Fine Arts or a major or minor in Music at Haverford College. English majors may complete a concentration in Creative Writing.

Arts in Education

The Arts Program offers a Praxis II course for students who have substantial experience in an art form and are interested in extending that experience into teaching and learning at educational and community sites. 

Faculty at Bryn Mawr

Madeline Cantor
Director and Term Professor of Dance

Courses in Arts in Education

ARTA B251  ARTS TEACHING IN EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS  (1.0 Credit)

Madeline Cantor

This is a Praxis II course intended for students who have substantial experience in an art form and are interested in extending that experience into teaching and learning at educational and community sites. Following an overview of the history of the arts in education, the course will investigate underlying theories and practices. The praxis component will allow students to create a fluid relationship between theory and practice through observing, teaching, and reflecting on arts practices in educational contexts. School or community placement 4 hours a week. Preparation: At least an intermediate level of experience in an art form. This course counts toward the minor in Dance or Theater and towards a major or minor in Education.

Creative Writing

Courses in Creative Writing within the Arts Program are designed for students who wish to develop their skills and appreciation of creative writing in a variety of genres (poetry, prose fiction and nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, etc.) and for those intending to pursue studies in creative writing at the graduate level. Any English major may include one Creative Writing course in the major plan. Students may pursue a minor as described below. While there is no existing major in Creative Writing, exceptionally well-qualified students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher in Creative Writing courses completed in the Tri-College curriculum may consider submitting an application to major in Creative Writing through the Independent Major Program after meeting with the Creative Writing Program director. When approved, the independent major in Creative Writing may also be pursued as a double major with another academic major subject.

Creative Writing Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in Creative Writing are six units of course work, generally including three beginning/intermediate courses in at least three different genres of creative writing (chosen from ARTW B159ARTW B231, ARTW B236, ARTW B240ARTW B251ARTW B260ARTW B261ARTW B262ARTW B263ARTW B264, ARTW B265, ARTW B266, ARTW B268, ARTW B269) and three electives, including at least one course at the 300 level (ARTW B360, ARTW B361, ARTW B362, ARTW B364, ARTW B366, ARTW B367, ARTW B371, ARTW B373, ARTW B382), allowing for advanced work in one or more genres of creative writing which are of particular interest to the student. The objective of the minor in Creative Writing is to provide both depth and range, through exposure to several genres of creative writing. Students should consult with the Creative Writing Program director by the end of their sophomore year to submit a plan for the minor in order to ensure admission to the appropriate range of courses.

Concentration in Creative Writing

English majors may elect a three-course concentration in Creative Writing as part of the English major program. Students interested in the concentration must meet with the Creative Writing Program director by the end of their sophomore year to submit a plan for the concentration and must also confirm the concentration with the chair of the English Department.

Faculty at Bryn Mawr

Lauren Feldman
Lecturer in Creative Writing

Tom Ferrick
Lecturer in Creative Writing

Dee Matthews
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Mecca Sullivan
Assistant Professor

Dan Torday
Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing

Courses in Creative Writing

ARTW B159  INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING  (1.0 Credit)

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This course is for students who wish to experiment with three genres of creative writing: short fiction, poetry and drama, and techniques specific to each of them. Priority will be given to interested first- and second-year students; additional spaces will be made available to upper-year students with little or no experience in creative writing. Students will write or revise work every week; roughly four weeks each will be devoted to short fiction, poetry, and drama. There will be individual conferences with the instructor to discuss their progress and interests. Half of class time will be spent discussing student work and half will be spent discussing syllabus readings.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTW B233  WRITING FOR RADIO AND PODCAST  (1.0 Credit)

Dan Torday

This course will explore the craft of writing for audio sources by focusing on the skills, process and techniques necessary to the generation and production of radio and podcast pieces. Using the information-gathering tools of a journalist, the analytical tools of an essayist and the technical tools of a prose writer, students will study contemporary and historical radio and podcasts in the interest of creating their own pieces. The central focus of the course will be weekly visits from current radio writers, producers and on-air personalities, including local and national NPR producers, commentators and reporters.

ARTW B260  WRITING SHORT FICTION I  (1.0 Credit)

Dan Torday

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Meaning, Interpretation (Texts)

An introduction to fiction writing, focusing on the short story. Students will consider fundamental elements of fiction and the relationship of narrative structure, style, and content, exploring these elements in their own work and in the assigned readings in order to develop an understanding of the range of possibilities open to the fiction writer. Weekly readings and writing exercises are designed to encourage students to explore the material and styles that most interest them, and to push their fiction to a new level of craft, so that over the semester their writing becomes clearer, more controlled, and more absorbing.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTW B261  WRITING POETRY I  (1.0 Credit)

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Meaning, Interpretation (Texts)

In this course students will learn to "read like a writer," while grappling with the work of accomplished poets, and providing substantive commentary on peers' work. Through diverse readings, students will examine craft strategies at work in both formal and free verse poems, such as diction, metaphor, imagery, lineation, metrical patterns, irony, and syntax. The course will cover shaping forms (such as elegy and pastoral) as well as given forms, such as the sonnet, ghazal, villanelle, etc. Students will discuss strategies for conveying the literal meaning of a poem (e.g., through sensory description and clear, compelling language) and the concealed meaning of a text (e.g., through metaphor, imagery, meter, irony, and shifts in diction and syntax). By the end of the course, students will have generated new material, shaped and revised draft poems, and significantly grown as writers by experimenting with various aspects of craft.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTW B262  PLAYWRITING I  (1.0 Credit)

Lauren Feldman

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

An introduction to playwriting through a combination of reading assignments, writing exercises, discussions about craft and ultimately the creation of a complete one-act play. Students will work to discover and develop their own unique voices as they learn the technical aspects of the craft of playwriting. Short writing assignments will complement each reading assignment. The final assignment will be to write an original one-act play.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTW B264  LONG FORM JOURNALISM.  (1.0 Credit)

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Meaning, Interpretation (Texts)

Students in this class will learn how to develop, report, write, edit and revise a variety of news stories, beginning with the basics of reporting and writing the news and advancing to longer-form stories, including personality profiles, news features and trend stories, and concluding with point-of-view journalism (columns, criticism, reported essays). The course will focus heavily on work published in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times. Several working journalists will participate as guest speakers to explain their craft. Students will write stories that will be posted on the class blog, the English House Gazette.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTW B265  CREATIVE NONFICTION  (1.0 Credit)

Staff

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This course will explore the literary expressions of nonfiction writing by focusing on the skills, process and craft techniques necessary to the generation and revision of literary nonfiction. Using the information-gathering tools of a journalist, the analytical tools of an essayist and the technical tools of a fiction writer, students will produce pieces that will incorporate both factual information and first person experience. Readings will include a broad group of writers ranging from E.B. White to Anne Carson, George Orwell to David Foster Wallace, Joan Didion to James Baldwin, among many others.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTW B266  SCREENWRITING  (1.0 Credit)

Dan Torday

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Meaning, Interpretation (Texts)

An introduction to screenwriting. Issues basic to the art of storytelling in film will be addressed and analyzed: character, dramatic structure, theme, setting, image, sound. The course focuses on the film adaptation; readings include novels, screenplays, and short stories. Films adapted from the readings will be screened. In the course of the semester, students will be expected to outline and complete the first act of an adapted screenplay of their own.

ARTW B269  WRITING FOR CHILDREN  (1.0 Credit)

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Meaning, Interpretation (Texts)

In this course, students have the opportunity to hone the craft of writing for children and young adults. Through reading, in-class discussion, peer review of student work, and private conferences with the instructor, we will examine the specific requirements of the picture book, the middle-grade novel, and the young adult novel. This analytical study of classic and contemporary literature will inspire and inform students’ creative work in all aspects of storytelling, including character development, plotting, world building, voice, tone, and the roles of illustration and page composition in story narration.

ARTW B360  WRITING SHORT FICTION II  (1.0 Credit)

Dan Torday

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Meaning, Interpretation (Texts)

An exploration of approaches to writing short fiction designed to strengthen skills of experienced student writers as practitioners and critics. Requires writing at least five pages each week, workshopping student pieces, and reading texts ranging from realist stories to metafictional experiments and one-page stories to the short novella, to explore how writers can work within tight confines. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B260 or work demonstrating equivalent expertise in writing short fiction. Students without the ARTW B260, must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (prose fiction) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTW B361  WRITING POETRY II  (1.0 Credit)

Staff

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This course assumes that reading and writing are inextricably linked, and that the only way to write intelligent and interesting poetry is to read as much of it as possible. Writing assignments will be closely connected to syllabus reading, including an anthology prepared by the instructor, and may include working in forms such as ekphrastic poems (i.e. poems about works of visual art or sculpture), dramatic monologues, prose poems, translations, imitations and parodies. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B261 or work demonstrating equivalent familiarity with the basic forms of poetry in English. For students without ARTW B261, a writing sample of 5-7 poems must be submitted to the instructor to be considered for this course.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTW B364  LONGER FICTIONAL FORMS  (1.0 Credit)

Dan Torday

Division: Humanities

An advanced workshop for students with a strong background in fiction writing who want to write longer works: the long short story, novella and novel. Students will write intensively, and complete a long story, novel or novella (or combination thereof) totaling up to 20,000 words. Students will examine the craft of their work and of published prose. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B260 or proof of interest and ability. For students without ARTW B260, students must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (prose fiction) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.

ARTW B365  CREATIVE NONFICTION II  (1.0 Credit)

Dan Torday

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

An exploration of approaches to writing personal essays and lyric essays designed to strengthen skills of experienced student essayists as practitioners and critics. Requires writing at least five pages each week, workshopping student essays, and reading texts ranging from long personal essays to book-length essays, to explore how writers can work within the broader parameters of the long essay. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B265 or work demonstrating equivalent expertise in writing personal and lyric essays. Students without the ARTW B265, must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (nonfiction prose) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTW B367  VISUAL POETICS  (1.0 Credit)

Dee Matthews

Division: Humanities

Visual Poetics is an advanced poetry workshop in which we will discuss and write poetry that privileges the visual field as an essential element. The class will examine the development of experimental literary forms from visual to multimedia poetics. We will utilize avant-garde techniques and consider the different representations of the visual poetic from Russian futurism to cinéma verité to digital poetry practices. Observation and practice of the various visual mediums will allow critical thinking around topics of hybridity, collaboration, form and innovation in poetic craft.

ARTW B403  SUPERVISED WORK  (1.0 Credit)

Dee Matthews

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Meaning, Interpretation (Texts)

The Department may offer special topics based on faculty and student interests. Special Topic for Spring 2018: Students with approved portfolios, who have taken Poetry 1 and 2, will work with a member of the Creative Writing Program faculty on a semester-long chapbook project. As needed in the Spring semester students who have had a Creative Writing Major approved through the Independent Major Program will work with a member of the Creative Writing Program faculty on a semester-long 403 (Independent Study) as a final project their senior year. Highly qualified Creative Writing minors and concentrators may petition the program to complete an independent study, subject to the availability of faculty to supervise such projects.

Dance

Dance is an art and an area of creative work as well as a significant and enduring human behavior that can serve as a core of creative and scholarly inquiry within the liberal arts. The Dance Program offers courses in progressive levels of ballet, modern and jazz, as well as a full range of technique courses in diverse genres and various traditions. Students may also investigate the creative process in three levels of composition and choreography courses. Performance opportunities available to students include our Spring Dance Concert, in which students work with professional choreographers or reconstructors and perform in our main stage theater, and our School Performance Project, which travels to schools throughout the Philadelphia region. The program's lecture/seminar courses are designed to introduce students to dance as a vital area of academic inquiry, and include examinations of dance criticism and theory, dance historiography, dance and embodied activism, and practical anatomy for dance.

Students can take single courses in dance, minor in dance, or complete a major through the independent major program. The core academic curriculum for the dance minor or independent major in dance includes intermediate or advanced technique courses, performance ensembles, dance composition, independent work, and courses in dance studies.

Dance Minor Requirements

Requirements for the dance minor are six units of coursework: three required (ARTD B140, ARTD B142, or ARTD B144 and two .5 credit studio courses: one must be selected from among the following technique courses: B136-B139 or any 200 or 300 level technique course; the second .5 credit course must be a technique course at the 200 or 300 level or selected from among the following performance ensembles: 345-350); three approved electives; and attendance at a prescribed number of performances/events. With the advisor’s approval, one elective in the minor may be selected from allied Tri-College departments.

Independent Major in Dance Requirements

The independent major requires eleven courses, drawn primarily from our core academic curriculum and including: ARTD B140 and one additional dance lecture/seminar course; ARTD B142 and ARTD B144; one 0.5 technique course at the intermediate or advanced level each semester after declaring the major. Participation in performance ensembles is highly recommended. The major also requires attendance at a prescribed number of performances/events, demonstration of basic writing competency in dance by taking two writing attentive or one writing intensive course in Dance or an approved allied program or department, and a senior capstone experience. With the advisor's approval, two electives in the major may be selected from allied Tri-College departments.

In both the minor and the major, students may choose to emphasize one aspect of the field, in consultation with the dance faculty regarding their course of study.

Technique Courses and Performance Ensemble Courses

The Dance Program offers a full range of dance instruction including courses in ballet, modern, jazz, and West African as well as techniques developed from other cultural art and social forms such as flamenco, Classical Indian, hip hop, Latin social dance, and tap dance, among others. A ballet placement class is required for upper level ballet courses. Performance ensembles, choreographed or re-staged by professional artists, are by audition and are given full concert support. The School Performance Project tours regional K-12 schools. Technique courses ARTD 136-137, 230-232, 330-331, and all dance ensembles are offered for academic credit; all technique courses and ensemble courses may be taken for Physical Education credit instead (see both listings below).

Technique/Ensemble Courses for PE Credit

(Check course guide for courses available each semester)

Course Title
PE B101 Ballet: Beginning Technique
PE B102 Ballet: Intermediate Technique
PE B103 Ballet: Advanced Technique
PE B104 Ballet Workshop
PE B105 Modern: Beginning Technique
PE B106 Modern: Intermediate Technique
PE B107 Modern: Advanced Technique
PE B108 Jazz: Beginning Technique
PE B110 Jazz: Intermediate Technique
PE B111 Hip-hop Technique
PE B112 African Dance
PE B118 Movement Improvisation
PE B121 Tap I
PE B123 Tap II
PE B126 Rhythm & Style: Flamenco and Tap
PE B127 Social Dance Forms: Topics: Intro to Social Dance, Swing, Salsa, Latin
PE B129 The Gesture of Dance: Classical Indian and Polynesian Dance
PE B131 Tap: Learning and Performing
PE B145 Dance Ensemble: Modern
PE B146 Dance Ensemble: Ballet
PE B147 Dance Ensemble: Jazz
PE B148 Dance Ensemble: African
PE B149 Dance Ensemble: Outreach
PE B150 Dance Ensemble: Special Topics (2017- 18: Hip Hop)
PE B195 Movement for Theater
PE B196 Dance Composition Lab
PE B197 Directed Work in Dance

Courses for Academic Credit

ARTD B136Modern: Beginning Technique0.5
ARTD B137Ballet: Beginning Technique0.5
ARTD B138Hip Hop Lineages0.5
ARTD B139Movement as Freedom: Improv/Freestyle0.5
ARTD B140Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives1.0
ARTD B142Dance Composition: Process and Presence1.0
ARTD B144Dance Composition: Elements and Craft1.0
ARTD B1451.0
ARTD/ANTH B223Anthropology of Dance1.0
ARTD B230Modern: Intermediate Technique0.5
ARTD B231Ballet: Intermediate Technique0.5
ARTD B232Jazz: Intermediate Technique0.5
ARTD B240 Dance History I: Roots of Western Theater Dance 1.0
ARTD B2411.0
ARTD B250Performing the Political Body: Dance and Power1.0
ARTD B265Dance, Migration and Exile1.0
ARTD B267Diasporic Bodies, Continuous Revivals1.0
ARTD/ANTH B310Performing the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space1.0
ARTD B330Modern: Advanced Technique0.5
ARTD B331Ballet: Advanced Technique0.5
ARTD B342Advanced Choreography0.5
ARTD B345Dance Ensemble: Modern0.5
ARTD B346Dance Ensemble: Ballet0.5
ARTD B347Dance Ensemble: Jazz0.5
ARTD B348Dance Ensemble: African Dance Forms0.5
ARTD B349Dance Ensemble: School Performance Project0.5
ARTD B350Dance Ensemble: Hip Hop0.5
ARTD B3900.5
ARTD B403Supervised Work (Practical Anatomy: Bones, Muscle, Movement)0.5
ARTA/EDUC B251Arts Teaching in Educational and Community Settings1.0

Faculty at Bryn Mawr

Madeline Cantor
Director and Term Professor of Dance

Linda Caruso Haviland
Professor Emeritus of Dance

Jennifer Chipman Bloom
Instructor

Melanie Cotton
Dance Instructor

Denise D'Angelo
Dance Instructor

Yasmin Goodman
Dance Instructor

Patricia Jones
Instructor

Lela Aisha Jones
Assistant Professor of Dance

Rebecca Malcolm-Naib
Dance Instructor

Linda Mintzer
Dance Instructor

Olive Prince
Dance Instructor

Courses in Dance

ARTD B136  MODERN: BEGINNING TECHNIQUE  (0.5 Credit)

Madeline Cantor

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Beginning level dance technique courses focus on introducing movement vocabulary, developing skills, and gaining an understanding of the form. Students must meet the attendance requirement, and complete three shorting writing assignments. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTD B137  BALLET: BEGINNING TECHNIQUE  (0.5 Credit)

Staff

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Beginning level dance technique courses focus on introducing movement vocabulary, developing skills, and gaining an understanding of the form. Students must meet the attendance requirement, and complete three short writing assignments. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTD B138  HIP HOP LINEAGES  (0.5 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones, Melanie Cotton

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Hip Hop Lineages is a team-taught practice-based course, exploring the embodied foundations of Hip Hop and its expression as a global phenomenon. Offered on a credit / no-credit basis only.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTD B139  MOVEMENT AS FREEDOM: IMPROV/FREESTYLE  (0.5 Credit)

Denise D'Angelo

This course will be a team-taught experience in the physical practice of movement invention. One half of the course will investigate structured improvisation and the other will involve freestyle as an African diasporic tradition. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTD B140  APPROACHES TO DANCE: THEMES AND PERSPECTIVES  (1.0 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This course introduces students to dance as a multi-layered, significant and enduring human behavior that ranges from art to play, from ritual to politics, and beyond. It engages students in the creative, critical, and conceptual processes that emerge in response to the study of dance. It also explores the research potential that arises when other areas of academic inquiry, including criticism, ethnology, history and philosophy, interact with dance and dance scholarship. Lectures, discussion, film, video, and guest speakers are included.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTD B142  DANCE COMPOSITION: PROCESS AND PRESENCE  (1.0 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This dance and movement composition course is open to movers of any kind, from any background, who want to explore embodied creation as a part of their educational and/or life practice. It engages students in developing and structuring movement ideas to build community with one another and the natural environment. This course will offer tools for developing creative problem-solving skills; exploring embodied approaches to observation, analysis, and communication; and investigating possibilities for collaboration. Students will be introduced to freestyle, cultural narratives, memoir, and other relevant resources as tools for researching and sketching choreographic ideas. Movement exercises, viewing of live and filmed work, and discussions will help to sharpen visual analysis and kinesthetic responses. The course includes journaling and required readings and viewings but focuses primarily on weekly movement assignments. ARTD B144 Dance Composition: Elements and Craft is offered in the spring. ARTD B142 and ARTD B144 are not sequential and may be taken in any order. Concurrent participation in any Dance Program technique course, either for credit or as an auditor, is recommended.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTD B144  DANCE COMPOSITION: ELEMENTS AND CRAFT  (1.0 Credit)

Madeline Cantor

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This dance composition course develops knowledge and skill in the theory and craft of choreography. Basic elements of dancemaking such as space, timing, shaping, and relationship are explored and refined through structured and open movement experiences. Attention is given to developing movement invention skills and compositional strategies; considering form and structure; investigating music, language, images, and objects as sources; experimenting with group design; and broadening critical understanding of their own work and the work of others. Students will work on weekly solo and group projects. Related viewing and reading will be assigned. Concurrent participation in any Dance Program technique course, either for credit or as an auditor, is recommended.

ARTD B180  PRACTICAL ANATOMY: MUSCLES, BONES, MOVEMENT  (1.0 Credit)

Rebecca Malcolm-Naib

KNOW THYSELF! This course is designed as a human anatomy class for students interested in the application of anatomy to physical activities including dance, sport, and movement in general. Students will learn musculoskeletal anatomy, basic kinesiology, strengthening and stretching practices, and injury identification and management. Students will support theoretical knowledge with experiential movement analysis in class. The goal of the course is to present a scientific basis that will aid in a greater understanding of how individual's bodies are shaped and move, and how to achieve greater efficiency of movement and desired performance outcomes.

ARTD B220  SCREENDANCE: MOVEMENT AND THE CAMERA  (1.0 Credit)

Staff

Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This course is a practical introduction to Screendance for students interested in extending their experience or interest in dance and movement into a new realm. Also known as dancefilm, cinedance, videodance and/or dance for the camera, Screendance connects film (and filmmaking) with dance (and dancemaking) in an evolving hybrid performative practice. For both the maker and audience, the inquiry is the adventure of discovering what the coming together of dance and screen can be. Screendance can be described as diverse, global, emergent, alive, active, trans-media, continually evolving. Through class screenings, exercises, readings and discussion, students will learn approaches to combining dance and the moving image. Students will work alone and in small collaborative groups to create their own works integrating dance and video. Through creative projects, students will develop their own cinematic style and an increased proficiency with both filming and editing movement.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTD B225  DANCING HISTORIES/WRITING DANCE  (1.0 Credit)

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This course has three overlapping aims: to learn about concert dance histories through historical sources, scholarship, and embodiment; to understand the processes of historiography; and to prepare students to undertake their own historical research and scholarship. The course is designed to illustrate how our understanding of the past is dynamic and evolving rather than fixed and static. Through critical engagement with concert dance history’s canons, values, and ideological premises, Dancing Histories/Writing Dance emphasizes how history is written, questioned, and rewritten. A range of concert/art dance genres across Europe, the US and Japan will be explored to exemplify how concert dance draws from both Western and non-Western dance forms and aesthetics. Moving from 16th century court ballet through 20th century modern and postmodern dance to international “contemporary” stages, assigned readings will enable recognition of how dance scholars have employed national and transnational frameworks to write, and revise, dance histories. Students will develop a strong methodological framework that will allow them to grasp the significance of source material, the effects of cultural competence and critical bias, and the ways in which the writing of history is a creative, political, and ideological process.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTD B230  MODERN: INTERMEDIATE TECHNIQUE  (0.5 Credit)

Staff

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Intermediate level dance technique courses focus on expanding the movement vocabulary, on introducing movement phrases that are increasingly complex and rigorous, and on directing attention to dynamics and spatial ideas. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: two semesters of beginning level modern, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTD B231  BALLET: INTERMEDIATE TECHNIQUE  (0.5 Credit)

Linda Mintzer

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Intermediate level dance technique courses focus on expanding the movement vocabulary, on introducing movement phrases that are increasingly complex and rigorous, and on directing attention to dynamics and spatial ideas. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: three semesters of beginning level ballet, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor. First-semester first year students must take a placement class during customs week.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTD B232  JAZZ: INTERMEDIATE TECHNIQUE  (0.5 Credit)

Yasmin Goodman

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Intermediate level dance technique courses focus on expanding the movement vocabulary, on introducing movement phrases that are increasingly complex and rigorous, and on further attention to motional dynamics and spatial contexts. Students at this level are also expected to begin demonstrating an intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of these technical challenges and their actual performance. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: two semesters of beginning level jazz, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTD B245  DANCE: CLOSE READING  (1.0 Credit)

Madeline Cantor

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Students will engage in a close reading of dance, using live dance performances and events as primary texts. They will set them in critical and historical contexts through readings in dance criticism and theory, activities, discussion and media. The class will take part in trips to live performances and events, selected from a range of genres, and will work through their responses in discussion and writing. Requires attendance at performances and events, off-campus and on-campus. No dance experience necessary. In lieu of books students can expect $30 - 50 in ticket expenses for the course.

ARTD B250  PERFORMING THE POLITICAL BODY: DANCE AND POWER  (1.0 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Artists, activists, politicos, regents, intellectuals, and just ordinary people have, throughout history and across cultures, used dance and performance to support political goals and ideologies or to perform social or cultural interventions in the private and public spheres. From a wide range of possibilities, this course focuses on how dance is a useful medium for both embodying and analyzing ideologies and practices of power, particularly with reference to gender, class, and ethnicity. Students will also investigate bodiedness as an active agent of social change and political action. Students will read excerpts from seminal and contemporary theory of performing bodiedness, ethnicity, and gender, as well as from theoreticians, performers, and other practitioners more specifically engaged with dance and performance. In addition to literary, dance historical, anthropological and political texts, the course includes media, guest lecturers, and introductory group improvisation and performance exercises, however, no prior training or experience in dance or performance is necessary. In lieu of books, readings will be posted on Moodle. Preparation: A previous dance lecture/seminar course or a course in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, or history is recommended but not required.

ARTD B267  DIASPORIC BODIES, CONTINUOUS REVIVALS  (1.0 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This dance theory, writing, and practice course takes marronage—the act of escaping from slavery in the Americas to create autonomous communities—as its model. It views Black and African diasporic movement cultures and artistic practices as forms of contemporary marronage, providing spaces of embodied activism, release, restoration, and revival. Students will engage the body as an individual, intimate maroon site and cultivate the embodied collective spaces that counter oppressive systems. By connecting theory and practice, students will build individual and collective consciousness through the resources of narrative, memoir, and nostalgia intertwined with guided movement sessions. We will also utilize creative writing, film, and visual arts as components that enhance potential for deeper embodied engagement. This course is writing attentive and has required movement assignments/presentations. A previous dance studies course or a course in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, or history is strongly recommended but not required. No dance experience is necessary, but a willingness to move and create is essential.

ARTD B270  DIASPORIC BODIES, CITIZENSHIP, AND DANCE  (1.0 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones

Take a journey through citizenship, belonging and revolutions, guided by the lived experiences of prominent teachers, choreographers, and performers of traditional and contemporary dances of Black and African descent. Our theory and practice frameworks are grounded in women and LGBTQ+ scholars and dance artists navigating diasporic blackness, citizenship, and nationhood. We will centralize the notion that, Black Life is Tied to All Life, investigating the significance of developing philosophies and practices of integrity, as well as boundary-breaking transformations when traversing dance/movement as a nomadic practice in a globalized world. Dance/movement experience is not a prerequisite, although this is a dance/movement and writing attentive course.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTD B330  MODERN: ADVANCED TECHNIQUE  (0.5 Credit)

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Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Advanced level technique courses continue to expand movement vocabulary and to introduce increasingly challenging movement phrases and repertory. The advanced modern course focuses on both intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of movement and command of technical challenges and performance. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: three semesters of Modern: Intermediate Technique, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTD B331  BALLET: ADVANCED TECHNIQUE  (0.5 Credit)

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Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Advanced level technique courses continue to expand movement vocabulary and to introduce increasingly challenging movement phrases and repertory. The advanced ballet course focuses on both intellectual and kinesthetic understanding and command of technical challenges and performance. The last half hour of the class is used for optional pointe or repertory work with permission of the instructor. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: Minimum of three semesters of intermediate level ballet, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTD B342  ADVANCED CHOREOGRAPHY  (1.0 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones, Madeline Cantor

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Independent study in choreography under the guidance of the instructor. Students are expected to produce one major choreographic work and are responsible for all production considerations. Concurrent attendance in any level technique course is recommended. Pre-requisite: ARTD B142: Dance Composition: Process and Presence and ARTD B144: Dance Composition: Elements and Craft.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTD B345  DANCE ENSEMBLE: MODERN  (0.5 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is recommended. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTD B346  DANCE ENSEMBLE: BALLET  (0.5 Credit)

Rebecca Malcolm-Naib

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is recommended. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTD B347  DANCE ENSEMBLE: JAZZ  (0.5 Credit)

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is recommended. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTD B348  DANCE ENSEMBLE: AFRICAN DANCE FORMS  (0.5 Credit)

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Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is recommended. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTD B349  DANCE ENSEMBLE: SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROJECT  (0.5 Credit)

Madeline Cantor

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Dance Ensemble: School Performance Project is a community-focused project in which students learn a lecture-demonstration and a narrative dance work and tour this combined program every fall semester to schools in the Philadelphia area, reaching 1500 to 2000 children per year. The course introduces these audiences to dance through a program of original choreography supported by commissioned music and costuming. Interested students are expected to have some experience in a dance form or genre, enthusiasm for performance, and an interest in education in and through the arts. Students are selected after an initial group meeting and movement session in the fall. Concurrent participation in at least one technique class per week is recommended.

ARTD B350  DANCE ENSEMBLE: HIP HOP  (0.5 Credit)

Melanie Cotton

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works are choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTD B400  SENIOR PROJECT/THESIS  (0.5 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones, Madeline Cantor

Division: Humanities

Majors develop, in consultation with a faculty advisor, a senior capstone experience that will expand and deepen their work and interests within the field of dance. This can range from a significant research or expository paper to a substantial choreographic work that will be supported in a full studio performance. Students who elect to do choreographic or performance work must also submit a reflection paper. Work begins in the fall semester and should be completed by the middle of the spring semester.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTD B403  SUPERVISED WORK  (0.5 Credit)

Lela Aisha Jones, Madeline Cantor

Division: Humanities

Research in a particular topic of dance under the guidance of an instructor, resulting in a final paper or project. Permission of the instructor is required.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

Theater

The curricular portion of the Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges' Theater Program focuses on the point of contact between creative and analytic work. Courses combine theory (reading and discussion of dramatic literature, history and criticism) and practical work (creative exercises, scene study and performance) to provide viable theater training within a liberal-arts context.

Theater Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in Theater are six units of course work, three required (ARTT B150ARTT B251 and ARTT B252) and three electives. Students must consult with the Theater faculty to ensure that the necessary areas in the field are covered. Students may submit an application to major in Theater through the independent major program.

Theater Performance

Numerous opportunities exist to act, direct, design and work in technical theater. In addition to the Theater Program's mainstage productions, many student theater groups exist that are committed to musical theater, improvisation, community outreach, Shakespeare, film and video work, etc. All Theater Program productions are open and casting is routinely blind with respect to race and gender.

Faculty at Bryn Mawr

Mark Lord
Theresa Helburn Chair of Drama, Director and Professor of Theater

Maiko Matsushima
Lecturer in Theater

Catharine Slusar
Assistant Professor in Theater

Courses

ARTT B150  INTRODUCTION TO THEATER  (1.0 Credit)

Mark Lord

Division: Humanities

An exploration of a wide range of dramatic works and history of theater through research, analysis and discussion to develop understanding and foundations for a theatrical production.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTT B151  FOCUS: DRAMATIC STRUCTURES IN PLAYS, PERFORMANCE, AND FILM  (0.5 Credit)

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This course is an introduction to techniques of dramatic structure that are used in the creation of plays, works of performance art, and films. We will have recourse in our work to some crucial theoretical documents as well as to play scripts both classic and contemporary and archived and live performances. Participants will make critical readings of works using the techniques of artistic analysis utilized by directors, dramaturgs, actors, playwrights and designers. This course is intended to be a touchstone for the study of any of these creative pursuits as well as an excellent opportunity for interested students to acquaint themselves with critical aspects of the creative process.

ARTT B152  FOCUS: WRITING ABOUT THEATER AND PERFORMANCE  (0.5 Credit)

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Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This course will constitute an introduction to writing about theater and performance art events. Our work will be structured in relation to a number of live and archived performances which the class will see on and off-campus. Students will practice techniques for preparing to see a performance, discuss strategies for reading dramatic texts and for observing time-based art. We will read notable examples of occasional criticism by a diverse group of writers of the past fifty years, who publish in a wide variety of forms including on blogs and social media. We will examine their work for techniques and strategies. Students will also read and respond to each other's writing. Central questions of the course include the evolution of critical vocabulary, the role of the critic's bias, the development of a critical voice, and the likely trajectory of the fields of criticism and performance.

ARTT B234  LIGHTING DESIGN  (1.0 Credit)

This class is an introduction to the process of lighting design for the theatre. We will explore the steps and skills necessary to navigate the designer’s path from text to production. This course will focus on how to think about light, how light can function as a dramaturgical tool, and how we can communicate lighting ideas to our collaborators.

ARTT B250  TWENTIETH-CENTURY THEORIES OF ACTING  (1.0 Credit)

Division: Humanities

An introduction to 20th-century theories of acting emphasizing the intellectual, aesthetic, and sociopolitical factors surrounding the emergence of each director’s approach to the study of human behavior on stage. Various theoretical approaches to the task of developing a role are applied in workshop and scene study.

ARTT B251  FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING  (1.0 Credit)

Catharine Slusar

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

This studio course provides an introduction to the basic processes of acting to students of various experience levels. We develop tools and a shared vocabulary using performance exercises, games, improvisation and scene work.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTT B252  FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL THEATER  (1.0 Credit)

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Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

A practical, hands-on workshop in the creative process of turning a concept into a tangible, workable end through the physical execution of a design. Exploring new and traditional methods of achieving a coherent synthesis of all areas of technical production.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTT B253  PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE  (0.5 Credit)

Catharine Slusar

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

An intensive workshop in the methodologies and aesthetics of theater performance, this course is open to students with significant experience in performance. In collaboration with the director of theater, students will explore a range of performance techniques and styles in the context of rehearsing a performance project. Admission to the class is by audition or permission of the instructor. The class is offered for a half-unit of credit.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTT B254  FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATER DESIGN  (1.0 Credit)

Maiko Matsushima

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

An introduction to the creative process of visual design for theater, exploring dramatic context and influence of cultural, social, and ideological forces on theater and examining practical applications of various technical elements such as scenery, costume, and lighting while emphasizing their aesthetic integration.

(Offered: Fall 2020)

ARTT B255  FUNDAMENTALS OF COSTUME DESIGN  (1.0 Credit)

Maiko Matsushima

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Hands-on practical workshop on costume design for performing arts; analysis of text, characters, movement, situations; historical and stylistic research; cultivation of initial concept through materialization and plotting to execution of design.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTT B265  ACTING SHAKESPEARE  (1.0 Credit)

Catharine Slusar

An exploration of Shakespeare’s texts from the point of view of the performer. Using tools acquired in Fundamentals of Acting, we will perform scenes and monologues of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: ARTT B251 Fundamentals of Acting or permission of the instructor.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTT B332  THE ACTOR CREATES: PERFORMANCE STUDIO IN GENERATING ORIGINAL WORK  (1.0 Credit)

Catharine Slusar

This course explores the actor as creator, inviting the performer to become a generative artist with agency to invent their own work. Building on skills introduced in Fundamentals of Acting, we will introduce new methodologies of training to construct a framework in which students can approach making original solo and group work. Students will use processes employing visual art, found dialogue, music, autobiography, and more. Emphasizing guided, individual, and group collaboration, we will examine the role of the actor/creator through exercises and readings that relate the actor’s creative process to an understanding of self and the artist’s role in communities. Prerequisite: ARTT B251 (Fundamentals of Acting)

ARTT B351  ACTING II  (1.0 Credit)

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Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

A continuation of the methods of inquiry in Fundamentals of Acting, this course is structured as a series of project-based learning explorations in acting. Prerequisite: ARTT B251 (Fundamentals of Acting) or permission of instructor.

ARTT B353  ADVANCED PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE  (1.0 Credit)

Catharine Slusar

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

An advanced, intensive workshop in theater performance. Students explore a range of performance techniques in the context of rehearsing a performance project, and participate in weekly seminars in which the aesthetic and theatrical principles of the play and production will be developed and challenged. The course may be repeated. Prerequisite: ARTT B253 or permission of the instructor.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTT B356  ENDGAMES: THEATER OF SAMUEL BECKETT  (1.0 Credit)

Mark Lord

Division: Humanities

An exploration of Beckett’s theater work conducted through both reading and practical exercises in performance techniques. Points of special interest include the monologue form of the early novels and its translation into theater, Beckett’s influences (particularly silent film) and collaborations, and the relationship between the texts of the major dramatic works and the development of both modern and postmodern performance techniques.

(Offered: Spring 2021)

ARTT B359  DIRECTING FOR THE STAGE  (1.0 Credit)

Mark Lord

Division: Humanities

A semiotic approach to the basic concepts and methods of stage direction. Topics explored through readings, discussion and creative exercises include directorial concept, script analysis and research, stage composition and movement, and casting and actor coaching. Students rehearse and present three major scenes. Prerequisite: ARTT B251 (Fundamentals of Acting) or permission of instructor.

ARTT B403  SUPERVISED WORK  (1.0 Credit)

Catharine Slusar, Mark Lord

Division: Humanities
Domain(s): A: Creative Expression

Research and work in a particular topic of theater under the guidance of an instructor.

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

ARTT B430  PRACTICUM IN STAGE MANAGEMENT  (1.0 Credit)

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Over the semester, the student will attend all auditions, rehearsals, and performances of the Bi-College Theater Program production, and will be responsible for managing all the details of same. With the guidance of a mentor and through reading and research, the student will learn to perform the many organizational and communications tasks involved in stage management. Students will be required to read a number of texts with the goal of understanding the vast scope of the job, the artistry and authority expected of a stage manager, the variations in styles of stage management, and the standard procedures a student stage manager can incorporate into a college setting. Each student will be expected to keep a daily journal of their experience—intellectual, artistic, and practical. The journal is their own and is meant to stimulate and deepen their thinking about the process. This practicum requires that a student be willing to engage in the production process both as an artist with an intellectual stake in the work and as an adult with a position of real authority in the group. The student will be expected to use that authority while always remaining calm, polite, kind, and generous to the artists with whom they are working. Prerequisites: Prior academic work in theater and the permission of the instructor

(Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2021)