The collaborative process is central to the development of most theatrical work, yet it is often first experienced when people come together to work on a project with imminent production deadlines. Students in this course will have the opportunity to experience the initial portions of the collaborative process several times over, through a series of class projects, free of the pressures of production. After initial discussion of the collaborative process itself, students will work in teams to develop conceptual approaches to a range of plays which pose substantial design challenges. Team composition will change with each project so that students will experience working with an assortment of collaborators. Groups will share the results of their exploratory work by summarizing their process and the ideas discussed, and presenting visual research and some basic sketches showing their proposed design choices. Additional group meetings will be organized outside of class. Project work will be augmented by visits from several distinguished guest artists, who will critique the group project work and discuss their successful collaborative experiences with the class.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment.