Design Collaboration: Visualizing the Script (DRA2307.01)

Michael Giannitti

Even before the pandemic, directors and designers working on productions at resident theaters around America commonly began their collaborative processes by sharing visual materials remotely, and meeting through video or phone conferencing. Whether on campus or working remotely, students in this course will develop work using this collaborative approach. Following an introduction to theatrical design principles, the process of design collaboration, and theatrical text analysis, students will work in teams to develop design approaches for three plays, from the perspectives of scenic, costume and lighting designers. Each project will include play analysis, visual research, and development of visual materials to communicate design ideas. Plays will include White Noise by Suzan-Lori Parks, Girl From the North County by Conor McPherson, and one additional play. Design meetings will take place within and outside of class, and students will be expected to regularly share their work for feedback from others. This course is scheduled to meet synchronously to ensure that all involved will have common times for project work, but the class will only meet as a group for a portion of the scheduled time.

Prerequisites: None.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 10:20AM-12:10PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only

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