Myth, Magic and Method in Theatre and Dance: A Midsummer Night's Dream


Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters

Taught by

modern dance, kinesiology
China studies, theater

This three-quarter program involves disciplined and progressive creative work in theatre and dance, culminating in a full-scale public performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream . Students interested in the theatrical, musical, dramaturgical and choreographic arts will collaborate on the interpretation, production and presentation of the play. We will start our journey by researching history, mythology, social context and other issues related to Shakespearian drama. Research, reading and seminars on texts will coincide with rigorously focused lessons in dance theatre technique, theory, composition and performance. Studio activities include daily Pilates-based floor barre, experiential anatomy, kinesiology and movement analysis, dance and theatre technique classes, improvisation and multi-media composition, including creative writing, movement analysis, drawing and voice work. Using texts in mythology, sociology, psychology, aesthetics, and world and art history, we will investigate social issues of class, gender and social activism embedded in the contents of classical and modern forms of dance and theatre arts. The program aims at revitalizing the ancient roots of theatre via modern interpretations relevant to current social, ethical and aesthetic issues.

Serious students with a passion for dance, theatre, music, literature, performance art and technical theatre will find this yearlong program stimulating and challenging. Fall quarter will be devoted to building fundamental skill sets in dance and theatre and will explore respective fields of collaboration, such as movement analysis, prop, set, and costume design, stage lighting, and musical composition and accompaniment. Winter quarter will focus on refining and integrating skills introduced in the fall through more advanced creative projects, and in weekly and biweekly performance forums and critique. In winter quarter, students will learn how to implement an integrated 18-week production schedule that coordinates rehearsals, publicity, set and costume design and construction, as well as stage and house management. Winter quarter will also begin preliminary design of the play, including handling props, masks and objects, reading, casting and rough stage blocking. Spring quarter will be devoted to rehearsing and refining all aspects of the production, culminating in a public dance theatre interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream , choreographed and co-directed by the faculty.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

dance, theatre, music composition, dramatic literature, performance theory, technical theatre, production and performance.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Required Fees

$50 in fall and winter for theatre and dance performances.


Date Revision
February 24th, 2014 This program has been cancelled.
September 25th, 2013 Sean Williams has joined this program (Fall-only).

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 72


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