Theater and Dance Intensive: Performance Lab

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Winter 2018 and Spring 2018 quarters

Taught by

modern dance, kinesiology

This program explores contemporary theater and dance in a hands-on workshop environment. The development and creation of theater, dance, and performance works by the students and faculty will be augmented through a study of theater and dance history. Activities include reading and performing plays, screening films on dance and theater, and ongoing interactive seminars. Daily classes include the disciplined practice of theater and dance techniques, improvisation, and methods of composing and presenting performance work. Workshops include solo and group collaborative projects; strategies for scoring structured improvisation and multimedia work; and basic stagecraft, such as lighting for dance and theater, set design, costuming, and crew and stage management.

Students will be introduced to basic techniques and theories in winter quarter, which will be devoted to building competency in theater and modern dance with collaborative performance projects. Our work will culminate in a public collaborative concert of student and faculty work in the spring. Works-in-progress will be presented regularly in performance labs for in-depth peer and faculty critique. Theater and dance labs are progressive and full presence. Attendance is essential, and this program requires mature self-direction, independent time management, and organization. We will explore how verbal and nonverbal performance works enhance each other, while contextualizing our work historically and socioculturally.  

Note : Students can choose to focus on dance or theater. Separate workshops in theater and dance will develop techniques, theories, and composition strategies unique to each idiom. Both workshop groups will meet jointly each week to discuss and experiment with ways that theater and dance can operate together. Weekly text seminars and film screenings, and faculty and peer critiques will help integrate dance, theater, and hybrid performance art.

Program Details

Fields of Study

aesthetics dance theater

Preparatory For

theater, dance, and performance art


Winter Open Spring Signature

Location and Schedule

Final Schedule and Room Assignment

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


$100 per quarter for entrance fees and art and craft supplies.


2017-11-08This program will accept students without signature.
2017-03-07Title change (formerly Performance Lab: Theater and Dance).