Dana Yeaton

Assistant Professor of Theatre

 
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 Weds 11 - noon in MCA 329 and 1 - 3 pm in Hesselgrave 223
 Hesselgrave 223

 

Dana Yeaton is the recipient of the “New Voice in American Theatre” award from the William Inge Theatre Festival. His play “Helen At Risk” won the Heideman Award from the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and his full-length drama “Mad River Rising” received the Moss Hart Award from the New England Theatre Conference. His two-person show, “Swing State,” was selected for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Dana has received three fellowships in playwriting from the Vermont Arts Council and two from the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat. His plays in print include “Alice In Love,” “The Big Random,” “Helen At Risk,” “Mad River Rising,” “Men In Heat,” and “Midwives.” He has taught at the University of Tennessee, University of Vermont and at the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts. He is Founding Director of the Vermont Young Playwrights Project.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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CRWR 0701 - Senior Thesis:Creative Writing      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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CRWR 0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. (Formerly ENAM 0711)

Fall 2013

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FYSE 1398 - Speechmakers Studio      

Speechmakers' Studio
Our teachers will be great speeches wherever we find them: from Antiquity and the Elizabethan stage, to Hollywood, the Civil Rights Movement, and TEDTalks gone viral. We will explore various theories of oratory, and, like students of classical rhetoric, we will emulate masterworks in order to sharpen our own persuasive skills. As speakers, we will practice vocal and physical techniques used by actors, as well as their methods for scene preparation. Throughout the semester, students will write and deliver speeches of their own, completing an immersion into speechmaking designed to help them communicate with precision, empathy, and personal conviction. 3hr. sem./disc. ART CW

Fall 2013, Fall 2016

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INDE 0800 - Ind Scholar Thesis      

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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INTD 1194 - Influence:The Art and Practice      

Influence: the Art and Practice
The art of influence constituted one of the original liberal arts. Its central precept is trust: the sense that the speaker is genuine, speaks the truth, and shares the audience’s values. Beginning with the principles of classical rhetoric and leading up through modern decision theory and the use of influencers in social media, this course will cover established rhetorical techniques that build trust. In addition, we will practice the skills of Cicero’s five canons of oration in traditional, rich, and digital media. The class will culminate in a final project -- oration, video, persuasive essay, social-media campaign, or research paper. WTR

Winter 2018

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PHED 0249 - Oratory: Trng the Instrument      

PE

Fall 2015, PE - Session II, Fall 2016, PE - Session II, Fall 2017, PE - Session II

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PHED 0449 - OratoryX: Public Spkng Workout      

PE

Spring 2017, PE - Session I, Spring 2018, PE - Session I

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THEA 0218 / ENAM 0218 / CRWR 0218 - Playwriting I: Beginning      

Playwriting I: Beginning
The purpose of the course is to gain a theoretical and practical understanding of writing for the stage. Students will read, watch, and analyze published plays, as well as work by their peers, but the focus throughout will remain on the writing and development of original work. (Formerly THEA/ENAM 0218) ART CW

Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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THEA 0318 / CRWR 0318 - Playwriting II: Advanced      

Playwriting II: Advanced
For students with experience writing short scripts or stories, this workshop will provide a support structure in which to write a full-length stage play. We will begin with extended free and guided writing exercises intended to help students write spontaneously and with commitment. Class discussions will explore scene construction, story structure, and the development of character arc. (ENAM 0170 or THEA 0218 or ENAM/THEA 0240; by approval) 2 1/2 hrs. lect./individual labs ART CW

Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2017

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THEA 0500 - Intermediate Indep Project      

Intermediate Independent Project
In consultation with their advisors, theatre majors in design may propose a THEA 0500 Intermediate Independent Project. Preliminary proposal forms approved by the student's advisor will be submitted to the program by March 1st of the preceding academic year for those wanting credit in the fall or winter terms and by October 1st for those wanting credit in the spring term. Projects will conform to the guidelines that are available in the theatre office. Students are required to attend a weekly THEA 0500/0700 seminar.

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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THEA 0505 - Intermediate Ind. Project      

Intermediate Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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THEA 0700 - Senior Project      

Senior Independent Project
Senior work is required. In consultation with their advisors, theatre majors may propose a THEA 0700 Independent Project. Preliminary proposal forms approved by the student's advisor will be submitted to the program by March 1st of the preceding academic year for those wanting credit in the fall or winter terms and by October 1st for those wanting credit in the spring term. Projects will conform to the guidelines that are available in the theatre office. Students are required to attend a weekly THEA 0500/0700 seminar.

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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THEA 0708 - Joint Senior Work: THEA-ENAM      

Senior Work: Joint Majors in Theatre and English & American Literatures
Approval required.

Fall 2017

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THEA 1021 / INTD 1021 - Oratory Studio      

Oratory: A Speechmaking Studio
Our teachers will be great speeches wherever we find them: from Antiquity and the Elizabethan stage, to Hollywood, the Civil Rights Movement, and TEDTalks gone viral. We will explore various theories of oratory, and, like students of classical rhetoric, we will emulate masterworks in order to sharpen our own persuasive skills. As speakers, we will practice vocal and physical techniques used by performers, as well as their methods for analyzing text. During the course, students will write and deliver their own speeches, completing an immersion into speechmaking designed to help them communicate with precision, empathy, and personal conviction. (Not open to students who have taken FYSE 1355 or FYSE 1398) ART WTR

Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016

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