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Cheryl Faraone

Professor Emeritus of Theatre

 

Cheryl Faraone – Professor of Theatre and Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies. Co-founder and co-director of the PTP/NYC (formerly Potomac Theatre Project), the college’s affiliated professional theatre company. Teacher, director and arts administrator. Selected professional directing credits: The Real Thing, Anna Karenina (Olney Theatre Center); Lovesong of the Electric Bear, Perfect Pie, Stanley, Arcadia, Masterpieces, Mad Forest, Cigarettes & Chocolate, The After-Dinner Joke (Potomac Theatre Project). At Middlebury, among many others: An Experiment with an Air Pump, Top Girls, The Rover, Arcadia (New England ACTF), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, On the Verge. Particular interests include interdisciplinary work with the sciences and mathematics and the study of women and creativity. Associations and affiliations: Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and numerous others. B.A. and M.F.A. in Theatre from Catholic University; Ph.D from Florida State University School of Theatre.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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INTD 0206 - Math/Science Contemp. Theatre      

Mathematics and Science as Art in Contemporary Theatre
In Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, the playwright somewhat miraculously manages to use the tension between Euclidean geometry and modern fractal geometry to explore the classical/romantic dichotomy in literature, science, art, and human personality. This is just one example of how acclaimed playwrights such as Stoppard, Rinne Groff, Michael Frayn, Simon McBurney, and others have effectively incorporated mathematical and scientific themes for artistic purposes. Our goal is to explore this relatively recent phenomenon in theater with an eye toward understanding the complementary ways in which science and art aim to seek out their respective truths. The course is intended to be experiential in both theatrical and scientific terms; our explorations will include the staging of scenes and discussions of theatre as performance; we will also undertake labs in the various mathematical sciences related to the material within the plays. (Dramatic Literature)/ DED LIT

Spring 2020

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THEA 0136 / ENAM 0136 - ContempAfrican-AmerPlaywrights      

Contemporary African-American Playwrights
In this course we will explore how influential contemporary African American dramatists bring to the American stage different aspects of the black experience. From William Branch’s A Medal For Willie (1951) to Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 (2013), readings will provide students the opportunity to investigate how plays are interpreted by actors and directors, and wrestle with topics such as voting rights, cultural appropriation, housing discrimination, gender inequality, and equal access to education. Beyond dramatic texts and critical readings, students will hear some of the playwrights (via video conferencing) offer their views on topics and issues we will discuss in class. (Dramatic Literature) 3 hrs. lect. AMR ART CMP LIT NOR

Spring 2019

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THEA 0206 / GSFS 0206 - Contemporary Women Playwrights      

Contemporary Women Playwrights
In this course we will read and discuss the work of the most influential and interesting American and European playwrights from the 1980s to the present. Authors will include: Maria Irene Fomes, Caryl Churchill, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adrienne Kennedy, Ntozake Shange, Judith Thompson, and Naomi Wallace. Issues of race, class, and gender will be closely examined. Readings will include selections from performance and feminist theory. 3 hrs. lect. (Dramatic Literature)/ ART LIT

Fall 2019

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THEA 0210 - Fall Production Studio: Acting      

Fall Production Studio: Acting
The cast works as part of a company interpreting, rehearsing, and performing a play. Those receiving credit can expect to rehearse four to six nights a week. Appropriate written work is required. Participation in the course is determined by auditions held the previous term. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect. ART

Fall 2018

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THEA 0220 - Spring Production Studio: Act      

Spring Production Studio: Acting
The cast works as part of a company, interpreting, rehearsing, and performing a play. Those receiving credit can expect to rehearse four to six nights a week. Appropriate written work is required. Participation in the course is determined by auditions held during the term prior to the performance. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect. ART

Spring 2018, Spring 2020

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THEA 0235 - Theatre and Social Change      

Theatre and Social Change
In this course we will explore ways in which theatre engages perceptions, behaviors, and social conditions in audiences and practitioners. While historically controversial, the practice of art as an agent of change is increasingly important, ignited by the work of Augusto Boal. We will also explore works presented in a 'conventional' theatrical setting, drama therapy, and creative role-playing in institutional settings (prisons, schools, mental health facilities). Community-based work will focus on issues facing a specific community and the voices of that group. We will read theory and history, engage issues, and build work. No previous theatre experience is required. (Not open to students who have taken FYSE 1334) 3 hrs. lect. ART CMP SOC

Spring 2018, Spring 2020

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THEA 0324 - Directing II: Advanced      

Directing II: Advanced
This is a course for the upper level theatre student with previous experience in directing. Students will be exposed to various contemporary performance modes and styles and will devote half the semester to the exploration, rehearsal and performance of a substantive text. Attention will be given to the director/designer collaboration, working with actors, and the pragmatic aspects of mounting a production. This course is required for students hoping to propose independent work in directing, but is open to any student with the appropriate prerequisites. (Approval required; THEA 0214, additional directing experience or by waiver) 4 hrs. lect.

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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THEA 0406 - 20th/21st Century Perf. Aesth      

Twentieth/Twenty-first Century Performance Aesthetics
This course is an intensive exploration of the evolution of the theory and practice of theatrical experimentation in the 20th and 21st centuries. The Modernist movement irrevocably altered the artist’s relationship to the social, and political order. The ramifications of this change will be addressed throughout the course, with particular emphasis on Brecht, Artaud, and Grotowski. Students will write papers and give presentations on the work of such contemporary artists as Peter Brook, DV8, Robert Wilson, Ariane Mnouchkine, Complicite and Jerzy Grotowski. (Approval required; ARDV 0116 and THEA 0208) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc. ART

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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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 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022

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THEA 0505 - Intermediate Ind. Project      

Intermediate Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022

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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 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022

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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 1239 - Speaking from the Stage      

Speaking from the Stage: Hearing from Contemporary Playwrights
In this course we will explore, through reading, films, and personal performance, a selection of plays (scripted, verbatim, devised) from a range of women and women-identifying writers for the theatre. The focus of the work is both an examination in form and content of the works’ diversity, and an accompanying analysis of any thematic and formal similarities. Course reading highlights texts of the plays accompanied by historical/theoretical readings. Students will produce two brief pieces of written work, one creative and one comparative.
Playwrights will include Adrienne Kennedy, Betty Shamieh, Caridad Svich, Aleshea Harris, Naomi Wallace, Martyna Majok, Jazzmun Nichcala Crayton, Lauren Yee, and Dipika Guha. ART LIT WTR

Winter 2022

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Department of Theatre

Mahaney Arts Center
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753