Cheryl Faraone

Mettler Prof of Theatre, Gender Sexuality Feminist Std

 
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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

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FYSE1445 - Theatrical Literature      

The Theatrical Literature of Social Change
In this seminar we will begin with the question: how can art, specifically theatrical art, impact the world around us? We will explore a variety of contemporary works for the theatre that examine the possibilities of change (political, cultural, environmental). The seminar will also contain experiential components—students will be required to devise and perform various scenarios designed to impact a specifically targeted issue, and lead a discussion subsequent to each presentation. Authors to be read include American writers Anna Deveare Smith, Eve Ensler, and the Tectonic Project and British writers Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Robin Soans, Lucy Kirkwood, and others. 3 hrs. sem. CW LIT

Fall 2015

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GSFS0200 - Foundations in GSFS Studies      

Foundations in Women's and Gender Studies
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Examining gender and sexuality always in conjunction with the categories of race and class, the course foregrounds how inequalities are perpetuated in different fields of human activity and the creative ways in which groups have resisted these processes. The course is organized in sections to illuminate the effects of particular social institutions and structures on individual lives. Each section will introduce a broad overview of feminist interventions in different fields of inquiry. Cumulatively, the course reveals the importance of gender and sexuality as analytical categories to understand social reality and to comprehend important areas of culture. 3 hrs. lect. CMP SOC

Spring 2014

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INTD0206 - 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

Fall 2013, Spring 2016

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THEA0206 / WAGS0206 - 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 2012

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THEA0208 - Theatre History      

Theatre History
Using the dramatic text as the primary focus, this course will chart the progression of theatre from its ritualistic origins to the advent of modern drama. This survey will include an overview of theatrical architecture, the evolution of design and acting styles, and the introduction of the director. Since theatre does not exist in a void, a consideration of the social, cultural, political, and scientific milieu of each era studied will be included in the course. 2 1/2 hrs. lect./discussion & 1 screening per week ART CMP EUR HIS

Fall 2012, Fall 2013

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THEA0210 - 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 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2016

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THEA0214 - Directing I: Beginning      

Directing I: Beginning
As a group, students will analyze one or two plays to discover the process involved in preparing a script for production. Attention will be given to production and design concepts, textual values, auditions, rehearsals, and the structuring of a performance in time and space. Students will also cast and direct one or more scenes to be worked on and performed in class. The practical work is combined with written analysis. (Approval required; ARDV 0116, THEA 0102) 4 hrs. lect.

Spring 2016

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THEA0220 - 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 2016

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THEA0235 - 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. (Dramatic Literature)/ ART CMP SOC

Spring 2013

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THEA0237 - Devised Theatre      

Devised Theatre
Devised Theatre is a process of making a theatre piece without beginning with a formal script and is often created to explore social issues. The work may be composed through vocal or physical improvisation, created through interviews, or collaged from various sources. In the course we will both study and experience devised theatre, frequently called collaborative or verbatim theatre. Readings include selections from The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre, Verbatim Theatre, and the works of Anne Bogart. Students will engage the form’s history, build a shared vocabulary, and create pieces within the class and with outside collaborators, The roles of director, actor, playwright, and designer will be re-examined in light of this process. (THEA 0102 or THEA 0218 or THEA 0235) ART

Fall 2014

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THEA0238 - Directing and Creating      

Directing and Creating: Textual Work and Devised Work
In recent years the disciplines of directing ‘text-based’ theatre and of creating (or devising) a theatre piece without an initial reliance on a text have built shared approaches to material. Devised work may be composed through vocal or physical improvisation, created through interviews, or collaged from various sources, a text may emerge during the process. Text-based theatre is more traditional in its impetus, but the process of fleshing out a text can be very similar to creating without a text. In this course we will approach both forms of theatre, creating and directing pieces in many forms, and viewing works. Readings include The Viewpoints Book, The Active Text, and The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre. The course is suggested for actors and designers as well as directors and may be used to fulfill a requirement for senior work in directing or devising. This course is not open to students who have taken THEA 0237 or THEA 0324. (THEA 0102 or THEA 0214 or THEA 0218) 3 hrs. lect. ART

Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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THEA0324 - 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.

Spring 2013

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THEA0406 - 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 2014, Fall 2016

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THEA0500 - 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 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

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THEA0505 - Intermediate Ind. Project      

Intermediate Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

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THEA0700 - 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 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

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THEA1018 - The Tour of Pentecost      

Preparing the Tour of Pentecost
In this course we will continue to rehearse and evolve the Fall 2013 production of Pentecost, in preparation for its invited performance at the regional American College Theatre Festival on January 29, 2014. The production will be adapted for a larger stage and auditorium with a differing actor/audience relationship; company members will have an opportunity to re-explore and expand their work in the production and will take on additional assignments related to the touring and production needs of the play. (Approval required) WTR

Winter 2014

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Department of Theatre

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