Dana Yeaton
Office
Hesselgrave House 223
Tel
(802) 443-2423
Email
dyeaton@middlebury.edu
Office Hours
Tue 3-4:30pm, Thu 11:30-1pm (132 Blinn Lane)

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 Taught

Course Description

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

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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Listening & Speaking: A Rhetoric Lab
Rhetoric is the tool humans use to seek justice, build consensus, and make change. It’s also how we argue, advertise, and mislead, which makes the capacity to analyze and act rhetorically essential to engaged citizenship. In our rhetoric lab, we will explore the twin arts of listening and speaking: how can we listen deeply, across differences, and how can a heightened awareness of the audience and its values help us communicate more persuasively? Our teachers will include rhetoricians from Aristotle to Obama, Shakespeare to Sarah Silverman; ultimately, in your final orations, you and your classmates will become teachers of each other. 3 hrs. sem.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018

Requirements

ART, CW

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Independent Study
Approval Required

Terms Taught

Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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Oratory Lab - Speechwriting
What changes when, instead of writing to an imagined reader, we stand and speak to a live audience? Can learning to present with more clarity and conviction make us better writers? And what about coaching? Does learning to help others communicate more effectively make us more effective as well? These are among the questions we’ll explore in the O-Lab – Oratory Now’s new research and development wing. Students will progress through a series of short writing and speaking assignments designed to increase both comfort and connection to the audience. The course will culminate in a speechwriting showcase open to the public.

Terms Taught

Winter 2021, Winter 2022

Requirements

CW, WTR

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Course Description

Listening & Speaking: A Rhetoric Lab
Rhetoric is the tool humans use to seek justice, build consensus, and make change. It’s also how we argue, advertise, and mislead, which makes the capacity to analyze and act rhetorically essential to engaged citizenship. In our rhetoric lab, we will explore the twin arts of listening and speaking: how can we listen deeply, across differences, and how can a heightened awareness of the audience and its values help us communicate more persuasively? Our teachers will include rhetoricians from Aristotle to Obama, Shakespeare to Sarah Silverman; ultimately, in your final orations, you and your classmates will become teachers to each other. (not open to students who have taken FYSE 1532)

Terms Taught

Winter 2020

Requirements

ART, WTR

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Course Description

10/24-12/1/22. TTh 5:30-6:30. Adirondack Coltrane. Designed to increase confidence and reduce stress connected to oral presentation, this class will combine speaking drills with high energy movement, chi gung, and other body awareness exercises. Taught in collaboration with the Oratory Society.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, PE - Session II, Fall 2019, PE - Session II, Fall 2021, PE - Session II, Fall 2022, PE - Session II

Requirements

PE

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Course Description

2/14-3/18/22. TTH 5:30 p.m. in Adirondack Coltrane. Designed to increase confidence and reduce stress connected to oral presentation, this class will combine speaking drills with high energy movement, chi gung, and other body awareness exercises. Taught in collaboration with Oratory Now.

Terms Taught

Spring 2019, PE - Session I, Spring 2020, PE - Session I, Spring 2022, PE - Session I

Requirements

PE

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Course Description

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)

Terms Taught

Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022

Requirements

ART, CW

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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/CRWR 0218 or FMMC/CRWR 0218; by approval) 2 1/2 hrs. lect./individual labs

Terms Taught

Winter 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2021

Requirements

ART, CW

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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.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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Course Description

Intermediate Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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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.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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Course Description

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

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

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