For a complete listing of all winter 2021 term department of theater courses, click here or visit the Office of the Registrar's "Timetable of Class Meetings" website here.
An updated solo performance class for winter 2021!
with Professor Analola Santana
Tu-Th 2:50—4:40 pm
F 5:10—6:00 pm
Open to all classes
In these turbulent times, solo performance has become more urgent as a theatrical practice than ever. Especially as a metaphor for human reality. This resurgence of interest in the perspective of life as theater and in performance-centered approaches to communication and culture has a pervasive history for women performance artists in Latin America and Latinx communities in the US. In this course we will consider how women artists intersect, reflect, disrupt, or resist repressive movements in Latin American and US tradition.
Course content includes a laboratory component in which students will be able to work directly with artists through workshops leading to a performance of their own. Through this work, students will be exposed to traditional dramatic forms as well as non-literary, visual, and performative forms of expression. By examining works of very diverse ranges, they will also challenge society's conceptualizations of Latin American and Latinx women to critique underlying issues of race, class, gender, and other power structures.
This class will include workshops with the following artists:
Josefina Baez: a performer-writer-educator-director from the Dominican Republic and New York City whose work explores the present and its encounters with the past and future. She often writes about her bi-lingual and bi-cultural experiences. Founder and director of Latinarte/Ay Ombe Theatre. Alchemist of the artistic/creative life process Performance Autology, a creative process based on the autobiography of the doer. Joy is the vital element present in her narrative, practice, and teachings.
Helen Ceballos: a multidisciplinary artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ceballos uses her body to explore images of herself in relation with sounds, videos and space. Her work explores the relationship between diaspora and the erotic, props and technological tools as affective mediations between herself and her community. With her images she creates auto fictional narratives that involve aspects of her personal history tracing diasporic relations with Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Violeta Luna: an actress/performance artist/activist originally from Mexico City whose work activates the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement. Working within a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of aesthetic and conceptual borders, Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. She is also an associate artist of the San Francisco-based performance collectives La Pocha Nostra and Secos & Mojados.
OTHER PERFORMANCE COURSE UPDATES: ACTING I & II
- THEA 30: Acting I (Kohn) @ J, Remote, with synchronous components
- THEA 30: Acting I (Hackett) @ K, Remote, with synchronous components
- THEA 31: Acting II (Coughlin & Rice)* @ J, Remote, with synchronous components
The Department of Theater will be BYPASSING our traditional instructor interview process for certain theater practice courses this winter, making it possible to register for these courses before the start of winter term. Acting II still requires Instructor Permission (IP) to enroll, but admission may be secured anytime by emailing the professor for an informal chat and to confirm that you have already taken Acting I.