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Fall 2012-2013
* THR 330 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Special Topics in Performance Practice - Casting: History, Theory, Practices

Brian E. Herrera

Casting - the process whereby actors are assigned to particular roles - has largely eluded scholarly investigation. This course is meant to enact just such an inquiry through a survey of the history, theory and practice of casting within U.S. entertainment industries over the last one hundred years. Course participants will trace the emergence of "casting" and "the audition" as discrete modes of performance making practice through review of dramatic literature, actor memoirs, how-to-guides, documentary films, and relevant scholarly literature.

Sample reading list:
Angela Pao, No Safe Places: Re-casting Race, Ethnicity and Nationality
James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante and Edward Kleban, A Chorus Line
Edna Ferber & George F. Kaufman, Stage Door
Screen Actor's Guild & Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Still Missing in Action: Latinos in and out of Hollywood

Reading/Writing assignments:
Course readings will be historical, literary and theoretical, with primary documents (including narrative and documentary films) functioning as texts for the course's analytic project. Each course participant will be expected to identify and independently research a particular casting concern (either contemporary or historical) and to compile a dossier documenting the historical, theoretical and practical issues raised by it.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
Visits from theatre professionals will help frame our discussions and to contribute a practical component to the course.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23211 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Nassau Street, 185   207   Enrolled:7 Limit:15