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Fall 2018-2019
* THR 385 / AMS 385 / GSS 385 / LAO 385 (SA)   na, npdf

Theater and Society Now

Brian E. Herrera

As an art form, theater operates in the shared space and time of the present moment while also manifesting imagined worlds untethered by the limits of "real" life. In this course, we undertake a critical, creative and historical survey of the ways contemporary theater-making in the United States - as both industry and creative practice - does (and does not) engage the most urgent concerns of contemporary American society.

Sample reading list:
Keith Whittington, Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech
Websites:, HowlRound, The Interval, Bitter Gertrude, Theatre Times
Podcasts:, Three on The Aisle, On Tap, Theatre Talk
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Varies. At minimum, 30-50 pages to read a week, plus weekly individual research reading. Short weekly screening and/or listening sessions, with occasional field trips, workshops with guest artists, and performances as required. Regular short writing assignments throughout the semester, with a public work demo and a final project portfolio.

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

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:

Other information:
The course will be supplemented with visiting guest artists and scholars, and at least one field trip to NYC to see a theater production, and required attendance at selected productions staged on the Princeton campus. Enrolled students will also be asked to activate a Student Membership for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), which includes a subscription to American Theatre Magazine (a core text of the course).

Reserved Seats:
First Year Ugrd Only 3
Sophomores Only 4
Juniors Only 4
Seniors Only 3


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23368 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Wallace Dance Building and The   W215   Enrolled:18 Limit:14 Closed