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Theatre Education Fall 2013 Registration Information

Dear Incoming Theatre Education Graduate Students,

I hope you are all having a good spring, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of you this fall. I’m writing today with some information to help you select your courses and register for the fall semester.

Beginning June 1, registration will open for theatre education students for the fall term. Prior to that date, I can consult with you about your choices by email, phone or in person if you are in the Boston area this spring or summer. After we’ve discussed your options, I will arrange with the registrar to complete your registration. In future semesters, you will be able to register for courses yourself online using a computer PIN number that you will receive. If at all possible, and to improve the chances that you will be able to enroll in your first choice of classes, I would suggest that you contact me in order to complete your registration by June 28th.

During the summer, I will be available in my office on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT beginning May 21 through June 28th. The phone number is 617-824-8375. If I don’t pick up, it may be that I’m on another call with a student, so please leave me a call back number.

Many students find it is easiest to reach me and get answers to any questions they may have by emailing me at Robert_Colby@emerson.edu. In most cases you should be able to make course selections with the help of the information below and any help I can provide via email. If that is the case for you, please feel free to email me your choices for courses, and I’ll confirm them for you. There is no need for us to speak or meet in person before the fall unless you would like to do so.

Some of you may need to make some decisions about classes before June 1 in order to finalize employment options or other necessary arrangements. I’m happy to make appointments to meet with any of you in the area before June 1 (or talk with you by phone or email) in case you would like to select your courses earlier this spring.

General Information

Full time status is defined as enrollment in at least 2 courses, and 3 courses is the maximum full time load. Typically, about half of you who are attending full time will take 2 courses in the first semester while the other half will take 3, depending on variables such as outside employment, desired degree completion date, etc. With either choice, your degree can be completed within two years. Almost all graduate students are working at least part time, and in our experience most can manage even a three course load with up to 15-20 hours of work a week. Two courses might be advisable as a maximum for those of you working between 20 and 30+ hours a week, and one course is typical for those working full time or close to it.

You can find the course listings and times for the fall on the website. Once on that page, select “Fall 2013.” On the next page under the “Subject” menu select “Theatre,” and under the “Course Level” menu select “Graduate.” Leave the other options alone, and at the bottom of the page, click “Class Search.” You’ll then see the list of courses, descriptions and times, and if you click on a course title you can see how many seats are remaining in that class. I’ll make a few general suggestions for everyone below, followed by suggestions for courses depending on your stream or interest. Those interested in more than one stream will benefit by reading all the sections.

You can access all the details about theatre education graduate program requirements in the Graduate Catalog, available online. I’ve summarized this information in the remainder of this email, but you may want to consult the catalog for the complete information.

There are two steams through the program, the Theatre Educator stream and the Theatre and Community stream. The Theatre Educator stream is primarily for those students who plan to teach theatre and drama to children, adolescents or adults within schools, theatres, or similar institutional settings (many of whom earn initial licensure in Massachusetts as a teacher of theatre, all levels). Theatre and Community, the second stream, is for students primarily interested in the uses of theatre in a variety of community settings. This stream’s curriculum focuses on theatre practices and points of view that provide for cultural exchanges and social change. Either stream can be appropriate for students who wish to continue their graduate studies, pursue a doctorate in the field of theatre, and teach at the college level. All students can take elective course work in either stream.

Theatre Educator Stream (including licensure in Massachusetts as a teacher of theatre, K-12)

All students in this stream must complete the following Foundational and Core requirements.

Foundations: 8 credits

TH660 Drama as Education I (4 credits)

One course (4 credits) from the following:
TH612 20th Century Dramatic Theory
TH614 Qualitative Research
TH625 Performance: Theatre and Community
TH661 Drama as Education II (required for licensure)

Core: 12 credits from 3 different areas:

Acting (TH521 Ensemble Workshop Topics, TH621 Topics in Acting, TH622 Principles of Acting, TH625 Performance: Theatre and Community, TH627 Playing the Self, TH628 Playing the Other)

Directing (TH521 Ensemble Workshop Topics, TH584 Directing the Musical, TH680 Directing: Theory and Practice, TH681 Special Topics in Directing)

Playwriting/Devising (TH521 Ensemble Workshop Topics, TH567 Playwriting With and For Youth, TH589 Playwriting Workshop, TH662 Playmaking)

Dramatic Literature/Theatre History (TH562 Theatre for Young Audiences, TH611 Seminar in Dramatic Literature, TH612 20th Century Dramatic Theory, TH614 Theatre Studies Seminar)

Theatre Design/Technology (TH540 Puppetry, TH640 Special Topics in Design and Technical Theatre, TH650 Design in Production)

In addition, students must complete either a master’s thesis or project (4 credits) or complete comprehensive exams (0 credits).

To qualify for licensure, you must complete TH660 Drama as Education I and TH661 Drama as Education II. TH660 Drama as Education I is only offered in the fall, and in order to finish within two years, you should register for it this fall. There are ample seats for all between the two sections, which have been designed to accommodate students who may prefer a day or evening class. However, depending on enrollment, your first choice section may not be available.

Also as a part of licensure requirements, you must complete either TH669 Contemporary Issues in Education (offered in the fall each year) or TH668 Multicultural Education (offered in the summer term). These classes can be taken in either your first or second year, depending on your interest. In your second year, you will also take TH665 Student Teaching Practicum and TH663 Student Teaching Seminar (2 credits each, taken concurrently) in order to qualify for licensure. As a part of that class, you will complete a portfolio, which you will present to the faculty to meet the comprehensive exam requirement.

For any additional courses this fall, I recommend you select according to your interests. For those looking for an acting class, TH621 Topics in Acting: Boal is a class based on the ideas and techniques of Augusto Boal (see course description online for details). A second acting course, TH521 Solo Performance is currently full but will be available to you next fall when you will have first opportunity to register.

Another good choice for this fall is TH680 Directing Theory and Practice (which is also offered in the spring) or TH567 Playwriting for and with Youth, a course that involves mentoring young people in the Boston area who are learning to write plays (offered fall semester only).

Some students are interested in exploring the core course in the Theatre and Community stream, TH625 Performance Theatre and Community I, which is also offered each fall only. TH614 Burning Down the House: Disruptive Narratives in Theatre and Life or TH614 Seminar in Literary Office Management are good choices for those looking for a dramatic literature focused course, and TH614 Qualitative Research Methods is an excellent option for those who are considering doing a thesis or thesis project in their second year.

Those of you interested in TH584 Directing the Musical Play may want to consider that class either this fall or in the fall of your second year. You will need to email the instructor, Stephen_Terrell@emerson.edu for permission, and you should have had a least one background class in directing to be eligible. You can include a sentence or two about your background and interest in the course. TH562 Theatre for Young Audiences is offered both in the fall each year and in the Summer 1 session. The course is currently full for the fall, but again, I can place you on a waiting list.

Theatre and Community Stream

All students in this stream must complete the following Foundational and Core requirements.

Foundations: 8 credits

TH625 Performance: Theatre and Community (4 credits)

One course (4 credits) from the following:
TH660 Drama as Education I
TH668: Practicum: Multicultural Education
TH669 Contemporary Issues in Education

Core: 12 credits from 3 different areas:

Acting (TH521 Ensemble Workshop Topics, TH621 Topics in Acting, TH622 Principles of Acting, TH627 Playing the Self, TH628 Playing the Other)&

Directing (TH521 Ensemble Workshop Topics, TH584 Directing the Musical, TH680 Directing: Theory and Practice, TH681 Special Topics in Directing)

Playwriting/Devising (TH521 Ensemble Workshop Topics, TH567 Playwriting With and For Youth, TH589 Playwriting Workshop, TH662 Playmaking)

Dramatic Literature/Theatre History (TH562 Theatre for Young Audiences, TH611 Seminar in Dramatic Literature, TH612 20th Century Dramatic Theory, TH614 Theatre Studies Seminar, TH614 Qualitative Research)

Theatre Design/Technology (TH540 Puppetry, TH640 Special Topics in Design and Technical Theatre, TH650 Design in Production)

In addition, students must complete a master’s thesis or project (4 credits) or comprehensive exams (0 credits).

For those in this stream, you should elect TH625 Performance Theatre and Community I in your first term this fall.

For an additional course or courses, I would recommend either section of TH660 Drama as Education I, a course taken by most students in either their first or second year. If you are a student in this stream who is also considering obtaining licensure as a teacher, K-12, I would strongly recommend taking this class in your first term. Other course options include: TH621 Topics in Acting (with a focus on Augusto Boal—see above), TH680 Directing Theory and Practice, TH584 Directing the Musical Play, TH514 Burning Down the House: Disruptive Narratives in Theatre and Life, TH614 Literary Office Management, or TH614 Qualitative Research Methods

Feel free to contact me with any questions you have, and I look forward to meeting all of you in person in the fall.

Sincerely,

Robert Colby
Theatre Education Graduate Program Director