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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NACT 3325
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Performing Arts
Solo theater, with ancient roots in traditional storytelling, is enjoying a renaissance, from small theaters and fringe festivals to Broadway. This highly personal genre encompasses many forms, including one-person plays, multi-character comic monologues, performance art, and storytelling. In this studio course, each student works on an original solo show or a collection of short solo pieces. Equal attention is given to writing and performing. In-class writing and improvisation exercises help students to find their own voices. Basic elements of drama and storytelling are taught, but students are welcome to work in nontraditional modes. Assigned readings include texts by solo theater artists such as Anna Deavere Smith, John Leguizamo, and Lisa Krohn. Performance venues and opportunities will be discussed, and the course will culminate with an invitational performance of student works-in-progress.