Theatre Arts Jan Term
Tennessee Williams, The Mississippi Delta
and The Crescent City--New Orleans
Students studied the world of playwright, Tennessee Williams. With Professor Kim Barber Knoll and Tracy Riggs they travelled the Mississippi Delta from Columbus, Mississippi, Williams' birthplace, to Clarksdale, where he grew up, down through the Mississippi Delta to New Orleans, home of Stanley and Stella Kowalski and the famous "Streetcar Named Desire." The course culminated in the production An Evening of Tennessee Williams in the Black Box Theater.
Greek Theater: The Classic Emerge
Greece: January 2012
Students studying ancient Greek Theater will spend twelve days traveling in Athens,at
The Ancient Theater at Epidaurus, Corinth, Olympia, Crete, and Delphi. Studentswill
perform Greek selections upon return to campus in preparation of the Spring 2012
Greek production on the main stage.
Introduction to Millinery Arts
Taught by costume design professor, Ashleigh Poteat, this Jan Term course introducedstudents
to the basics of hat making. Students learned first how to sew, and thenworked
to design and pattern their own hats using felt, buckram, and mixed materials.Traditional
millinery techniques of blocking felt hats were utilized, as were morecontemporary
and innovate techniques that allowed students to create a varietyof hats.
The Lullaby of Broadway
Professor Kim Barber Knoll and Dr. Toni Anderson taught a musical theatre classwhich
included a 5-night trip to New York City where students saw four productions,met
NBC comedy star, Rachel Dratch and BILLY ELLIOT star and Tony-Award-winnerGreg
Jbarra. The course culminated in a musical theatre performance in PriceTheater's
From the Studio to the Stage:
Applying Watercolor Technique to Scenic Painting
Professors Nathan Tomsheck, Department of Theatre Arts, and Margaret Reneke, Departmentof
Art & Design, combine their artistic talents to demonstrate one of the manyplaces
where theatre and art intersect. Traditional scenic painting is found intheatre,
opera, ballet, and museum exhibitions. Students learn the art of scenicpainting
by exploring watercolor technique and color theory as they develop a seriesof watercolor
paintings as studies for full scale drops. The process continuesas students learn
to transfer their work to drops they themselves cut, piece, sew,and size. Finished
drops are flown and fully lit for display.
The Play's the Thing
One of the most popular classes offered during the January Interim is The Play's
the Thing. Students have an opportunity to experience four different plays
set in four very different venues . They may see a lavish Broadway
hit at The Fox Theater in Atlanta; a regional work by a Southern playwright at
the nationally known Alabama Shakespeare Festival; classic Shakespeare at
the Globe-inspired Shakespeare's Tavern in Atlanta; or a contemporary drama
at the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre.