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.

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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.
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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 Black Box.




From the Studio to the Stage:
Applying Watercolor Technique to Scenic Painting

January 2008
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
January 2003-2008
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.