Script Analysis is for directors who want to develop skills in the reading of dramatic texts for theatre production. Students examine how basic dramatic structures and specific theatrical approaches invite choices for theatre makers. Students will learn how to make production decisions informed by careful and insightful readings of the script.
COURSE START DATE: July 1, 2017
Instructor: Susann Suprenant
Course Length: 20+ hours (estimated)
Difficulty Level: All experience levels
Program Type: Certificate with Verifiable Credential
As the author of our textbook, Will Dunne, reminds us, “Analysis is the process of a breaking down any whole into its parts to learn what they are, what they do, and how they relate to one another.”
In this class you will learn to take a play and break it down into its parts in order to successfully realize that play on the stage.
|Dunne, Will. The Architecture of Story. Chicago, U of Chicago Press, 2016|
|Ruhl, Sarah. The Clean House - Acting Edition. New York, Samuel French, 2007|
|Additional plays selected by the student from guidelines provided. Additional links to supplemental readings will be provided.|
|Parks, Suzan-Lori. Topdog/Underdog - Acting Edition. New York, Dramatists, 2004|
|Shanley, John Patrick. Doubt: A Parable - Acting Edition. New York, Dramatists, 2007|
|Ball, David. Backwards & Forwards. Carbondale, SIU Press, 1983.|
COURSE GOALS & STRUCTURE
- To become familiar with the basic compositional elements of dramatic texts
- To understand how these elements function to create an engaging play
- To use script analysis techniques to apply to theatre production
This course begins with an introductory module and concludes with a major project. The bulk of the course consists of four modules each containing 2-4 lessons. The Introductory Module must be completed before these four modules can be accessed. Modules I - IV can accessed and completed in any order but must be completed before the Major Project can begin.
Assignments receive full point value when they are received and determined to show acceptable competence, at which point they will be marked "Complete." Assignments can be resubmitted if need be to attain competence and receive a "Complete" mark.
|Assignments||Points Each||Points Possible||Percentage|
|2 Response Papers||5||10||10%|
|13 Short Papers||5||65||65%|
|1 Major Project||25||25||25%|
Susann Suprenant, Ph.D. has been directing, teaching, and facilitating movement-based, ensemble-created performance for the past 30 years. In addition to directing professional and university productions, Susann has taught a range of university/college theatre and humanities courses as well as movement training for pre-professional students. Susann has been in Omaha since 2000 when she began as Head of Directing for the Theatre Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha. She developed the Education and Community Involvement programs for Omaha Performing Arts, facilitated the founding and education programs for the Great Plains Theatre Conference, served as the Dean of Communications and Humanities at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha through 2013, and co-founded and served as Artistic Director for the performance company ætherplough through 2016. She has recently returned to San Francisco and is working as a vocal and movement coach while finishing a four-year training in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education (expected 2017). She holds a B.A. in Communications from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in English from University of Nevada, Reno and a Ph.D. in Theatre from University of Oregon.