PERFORMANCE STUDIES

Advisory Faculty: Professors: BUCKY, DARROW*, D. EDWARDS, EPPEL, HOPPIN, OCKMAN. Associate Professors: CASSIDAY, KAGAYA (Coordinator), W. A. SHEPPARD. Assistant Professors: BEAN (Coordinator), BURTON, JOTTAR*, L. JOHNSON. Lecturers: BROTHERS, DIGGS, JAFFE.

The Performance Studies Program provides an opportunity to inhabit an intellectual place where the making of artistic and cultural meaning intersects with critical reflection on those processes. The program has as its primary goal the bringing together of those students and faculty engaged in the creative arts, i.e., studio art, creative writing, dance, film and video, music, and theater with those departments that reflect in part on those activities, e.g., Anthropology and Sociology, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion and Theater. The central ideas which performance studies confronts-action, body, frame, representation, race, ethnicity, gender, politics, history and transcultural experience-circulate within and through the subjects and fields upon which the program draws.

Performance Studies strongly suggests that interested students take the introductory course (Theatre 220) and one of two capstone courses (Political Science 301 or Theatre 338).

Currently, the Program's status is as a program without a concentration. However, students interested in participating in the Performance Studies Program are encouraged to do five things: 1) take the introductory course, which in 2005-2006 is Theatre 220, Approaching Performance Studies; 2) take a capstone course, which in 2005-2006 is either INTR 307, Art and Justice, or, Theatre 338, Facing the Music ; 3) try different artistic media, both in the curriculum and beyond; 4) move between the doing of art and performance and thinking about that process; and 5) prepare a portfolio of their work in different media.

As a senior year project, the Performance Studies Program strongly recommends the assembling of a senior portfolio. Preparation of the portfolio should normally begin in the second semester of the junior year. It will be done under the supervision of a member of the advisory faculty and will be submitted in the spring of the senior year. What we suggest is that portfolios should draw on at least four projects or productions. They should show critical self-reflection on the creative processes, a comparison of the artistic media employed and also demonstrate performance criticism on the work of others.