As a theatre historian and scenic designer housed in an English department, I am able to consistently create interdisciplinary classes that ask students to engage with text, space, and art. This page contains syllabi from all courses that I have taught, as well as a sampling of academic experiences which brought learning outside the classroom.
Please click on the course titles below to access syllabi and schedules.
Theatre History, Drama, and Performance Studies Courses
Theatrical and Writing Craft Courses
Composition, Literature, and Skills Courses
Sample Academic Experiences
Freshman Florence Experience: Writing for College - Performing Florence
Marist sends 50 first-year undergraduates to our Florence, Italy campus each fall for a full-year immersive study abroad experience. Main campus faculty go over in the fall to teach and assist with introducing the students to Marist. In 2015, I taught Writing for College: Performing Florence in the FFE program. We were able to exploring traditional freshman composition course skills while discussing performance studies, as a field. The city of Florence became our classroom and provided numerous opportunities for observing and participating in traditional ritual performances.
Dramaturgy Independent Study
In the fall of 2014, I was asked by Dr. Heather May to serve as Production Dramaturg for a performance of Tartuffe at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I was able to include three of our theatre students as dramaturgy assistants during a semester-long group independent study in dramaturgy. Thanks to HWS Sound Designer Kelly Walker, we were able to Skype into rehearsal, in addition to driving up to Geneva for technical rehearsals.
Capping: Amateur Performance
Marist's senior capstone course seeks to cap the institutional Core curriculum within individual majors. This interdisciplinary course asked students to consider amateur performance, as amateur performers. After surveying theoretical, historical, and literary texts from and about amateur performance, students devised, wrote, and staged a series of modern cycle plays. This modernization included scenes from contemporary life, and a student-conceived and faculty-designed hell mouth which re-conceived seminal childhood memories (Where the Wild Things Are) into a passage out of college and protection and into the real world.