Theatre Studies 3900G - Destination Theatre
Students will have the opportunity to develop their drama education more deeply through the experience of theatre abroad, in London, England. Attendance at live performances will be complemented with daily lectures, workshops and seminars hosted by artists and scholars from the University of London, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. In addition, students will experience tours of theatres, archives, and do a theatre-themed walking tour of central London.
Instructor: Professor M.J. Kidnie
Tentative dates: June - July 2018
Theme: Performance, culture, and the urban economy
Funding: Students may be able to take advantage of a range of bursary opportunities; more information is available through Western International and the Student Success Centre
There are no prerequisites for this course, although it is not open to first year students.
How to register
1. Submit your application to Career Central
2. Once your application is accepted, register through Student Central
How will the course work?
Destination Theatre is a Winter-term, 0.5 credit, experiential learning course on which students will travel to London, England for two weeks during Intersession.
Students can expect to spend approximately half of their contact hours (1/2 of a 1/2 course) in class at Western during Winter term 2018, and the other half while on location in England.
During class time at Western we will read widely in the basics of theatre and performance studies, in order to ensure we have a shared baseline for discussion; students will be encouraged to investigate individual research avenues related to their own fields of study. We will also read some key texts in urban performance studies, in relation to the course's current theme.
In London, we expect to stay on campus at Queen Mary, University of London, in the city's vibrant east end. Students will enjoy individual rooms in shared flats, and will be given the option of choosing half board, bed and breakfast, or no board options (shared flats all have kitchens). In Stratford-upon-Avon, we will stay in B&Bs.
We will see 8-12 live shows over our two week residency, in both London and Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace). In addition, students will attend workshops, seminars, and talks hosted by artists and scholars from the University of London, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and will have the chance to experience Queen Mary's annual "Peopling the Palace" performance festival, a showcase of east-London talent.
Assignments for Destination Theatre may include a journal component, contribution to the class blog, a performance review, and a final project based on students' individual research investigations, applied to experiences while abroad in London. These in particular will be designed by students in consultation with the instructor before leaving Western, with the aim of aligning project work to students' individual areas of study and interest beyond the course.
As this is a regular winter term offering there is no additional tuition due for Destination Theatre. The cost for Destination Theatre's abroad component will be approximately $2500 (budgets assume a course enrollment of twenty-five students). This fee will include accommodation, board as applicable, intercity travel within England, most theatre tickets, and insurance. Students book their flights to London independently (cost borne by the student), and you have the freedom to combine the journey with other travel on either side of the course programming abroad.
Both the Winter term and the Intersession abroad component are compulsory.