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RWU London Theatre Program

Term To Study: Fall 2013
Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2013
Program Starts: Sep 13, 2013
Program Ends: Dec 14, 2013
Major 1: Theatre or Drama
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Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Direct enroll
Program Locations: London
Contact Name: Kevin C. Hayden
Contact Email: khayden@rwu.edu
What is Included: Tuition, housing, meals, train passes, performances
Program Description

Instituted in 1971 to provide theatre students with an opportunity to see the finest theatre in the world and be immersed in English history, culture, arts and architecture, this program also welcomes students from other majors who wish to experience a semester abroad on a Roger Williams program while working to complete their major or pursue a Core Concentration in British Studies.

Special courses and opportunities are added to the curriculum customized to the needs of each student helping them fulfill their educational goals. Special curriculums have been designed and are available for students in Dance, Education, Education/English, and Graphics. The program is offered each fall semester.

The London Program is unique in being designed as an experiential study abroad semester. Courses in the program build on the limitless opportunities that London and England provides to experience historical and cultural sites directly. Courses are conducted at historic sites, in the museums, and on the streets. The curriculum includes field trips during the day and performances during the evening, and includes opportunities to meet with practitioners as well as scholars.

Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Martin, theatre professor, serves as overall Program Director. A Roger Williams faculty member leads the program each year assisted by distinguished adjunct faculty affiliated with British universities and theatrical training institutions who teach courses for the program. Additional guest lecturers from the world of British theatre often supplement the Semester Abroad Studies in London program.

Program Prerequisites

Students must have meet the following general requirements for admission into the program:

Declaration of major and core concentration.
Acceptable conduct record.
Advisor's and dean's approval.
Students applying to the London program must also have at least 45 credits of completed course work and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or at least 48 credits of completed course work and a 2.6 cumulative grade point average.

Accommodations

The London branch campus of Roger Williams University is housed in the Pickwick Hotel in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury district and around the corner from the British Museum. The hotel facilities include our dorm rooms, office/library, lounge, kitchen, computer facilities with wireless access throughout the building. Some classes are held in the hotel or in a nearby facility although the majority of class time is spent at the site being studied.

Transportation within Central London is provided for each student by means of a twelve-week travel card. Special information about housing is discussed at orientation sessions.

Library Resources

A small library of reference books is housed at the London campus. Students may arrange to have lending cards issued to them by a local London library. These cards extend borrowing privileges to the students at all seven libraries in the Westminster group, including the Central Reference Library on St. Martin’s Lane which holds London’s largest collection of theatre and literature books.

Program Options

Students participating in the Semester Abroad Studies in London program have four options of study available to them. All students enroll in THEAT 490 Cultures in Contact: British Heritage and Its Impact. It should be noted that a complete Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies can be satisfied in one semester.

The program options are:

I. The Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies

II. Four courses toward the Core Concentration in London Theatre

III. Four courses toward the Theatre Major/Minor Course of Study

IV. Five courses toward an Elective course of study

V. Four courses toward an English / Secondary Education Course of Study

Semester Abroad Studies in London Course Descriptions

All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

HUM 330 – Society and Shelter in Britain
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies

A study of the development of English culture through the interaction of architecture, urban planning, social organization, and history. The course addresses the overlay of cultures and ideas in England through the use of sites from various periods from prehistoric (Stonehenge, Avebury) through the developments of the industrial age (St. Pancras railway terminal and the development of the London suburb).

HUM 430 – History through the Museums of England
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies

Using the vast museum resources of London, the course studies the changes in European society through the visual arts starting with the Elgin marbles and Egyptian collection in the British Museum and ending with the new modern art Tate Gallery on the South Bank. The course will emphasize how museums shape our perceptions of the past and understanding of ourselves, through their holdings, organization and presentation.

THEAT 312 – Acting Workshop
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre

Prerequisite: Two semesters of introductory acting courses or their equivalent and a serious commitment to acting as a profession.

Advanced study of experimental theatre techniques. The aim of the work is to extend the creative range of the actor by developing his or her physical and vocal equipment, releasing the imagination so that the actor is able to bring a new freedom and new depth to his or her work, whether in the experimental or the traditional theatre.

THEAT 322 – Theatre Design Workshop
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies;
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre
Prerequisites: THEAT 120, 220

Advanced design project in scenery, costume, or lighting. Each student submits a plan for his or her own course of study, augmented by museum visits and research checklists, using the various resources available in London. Ordinarily, the goal of this study is a major design project of portfolio quality.

THEAT 330 – Theatre of Shakespeare
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies;
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre

Critical analysis of selected comedies, tragedies, and histories, including a study of the Globe Theatre and of contemporary production techniques. Plays chosen reflect the announced seasons of local and nearby London theatre production companies.

THEAT 331 – Modern Theatre and Drama
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre

Examines the ideas and practices of the modern theatre. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with realism and the anti-realistic rebellion, the course follows the major theories, plays and practitioners that shaped our contemporary theatre.

THEAT 332 – British Theatre and Performing Arts
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies;
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre

Study of current trends in European performance based on the experiences of a wide range of plays, concerts, dance and other performance events in London. Classroom discussions, reading and writing assignments bring the viewing activities into academic perspective.

THEAT 341 – Seminar in Directing Problems
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies;
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre
Prerequisites: Successful completion of a Directing class, directing experience, or consent of instructor

Study of specific problems of play direction as seen in the current productions in the London theatres. Analyzes each production to identify directing problems and possible solutions. Class attendance at the productions and guest lectures by British directors, whenever possible, supplements the study.

THEAT 490 – Cultures in Contact: British Heritage and Its Impact
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies;
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre

Accompanied by lectures in English history, art, and mores. The bulk of the course is an on-the street workshop exploring British culture. Includes individual visits to many important museums and galleries, and tours of London, Greenwich, Windsor, Hampton Court, St. Albans (Verulamium), Shaw’s Corner, Canterbury, and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Required of all participating students.

DANCE 225 – Intermediate Technique: London
Prerequisites: DANCE 301, 302; or consent of department faculty

Designed for students who must complete additional technical work on the intermediate level. In addition to class performance, students increase knowledge of techniques associated with modern, ballet and dance masters.

DANCE 325 – Advanced Technique: London
Prerequisites: DANCE 320, 321; or consent of department faculty

Offered to students who exhibit special talents in the field of dance. Each will be required to challenge and maximize his or her abilities in technique, improvisation, and repertory. Requires solid working knowledge of the theories and techniques of Graham, Humphrey/Limon, Cunningham, Horton and Ballet.

DANCE 350 – British Dance and Performance Art: London
Co-requisites THEAT490 (Students pursuing a Core Concentration in dance may substitute this course for THEAT 350.)

Offers opportunities to see dance, movement theatre, and performance art in Britain, and to study the cultural influences of Britain on these performing arts. Students attend several performances a week, participate in group discussions, and complete written reports.

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