Performance and Devised Theatre
Students work with faculty advisors to devise self-designed majors. Coursework in the major builds upon students’ experiences in the general education curriculum while providing students with pathways to deepen their knowledge or further develop their passion in a particular area of study.
Why study performance and devised theatre at Antioch?
Performance and Devised Theatre at Antioch College starts with the notion of the self as source and resource. Courses feature an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the presence of the performer and the responsibility of the artist to the audience. Students are encouraged to develop physical, vocal, and narrative skills through courses in voice and speech, improvisation, storytelling, rehearsal and production, and autobiographical performance among others.
Through the investigation of voice, body, story, text, and space, students come to understand the connection between their own experience as performers and their responsibility to communicate to others. Students engage with generative and interpretive strategies, develop original works, and stage texts of all kinds in order to reflect their learning as makers and scholars of performance.
As students progress they become familiar with history, contemporary practices, and theory through studies of interdisciplinary avant-garde performance, documentary theater and media, production classes, and site-specific collaborations with guest artists and community members. They come to understand the responsibility of the artist to take their art into the community as a transformative tool for themselves and others.
Sample of courses that could be taken to comprise a degree in Performance and Devised Theatre
Intro and Intermediate
- PERF 103 Voice and Speech
- PERF 150 Improvisation in Art and Life
- PERF 250 Rehearsal and Production
- PERF 330 Writing and Performing the Self 4 credits
- PERF 350 Rehearsal and Production II 4 credits
- PERF 370 Documentary-based Performance
- CAP 394 Capstone Preparation 4 credits
- CAP 495 Capstone Project
Methods In Performance and Devised Theatre
- PERF 330 Writing & Performing the Self II
- PERF 350 Rehearsal and Production II
- PERF 360 Advanced Special Topics in Production II
- MEDA 102 – Basic Media Production
- ARTS 240 – Interdisciplinary Studio
- VISA 400 – Contemporary Collaborative Practice
Cooperative Education Field Placements
In the past, students in Performance and Devised Theater have participated in co-ops around the country and abroad. Here are a sampling:
It ain’t Hollywood—Flux Factory and The Real City of Dreams: Colby Nelson-Betz ’22
by Colby Nelson-Betz on September 29, 2019 at 4:18 pm
Flux Factory is an artist residency located in Queens New York….It’s also I place that will forever have a […]
Colectiva Artivista – Art & Activism For Mujeres y Feminidades: Alyssa Navarette ’19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
by Alyssa Navarrette on March 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm
It’s 2019, I’m in my fourth year at Antioch College and I’m on my fifth co-op in Buenos Aires […]
Youth Theater Project: Andy Janecko ’20 at San Francisco Mime Troupe
by Andy Janecko on March 25, 2018 at 6:46 pm
The Youth Theater Project is an after school program that brings the youth of San Francisco together to create […]
Arts in Action as Living and Breathing: Jebetu Moiwai ’18 at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collective in NYC
by Luisa Bieri on October 23, 2017 at 7:54 pm
I remember the first day I walked into 20 cooper square. I was worried that I was going to be late; I wanted to […]
No Food, Just Innovative Art: The Kitchen
by Cristian Perez-Lopez on October 8, 2017 at 6:44 pm
With the support of the Arts Alumni of Antioch College (AAAC), current Antioch students have had the opportunity to […]
Change is Movement/Space/Memory: Hannah Craig ’17 at Mujeres de Artes Tomar
by Hannah Craig on September 17, 2016 at 4:50 pm
The water pours slowly from the Villavicencio (bottled in Mendoza, Argentina) bottle into the posh wine glass and I […]
Faculty in this area
Fall 2019 Notes From the Field is a series of updates from Antioch College faculty members about the travel, research, and other scholarly activities they've conducted. Associate Professor of Performance Louise Smith ’77 has been on...
Saxophonist, Composer and Bay Area Resident, Idris Ackamoor ’73, has a new production called “We Live Here!”. The show features Afrocentric themes, culture, and sounds. Read...
Home/James Lippincott The scenic design and performance work of Michael Casselli ’87, Antioch College assistant professor of Sculpture and Installation, will be included in a retrospective of the...
San Francisco Mime Troupe Youth Theater Project Home » Academics » Arts Division » Arts News & Achievements by Andy Janecko ’20 The Youth Theater Project is an after school program that...