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Gerland, Oliver W Associate Professor

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  • I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in theatre history and dramatic literature, primarily in the modern era (post-1800). I also teach a dramatic theory and criticism course. I study theater and performance in relation to U.S. copyright law. I am developing courses in disability studies, taught primarily through the Humanities program. I have developed/directed plays with adults with developmental disabilities. I also write plays, a few of which have been produced.

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  • Dramatic literature, theory, and criticism, copyright, disability studies

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Teaching

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  • HUMN 3930 - Humanities Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Students gain academic credit and professional experience working in museums, galleries, arts administration, and publishing. They work 3-18 hours per week with their professional supervisor and meet regularly with a faculty advisor who determines the reading and writing requirements. An interview with faculty advisor is required.
  • THTR 1009 - Theatre and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the importance of telling (and listening) to stories from the stages of the world; in theatre we learn what people value in their time and place. Investigates the range of genres of theatre in today's society and how theatrical artwork is devised and presented. Ideal for non-majors.
  • THTR 1019 - Script Laboratory: Text Analysis and Practice for the Theatre
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces fundamental methods of text analysis for performance. Equips theatre makers with common vocabulary and concepts to more effectively communicate when collaborating with other artists. Provides tools for analyzing any narrative art form.
  • THTR 3033 - Production Research and Practicum: Acting
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Allows students to undertake an acting project, either within the major season or approved departmental production. Requires detailed preparational research, rehearsal commitments, and public presentation of theories and concepts in practice. Following the performance, students present written reports and evaluations. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.
  • THTR 4149 - Theatre Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Provides opportunities for theatre majors to explore career opportunities in theatre fields other than, or in addition to, those with performance emphasis. Students apply knowledge and skills developed in their major studies to a practical work experience. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended requisite: 30 credit hours in THTR.
  • THTR 5011 - Seminar: Theory and Criticism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Studies theories and criticisms of drama and theatrical performances from Plato to post-modernism.
  • THTR 6003 - Production Research and Practicum: Acting
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Allows students to undertake an acting project, normally within the major theatre season, that requires detailed preparatory research, testing of ideas, and public presentation. Students work under faculty supervision and prepare a written report and evaluation of the research, rehearsal, and performance process. Recommended restriction: advanced studies in acting and advisor approval.
  • THTR 6041 - On-Stage Studies: Global Modern Theatre
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Studies global theatre from 1600 to 1950, with particular attention paid to critical and scholarly responses to landmark productions of classics from the period.
  • THTR 6051 - Production Research and Practicum: Directing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Advanced study of theory and practice of stage directing through examination of the work of leading directors, analysis of texts and classroom exercise. Instructor consent required.
  • THTR 6091 - Production Research and Practicum: Dramaturgy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Students undertake a dramaturgical project, normally within the major season, requiring detailed preparatory research, testing of ideas, and public presentation of theories and concepts in practice. Students work under faculty supervision and prepare a documented written report of their project. Recommended restriction: advanced course work in dramatic literature and advisor approval.

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