This course is an experiential introduction to the dynamic world of the contemporary French theatre in Avignon, Marseille, and Paris. Students get to know each area through French theatre artists (amateurs, students, and professionals). The course furthers language skills in immersion environments such as home stay families, theatre workshops, and cooking classes. Experienced theatre students profit from direct engagement with French traditions of acting and staging, while beginners discover and develop skills such as vocal projection and characterization. For all students, theatre offers tools for developing conversational ease in French while plays and performances provide a window into contemporary French culture. The capstone project is a Goucher Theatre Department production presented as part of the Department's fall program. Each student's participation is based on the individual's skills and interests, and may include an acting role or a role involving dance, music, costumes, scenery, production or research.
Eligibility, Prerequisites, and Academic Credit:
Students should either have completed FR 130 (or equivalent proficiency) or be enrolled in FR 130 for spring 2013. Course credits: 2 credits for the spring 2013 pre-course, 4 credits for the May 2013 ICA, and 2 credits for the fall production. Seniors and others unable to participate in the fall may take only the spring and May/June components for 6 credits. Applicants are encouraged to speak with the faculty directors before submitting an application.
The tentative cost of the program is $2,700. This fee includes lodging, meals, transportation within France, seminars, entrance fees, and insurance but does not include airfare.
All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships. There is a scholarship section on the main application form in each program application packet. Loans are also available to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office in SAS. Students who qualify for the $1,200 study abroad voucher are able to apply the voucher to the cost of this program.