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Performance

The performance major at Antioch College starts with the notion of the self as source and resource. Classes in theater, dance, and music are taught with 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, basic acting, movement, storytelling, and autobiographical performance.

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 plays 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.

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, performance majors must complete the following:

Core Requirements in the Major
20 credits toward the major
PERF 103 Voice and Speech* (4 credits)
PERF 104 Presence of the Performer* (4 credits)
PERF 120 Styles of Live Art (4 credits)
PERF 220 Performance History/Critical Studies (4 credits)
PERF 320 Performance Studies (4 credits)
ARTS 494 Senior Seminar in the Arts (4 credits)
ARTS 495 Senior Project in the Arts (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Additional Requirements in the Major

Foundation Course: Choose 1*
MEDA 101 Media, Internet, and Society (4 credits)
MEDA 102 Basic Media Production (4 credits)
VISA 101 Visual Language: A Focus on Two Dimensions (4 credits)
VISA 102 Visual Language: A Focus on Three Dimensions (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Introductory and Intermediate Courses
Choose four 4-credit courses or a total of 16 credits
PERF 105** Vocal Music Instruction (1–2 credits)
PERF 106** Modern Dance (1–2 credits)
PERF 107** Individual Instruction in Music (1–2 credits)
PERF 108** Contact Improvisation (1–2 credits)
PERF 110 Performance on Location (4 credits)
PERF 140 Storytelling (4 credits)
PERF 150 Improvisation in Art and Life (4 credits)
PERF 230 Writing and Performing the Self (4 credits)
PERF 240 Site-Specific Performance (4 credits)
PERF 250 Rehearsal and Production (4 credits)
PERF 270 Special Topics in Performance with Resident Artist (4 credits)

** These courses are recommended for performance majors. Please note that they count for only 1–2 credits.
The BA degree requires a total of 52 major-related credits.

Advanced Courses
16 credits toward the major
PERF 320 Performance Studies (4 credits)
PERF 340 Rehearsal and Production Tutorial I (4 credits)
PERF 350 Documentary-based Performance (4 credits)
PERF 360 Advanced Topics in Performance (4 credits)
PERF 440 Rehearsal and Production Tutorial II (4 credits)
PERF 470 Advanced Special Topics in Performance (4 credits)
PERF 480 Independent Study: Performance (4 credits)