Beyond the Footligthts: Theatrical Tradition in Britain.

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Scott Boyd, Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Middle Tennessee State University, currently serves as the Head of Theatrical Design. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Design and Technical Production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Art degree from Xavier University in Ohio. At North Carolina, he studied under world-renown designer Andreas Nomikos and four time Tony Award winner Patricia Zipprodt. His extensive design and technical production experience includes work on The Chocolate Soldier for the National Opera Company (Washington, D.C.); Camelot’s Ruby and Empire Gas for the Lost Tribe Theatre Company (New York City); and Shirtwaist and Sus Manos for the Flying Fig Theatre Company (New York City.) He has been a consultant for many community, educational, and regional productions across the American Southeast. Professor Boyd is a nine-time finalist for the First Night Awards for Outstanding Design and a three-time winner for his designs of The Tempest and The Tide Shall Cover the Earth. He served as Resident Designer/Technical Director for the acclaimed Nashville Children’s Theatre for five years and spent nine years on the faculty of Austin Peay State University before joining Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. He has recently served as the Fred Coe Artist in Residence at Vanderbilt University. Scott is a member of the United Scenic Artists Local #829 .He has taught and directed London and Ireland programs for CCSA for 20 plus years.

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Beyond the Footligthts: Theatrical Tradition in Britain.

Program Dates:
December 26, 2018 - January 8, 2019

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
THEA 499

Theatre , English Language and Literature

Course Description:
This course examines the rich heritage of theatrical production in Britain from the medieval to the current West End stage. Included will be backstage tours of British theatre and concert halls, as well as discussions with London theatre critic Matt Wolf. Emphasis will be placed on the difference between British and American theatre practice and production. This exploration will culminate in the viewing of selected theatre productions. In addition students will have the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of London, which will provide inspiration for future artistic endeavors.


Physical Activity Requirements:
Participants should be prepared for 5 miles of walking on most days OR strenuous walking on dirt paths (most of time walking on uneven cobblestones). Late nights occur often due to start times of productions.

Course Highlights:
Explores the rich theatrical history of Britain via: Viewing several West End theatre productions Backstage tours of some of London’s notable theatres Walking tours of Soho and Southwark Visit to the Globe Theatre Trip to Statford-upon-Avon to explore all that is Shakespeare:
  1. Trinity Church
  2. The Birthplace
  3. Anne Hathaway’s cottage
Trip to Warwick Castle Discussion with internationally renowned theatre critic Matt Wolf 3 hours upper division course May serve as a humanities General Education course (see advisor on home campus)