Digital Dramaturgy For Intermedial Staging (Online)
This course is designed specifically for directors and theatre makers of all ages and levels who want to develop advanced understanding of the diverse relationships between text and performance and the dramaturgical potential of digital technologies.
It will equip you to analyse and evaluate the role of digital technologies in contemporary performance, using a range of practical methods and diverse theoretical perspectives.
What you will learn
You will explore new ways to deepen your practice as a theatre maker, analysing the role of text in performance through the differing modes of dramaturgy and literature fast emerging from digital culture.
A key focus on this course is staging Shakespeare’s plays through intermedial dramaturgy – highlighting the complexity of the playwright’s work and iconic status. You will be encouraged to develop/extend your practice beyond the parameters of conventional dramaturgy and mise en scène, analysing how digital technologies can contribute to bringing new dimensions and understandings to Shakespeare’s work.
This course will help you obtain insights into factors that shape digital dramaturgy in the context of performance technologies. It allows you to explore how the basic principles of digital technologies are being leveraged by tools like the Internet, smartphones, and interactive programming and real time multi-media applications.
Modules covered in this course include:
– Practical dramaturgy and the role of the dramaturge
– Digital and non-digital dramaturgies (history and practice)
– Approaches to digital performance practice
– Performative text (interpreting text)
– Text analysis
– Independent research project
Structure and duration
This course is delivered online over 12 weeks of study (6-8 hours per week) and open to everyone. It offers in-depth practical instruction in a home laboratory-style setting that enables deep and sustained experimentation with the vocabularies of multimedia and digital performance composition. Over the 12 weeks you will progressively acquire practical composition skills and be encouraged to explore techniques of:
– Creative editing
– Sound recording and processing
– Soundscape design
– Interactive programming and real-time multimedia integration
The course is delivered via weekly online content that includes recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete this course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic course certificate from the East London Academy of Dramatic Art.
On our Digital Dramaturgy course you will have access to:
– A virtual learning environment that allows you to connect and collaborate with your online cohort
– Online e-resources across multiple platforms and publications
– Sharable course and specialisation software including OpenAthens and EBSCO
– Online academic and technical support from a dedicated and knowledgeable Learner Support Team
– An inclusive online experience with course subtitles available in six languages including: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish
Level and requirements
This course is open to practitioners across all practicums. In particular it appeals to theatre and filmmakers, sonic and digital artists, computer animators, graphics programmers and web system developers who would like to develop advanced dramaturgical skills to further support and enhance their practice.
Training in software programs and applications is not covered.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the course – there is no upper age limit – and be fluent in English. If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need IELTS level 6 to follow the course. Subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Hindi will be available.
There are no additional academic requirements.
What you will need
– Laptop (with capacity to support real-time computing applications and software)
– Headphones or ear plugs
– Large USB or hard drive to save your work
– Access to Wi-Fi and streaming facilities
– Notebook, pen and sketchbook.
About your tutor
Behsat Ahmet is an interdisciplinary theatre maker, practitioner and dramaturge with a strong reputation for creating live performance across diverse media on both sides of the Atlantic. His practice spans theatre, actor training, dance, and somatic movement practices, scenography and authoring for intermedial theatre productions.
Behsat gained an MFA in Actor Training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also has an MSc [in Dance Science] from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and studied acting for camera in New York City. Behsat currently teaches theatre practice at Kingston University.