Exploratory Pathways

First or second-year students interested in exploring Theater, Dance & Media may wish to consider the following possible (but in no way comprehensive) clusters of courses to investigate the concentration.

Had lots of acting experience?

Consider expanding your training and knowledge by taking a movement course, a directing workshop, a course that looks at the role and effect of empathy in various forms of art, or a course that looks at how to approach Chekhov's plays as a performer. And, of course, advanced acting at some point.

Fall 2018

  • TDM 105: Introduction to Dramaturgy
  • TDM 138D: Directors Directing
  • TDM 143: GAGA People: Movement Language
  • TDM 148: Motion for Performers 
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Are you a dancer wondering how your experience fits in with TDM?

Consider enrolling in Contemporary Repertory: Dance Authorship for the 21st Century, and learn seminal repertoire. Or conduct performance research in The Harvard Dance Project (TDM 90DR), and dance in repertory or have a role created for you, by preeminent choreographers. You might also like Gaga Dancers: Movement Language created by artistic director and choreographer for Batsheva Dance Company. You could also take advantage of TDM’s inter-arts offerings and consider a course in acting, dramaturgy, or dance on camera to widen your...

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Never taken a dance course and looking for TDM courses that don’t require previous experience?

There are many for credit and non-credit courses in dance and movement that students without prior experience are encouraged to participate in and add their perspective to. One such course that helps students gain a new skillset in physical research is Motion for Performers (TDM 148) which explores how actors, dramaturgs, performers, and writers can capture and inhabit a character, develop embodied stakes, and cultivate dexterity and nuance through the physicality of a role. Or, you might like Gaga People: Movement Language, a course that focuses on interpreting and experiencing the somatic practice of listening to the body while activating total sensorial attention.

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Wondering how your interest in media and technology might intersect with Theater, Dance & Media?

Courses in VES, TDM, and Computer Science will offer you the opportunity to investigate this provocative intersection

Fall 2018
  • COMPSCI 171: Visualization
  • TDM 150: The Art of Scenography: 20th and 21st Century Directorial Concepts and Set Design
  • TDM 153: Introductory Theater Design: Lighting, Audio, and Video
  • TDM 159A: FICTIONAL ARCHITECTURE: Design Studio for Performance
  • VES 150A: Film Directing: From Stage to Screen 

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I am a theater-techie: how can I understand the field better and improve my skills?

No group is more sought after at Harvard than skilled theater/dance designers and technicians. There are multiple courses here that will hone your skills and lead you to understand the importance of stage craft and design.

Fall 2018

  • AESTHINT 58: Modern Art and Modernity
  • TDM 105: Introduction to Dramaturgy
  • TDM 130: Directing 
  • TDM 150: The Art of Scenography: 20th and 21st Century Directorial Concepts and Set Design 
  • TDM 153: Introductory...
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