Drama in New York is a 3 credit hour course offered during the spring semester. The off-campus portion of this year’s course will take place December 9-17, 2016.
As its title indicates, English 492/592 calls for a week spent in New York seeing plays. Currently, we have tickets to see Stephen Karam’s Tony Award-winning play The Humans and two highly-acclaimed new musicals, Dear Evan Hansen and Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, featuring Josh Groban. In addition to four other plays from the best of New York’s Broadway and Off-Broadway offerings, students will have ample opportunity to explore New York during the holiday season. In all, we will see seven plays in eight days.
Applications for this off-campus study are accepted in September of Fall semester.
Students will stay at the Vanderbilt Y, an “upscale” dormitory-style facility located near the United Nations in midtown Manhattan. The Y offers safe, clean, and convenient accommodations, within walking distance of the Broadway theater district and within several blocks of major subway stations. Rooms are double-occupancy, with bathroom facilities down the hall. Restaurants and a supermarket are nearby. Guests at the Y have access to a ground-floor health facility (with swimming pool). If you do not wish to stay at the YMCA, do not sign up for the class. In addition to 2 or 3 group meetings and the plays themselves, students will be able to take advantage of New York’s many attractions.
Program Fee: $1,445
This fee includes all theater tickets and accommodations. The fee does not cover airfare to New York, meals, or transportation to or from the airport and within the city. Because students traditionally fly at different times and to and from different cities, it is not possible to arrange group airfare. Some scholarships are available through the Keith P. Taylor Student Drama Enrichment Fund (see below).
To receive course credit for English 492 or 592, students will be asked to keep a journal with three pages or so about each of the plays we see. Journals will be due at the end of the first full week of class in Spring semester. Students will also write a research paper (10 pages) dealing with the plays we have seen in New York or with New York theater as an institution. This paper will be due on February 27. Students will be expected to attend all of the plays, participate in the group discussions in New York, and schedule one or more tutorial meetings with the instructor while organizing and writing the course paper.
Students must be enrolled in 492 or 592 in order to go on the trip. English 492 counts as an upper-level English literature class. There is no prerequisite for 492. Only graduate students may enroll in 592.
Enrollment is strictly limited to twenty (20) students, and the course fills quickly. A deposit of $250.00 (check made out to “Drama in New York”) is required to reserve a place in the course. Checks must be given to Ms. Judith Welch in McClung 301. The remainder of the course fee is due by November 1. Deposits are refundable only in the instance that another student agrees to take your place. Interested students should contact Dr. Stan Garner (email@example.com; 974-6973).
Keith P. Taylor Grants
The Keith P. Taylor Grants for English 492/592: Drama in New York provide financial assistance to two students planning to enroll in English 492/592. These awards cover the following expenses: tuition, course fees, hotel, transportation, and spending money. Students will be evaluated for the grants on the basis of: 1) Academic Achievement; 2) Genuine Interest in Drama And a Willingness to Share your Enthusiasm; and 3) Financial Need. Applicants for these grants should be persons for whom participation in a course of this type would be financially out of the question.
Application Materials and Process: Students are asked to provide the following:
1) A Letter of Application. The letter of application should offer: a) General information about the student: Where is the student from? What is s/he studying? What are his/her career aspirations?); b) The specific reason(s) for the student’s interest in participating in the course; c) The specific reason that the student believes that participating in the relevant course will be personally and / or professionally beneficial to him or her; d) Why, specifically, the student would not be able to participate in the course without the financial assistance provided by the grant. The letter of application should run to no more than three typed, single-spaced pages
2) A Copy of the Student’s Most Recent Academic History (an unofficial copy is fine).
3) A Copy of a Recent Paper. Writing samples should not exceed 5 pages in length.
Please submit three copies of your application materials to Dr. Stan Garner, Department of English, 311 McClung (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline: Applications are due on or before September 30. Awards will be made by Oct. 15.