New & Noteworthy Programs

At CAMD, we’re always looking for new ways to grow—for emerging patterns in our professional fields, untapped interdisciplinary links, and bold avenues to teach, learn, and engage with the world. From course offerings to Dialogue of Civilizations destinations, there’s always something different to explore. Take a look.


Develop your singing technique using the repertoire of Broadway classics and contemporary musicals. Focuses on acting the song and vocal health. Culminates in an original musical theatre cabaret. Prerequisite to Musical Theatre Performance 2 to be offered Fall 2019. NUpath: Creative Express/Innovation.

Led by Professor Dani Snyder-Young, this newly refreshed born-digital course examines the ways people use creative storytelling to forge human connection in digital environments in a historic and cultural moment marked by social distancing.  This creative practice research course will include theoretical readings and critical analysis of digital performances in social and historical context alongside experiential projects in which students create digital performance projects and curate collections of digital performances for particular audiences and purposes.  It is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students with established storytelling skills in any discipline.  NUpath: Creative Express/Innovation.  Interested graduate students should contact Antonio Ocampo-Guzman [email protected] for assistance with registration.

Explores significant dramatic texts that have shaped and expressed the changing nature of LGBTQ identity. Readings, viewings, lectures, and discussion focus on noteworthy queer plays as literature, history, cultural documents, and performance as seen through the lens of contemporary queer theories and knowledge. Analyzing these texts for their relevance to society and our lives, students evaluate and explore a range of topics including sexual identity, gender identity, religious and political views on queerness, the evolution of LGBTQ culture and communities, drag performance, homophobia, assimilation, appropriation, and coming out. Students who do not meet course restrictions may seek permission of instructor. THTR 3200 and WMNS 3200 are cross-listed.  NUpath: Difference/Diversity NCDD.

Learn the art of Directing. Mine scripts for key ideas. Create physical compositions and dynamic pacing that build an atmosphere and tell a story.  Collaborate with actors to translate your powerful ideas to the stage.  The course wraps up with a festival of student-directed work for a public audience.

This upper level design course will focus on the four major visual disciplines of performance design: scenic and environment design, costume design and wearable art, projection and video design, and lighting design. Students will first explore the fundamentals of each of the disciplines through a series of introductory projects. The culmination of the course will be the creation of an innovative, immersive performance/event. Students will work in collaborative groups to devise and construct multiple sections of the performance. This fully designed performance will be conceived and created by the class in collaboration with guest artists, designers and makers.