In this faculty-led custom course, the performing arts will offer us a lens through which to examine questions of social justice, race, class and gender politics, history, language, memory, and the role of the arts in our global world. Focused around the National Arts Festival that takes place over ten days in Grahamstown, South Africa, students will experience the second largest theatre festival in the world (outside Edinburgh in Scotland) and the largest in the southern hemisphere. Join Prof. Megan Lewis, South African theatre and performance studies scholar, and theatre director, Glenn Proud, to see new plays and cutting edge international performances that we would not be able to encounter anywhere else. We will meet playwrights, actors, artists and other students interested in performance and theatre and engage with, and reflect upon, the historic, sociopolitical, and creative contexts of the work we see.
Why Take This Course?
• IMMERSE yourself in the culture, history, politics, and arts
of South Africa
• EXPERIENCE the largest arts festival in the southern
• SEE incredible performances and meet the artists who
• LEARN from passionate, knowledgeable professors
• EARN 6 credits (undergraduate or graduate level)
• ENJOY a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience in Africa
Dr. Megan Lewis is a South African-American theatre, performance, & film scholar concerned with the staging of national identity, gender, and race in a variety of performance media---including monuments and public pageants, traditional staged texts, and documentary and narrative films. She is a multidisciplinary educator with a passion for inspiring intellectual curiosity and advocating for the performing arts as a powerful force for social change.
For more about Prof Lewis, read her faculty profile at UMass
- Applications due: 2/1/2017 (early bird deadline: Jan 15, 2017)
- Notifications of acceptance will be sent shortly thereafter.
- Non-refundable deposit of $1000 due by 2/15/2017. PLEASE PLAN YOUR BUDGETS ACCORDINGLY.
- Airfare must be booked and paid directly to Scholarly Sojourns, our travel agent, preferably by check to save credit card processing fees
- Balance due to IPO April 15, 2017 (non-UMass students), which includes the non-UMass credit supplement: $500
- Balance to appear on Bursar’s Bill May 1, 2017 (UMass students)
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