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THEATRE IN EUROPE
PAST & PRESENT

Study Abroad Program
May 10-31, 2022

In this three-week, six-credit study abroad program, Appalachian State Theatre Arts professors Paulette Marty and Sue Williams will lead students on a learning experience in England and Scotland.  While there, students will have opportunities to see innovative international performance, learn from theatre professionals, see artifacts and sites from major periods in theatre history, and explore European cultures that have profoundly impacted the development of American theatre. 

 
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WHAT WILL WE DO?

(tentative list based on past programs)

EDINBURGH

Learn about the Tudors at Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle

See a play at the Traverse Theatre

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS

Follow the footsteps of Shakespeare's Macbeth at Dunsinane Hill, Rannoch Moor, Kilmartin Glen, and Iona Abbey.


YORK

Retrace the route of the medieval mystery plays

Tour the medieval city

Hear a choir at Yorkminster Cathedral

See a play at York Theatre Royal

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Visit Shakespeare's grave

Tour Shakespeare's birthplace and learn about Elizabethan theatre 

Tour Kenilworth Castle

See plays at Royal Shakespeare Company

Have Q&As with RSC theatre professionals

BRIGHTON

See shows at the Brighton Fringe Festival and the Brighton Festival

LONDON

Do an acting workshop and see a play at Shakespeare's Globe

Tour Elizabethan historical sites like Westminster Abbey

Tour performance exhibit at the V&A museum

Do a new play development workshop and see a play at Royal Court Theatre

Tour the National Theatre & its facilities and see a play

See a play on the West End

Have Q&As with theatre professionals

 
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WHAT COURSES WILL I TAKE?

Theatre in Europe, Past & Present is a six-credit study abroad program. Each participant registers for two courses:


THR 3531  Contemporary Theatre and Culture in Europe* 

THR 3730 Early Theatre History and Literature **

There are required course meetings from 5:00-6:00 on Tuesdays during the SPRING SEMESTER preceding the program. You MUST be available to attend these meetings.

*THR 3531 has the following prerequisites:  THR 2005, THR 2009, and one other THR course.


**If you have already completed THR 3730, it may be possible to register you for a THR independent study instead and arrange some alternate assignments. 

 
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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Quotes from participants

"The most important thing that I learned on this trip is that I am capable of being away from home and stepping out of my comfort zone.  I've always wondered whether or not I could travel to another country and feel comfortable there and now I know that I can."

"In London, you really never know what kind of people you are going to see.  Just in passing, I would guess I have seen more nationalities than I ever have in my entire life.  Just in London, excluding all other places in England, I have seen and interacted with more people from around the world than I have with native British people.  The world seems more accessible to me now."

"In history classes we learn about things that have happened years in the past but it is hard to have concrete ideas until we see it.  I know humans had been around for a long time, but seeing graves from the 1500s solidified this better than any history class on campus ever could have."

"I was intoxicated by history at many points on this trip."

"Writing papers and analyzing the plays after we saw and discussed them was very beneficial. My ability to analyze performances has increased so much."

"I've been the most surprised by my newfound appreciation for more abstract theatre.  We saw so many different kinds of theatre that all had so much substance."

 
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WHAT DOES IT COST?

 

PROGRAM FEE

The fee for the 2020 program will be $4996.85.  The program fee is "all-inclusive," meaning it covers airfare and all ground transportation (including a pass for the London underground), lodging, admissions to all museums and cultural sites visited as a group, tickets for all theatre productions attended as a group, workshop fees, insurance, and a stipend to cover all meals.

TUITION

In addition to this program fee, each participant pays tuition for six credits of summer session (estimated $950-$1000), a passport, and spending money (recommended minimum $250)

FINANCIAL AID

Because this is a six-credit program, students can apply for financial aid to help cover costs. Talk to the Appalachian State University Financial Aid Office about your options. Also, some study abroad scholarships may be available through the Office of International Education and Development.

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HOW DO I APPLY?

 

Preliminary applications for the 2022 program are due by October 1, 2021 (link to application will appear here in early September).  Once the leaders have confirmed you meet the requirements and determined if there are enough spaces for all applicants, they will clear you to complete the application. The application and $300 non-refundable deposit are due by November 1, 2021.

If there are not enough spaces on the program for all of the students who apply, priority will be given to theatre majors and minors based upon earned semester hours.

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