THEATRE IN EUROPE
PAST & PRESENT
Study abroad program
May 14 - June 4, 2024
This three-week, six-credit program will offer students a learning experience in the United Kingdom, including both England and Scotland. We will watch innovative performance, learn from theatre professionals, see artifacts and sites from theatre history, and explore European cultures that have profoundly impacted the development of American theatre.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
Every program is different,
but here are highlights of the 2022 program
Learn about the Tudors at Edinburgh Castle
See plays at the Imaginate International Children's Theatre Festival
Retrace the route of the medieval mystery plays
Tour the medieval city
Hear a choir at Yorkminster Cathedral
Visit Shakespeare's grave
Tour Shakespeare's birthplace and learn about Elizabethan theatre
Visit Warwick Castle
Tour Kenilworth Castle
See plays at Royal Shakespeare Company
Do an acting workshop and see a play at Shakespeare's Globe
Study paintings at the National Gallery
See a play at the National Theatre
See a play on the West End
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, you can register for a THR independent study instead and arrange some alternate assignments.
WHAT WILL I 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."
Professor Paulette Marty has led eight study abroad programs for Appalachian State. In the Department of Theatre & Dance, she teaches theatre history, play analysis, directing, and dramaturgy. She holds a Master's degree in Renaissance Drama from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and a PhD in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Professor John Marty has assisted on one study abroad program for Appalachian State and has traveled throughout Europe. He is the Coordinator of the Design/Technology Concentration in the Department of Theatre & Dance and teaches courses on theatrical design, technology, and play analysis. He holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Get in touch to learn more about Theatre in Europe Past & Present.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Fee for the 2024 program is $4999. The program fee is "all-inclusive" and covers airfare, ground transportation, lodging, admissions to museums and cultural sites, tickets for theatre productions, workshop fees, insurance, and all meals.
In addition to this program fee, each participant pays tuition for six credits of summer session (estimated $950-$1000), a passport, an international phone plan, and spending money (recommended minimum $250)
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.