This three-credit hour course, THEA 290, is offered every January, allowing students to experience a broad spectrum of the best in English theatre. It satisfies both Fine Arts Core and is an elective in the theater major. The group attends eight to ten productions: in small 'fringe' theatres, larger state-supported theatres like The Royal Court or the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, and commercial theatres in the West End.
Students will have time to attend more performances of their own choosing, as well as explore London's rich culture and arts scene. The lectures meet once before departure and two times a week while in London.
In addition, students attend tours, workshops, and seminars at a variety of London theatre venues, including the West End theatre district, the Theatre Museum, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & Museum, the Royal National Theatre, and Covent Garden. In addition, there will be one long weekend trip out of London, generally to Paris.
As a center of the arts, few cities equal London. Its theatre district is world-renowned, while art galleries such as the Tate, the National Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery are treasures in themselves. The British Museum displays impressive remnants of past world civilizations. Local museums and monuments celebrate the city's rich heritage, while architecture from Roman times to the present lends a particular character to this vibrant and dynamic city.
London is one of the world's great capital cities. Today it remains a premier financial center and a mecca of tourism. the city is within easy travel of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and only a few hours by train from Paris.
There are no academic prerequisites for this course. It is, however, a popular course and not everyone who applies may be accepted. In the event there are more applications than places available, priority will be given by class - first to seniors, then juniors, and so on. All those applying must be in good academic standing with no disciplinary record. Preference will be given to Geneseo students. Applicants with a disciplinary record or pending disciplinary hearings should alert the Study Abroad Office.