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What does it mean to stage gender and sexuality? How does desire inform identity, and in turn theatrical practice? How does power manage gender and sexuality, and in what ways does theatre provide a site of subversion? This course explores and other questions through the theory and historical development of LGBTQIA & theatre in the US. Through much of the course centers on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we will also examine earlier performance informed by both by the emergence of homosexuality as an identity category and prior models of greater identity and sexual desire. Looking to a variety of spaces; theatres as well as cabarets, nightclubs, government building, and street corner, this course explores how theatre and performance reflect and blur the boundaries of gender and sexuality categories, as well as provide tools to access resources and safely navigate powers attempting to manage them. 

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences