Theatre and Drama 619:
Hamilton: A Cultural Revolution
with Sarah Marty
About this Course
Hamilton: An American Musical has taken the country by storm – from a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and multiple Tony Awards to sold-out houses and unprecedented media coverage. In this course we’ll explore the musical from a variety of perspectives.
- Why is the show described as a game changer?
- How does it build on and challenge past musical and theatrical traditions?
- How is history translated into a stage production?
- How does the show incorporate popular music and dance and follow the hip hop narrative?
- How does the production reflect and comment on current political issues?
- How is it shaping the future of the entertainment industry?
This, and much more, in an interdisciplinary exploration of a cultural phenomenon.
This course will count towards your Liberal Arts electives.
Summer 2017 Session Course Structure
The first five weeks of class (June 19-July 23) are on your own time with all content available online. You’ll have readings, podcasts, and videos to complete and will write a short response paper each week.
We’ll meet in person for one week only: Monday-Friday, July 24-28 from 9 am to 4 pm.
Final projects for credit students will be due August 11.
The last week, we will meet: M,T,W,Th,F
June 19 – July 23
July 24 – July 28th
Meet Your Professor
Arts entrepreneur, teacher, performing arts professional, and production manager for campus and community events
- Program director, Madison Early Music Festival
- Experienced event producer and production manager for large-scale campus and community events
- Developed curriculum for UW Arts Enterprise course; teach through the Bolz Center and Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
- Producing artistic director, Four Seasons Theatre
- Production manager for large-scale events including UW Varsity Band Show and “Change Your Mind. Change the World,” with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
- Member of Faculty Team that created the “Shakespeare in Community” MOOC, April/May 2015
- UW Blended Learning Fellowship, 2014-2015
- Recipient, UW Arts Institute 2008 Bartell Award for Excellence in the Arts, for work on campus and in community