William D. McRee

BA, Jacksonville University. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Co-founder and artistic director for Jacksonville’s A Company of Players, Inc.; productions with The Actor’s Outlet, Playwrights Horizons, Summerfest, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. SLC, 1981–

Undergraduate Courses 2021-2022

Theatre

Directing Conference

Open, Component—Fall

Directors who have previously completed the fall semester of Directing Workshop can continue their work and direct a short play of their choice for this class. This course has conferences attached; classwork and conferences will be used to support the rehearsals and production.

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Directing Workshop

Open, Component—Year

Directors will study the processes necessary to bring a written text to life, along with the methods and goals used in working with actors to focus and strengthen their performances. Scene work and short plays will be performed in class, and the student’s work will be analyzed and evaluated. Common directing problems will be addressed, and the directors will become familiar with the conceptual process that allows them to think creatively. In the second semester, students will direct a short play of their choice. The workshop is open to beginning directors and any interested student.

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Far Off, Off-Off, Off- and On Broadway: Experiencing the 2021-22 Theatre Season

Open, Component—Spring

Weekly class meetings in which productions are analyzed and discussed will be supplemented by regular visits to many of the theatrical productions of the current season. The class will travel within the tristate area, attending theatre in as many diverse venues, forms, and styles as possible. Published plays will be studied in advance of attending performances; new or unscripted works will be preceded by examinations of previous work by the author or company. Students will be given access to all available group discounts in purchasing tickets.

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First-Year Studies in Theatre: Directing in the Contemporary Theatre

Open, FYS—Year

This course will examine the job of the theatre director as both artist and artistic collaborator. Dramatic script analysis, rehearsal preparation and process, actor/director and writer/director relationships, and the director’s artistic expression will be covered in both class discussions and exercises. Students will be exposed to a variety of directing styles and techniques through trips to New York City theatrical productions and venues and through additional field trips. Some of the plays visited will be analyzed in detail as part of the classwork. A solid interest in the exploration of theatre directing is strongly recommended for students enrolling in this class. Students enrolled in FYS in Theatre may take an additional theatre component as part of their Theatre Third, if they choose. They are also required to attend scheduled Theatre Meetings and Colloquiums and complete a set amount of technical support hours for the department. This FYS in Theatre will occasionally interact with the other FYS in Theatre course, Stuart Spencer’s History and Histrionics. This will include, but not be limited to, attending theatre in New York City regularly (pandemic allowing), after which the two groups will meet together to discuss the play and the performance. IMPORTANT: First-year students are not required to take FYS in Theatre in order to take theatre classes. They may enroll in a Theatre Third that does not include first-year studies. FYS in Theatre is an intense exploration of one area of theatre, and students should have a strong interest in that area before signing up for the course.

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Singing Workshop

Open, Component—Year

We will explore the actor’s performance with songs in various styles of popular music, music for theatre, cabaret, and original work—emphasizing communication with the audience and material selection. Dynamics of vocal interpretation and style will also be examined. Students perform new or returning material each week in class and have outside class time scheduled with the musical director to arrange and rehearse their material. Students enrolled in this course also have priority placement for voice lessons with faculty in the music program and enrollment in Alexander Technique classes or other movement courses of their choosing.

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Graduate Courses 2021-2022

MFA Theatre

Directing Conference

Open, Component—Fall

Directors who have previously completed the fall semester of Directing Workshop can continue their work and direct a short play of their choice for this class. This course has conferences attached; classwork and conferences will be used to support the rehearsals and production.

Faculty

Directing Workshop

Open, Component—Year

Directors will study the processes necessary to bring a written text to life, along with the methods and goals used in working with actors to focus and strengthen their performances. Scene work and short plays will be performed in class, and the student’s work will be analyzed and evaluated. Common directing problems will be addressed, and the directors will become familiar with the conceptual process that allows them to think creatively. In the second semester, students will direct a short play of their choice. The workshop is open to beginning directors and any interested student.

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Far Off, Off-Off, Off- and On Broadway: Experiencing the 2021-22 Theatre Season

Open, Component—Spring

Weekly class meetings in which productions are analyzed and discussed will be supplemented by regular visits to many of the theatrical productions of the current season. The class will travel within the tristate area, attending theatre in as many diverse venues, forms, and styles as possible. Published plays will be studied in advance of attending performances; new or unscripted works will be preceded by examinations of previous work by the author or company. Students will be given access to all available group discounts in purchasing tickets.

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Singing Workshop

Open, Component—Year

We will explore the actor’s performance with songs in various styles of popular music, music for theatre, cabaret, and original work—emphasizing communication with the audience and material selection. Dynamics of vocal interpretation and style will also be examined. Students perform new or returning material each week in class and have outside class time scheduled with the musical director to arrange and rehearse their material. Students enrolled in this course also have priority placement for voice lessons with faculty in the music program and enrollment in Alexander Technique classes or other movement courses of their choosing.

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Previous Courses

Theatre

Far-Off, Off-Off, Off, and On Broadway: Experiencing the 2016-2017 Theatre Season

Open, Component—Year

Weekly class meetings in which productions are analyzed and discussed will be supplemented by regular visits to many of the theatrical productions of the current season. The class will travel within the tristate area, attending theatre in as many diverse venues, forms, and styles as possible. Published plays will be studied in advance of attending performances; new or unscripted works will be preceded by examinations of previous work by the author or company. Students will be given access to all available group discounts in purchasing tickets.

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Far-Off, Off-Off, Off, and On Broadway: Experiencing the 2018–2019 Theatre Season

Open, Component—Year

Weekly class meetings in which productions are analyzed and discussed will be supplemented by regular visits to many of the theatrical productions of the current season. The class will travel within the tristate area, attending theatre in as many diverse venues, forms, and styles as possible. Published plays will be studied in advance of attending performances; new or unscripted works will be preceded by examinations of previous work by the author or company. Students will be given access to all available group discounts in purchasing tickets.

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Far-Off, Off-Off, Off, and On Broadway: Experiencing the 2019–2020 Theatre Season

Open, Component—Year

Weekly class meetings in which productions are analyzed and discussed will be supplemented by regular visits to many of the theatrical productions of the current season. The class will travel within the tristate area, attending theatre in as many diverse venues, forms, and styles as possible. Published plays will be studied in advance of attending performances; new or unscripted works will be preceded by examinations of previous work by the author or company. Students will be given access to all available group discounts in purchasing tickets.

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London Theatre Tour

Open, Intersession—None

The purpose of this course is to experience and examine present-day British theatre: its practices, playwrights, traditions, theatres, and artists. This is a two-credit academic course, and any student enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College is eligible to take the class. During two weeks in London, students will attend a minimum of 12 productions, tour various London theatres, meet with British theatre artists, attend regularly scheduled morning seminars, and make an oral presentation on one of the plays that the group is attending. Plays will be assigned prior to the end of the fall semester, and preparation and research for the presentation should be complete before arriving in London. Productions attended will include as wide a variety of venues, styles, and periods of theatre as possible. Seminars will analyze and critique the work seen, as well as discover themes, trends, and movement in the contemporary theatre of the country. Free time is scheduled for students to explore London and surrounding areas at their leisure.

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Singing Workshop

Open, Component—Year

We will explore the actor’s performance with songs in various styles of popular music, music for theatre, cabaret, and original work—emphasizing communication with the audience and material selection. Dynamics of vocal interpretation and style will also be examined. Students perform new or returning material each week in class and have outside class time scheduled with the musical director to arrange and rehearse their material. Students enrolled in this course also have priority placement for voice lessons with faculty in the music program and enrollment in Alexander Technique classes or other movement courses of their choosing.

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MFA Theatre

Directing Workshop

Component—Year

Directors will study the processes necessary to bring a written text to life, along with the methods and goals used in working with actors to focus and strengthen their performances. Scene work and short plays will be performed in class, and the student’s work will be analyzed and evaluated. Common directing problems will be addressed, and the directors will become familiar with the conceptual process that allows them to think creatively. The workshop is open to beginning directors and any interested student.

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Far-Off, Off-Off, Off, and On Broadway: Experiencing the 2015-2016 Theatre Season

Open, Component—Year

Weekly class meetings in which productions are analyzed and discussed will be supplemented by regular visits to many of the theatrical productions of the current season. The class will travel within the tristate area, attending theatre in as many diverse venues, forms, and styles as possible. Published plays will be studied in advance of attending performances; new or unscripted works will be preceded by examinations of previous work by the author or company. Students will be given access to all available group discounts in purchasing tickets.

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Far-Off, Off-Off, Off, and On Broadway: Experiencing the 2017–2018 Theatre Season

Open, Component—Year

Weekly class meetings in which productions are analyzed and discussed will be supplemented by regular visits to many of the theatrical productions of the current season. The class will travel within the tristate area, attending theatre in as many diverse venues, forms, and styles as possible. Published plays will be studied in advance of attending performances; new or unscripted works will be preceded by examinations of previous work by the author or company. Students will be given access to all available group discounts in purchasing tickets.

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