ITALY: INTERNATIONAL STUDY IN THEATER: A
DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANCIENT ROME
Study in Theatre: A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome
is intended for Theatre students and all
students who are interested in learning about the
daily life of Ancient Rome. The program
will take place over three weeks during January term 2012 and
will focus on Rome at the height of the Roman Empire and
how it can be captured and reproduced for stage and screen.
Rome, Italy – home of the theatrical spectacle and a city with
perhaps the largest collection of
cultural artifacts of any place on
earth – is an essential for any theater artist. The book, A
Day in the Life of Ancient Roman, will be our guide as we
visit the great sites of Ancient Rome,
explore the recreated film sets at the famous Cinecitta
studios, and travel the streets where countless characters
walked from classic texts. With special access to historic sites
granted by the Superintendent of Art
and Culture for the City of Rome, students
will be guided by expert archeologists provided by the
city of Rome and SU faculty experienced in recreating sets and
costumes of Ancient Rome for stage and screen.
Students will gain a profound
understanding of daily life 2000 years ago in the Eternal City.
Through first hand experience,
readings, lectures, screenings and discussion,
students will develop enlightened interpretations of texts and
develop their own vision of this ancient world.
THEA 399. INTERNATIONAL STUDY IN
THEATRE: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANCIENT
ROME* (4 hours credit) -
Examines theatre through travel and study in an international
setting. Topics depend on the instructor’s area of expertise.
Pre-travel lectures and other activities required. May be taken
twice under different subtitles for a total of eight hours; only
four hours may count toward upper-level degree requirement.
The course is open to
all students. Pre-requisite: permission of
currently in curriculum review and approval process.
HONOR 311: HONORS
INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR (4 hours credit) - Addresses
topics that transcend individual disiplinary boundaries.
Tahgut by professors from a wide variety of disciplines to
appeal to Honors students of all majors. May be taken up
to three times under different topics. Prerequisits:
Admission to the Honoros Program, permission of Honors director.
With the special
access granted to us by our collaboration with Rome’s
Superintendent of Art & Culture, classes and workshops will
often take place on-site: the Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla,
Aqueducts, Trajan’s Market where students can experience how the
people of ancient Rome moved, lived and worked in those precise
spaces with guest lectures by site-specific archeological
experts. Italian-speaking SU faculty
will guide visits, conduct lectures and lead discussions on the
creative interpretation of their experience. Every day will
begin with Italian conversation. Readings and special projects
will be assigned and started prior to departure to prepare
students for the world in which they will be immersed and those
assignments will be followed through during the stay in shared
and one-on-one meetings with faculty for final presentation at
the end of the program.
Several day trips outside the center of Rome will include a
visit to see the sets
created for the HBO television series Rome at the
Film studios, a visit to the amazingly preserved necropolis at
the Isola Sacra, an island created for city and “housing” of the
dead dating back to the 1st century CE, and a visit
to the sprawling harbor and seaport city of Ostia Antica dating
back to the 7th century BCE. And, in addition, a full
day trip will take students to see the UNESCO world heritage
site of Herculaneum destroyed and preserved by the volcanic ash
from Mount Vesuvious in 79 BCE.
Students will be housed at the
Hotel Major Aventinus, a 19th c. villa locatedon the
Aventine Hill, one of the more prestigious, quiet, safe and
sought after neighborhoods of Rome. In addition to the green
peaceful elegance of this neighborhood it is also home to
numerous famous churches and has one of the best views of the
city. It is located truly in the
heart of Rome and only a short walk to the Circus Maximus,
innumerable historic monuments, minutes from great public
transportation and the neighborhood of Testaccio, one of the
most authentic and less touristic Roman neighborhoods with great
local restaurants, cafes and a wonderful outdoor
market. Everyone will have their own private room and private
bathroom with shower, free wifi, in house coin laundry, daily
house-keeping, 24 hour re-entry and shared spaces to meet, study
and socialize both inside and out - including a large lovely
Total Estimated Costs
(billed by SU)
Supplies(Varies by class)
(varies by individual)
TBD. The estimated cost for
the International Theater program is estimated to be
$2600. A final cost will be determined in fall
2011. The cost includes housing,
approximately 4 to 5 group meals, travel to and from
Rome’s Fiumicino airport and all monuments and
excursions, a city public transportation pass for
the entire period, guest lecturers, museum and event
entry, program staff and instructional expenses.
Additional costs will include your round-trip
food and personal expenses.
Admission to the program is competitive and program enrollment
is limited to 15 participants.
Students will be admitted on a
rolling basis until the program is full.
Students should also submit the following
directly to the program director: