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Theresa M. Davis

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Drama
Office location and address
213 Drama Bldg.
109 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Theresa M. Davis is an Artist-Educator in 3-D (Dramaturg-Deviser-Director) working to expand the boundaries of creating culturally specific work in academic institutions and beyond.  It is her steadfast desire to produce events that speak to diverse audiences and communities—revolutionary theatre that inspires growth and fosters intercultural communication.  Last summer Theresa collaborated as a Dramaturg with the Contemporary American Theater Festival’s productions of The Ashes Under Gait City and Dead And Breathing.  Currently she is involved in Working Theater’s FIVE BOROUGHS / ONE CITY Festival. She is working on the Staten Island Project, with Playwright Chisa Hutchinson and Director Kristin Horton. Favorite quote about Dramaturgy:  “The Dramaturg’s job is to illuminate the story.” –Anna Bosy.  Tenured at three different institutions, Theresa has taught at Kalamazoo College, West Virginia University and the University of Virginia where she joined the faculty in 2007 as an Associate Professor of Cross Cultural Performance. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the University and Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).  As a Director she has also enjoyed Guest Artist residencies at Macalester College and Purdue University.  Her directing credits include The Colored Museum, The Miser, A Piece of My Heart, Flyin’ West, The Canterbury Tales, Twelfth Night, Mo Pas Connin, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, Seven Guitars, The African Company Presents Richard III, Day of Absence and Every Tongue Confess.  She is the founding Artistic Director of the Cultural Awareness Troupe (The CAT) and the Director of the Contemporary American Theater (CATF) Hostel Youth Program.  As a performer Theresa has had the privilege of christening a new black box space at the ETA-Hoffman Theater, Bamberg, Germany in a performance of This is the Life.  Some of her current research and creative investigations include: Embodiment of the Spiritual Self, African American Theatre, Theatre as a Sacred Space, New Play Development and Poetry in Performance.  Devised Poetic works include Speak! The Forbidden Truth, Give Me Liberation and Give Me Soul: A Poetic Exploration of Oppression versus Freedom, Dissolving the Mask, NEXUS—Where Parallel Paths Cross, and Evolution. Revolution! Rebirth...Theresa M. Davis continues to hold firmly to the belief that Theatre has the power to transform.

COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see http://college.as.virginia.edu/COLA
DRAM 2070: Public Speaking
Credits: 3
The purpose of this course is to put principles of speech into practice; students will learn to communicate effectively primarily through practical experience. Students will (1) learn the basic principles of speech preparation and delivery, including invention of topics and arguments, organization, and style; (2) apply these principles to your speech preparation and delivery; and (3) develop and use listening skills in the analysis of speeches.
DRAM 2430: Production Laboratory: Acting
Credits: 1–3
Application of acting skills in production laboratory. May be repeated up to four credits. Prerequisite: Instructor permission
DRAM 3070: African-American Theatre
Credits: 3
Presents a comprehensive study of 'Black Theatre' as the African-American contribution to the theatre. Explores the historical, cultural, and socio-political underpinnings of this theatre as an artistic form in American and world culture. Students gain a broader understanding of the relationship and contributions of this theatre to theatre arts, business, education, lore, and humanity. A practical theatrical experience is a part of the course offering. Prerequisite: Instructor permission
DRAM 4590: Special Topics in Theatre
Credits: 1–3
A directed project-based study offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4592: Special Topics in Drama
Credits: 1–3
A directed study in dramatic literature, history, theory or criticism offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4593: Special Topics in Performance
Credits: 1–3
A directed study in acting or performance offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
IMP 4970: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
IMP 4971: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
DRAM 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s).
DRAM 8440: Musical Theatre Performance
Credits: 3
Integration of song into scene work and the examination of special problems posed for the actor/singer. Focuses on character's song presentation within the context of a musical play.
DRAM 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Graduate-level independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s). Requisite: Instructor permission
DRAM 9400: Mentored Study: Acting
Credits: 3
A faculty guided study in an area of advanced acting not covered in the established curriculum. Prerequisite: Graduate standing M.F.A. program
DRAM 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Graduate-level independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s). Requisite: Instructor permission.