New classes take center stage at GSU

2012-12-06T00:00:00Z 2012-12-06T17:24:16Z New classes take center stage at GSUFor The Times
December 06, 2012 12:00 am  • 

UNIVERSITY PARK | Governors State University is offering two new and  classes that take students out of the books and onto the stage.

“Performing Culture and Identity” and “Chicagoland Theatre” are open to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as degree and nondegree seeking students, Classes begin in January.

Students in “Chicagoland Theatre” will experience the great theater produced throughout the Chicago region, attending productions at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts and at theaters in downtown Chicago. Productions will feature a variety of performance styles and themes. This course literally raises the curtain on theater production and performance. The class meets from 7:30 to 10:20 p.m. Thursdays.

In “Performing Culture and Identity,” students will investigate diverse perspectives of culture and identity through the theories and practices of performance. Participants must be willing to tap into their creativity, curiosity, and willingness to perform. The class meets from 4:30 to 7:20 p.m. Mondays.

“Both of these courses take experiential learning to the next level. Theater is not a passive experience," said Patrick Santoro, assistant professor of Theatre and Performance Studies. "At GSU, we encourage our students to get involved and learn from the many facets and meanings of the performing arts.”

Registration for classes continues through Jan. 26. The spring 2013 semester begins Jan. 22. For more information, contact Patrick Santoro at (708) 235-2842 or

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