Expanding Your Horizons in Amsterdam
Wagner College offers a number of short study-aboard programs for faculty, staff and students of all disciplines. These programs aim to enrich everyone’s Wagner experience. The Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) program incorporates a trip abroad with a semester-long course upon returning. Each course provides opportunities for experiential learning within the curriculum. Full immersion in a new culture proves unforgettably enriching for many who otherwise would not be able to study abroad.
Every January, 12 students join Prof. David McDonald – the Theatre Department’s Head of Voice – in Amsterdam to study with international theatre company Teatro Punto. This 2-week intensive workshop focuses on Modern Commedia dell’ Arte.
Originally created by performers in the 16th Century Italian marketplace, Modern Commedia dell’ Arte has had a profound influence on Western Theatre, evident in Shakespeare as well as contemporary sitcoms. The course is both mentally and physically demanding but the rewards are invaluable, as students learn new levels of physical and creative engagement.