London Study Tour
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This program is for Schreyer Scholars in all majors, and at any Penn State campus, who want an intensive academic and cultural experience in the theatre capital of the English-speaking world.
The London Study Tour embarks on its thirty-fifth year! To guarantee an honors-quality academic experience, the LST will be limited to 16 students. Professor Raymond Sage of Penn State's School of Theatre will organize and guide the tour, and teach its course component, Theatre 496H/499.
Theatre-going forms the heart of the LST and of its academic identity. London is the outstanding theatre city of the English-speaking world, offering consistently superb choices in classic plays, contemporary and avant-garde theatre, musical theatre, opera and dance. Students will see a minimum of twelve theatre and dance performances: some will be purchased in advance by the instructor, and others will be selected by participants from a wide range of choices. As a complement to the theatre core, the LST's faculty leaders will provide students with an orientation to London and its history, culture and sights. The new and extended program will include more extensive travel beyond London.
- Good general tourist site about London, including attractions and restaurants
- Travel Britain
- Another good general site about London
- Official London Theatre
- The official guide to London theatre from the Society of London Theatres
Course Information & Requirements
This course is designed for the student who is interested in observing a culture politically, theoretically, ethically, religiously, socially, and philosophically through live musical theatre and drama. Prior to arrival, each student selected for the course will choose a specific area of diversity to explore, such as race, gender, sexuality, politics, religion, ritual or science. The student will research the issue as it "plays out" in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Issue choices will be discussed at the first of the mandatory meetings in late spring 2019.
Once in London, prior personal research on specific diversity issues will act as a foundation for personal observations of both a culture in practice and the practice of theatre within a culture. The personal observations will be applied to journal work and post-performance discussions. Ongoing observations will be shared in informal settings over the two-week course, and an assessment of individual explorations will be based upon a journal, the post-show discussions, and the seminar paper.
Students accepted for the LST will be enrolled for 2 credits of Theatre 496H in the spring and 1 additional credit in the summer.
Students will be required to attend several preparatory meetings and on-campus theatre performances during the second half of spring semester. Information on these meetings and performances will be provided as part of the application process. Arrangements can be made for accepted students at other campuses to meet pre-departure requirements.
Student journals will be read in two stages: the first half will be read by Professor Sage while in London, and the second half will be turned in soon after our return to the United States. Students will be given a participation grade, which evaluates your level of inquisitiveness and positive contributions to discussions and other group activities.
The final project will be a personal exploration of a specific issue of diversity and inclusion/exclusion in the United States and the United Kingdom, and how theatre practices can help make conversations about social issues visible in unique and impactful ways.
One credit of summer undergraduate tuition/fees, program fee of $2000, transportation to UK (purchased by student), estimated in-country costs of $500-$700. Program fee includes lodgings, shows and other admission fees, transportation between London and Edinburgh and within both cities, and selected meals. The Honors College will provide a scholarship to cover the out-of-state tuition differential for Schreyer Scholars who pay out-of-state tuition.
The application will consist of a 500-word essay on a specific social issue that illustrates the local and global need for ongoing conversation about diversity and inclusion/exclusion. Your essay can focus on race, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, age, disability, or any issues of cultural inclusion/exclusion you perceive as important to consider when building an equitable community. E-mail your essay, as a Word or PDF attachment, to Dr. Stoller.
The application deadline is Monday, January 21, at 5:00 PM. Applicants will be notified by Monday, January 28, and the final commitment deadline is Monday, February 11. After that date participants will be registered for the spring and summer credits and summer course fee, and part or all of the fee will be non-refundable.