Overview

Experience the magic of Harry Potter’s Broadway debut by diving into the wizarding universe equipped with the skills of a cultural critic.

Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child debuted to acclaim on Broadway in April 2018. Garnering six Tony Awards and an unprecedented nine Olivier Awards for its London production – both of which included Best Play – the production is a cultural phenomenon.

In this course, students will become theater and cultural critics, writing about theater thoughtfully using journalism skills. Students will also analyze the play through different lenses, including race, history, theater and fandom culture. Examining what does and does not work on the stage, students will examine the lasting appeal of the Harry Potter universe, discover the ways in which it has innovated and the ways in which it remains a traditional piece of theater, discuss the controversies surrounding its debut and dissect what a play about wizardry says about ourselves.

Site Visits:
This is a new course. Possible site visits include:

  • The New York Times newsroom and/or printing press
  • Broadway theater stage tour
  • A local Harry Potter-themed event such as Major League Quidditch

Guest Speakers
Possible guest speakers on this subject include:

  • Ben Brantley, critic, The New York Times
  • Michael Paulson, critic, The New York Times
  • Artists involved with Harry Potter and The Cursed Child or Broadway productions
  • Teaching artists

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 9 - June 21

LOCATION New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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