Examine how Hamilton: An American Musical has thoroughly established itself as one of the most important works of theater of the 21st century and engage your own creativity.
Hamilton: An American Musical has resonated across the culture in extraordinary ways and vaulted its creator to an unprecedented level of status as icon. Whether you come for the music, the history, or the theater (or all three!), join fellow fans in the city where it happened to explore the creation, trajectory, and impact of this musical theater marvel.
The course will be an opportunity to examine Hamilton through several lenses: Hamilton as musical theater (including its integration of hip hop into a traditional musical theater framework) and history lesson; Hamilton’s interrogation of race in our culture; and finally, the students’ own creative process via work on their group project. The course will consider the play’s relationship to each topic, the ways in which it innovates and, to some extent, the way it succeeds or doesn’t. The course wouldn’t be complete without listening to and seeing the show, itself, with time left to process and critique.
Past site visits have included:
Broadway production of Hamilton: An American Musical at the Richard Rodgers Theatre
The Public Theater
New York City neighborhoods/buildings associated with Alexander Hamilton
Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers have included:
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater
Michael Paulson, Theater Reporter, The New York Times
Facilitators from Urban Word, a non-profit leader in the youth literary arts movement
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of course leaders.
Cost and Session Information
- PRICE $5,159.00* ($5,750* for residential students)
- DATES Term 2: June 23 - July 05
- TYPE Intensive
- LOCATION New York City
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.