S. Law and Theatre
- Course Number
- Curriculum Level
- Areas of Study
- Intellectual Property and Technology
- Additional Attributes
- Experiential Credit
Section 001 Information
Enrollment is open to law students and to students from the MFA Program in Theater Management & Producing and the MA Program in Arts Administration. This seminar begins with an overview of the theatre industry in America and an analysis of the Intellectual Property framework of theater-related legal issues and then examines the various contracts and issues involved in creating a theatrical property, raising money for the production and bringing it to the stage (especially Broadway and Off-Broadway), and exploiting it during its run and thereafter (e.g., on film, on tour and internationally). Students review the background law and practice for contracts they deal with, draft contracts and memoranda, and with role playing and simulation will negotiate and revise various agreements that are considered.
Contentious issues, such as directors' intellectual property rights in their stage direction, and the line between commercial entities and not-for-profit theatre companies, are also explored.
Students will be graded on the basis of class attendance/participation, 3 mock negotiations, and 4 drafting assignments (legal memoranda and contracts).
The waitlist for this course will be frozen as of the first class session. Students must attend the first class session in order to remain registered or on the waitlist.
- School Year & Semester
- Spring 2022
- WCW 01
Class meets on
- Method of Evaluation
- J.D Writing Credit?
- Minor (upon consultation)
- Major (only upon consultation)
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in a specific body of law, including major policy concerns
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in various lawyering skills, for example, oral advocacy, legal writing and drafting, legal research, negotiation, and client communication
- Students will have an understanding of the intersection between legal issues and artistic issues in the theatre industry
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in ethical and professional issues
- Instructor Pre-requisites
- Instructor Co-Requisites
- Recommended Courses
- Other Limitations
- Enrollment is open to law students and to students from the MFA Program in Theater Management & Producing and the MA Program in Arts Administration.