Collaboration is a word often used in theater, but what exactly does that mean? What are some practical strategies we can use as theater artists? This course would be a good fit for students with an interest in an area of theater design or directing, and who have some experience in one of these areas. Students will bring ideas for specific learning goals in their area(s) of interest, and some assignments will be tailored to suit. Students will work in model production teams and explore different modes of collaboration. They will carry concepts through to complete paper projects, as well as one small staged project. We will read scripts and writings on collaboration, and sharpen skills in research, presentation, and the delicate art of communicating. Other topics of discussion will include 'green' design, theater for social action, design driven work, and portfolio / resume development. We will attend some Five College productions and one professional regional production.