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An intensive exploration of the seminal ideas of Constantin Stanislavski, some of whose teachings came to form the basis of Method Acting. The class will read An Actor Prepares in a seminar format, explore the applications of Stanislavski’s use of actions, beats and objectives, and work toward an understanding of some of the major acting techniques...
An introduction to the acting techniques of one of the major acting theorists and teachers of the 20th century - techniques used by Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe and many others. Actors learn to employ psychological gesture to find the core of the character, through experiential approaches employing physical action that in turn creates...
"Improv" is the practice of unplanned interaction with others. As much as we would like to rehearse and practice our lines for critical moments, there's no script sitting on our desk each morning, outlining all the things we'll say and do throughout the day. Learning simple tools for improvising better is a highly effective way to improve individual...
Identify, relax, and warm up parts of the body that hold tension. Develop free movement and expressiveness. Work on posture, gesture, walking, and expanding physical potential. Pair with Principles of Realism.
“Loved learning the various exercises—definitely very helpful in understanding the process. Feel like I would understand how to effectively go about exploring my scene/character in the future.” An intensive introduction to scripted work through preparation and performance of scenes and monologues. Emphasis on learning effective rehearsal techniques...
This course will focus on bringing dramatic texts to life by uncovering the dynamics of the given circumstances and objectives embodied in the script. Techniques for reading a script like a seasoned professional, with practical application in the rehearsal and presentation of scenes.
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Students work through the 10 acting exercises created by famed actress and teacher, Uta Hagen. These exercises are beneficial for actors at any level, as they help establish a firm foundation of acting as well as serve as a valuable "work out" for more advanced actors.
An intensive introduction to scripted work through preparation and performance of scenes and monologues. Emphasis on learning effective rehearsal techniques and expanding the actor’s range. Requires approximately 3–5 hours of rehearsal with an assigned partner outside of class each week. Taken together or in succession, this course and the...
Some performance issues can only be explored when an audience is involved. This course adds that crucial element to the traditional scene study mix. Students will rehearse scenes under the guidance of the instructor, with attention paid to all aspects of the acting. The course includes a performance for an invited audience and discussion of...
Tap into your inner joy on stage and play with the gifts that are already in the scene. Ease into scenes with a focus on the people more than the premise. Hone your eye for games by recognizing simple character behavioral patterns. Learn techniques for tapping into your joy on stage and unpack-and-play with the gifts you’ve got at...
So stop wasting time trying to figure out what to say next! Instead learn how to play with what you already have. Struggling in scenes? Your scenes are probably not working because you’re working too hard. This workshop will help you discover the brilliant ideas ALREADY PRESENT in all of your scenes, and how to dig deeper into your character deals...
This course applies the concepts of Meisner Technique I to a variety of scripted scenes. Students will learn how to approach a text, make active choices, and live (engage) truthfully in the imaginary circumstances. Prerequisite: Meisner Technique I, or other Meisner experience and permission of the instructor.
An introduction to techniques of socially conscious street theatre from one of Washington's primary practitioners of the art. Students will study the history of activist performance in public spaces and learn how to design and perform pieces of their own
An intensive course devoted to acting for film and television. The class will include audition techniques, the role of commercial spokesperson, specifics of industrial film work, and techniques for approaching film and television scripts. All class work will be filmed as it might be on a real set and then critiqued.