Acting for the Camera
Students will study the specialized style of acting for the camera through exercises and scene work. Fundamentals of artistic approach will mirror and reinforce techniques covered in acting classes for the stage, with attention given to appropriate adjustments in the scale of an individual performance. Students will learn approaches of utilizing camera techniques to enhance the truthfulness of their performances.
Bert Cardullo, Harry Geduld, Ronald Gottesman, and Leigh Woods, Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft
Acting for Musical Theatre
This course will explore the utilization of the acting process through song. It will address the unique challenges of the genre for the performer through work with scenes, ensemble and small group songs, characterizations, vocal work and choreography. This course culminates with a showcase of selected material performed during Festival at the end of the school year.
Acting Foundations guides students to an understanding of the craft of acting through their participation in a wide variety of theatrical exercises. Each day begins with a series of warm-up activities designed to stimulate the imagination and encourage exploration of vocal and physical freedom. These skills will be further developed through improvisation exercises and scene work.
No required texts. Some readings from instructor supplied material.
This course applies the major principles of acting theory covered in the Acting Technique classes to the texts of Shakespeare. Students are challenged to develop a practical methodology for joining together modern naturalistic performance theory to the special demands of heightened language and verse drama
- The Royal Shakespeare Company Edition of The Complete Works by William Shakespeare
- Notebook and writing materials
This course offers an introduction and overview of various uses of improvisation in the theatrical process. Primary focus is on the development of ensemble skills; secondary focus is on the exploration of individual acting technique through the development of spontaneity in performance.
- Texts vary but may include:
- Improvisation for the Theatre by Viola Spolin
- Let's Improvise by Milton E. Polsky
Musical Theatre Dance Techniques
This course is designed to train the student in the various styles of Musical Theater dance. Emphasis will be placed on placement, alignment, vocabulary, styles and performance. Consistency in participation in class will be a major consideration in the final analysis of each student. Each student brings a unique background of movement training, personality and expressiveness to the studio. Therefore each will approach the class and the material in a personal way. This is expected and encouraged. Each student will have to work on solving problems that are specific to their current needs.
- Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant
- Comfortable, form fitting clothes
- Jazz or Ballet shoes
- Hair should be pulled back from face, NO jewelry
Play Structure and Analysis
Play Structure and Analysis is a critical thinking and writing class. The students will learn the various styles of plays and what makes them so. They will be graded on their ability to write critical papers analyzing the works we explore. They will be exposed to many great works by great playwrights and gain a deeper understanding of the structures and reasoning that made these plays great.
- Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth
- Eugene Ionesco, 3 Plays
- Lee Strasberg, Best American Plays of the 1950’s
Song and Dance Lab
This course is designed to link the skills being covered in the separate Song for Musical Theatre and Dance for Musical Theatre courses into a team-taught class that will focus on developing the student’s ability to dance and sing simultaneously. Choral numbers from the Musical Theatre repertoire will be learned vocally and fully choreographed.
Theatre Topics: World Theatre
As the primary mass communication tool for centuries of civilization, theatre has been used for social, political and personal expression. The World Theatre course will be both a practicum and anthropological study. We will explore forms such as Indian Sanskrit theatre, Japanese Noh, Indonesian puppet theatre, Sub-Saharan African folk/ritualistic theatre, as well as modern social and political theatrical movements.
- A bound journal or notebook
- Appropriate comfortable clothing for the class activities (hand outs will be provided by the instructor)
Voice and Diction
The goal of this class is to improve the student's spoken performance by learning to speak with distinction. We will learn the rules for well-spoken English and apply them through class exercises and outside assignments. The student will improve their ability to be understood in performance and their ability to listen and reproduce the correct sounds of well-spoken English.
Edith Skinner Speak with Distinction [both the book and the accompanying CD]