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CT 101 Acting I (Fall/Spring: 3)
Pre-requisites: Instructor’s permission
In Acting I, students train to acquire the essential skills of an actor. Vocal and physical exercises are taught to free the body and voice, and a personal warm-up is developed by each student by the end of the term. Improvisations and ensemble exercises to release emotional spontaneity, to encourage creativity, and to free one’s imagination are also a major component of this class. The final project is the crafting and performance of scenes from the modern theatre repertoire.
Requirements: three papers (warm-up paper, reading response, and character/scene analysis), individual warm-up development, autobiographical story project, final scene, strict attendance policy, and three texts—The Monologue Workshop, The Right to Speak, and The Actor in You.
CT 201 Acting II: Characterization (Spring: 3)
Prerequisites: CT 101
Acting II focuses on tools and techniques essential for the actor. Using improvisation and character development at its core, the class will challenge actors to encounter both monologues and scene work in a new and different way. Actors will use improvisation and physical work from the commedia to build a more elastic sense of their bodies and voices while analyzing text to find clues for building character. Selections include comic scenes, modern realism and Shakespeare. The course culminates in a final performance. This course is only open to theatre majors.
CT 225 Voice for the Stage (Spring: 3)
Prerequisite: CT 101
Voice for the Stage develops the student’s vocal instrument and vocal/physical awareness through exercises designed to release tension in the body, free the breath, and expand the use of resonators and articulators. The voice work will progress from the rediscovery of sound in the body, to the opening of the vocal channel (jaw, tongue, soft palate), to the exploration of resonance and vocal freedom. Speech and dialect work are also a component of this course as the students explore monologues, classical theatre and scenes that require dialects. Kristen Linklater’s voice work is the basis of this course taught by one of her designated teachers. The goal of the course is for the actor to achieve a greater range of expressiveness, vocal agility and a stronger, healthier voice.
Requirements: weekly rehearsals, advanced warm-up, journal writing, classical monologue, dialect scene, and two texts—The Actor Speaks: Voice and Performance by Patsy Rodenburg and Freeding the Natural Voice by Kristen Linklater.
CT 202 Acting Techniques I (Fall: 3)
Prerequisite: CT 101, CT 201 is recommended
Acting Techniques I explores the basic principles of acting through the methods developed by Sanford Meisner. Through his improvisational techniques, the actor’s abilities to work moment by moment and to truthfully live in those moments are developed. A series of exercises takes the student from simple improvisations to advanced ones that challenge the imagination and emotional skill of the actor. During the semester, students apply the expertise acquired through these exercises to two scenes.
Requirements: weekly rehearsal out of class, weekly rehearsal reports, two scenes, two papers (reading response and scene analysis), strict attendance policy, and text—Stanford Meisner on Acting.
CT 300 Acting Techniques II (Spring: 3)
Prerequisites: CT 101, CT 201, and CT 202 or CT 301 and Instructor’s permission
This advanced acting course focuses on the complex concerns facing contemporary actors. Students will work on scenes, monologues, and cold reading techniques that will utilize high level acting skills encountered in various professional theatrical arenas. The characteristics and marketing tools of successful actors will be explored as will various acting techniques encountered in the field. By the end of the semester, student actors will have developed a serious of effective audition pieces, have mastered scenes that explore their personal artistic challenges, and have developed a marketing plan for working in theatre.
As part of this course, there will be visits by actors, photographers, casting directors, etc. and also field trips to shows, auditions, and studios. You will need to have flexibility in your schedule, and I, of course, will search for the most opportune times for these events to occur. Open to junior and senior theatre majors.
CT 301 Acting III (Spring: 3)
Prerequisites: CT 101 and CT 201, as well as some stage experience; permission of the instructor
This advanced acting course examines specific problems in scene study and script analysis. Understanding the text and translating that understanding through performance is the basis of the several scenes that are performed as works in progress.