ADVANCED THEATRE

Acting

The major component of this course entails participation and performance in three full productions over the course of the year. In addition, students are given a concrete technique for approaching Shakespeare and Chekhov. Students are taught how to identify the defining characteristics of each period and use them in creating a character. Specific attention is placed on maintaining organic honesty within the work while adopting the necessary mannerisms of the style. Finally, students will compare and contrast the theories of Stanislavski, Strasberg, Adler, Meisner, Hagen and Macy with the aim of creating a personalized technique for approaching acting.

Voice and Speech

This unit allows the students to vocally explore classical text from the Elizabethan period (Shakespeare) and the Edwardian age (Chekhov). Students are given a concrete set of vocal tactics to successfully navigate complex passages while organically revealing the emotional throughline of the text in an honest, natural fashion.

Audition

This unit is designed to provide the students with the skills and confidence to successfully audition and perform professionally. Students receive detailed instruction on the necessary components of a professional resume as well as how and where to acquire headshots. This course also focuses on providing the students with appropriate monologues to be used at both college interviews and professional auditions. A wide variety of audition material is utilized to ensure familiarity with industry expectations. Industry workshops will be conducted by professional guest speakers on producing, directing, casting, lighting, sound design, costume design and production design and union membership.

History and Theory

This unit entails a detailed examination of the historical origins of theatre, the development of genres within the discipline, significant artists who have contributed to the growth of theatre and current trends in contemporary theatre. Specific attention was paid to the following periods: Greek and Roman theatre, Medieval Theatre and the Mystery Cycles, Elizabethan theatre, Restoration theatre, Realism/Naturalism and Modernism.