1st year acting
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1st Year Acting

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Acting I

  • Apply action-based theory to scene work using materials from Stanislavsky, Seylar and Hagen
  • Focus on concentrated study of Stanislavsky's methods applied to American Realism and Comedy
  • Activate dramatic text by breaking down playable beats of action and physicalizing character's wants and needs
  • Live truthfully within the given circumstances of the play
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Singing Techniques for the Actor

  • Develop the student's skill in basic music theory, proper warm-ups and vocal techniques
  • Expand the actor's musical theatre repertoire
  • Work on proper breath support, sound placement, intonation, rhythm, release of tension and diction.
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  • Barre work
  • Vocabulary
  • Alignment
  • Acquisition and retention of combinations
  • Dance Audition Techniques
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Text Analysis

  • Presents the basic tools for analysis of play texts including plot, given circumstance, structure, character, relationship, language and imagery.
  • Explore how careful text analysis illuminates the choices for actors in preparation for a role

Movement I

  • Connects the student actor with their body as an instrument
  • Begins with 4-5 weeks of body conditioning, strength building and increase of stamina
  • Using impulse work, literal and abstract exploration, students create movement pieces using text and music
  • Laban technique, animal work and physical character creation are key components
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Voice and Speech I

  • Strengthening an actor's vocal power, stamina and sensitivity to emotional impulses through exercise and techniques based on Rodenberg and Berry
  • Develop understanding and command of IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)
  • Applies voice and speech concepts to classical texts
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Shakespeare I

  • Master the basic tools for verse-speaking and performance of Shakespearean texts including rhetorical devices, scansion, rhythm, personalization of imagery, and playing action through language.
  • Students investigate through sonnets, soliloquies, and scenework
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Actor's Lab I

  • Exercise and expand student actor connection to imagination and impulse through story-telling, action, endowment and personalization.
  • Participation in group, partner and individual improvisations from master teachers including Johnstone, Spolin, Benedetti, and Wangh.
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Musical Theatre Ensemble

  • Focuses on the importance of every actor on the stage through work on a musical theatre ensemble piece which is shared with the Conservatory at the end of the term
  • Through projects and essays, students create fully realized characters to exist within the chosen piece
  • Musical Director teaches melodies, harmonies and vocal dynamics which students work to maintain through their performance and characterizations.

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