First Year: Foundations
Acting (Drama 720): Action and objective, personalization and creative use of self, affective memory, moment-to-moment awareness, given circumstances, “targets”; beginning acting for the camera.
Voice/Speech/Text (Drama 722): The Active Breath; alignment; vocal expansion; reliable warm-ups; pitch and stress work for language clarity; vocal care and stamina; emotional susceptibility; improved speech detail; introduction to International Phonetic Alphabet; Detailed American English pronunciation in varying contemporary and classical styles; text/rhetorical analysis.
Movement (Drama 724): Body as Instrument: corporeal awareness and presence, releasing tension, knowing and breaking habitual patterns, strength and flexibility, psychology manifested in the body, character transformation, ensemble building. Utilizing Yoga, Lecoq (neutral and basal mask) Grotowski’s physical metaphor, Laban and Viewpoints
Rehearsal and Performance (Drama 726): Appropriate roles with PlayMakers Repertory Company, studio productions, and rehearsal projects.
Second Year: Variations
Acting (Drama 721): Application of acting process to a variety of classical and formal texts including Shakespeare; continuing use of camera.
Voice/Speech/Dialects (Drama 723): Application of advanced vocal technique to scene study, classical texts, and demanding performance spaces; develop an approach to character voice and character perspective; explore dialect and accent study that applies advanced use of International Phonetic Alphabet.
Movement (Drama 725): Body in Space and Time: a physical approach to periods and styles to gain specificity and increase imaginative range: Greek, Elizabethan/Jacobean, Restoration (Fall); Contemporary Farce, Clown, Post Modern: Beckett, Brecht, Grotowski, Suzuki (Spring)
Rehearsal and Performance (Drama 727): Continuing work at PlayMakers Repertory Company, studio productions, and rehearsal projects.
Third Year: Synthesis
Acting (Drama 728A): Self-scripting; the business of acting; showcase preparation and presentation in New York City; continuing use of camera; appropriate roles with PlayMakers Repertory Company; projects.
Movement (Drama 728M): Actor as Creator: devising work with an ensemble (Fall), creating a solo show (Spring)
Voice/Speech (Drama 728V): Camera integration including commercial & scene technique, auditions, and original film projects. Refining and integrating performance skills on and off stage; basic microphone and voiceover technique.
Course of Study is supplemented by workshops and special classes taught by distinguished guests. Past workshops include:
- Career Consulting with TV/Film Celebrity Tony Hale.
- On-camera audition Master Class with Jandiz Estrada of NBC Television.
- Commercial casting Master Class with Angela Mickey of Liz Lewis Casting and Jenny Schmidt an LA-based casting professional and actor.
- Workshops with casting directors Pat McCorkle, Jack Doulin, Stephanie Klapper, Paul Davis of Calleri Casting, Erica Arvold, Daniel Swee of Lincoln Center Theatre, Jay Binder, Julie Tucker, Liz Woodman, Heidi Griffiths of NY Public Theater.
- Professional Image Workshop with Jessica Myhr of Inherent Style.
- Professional Business Workshop with New York actor Jennifer Mudge.
- Eve, a commissioned play for the PATP by New York playwright (and UNC alumna) Bekah Brunstetter.
- Clown workshops with Christopher Bayes and Lucas Caleb Rooney.
- Workshops with agents Mark Schlegel of Cornerstone, Don Birge of Stewart Talent, Marilynn Scott Murphy of Professional Artists, and Michael Kirsten and Nancy Curtis of Harden/Curtis.
And other creative artists such as: