Curriculum – PATP

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.

Guest Workshops

Course of Study is supplemented by workshops and special classes taught by distinguished guests. Past workshops include:

And other creative artists such as: