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): Active/cyclical breathing; alignment; expansive intention; warm-up; pitch and stress work; 360 degree resonance; vocal care and stamina; emotional susceptibility; improving speech detail; introduction to International Phonetic Alphabet; Detailed American pronunciation in varying contemporary and classical styles; text/rhetorical analysis.
Movement (Drama 724): Balance, physical/psychological extension, flexibility, stress/adaptive strategies, sensory acuity. Empty handed combat; circus skills.
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): Fall semester: Suzuki and Viewpoints. Spring semester: masking (neutral/character) increasing physical and imaginative range, understanding how movement creates meaning.
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): Fall Semester: Viewpoints and Composition. Spring semester: T’ai Chi Ch’uan for the actor.
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:
- Pat McCorkle (McCorkle Casting)
- Daniel Swee (Lincoln Center Theatre)
- Jay Binder (Binder Casting)
- Jandiz Estrada (NBC Casting)
- Stephanie Klapper (Stephanie Klapper Casting)
- Angela Mickey (Liz Lewis Casting)
- Jessica Myhr (Inherent Style)
- Julie Tucker (Julie Tucker Casting)
- Liz Woodman (Liz Woodman Casting)
- Heidi Griffiths (NY Public Theater)
- Mary Harden and Nancy Curtis (Harden/Curtis Associates)
- Mark Schlegel (Cornerstone Talent Agency)
And creative artists such as: