Curriculum – PATP

Our PATP actors spend 5-6 mornings a week in intensive training. Afternoons and evenings are set aside for rehearsal and performance with PlayMakers and Ground Floor productions, as well as periodic workshops and master classes.

First Year: Foundations

Acting (Drama 720): Use of self; presence, impulse and play; being and doing, actions and objectives; attention to the world of the play and the building of a character, including moment-to-moment awareness and given circumstances.
Voice/Speech/Text (Drama 722): Inspiration (integrating thought, breath, phonation, resonance, and articulation in expressive vocal action); vocal expansion; vocal care and stamina; emotional susceptibility; rhythm, pace, pitch and stress work for clarity of thought through language; introduction to International Phonetic Alphabet; 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): Roles with PlayMakers as cast through auditions with the director or as assigned by PlayMakers; roles with Ground Floor as cast by PATP faculty or as initiated by the actor; readings; auditions.

Second Year: Variation and Transformation

Acting (Drama 721): Application of acting process to a variety of classical and heightened texts including Shakespeare.
Voice/Speech/Dialects (Drama 723): Application of advanced vocal techniques to scene study and classical texts; character voice and character perspective; dialect work beyond personal dialect.
Movement (Drama 725): Body in Space and Time: a physical approach to periods and styles to gain specificity and increase imaginative range; Contemporary Farce, Clown, Comedic Application to Text.
Rehearsal and Performance (Drama 727): Continued work with PlayMakers, Ground Floor, readings and auditions.

Third Year: Taking Ownership

Acting (Drama 728A): Continued and advanced scene work; the business of acting; showcase preparation and presentation; continued work with PlayMakers and Ground Floor.
Voice/Speech (Drama 728V): Continued application of a free and expressive voice to varying contemporary and classical work; camera work; voice-over; individual coaching and tutoring to address specific challenges and interests.
Movement (Drama 728M): Actor as Creator: devising work; creating, producing and performing a solo show.