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This course is no longer being offered.

Course Description

Acting is about doing! Students of all experience levels will develop valuable acting, collaboration and communication skills. This is a useful, challenging and fun exploration of the art of acting.

EXPLORE your unique potential. Develop the physical, vocal, emotional and intellectual skills, which enable the performer to work freely and joyfully.
CREATE a warm supportive collaborative environment that contributes to individual and group growth and discovery.
EXPAND familiarity with the work of diverse playwrights and performance theorists.
DEVELOP a knowledge and appreciation for performance and facing personal challenges in a supportive atmosphere.

Explore performance techniques. Devise. Practice:

Students will practice acting techniques through in-depth scene study, collaborative group performance, improvisation and engaging readings. Each class will include active acting exercises designed to move everyone forward regardless of experience or ability. Students will work on scenes from plays. Through scene study students will develop characters, identify objectives, apply performance techniques and design set, costume and lights for each scene. In groups students will devise original performance pieces. Working on specific exercises with specific objectives, students will gain understanding of how to practice, teach and further develop performance techniques. Performance theories and practices are drawn from writers including Marina Caldarone, David Ball and Sonia Moor, among others.

Analyze plays as you bring them to life:

Students will work on scenes from a variety of plays. Through careful text analysis, students will explore how to bring different material to life. Students will learn to identify the objectives of characters within scenes as well as analyze the historical context of the play and of character’s lives. In class and in rehearsals students will apply different techniques to diverse playwrights which may include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Julia Cho, Kenneth Lonergan.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

- Develop collaboration skills with other students: students actively collaborate with groups as well as individual partners. Through rehearsals, in and outside of class, students will actively practice creating performances through collaborations. Inspirational writers include (among others) Augusto Boal and Keith Johnstone.

- Develop communication skills: students will learn about vocal production techniques by reading Patsy Rodenburg (among others). In class, students will practice vocal and public speaking techniques.

- Identify what makes good audition material: audition techniques are developed through “Mock” audition practice. In class students will learn how to make effective presentations.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CETA0927
  • Length: 3 weeks

Program Information

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Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences, offering over 200 non-credit courses, one- to four-weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2020.

Program cancelled.

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