Scene Study & Shakespeare

The course will focus on the creation of character.  By means of improvisation, concentration exercises and theater games, the class will attempt to The course will culminate in the presentation of scenes, full length plays or screenplays from the modern and contemporary theater, film or television.  In addition, the student will research one of the twentieth-century acting theorist – for example, Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Artaud, Brecht, Strasberg, Grotowski, Spolin, Bogard, Meisner, etc and will give a brief oral report of their method and secrets.

The techniques of performing heightened language are studied and practiced, primarily using Shakespeare’s language. There will be the exercises developed by the instructor and by the Royal Shakespeare Company over many years. Techniques to guide actors through analysis, vocal support, preparation and performance of Shakespeare’s language will be studied.