Theatre

Course details for Summer 2017 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2016 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

College of Fine Arts

Acting & Performance 1

CFA TH 120

Actors live out stories in which they share the excitement of walking the knife-edge of important life changes. In this introductory class, we encourage playful, on-your-feet exploration of ways to awaken the body to its own sensations, to enliven the voice to its own expressiveness, and to alert the mind to the world going on around it. The class emphasizes the importance of purposeful speaking and active listening between acting partners and includes a guided exploration of how actors sift plays for the active elements that bring them alive. Exploratory exercises culminate in work on a scene from a play. 4 cr.


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Acting & Performance 1

CFA TH 120

Focuses on awareness of the human body and voice as expressive instruments. The approach to acting begins with preparation exercises that connect the actor’s body and mind and then introduces tools for creating character and playing the action of dramatic scenes. Through exercises and improvisations, students increase awareness, strengthen the ability to speak and listen, and practice recognizing and experiencing moment-to-moment acting. The course develops the actor’s imagination and creativity towards truthful, authentic, expressive, spontaneous ‘serious’ play as well as practical aspects of acting with a scene partner, and as the member of an acting ensemble. 4 cr.


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Beginning Directing

CFA TH 240

A consideration and introduction of the basic tasks of play direction from script selection through opening night, emphasizing script analysis and interpretation and their projection into staging, as well as the process of working with a creative design team and an ensemble cast. 2 cr.


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