The Actor’s Instrument (DRA2170.02, section 2)

Janis Young

The heart of an actor can give life to virtually anything, the Japanese actor, Yoshi Oida, states. There is one vitality springing from a quickened, intuitive center that inspires performer and audience alike. This vivid expression is shaped by the mining of performance skills. As actors we grow through the process.

Using the touchstone of creative imagination we will explore the actor’s physical and psychological instrument, in ways that include vocal centering, sensory awareness, multi focus, character analysis, emotional preparation, what it is to inhabit a role charged with faith filled moments and, throughout, what it is to play an action. There will be weekly warm ups, weekly reading assignments, discussion and written response to four plays, rehearsal and presentation of one self-written character monologue and one scene.

Corequisites: Dance or Drama lab assignment

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 4
M 10:00am - 11:50am; Th 10:00am - 11:50am
Maximum Enrollment: 16
This course is categorized as 2000, All courses, Drama, Four Credit, Janis Young, Monday and/or Thursday Mornings, Updates.