Sensory Exploration/Scene Study (DRA4255.01)

Dina Janis

How do you create imaginary rain or cold or heat? Where are you coming from when you enter a stage from the wings? How do you personalize and endow the set and props your character thinks of as real? What is substitution and how can it help bring the relationships of a play to life? In this class, we will work with the basic canon of sensory exercises designed to give the performer these skills of the imagination and body. We will utilize the improvisational techniques of actress and teacher Kim Stanley to explore place: how one creates place, and how this allows one to achieve the much sought-after privacy in public that allows for greater freedom of expression. We will integrate exercise work into assigned scenes which will be rehearsed and developed throughout the term with a focus on the sensory elements of the craft of acting.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn to communicate, create and engage their imaginations, scene partners and audience through the lens of sensory exploration. They will research specific sensory conditions and learn to listen to their own bodies, inquiring deeply, as they develop ways of bringing imaginary sensory circumstances to life in a given script.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor- previous acting training or movement training encouraged.
Corequisites: Drama Lab
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Drama , Fully In-Person