An Actors Technique: Nuts and Bolts (DRA4127.01)

Dina Janis

How do actors bridge the gap between themselves and the role they are playing? How do actors rehearse with other actors in order to explore the world of the play? This technique class is designed to help individual actors discover their own organic, thorough rehearsal process. Step by step we will clarify the actor’s process: character research, character exploration, text analysis, identifying actions, working with scene partners, emotional preparation, and scene presentation. Students will work to create a warm-up specifically designed to meet their individual needs, and work on one scene throughout the term, allowing them to explore deeply, revise, and edit their choices. Various rehearsal techniques will be explored, so that students can begin creating their own rehearsal technique for future performance work.

Tools needed: Preferably, a device that allows the student to participate during shared class time via Zoom and a solid internet connection for group meetings/rehearsals. Device that allows for downloading of digital written material/scripts. Private space, remote or on-campus, for rehearsal needs where the student can feel free to explore vocally, emotionally and physically.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Entirely remote (synchronous)
Prerequisites:Permission of Instructor.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Drama , Entirely Remote