Actor’s Instrument (DRA2139.01)

Dina Janis

An actor honors and bears witness to humanity by embodying and giving voice to the human element in the landscape of theatrical collaboration. Investigating the impulses and intuitions that make us unique as individuals can also identify that which constitutes our shared humanity. Through exploration of the fundamentals of performance, students address the actor’s body, voice, and imagination as instruments for creating drama, conflict, action and story. Course work includes: relaxation techniques, improvisation, basic sensory and imagination exercises, character analysis, and beginning text work. We will read and discuss several plays throughout the term, as well as theory.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn how to collaborate, and develop effective communication and engagement tools in order to do so. Research into dramatic theory and techniques will be a regular part of the class. Students will create their own work in response to various assigned acting roles, improvisations and exercises.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Drama Lab
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Drama , Fully In-Person