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.

Learning Outcomes:
Inquiry into one's own technique as well as the world of the play and dramatic theory serve as a base for this process class. Students will learn to engage deeply, communicate their thoughts, research their ideas, and create compelling and original work that reflects this rigor.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Previous 2000 level acting technique class.
Corequisites: Drama Lab
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Drama , Fully In-Person