Use of guided movement explorations, partner work,, readings, and discussion to explore structural and, functional aspects of the body and anatomy with, the goal of increasing efficiency of movement and, physical coordination. Use of imagery supports, dynamic alignment, breath, mobility/stability,, relaxation, and partner work including massage,, with a main focus on the skeletal system and, elements of muscle and organ systems, as well as, the relationship between the body and, psychological/emotional patterns. Extensive, journal writing.
The fundamentals of acting, including, physicalization, text analysis, objectives and, actions, rehearsal techniques. Development of, skills through class exercises and the rehearsal, and performance of short projects and, two-character scenes. Writing assignments, including script analyses, character biographies,, peer reviews, performance reviews, observation, exercises, journals.
This class will introduce students to a range of, vocal and physical techniques for creative, expression in performance. Through a series of, exercises, trainings, and performances, students, will have the opportunity to reduce habitual, tensions, connect their movement and voice to, imagery and text, and increase the strength,, flexibility, and dynamic of their voices and, bodies in performance. The class will cover, techniques drawn from a wide variety of voice and, movement philosophies including Linklater, Suzuki,, Grotowski, Alexander, yoga, and others.
The aesthetics, processes, and challenges of, creating performance environments for stages and, performers. The scenographer imagines and, constructs visual worlds for theatrical, storytelling with an emphasis on scene and costume, design, but considering all visual elements of the, stage, including architecture, lighting, props., Historical exploration of production aesthetics, from classical Greek through the 18th century, Restoration genres, research into historical, performance environments and the texts they, supported, project work in creating new, performance environments for historical texts.
Examination of modern and contemporary, performance in a global context through case, studies of significant non-Western theatre, artists and performances. Regional geographies, will include East Asia, Africa, South America,, and the Middle East. Investigation of theatre and, performance within contexts of postcolonialism,, transculturalism, political upheaval, and global, exchange. Topics include trauma and the problem, of memory; theatre for social change; the, politics of theatrical space; hybridity. Students, will analyze performance theories from a range of, cultures and theatrical contexts; read widely in, global dramatic literature; explore contemporary, performances from diverse cultures; and assess, the interplay of culturally specific aesthetic, values within a global marketplace.
Capstone course in the major focused on the, presentation of a creative project or presentation, combined with a written thesis. Creative work in, acting, directing, playwriting, and design is, showcased in the spring Theatre Thesis Festival., The capstone experience should represent the, culmination of a student's work within his or her, major concentration as well as an opportunity to, move that work forward. All students must receive, faculty approval for capstone projects, normally, in the fall semester prior to the Senior Seminar, in the spring.