Acting I: A Universal Vocabulary

Discipline: Drama
Instructor: Kahn
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1550
End: 1710
Field Work: Day 5 - Takoradi - 14 April | Ghana Download Syllabus

Students will learn the fundamental demands of the acting process and how these elements pertain to their communication techniques both on and beyond the stage. Student actors will engage in focus and concentration development, understanding and developing the actor’s instrument (body, voice, soul,
mind), improvisation, partner work, ensemble work, scene analysis and performance. Special focus will be given to the identification, development and expression of each student defining their personal artistry through the acting process. An additional emphasis will be placed on the theory that acting is the world’s universally shared language, thus students will be asked to apply their unique international perspectives acquired on this voyage. Students will be expected to attend live performances in several of these countries and will have a variety class assignments based on these experiences.

Field Work

Country: Ghana
Day: 5 - Takoradi - 14 April

Students will partake in an African drumming and dance workshop under the direction of the renowned Afrique Dance Ensemble. Established in 1993, this group has been actively involved in the promotion of African and Ghanaian cultural heritage through traditional music and dance. Led by young and vibrant directors, this ensemble has performed widely in Ghana as well as other African countries. Its rich repertoire includes Ghanaian folk/traditional music and dance as well as Senegalese, Malian and Guinean traditional dance pieces fused with more contemporary movements. The workshop will actively engaged students in the foundational elements of storytelling through dance and drumming and culminate in a performance by the Ensemble. Through participation in this workshop, students will observe firsthand the importance of drumming and dance in African storytelling and learn about how these are vehicles to communicate cultural beliefs, rites and rituals. Above all, students will have immersed themselves in “Acting” from a completely different perspective than western performance and storytelling. Academic Objectives:

  1. Students will be exposed to the cultural history and importance of African Drumming and Dance.
  2. Students will kinesthetically experience African Drumming and Dancing.
  3. Students will be challenged to compare the “Acting” in African Drumming and Dance to the Acting they are learning in the Acting I course aboard SAS Spring 2014.