This course will explore the fundamentals of acting and technique based on the principles of Stanislavsky. The art of acting will be set in its eastern and western cultural contexts. A brief history of the actor will set the stage for the global transformation that Stanislavsky’s “System” for actor training brought to the modern theatre. These techniques and principles will be explored using exercises in relaxation, concentration, breathing, voice, movement, cold reading, script/character analysis, mask work and improvisation. Students will explore the creative and collaborative process of acting culminating in group exercises, monologues, and scene work.
Field WorkCountry: Ireland
Day: 1 - Wednesday, 24 September
Experience the backstage workings of the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland. Have a lecture/discussion with the director or one of the leading actors to prepare the students to appreciate fully the evening’s production event. The post production discussion will take place during the next shipboard class. Academic Objectives: 1. To experience and understand the backstage workings of a professional Irish theatre. 2. To prepare the students with a pre-production discussion so that they can fully appreciate the production they will see. 3. To analyze and critique the theatre production and experience of the Field Trip in a 4 page, critical paper. 4. Awareness of prominent theatre venues and practitioners in selected of the countries we visit.