Fall 2007

The Actor's Instrument

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-37


Peter T. Lobdell (Section 01)


Technical issues of the body, voice, will, and imagination for the actor; exercises and readings in acting theory. Introduction of techniques to foster physical and emotional concentration, will and imaginative freedom. Exploration of Chekhov psycho-physical work, Hagen object exercises, Spolin and Johnstone improvisation formats, sensory and image work, mask and costume exercises, and neutral dialogues. The complex interweaving of the actor's and the character's intention/action in rehearsal and performance is the constant focus of the class. Three two-hour class meetings per week. Requisite: Theater and Dance 13. Limited to 16 students. First semester. Resident Artist Lobdell.