This course examines the creation of dramatic action and character from the points of view of both the playwright and the actor. Students learn how to analyze and bring dramatic texts to life through a creative process, using the body, voice and imagination.
Classwork includes regular acting exercises designed to develop craft and to give students an understanding of creative and collaborative processes. Homework includes regular rehearsal assignments and theoretical texts, along with practical research and short writing assignments in various modes. Two two-hour class meetings per week. In addition, a lab component (equivalent to two hours per week) puts class study into production context.
Twenty students who attend the first class will be admitted to the course. Pre-registration will be open to a limited number of students on a provisional basis, with additional spaces opened on the first day of class. Notice of those admitted will be posted within 24 hours of the first meeting.
Limited to 20 students. Final admission with consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Bashford.
If Overenrolled: preference given to first-year students, Theater and Dance majors, and a limited number of seniors, with a goal of achieving a balance among class years. No prior experience in Theater and Dance is required.