ACT NOW: Explorations in the art of acting

Course Title:  ACT NOW: Explorations in the art of acting

Dates:  September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28: Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10:00-12:00 noon

Location:  Historic Ironwood Theatre, Aurora Street, Ironwood

Course Fee: $50 with $5 discount if registered by August 29, 2017

Objectives:  Students will engage in various acting exercises, scene analysis, and the performance process. They should leave the class with a clearer understanding and appreciation for the role of the actor through exploring their own skills and becoming more confident with their own expression. Focus will be on process—observation skills, assertion of the imagination, ensemble building, and empathic engagement with character. During the last session, students will present a two character scene or monologue for the class and invited friends. on the last day. Class will encourage creative expression, confidence, self-discovery and, hopefully, fun.

Course structure:  The course will be given in eight sessions, each two hours long. The first hour will include physical, vocal, concentration, and observation exercises, including theatre games and improvisation. The second hour will include the process of taking a scene or a monologue from analysis to rehearsal to performance. Activities will include:

  •         Learning the physical basics of stage positions, crosses, focus sharing, etc.
  •         Improvisation and theatre games for building ensemble
  •         Observation assignments and exercises
  •         Vocal work and physical work
  •         “scoring” scenes and monologues; rehearsing to share in the final session

Requirements: Class is open to all with interest in “jumping in” to the process. Past experience is not required. Homework will involve some observation and analysis, as well as memorization. Students should come dressed to move comfortably and freely. Students will receive a “notebook” of terms, and diagrams, a collection of scenes and monologues compiled by the instructor, and a bibliography of acting texts.

Helen Fashbaugh

Instructor: Helen Fashbaugh holds an M.F.A. in theatre from The Ohio State University and undergraduate degrees in Theatre and English from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She has taught theatre, performance, acting, and appreciation on the university and high school level (in addition to high school English for 20 + years). She was Executive/Artistic Director for the Columbus Junior Theatre of the Arts in Ohio for six years in the 80’s before moving to Ironwood, continuing to return to Iowa and Ohio in summers to work in various gifted and talented youth programs. She has directed and held workshops in a variety of community theatres since her university experience. Recent local productions have included Doubt, You Can’t Take it With You, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Eleemosynary, and The Glass Menagerie.