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