Level 1: Basics for the Actor

6 weeks, 3 hours a week with additional times for scene rehearsal out of class - $100 per student.

Students will also be required to meet and rehearse with their scene partner outside of class time.

Course Goal/Objectives

The goal of this course is to provide the student with an introductory knowledge and practice of acting. Whether someone has or doesn’t have experience acting on stage or film, on a daily basis almost anyone can classify himself or herself as an actor. This course seeks to provide the student with tools they will not only utilize on stage, but also in the “performing” they do in daily life. Acting is “doing.” Through exercises which engage the student in “doing” real actions, they will gain confidence and a comfortability in making choices on stage and off. By the completion of this course the student will have a basic knowledge and practice of the tools an actor utilizes: warm-up exercises, key terms, analyzing a script, memorizing lines, and rehearsing a scene. Basics for the Actor is an opportunity to try out these tools in a safe, supportive environment. Together we will sharpen those performance skills and experience the joy of acting.

Level 1: Basics for the Actor

The goal of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the knowledge and practice of acting. Level 1 will utilize scene assignments consisting of 2-3 actors per scene, assigned by the instructor for the class. By the completion of this class, students will have a working knowledge of the language utilized in the acting profession, an introductory understanding of performing through actions, the ability to read and analyze a script, and the practical skills to memorize and rehearse a scene. The components of Level 1 are:

Acting Terminology
Understanding Actions for the Actor
Script Analysis for the Actor
Scene Memorization and Rehearsal

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  • Acting Terminology

    All professions have a terminology (a verbal and written shorthand, if you will) of terms and written symbols. Acting is no different. This class will include a visual and verbal roadmap of the words and symbols often utilized by actors and directors in a rehearsal process.

  • Understanding Actions for the Actor

    Acting is Doing! Part of creating purpose on stage is developing a strong vocabulary of action words to motivate the character (in a play, everything from baking a cake, to praising another character, has a purpose in telling the story). Building off the terminology section of the class, this component teaches students how to develop and utilize a strong vocabulary of action words.

  • Script Analysis for the Actor

    All theatre artists utilize some aspect of script analysis in their creative process. However, developing this skillset differs depending on your area of specialization. Script Analysis for the Actor instructs students how to read and study a play as an actor, identifying the given circumstances as well as desires and objectives which drive their character’s actions throughout the play.

  • Scene Memorization and Rehearsal

    How do you memorize all those lines? Scene Memorization and Rehearsal practically answers how to rehearse a scene from memorizing lines to making choices about staging and props. Students are given practical strategies for getting a scene performance ready.

Please note: There are no refunds within three business days of the first class. Once class has started there are no refunds at all if anyone chooses to leave.

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