The class will involve a combination of theory and practice, equipping the actor with the fundamental tools to create a character. Through exercises, discussion and scene work, the actor will study and actively experience the most well-known acting theories and techniques that aid the "contemporary actor". Techniques and theories from Stanislavski, Chekhov, Strasberg, Adler, Meisner and Hagen in addition to basic scene analysis will assist in allow for exploration into the actor's process. The course will culminate in scene work from contemporary plays, and allow the actor to apply learned techniques throughout the creative process from the initial table read to a final performance. The main objective is to get a firm grip of the fundamentals in order to become a grounded, versatile, adaptable, and well-rounded actor.
On the completion of this component the student should be able to demonstrate
● a knowledge base and fundamental understanding of modern/contemporary acting techniques.
● an ability to break down a scene into workable beats and playable actions.
● an ability to work effectively within a creative group.
● an ability to offer and accept constructive criticism and analysis.
● development of a working “process” in the creation of a character.