Through individual and ensemble work, this active and exploratory course introduces students to the essential tasks of the actor’s imagination and technique. We develop vocal, physical, and emotional technique, and engage in exercises that develop and enhance imagination, characterization skills, and empathy. Students apply this work to improvisations, monologue and scene work, movement, storytelling, and other project-based work.
This course continues the training of the actor/student with a focus on scene work, script analysis, devised material, voice, and movement. It allows students to develop an approach to character, text, and story beyond their own culture and experience. Exercises build on Theater Practices and encourage in-depth interpretation and character choices. Vocal and physical training focuses on developing techniques to explore heightened material. Students will develop and workshop a devised piece of new work that will be presented to the T-P community.
This class introduces students to the fundamentals of improvisation. Through exercises and games, students will learn the basic skills of Improv and joy, developing their spontaneity, playfulness, imagination, and confidence. Improv is an essential skill for anyone - and it’s a useful skill for life as well! All classes will be active - you'll be on your feet, learning by doing, in a culture of mutual support and playful risk-taking. We will devise and design work based on class discoveries, and the focus of the class will be project and process-based.
This class is focused on integrating elements of physicality, stage combat, movement techniques, voice, as well as devised theatre. Students explore projects of scripted and non-scripted performance material. Various techniques, philosophies, and exercises are covered, and class work is active, engaging, and movement based. This class is an acting class and students learn and develop safe and dramatically effective techniques of choreographed violence, along with pieces rooted in movement and storytelling. The class provides an opportunity to use the whole self; body, imagination, intellect, voice, and spirit. Students will also be introduced to safe and effective portrayals of violence for the stage and camera. Training and practice of unarmed stage combat skills.
The course is a laboratory for students to gain a deeper understanding of their personal voice and vision, as well as various approaches to manifesting that vision theatrically. Students will write extensively, workshop their plays and learn rewriting techniques. Students will also learn how to direct and stage scenes and short plays. Plays developed in class will be presented to the school community as part of the student directed plays.
This course teaches the discipline and skills necessary for speaking effectively to an audience. Students learn about various kinds of speeches, there style, and their delivery. These include speeches to inform, to persuade, to entertain, to introduce, and other various forms of speech. Students participate in speech making, group discussions, debates, and other project based areas of interest. They also learn the related skills of critical listening, the analysis of the audience’s nature, and the use of rhetoric.