Performance-focused Courses

ATH112. Acting I. (Fall; Albert. Winter; Culbert). Designed to engage the aspiring actor in developing performance power, technique, and discipline, including self-discovery, in-depth character exploration, and textual analysis. Understanding what goes into actions, objectives, and given circumstances will be part of the process of beginning monologue and scene work. Appreciation of theater as a profession through learning how to prepare and see other performances. It will require an open heart and mind in order to have the opportunity to take risks, challenge oneself, and be creative.

ATH125. Improvisation I. (Spring; Culbert). This class allows the individual and the group to explore through intuitive creative ways a physical, emotional, and spontaneous form of approaching theatre. This course prepares the performer for advanced training techniques by focusing attention on freeing the body to communicate. Emphasis will be placed on spatial awareness and control, physical characterization and developing performing skills in gestural relationships, kinesthetic response, tempo and character dynamics. Theatre games and a variety of improvisation methodologies will be used in the practice of performance discipline, risk taking, and collaboration on stage.

ATH128. Stage Combat. (Spring, Finlay). An exploration of physical violence on the stage from the classical to the contemporary. The basic techniques of unarmed Stage Combat will be introduced as well the use of the Medieval Quarterstaff and Elizabethan Rapier. Students at the conclusion of the course will be expected to be able to choreograph a safely executed fight for the stage from an existing play.

ATH140. American Musical Theatre and Dance. (Same as ADA-140) (Fall; Moutillet). This course is an introduction to the American Musical from Vaudeville and Minstrel Shows to today’s contemporary Broadway shows. Through lectures, video viewing and workshops, students will learn an historical background focusing on the work of lyricists, composers, choreographers, directors, and producers. This unique American entertainment art form reflects American diversity and culture, changing times, values and trends. No prerequisite.

ATH150. Staging Exploration in Theatre and Dance. (Same as ADA-150) (Not offered 2014-2015). This course is based on the close examination of a particular period or theme of multi-disciplinary artistic production that will offer students an immersion into important developments in performative expressions. This course explores dynamic movements in the artistic avant-garde, its historical background, and its principal creators in theatre, dance, and associated performing arts; through discussions, lectures, studio work, and collaborative creation. The resulting collaboration will be produced and performed at Yulman Theatre. No prerequisite.

ATH151. Directing I. (Fall; Finlay). Students explore the process of bringing the script and the director’s concept to the stage by working with actors through casting, script analysis, rehearsal, and performance. Previous acting experience (in class or in production) required.

ATH230. Movement for Actors. (Not offered 2014-2015). Development of the actor’s body as an expressive instrument. Yoga/centering exercises, acrobatics, and circus techniques are explored to achieve a flexible, free, strong, and restfully alert body on stage. Contemporary and period character development through movement.

ATH231. Voice for the Stage. (Fall; Culbert). This is a studio performance course in vocal technique for the stage or other performance media. Class work will include daily physical and vocal limbering designed to develop a free and natural speaking voice. Extensive exercises for the breath, resonation and articulation will be given to develop an awareness and appropriate use of the voice. In class presentations of scripted material, extracts from dramatic literature, and readings of stories or poetry put into practice the techniques of this performance course. Instruction in dialect work for the stage will be included. Examinations will include presentations of memorized text following a vocal workout program in the Linklater method.

ATH235. Physical Theatre. (Winter; Moutillet). This course emphasizes the development of the actor’s body as an expressive instrument. Focus is primarily on the actor’s physical presence, actions as apposed to language, and the use of gestures. Students will be trained in techniques that focus on building strength, flexibility, and improvisation skills; targeting interactions between performers and visual elements to create scenic imagery; and will study a wide range of styles, including dance-theatre, movement theatre, masks, and video projections of live interactions with props and scenery. We review European, Japanese, and American styles of physical expression to broaden their theatrical vocabulary. The course will culminate in a collaborative creation produced and performed at the Yulman Theatre as part of the Winter Dance Concert. No prerequisite.

ATH 325. Acting Shakespeare. (Not offered 2014-2015). The demands of Shakespeare in performance in this class will include active work on scansion, verse structure, rhetoric, language imagery, as well as text analysis and character analysis in a professional discipline of role preparation and rehearsal process for individual (monologue) and partnered (scene) work. It is assumed that the student taking this course is prepared and willing to challenge him/herself in order to become an expressive, creative and informed Shakespearean actor. A variety of contemporary methods of actor training will be reviewed and used as a process of performance preparation. Prerequisite: ATH112 or permission of the instructor. GenEd: LCC

ATH 342. Acting II. (Spring; Culbert). Students review skills learned in earlier acting classes with a higher degree of emphasis on performance. Focus on in-depth textual analysis – discovering the inner workings of a play, of scenes, monologues, and character choices. Students will gain an understanding of the work of a professional actor, and the discipline of the theatre business. Prerequisite: ATH112 or permission of the instructor.

ATH/ADA 370. Theatre or Dance Internship.  As a professional work/study experience, students can elect to pursue a specific area of interest in a one-term internship with a professional theatre or dance company.  The precise form of this project will vary with the student and area of focus within the department, but may include production, performance, management, or administrative work in the field or other projects approved by the faculty.  Appropriate credit is granted upon completion of the internship.  This course will be taken Pass/Fail.  An appropriate Departmental faculty member will be assigned to oversee the internship.  Students planning on applying for ATH-3670 Theatre Internship or ADA- 370 Dance Internship approval will be expected to complete a Departmental form which must be submitted to the Chair ideally no later than the fifth week of the term prior to the internship term.  Appropriate advisement and guidance will be available to the student.  Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing + approval of Departmental Chair.

DANCE TECHNIQUE

LONDON MINI-TERM ABROAD

ATH105. Special Topics. Topics chosen according to faculty and student interests. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Solo Performance

Performance Art

Movement Theatre

ATH490-494. Theatre Independent Study 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. For the junior or senior student who has demonstrated the ability to work independently, this one term project may be proposed to a sponsoring faculty member. This course may be repeated up to five times, as independent or interrelated studies. It is expected that this student-initiated project is designed to allow the student to gain experience through independent research, study, or practical studies that could not otherwise be gained in the curriculum. Projects must be proposed at least a term in advance. By permission of sponsoring faculty only.

Audition Technique

Playwriting

Voiceover Recording