Department of Theatre & Dance
Courses in Performance
Survey the concepts and practices of contemporary theater as an artistic collaboration & a profession. Learn to think like a playwright, director, actor or designer for the theater.
Areas of focus include: performance art, solo performance, audition technique
Develop performance power, skills & discipline through techniques in the presentation of monologues & scenes. Take risks, tap into your creativity and gain an appreciation of the art of the actor!
Part design, part performance: the art of the puppeteer, toy theater artist and
Approach theater intuitively & spontaneously. Learn to think creatively on your feet in this practical course which develops skills for the performer in physical theater and ensemble performance.
An exploration of physical violence for the stage from Shakespeare to the present. Instruction in safety & methodologies of armed and un-armed stage fighting.
Review Vaudeville and Minstrel shows to today’s Broadway shows with a focus on lyricists, composers, choreographers, directors and producers.
Immerse yourself in period & style of important & formative expressions in performance. Collaborate on the development of a theater & dance performance piece.
Explore the process of bringing a script to the stage. Develop your own concept as a theater director. Learn about script analysis, casting, rehearsal process and performance. Explore the relationships of working with actors & designers
Develop your body as an expressive instrument through yoga/centering, acrobatics, circus techniques and more!
Learn about how the actor’s voice is used: develop breath, power, range and clarity in your voice through extensive exercises and presentations of text, poetry and children’s literature.
With a focus on the actor’s physical presence, actions over language and use of gesture, training is in the physical relationship between performers and the stage.
Explore the work of a playwright in the creation and performance of an original script.
Become an expressive, creative and informed Shakespearean actor. Learn scansion, verse structure, rhetoric, language imagery & performance style + the discipline of the professional actor!
Explore text & the profession of the actor through challenging performance studies. Develop a personal approach to acting. Increase your range as an actor!
A practical course in performing classical and highly stylized forms of theater: how to perform poetic or heightened language and movement as a continuation of acting training.
Work with a professional company in performance, production, management or administration.
Develop your own study of an aspect of Theater or Performance not covered by department courses. Examples: audition technique, voice over recording
Capstone project in an aspect of theater of special interest to the student in research, production or a special topic
Attend theater performances and backstage tours in London! Experience some of the world’s best theater and dance while living in vibrant London for 3 weeks!
Focussing on the comedies & histories, learn about characters with complicated and engaging perspectives
Focusing on the great tragedies and romances, with guest artist performances and workshops from the American Shakespeare Center, gain a sense of Shakespeare’s artistry