Introduction to Theater

This course introduces and explores theater from page to stage as a live performing art. This course includes but is not limited to exploring improvisation through warm-ups and exercises that encourage creative behavior. The workshops included in the class are intended to create a sense of companionship between performers and comfort to have a safe space to be vulnerable and open. The course will begin to examine the principles of using your voice. Students will learn how to release body tensions and breathing exercises and begin to articulate using their natural voices. The next step is to create art through the actor's body and movements, so a section of class time is dedicated to pantomiming and creating a story through acting without words. The actor must become aware of themselves and their bodies. We also engage in storytelling through masks, puppetry, and music.

Acting I

Students can creatively work on projects that include performing on the stage and or film. The course provides project opportunities such as lip syncs, commercials, scenes with musical numbers, and creating productions from books or fairytales to perform for younger audiences. These productions consider rehearsals, critiques, making scenery, costumes, and evaluations of each performance. Students work through the rehearsal process and must learn how to direct themselves on stage/ This allows them to become self-aware on the stage and learn about stage directions and blocking through group projects. 

Acting II

Students will explore the process of developing a character by evaluating the character within a play and their role in the story. They will learn to think critically, ask questions and draw conclusions about the character. The course will cover scenes and monologues from different eras such as Greek, Medieval, Commedia' dell Arte, Renaissance, Restoration, Neoclassical, etc. The course will include an introduction to the relevant history and theater-style at the time.