Acting Technique Courses

Each drama course can be taken on-line, using the same process as any academic on-line course.  Critique is provided on your recorded progress made throughout the course.  Each drama course follows a different approach to dramatic technique, therefore each course is unique.

 

  • Drama 10:  You will work to develop dramatic technique in an analytical way.  Instead of working face to face with other students and an instructor, you will be exploring the art of acting on your own, primarily through intellectual work with your text.  The focus in this course is on examining a character by examining the text of the play. This approach was developed by Uta Hagen, and is very accessible for students who already excel in English class.  

 

Drama 10 Assignments and Curriculum

 

  • Drama 11:  You will focus on exploring the life of the character. You will explore a Russian-centric approach to character development, creating the character naturally over a long process.  The theorist we will be following in this course is Konstantin Stanislavski. Offshoots of his theory became what is today known as “Method Acting.”

 

Drama 11 Assignments and Curriculum

 

  • Drama 12:  You will be challenged to integrate modern movement theory with your dramatic technique. You will be studying a process known as Psychological Gesture to create your performance in a simple, intuitive way. You will also explore movement theory created by Rudolf Laban, which is meant to help you see and understand your character using shapes. Instead of working face to face with other students and an instructor, you will be exploring the art of acting on your own. But don't worry, you aren't alone.

Drama 12 Assignments and Curriculum 

Company or Ensemble Technique Courses

 

Each of these courses requires students to be engaged in a combined 60 hours of performance and rehearsal, with a studio, dance company or theatre company. The focus of these courses is exploring and experiencing the world of putting on a production.  Not as much specialized acting technique is provided in these courses, as students will be working with a director and it is critical that they not be working against the director's expectations or vision.

 

  • Theatre Company 10:  You will develop an actor's workbook for your character in a production, or alternatively an understudy role.  You will track your progress from cold read through to your actual performance, and reflect upon what you learned throughout it.  In addition you will be encouraged to explore the various ways you can protect yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally, as you put yourself out there to share your art publicly. You will learn about the various roles in a theatre company, beyond that of actor.

Theatre Company 10 Assignments and  Curriculum

 

  • Theatre Company 11:  You will develop an actor's workbook for your character in a production, or alternatively an understudy role.  You will track your progress from cold read through to your actual performance, and reflect upon what you learned throughout it.  In addition you will be encouraged to explore the various ways you can protect yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally, as you put yourself out there to share your art publicly. You will learn about the audition process and how you can prepare for it.

Theatre Company 11 Assignments and Curriculum

  • Theatre Company 12:  You will develop an actor's workbook for your character in a production, or alternatively an understudy role.  You will track your progress from cold read through to your actual performance, and reflect upon what you learned throughout it. In addition you will be encouraged to explore the various ways you can protect yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally, as you put yourself out there to share your art publicly. You will learn about the entrepreneurial nature of performing arts, and steps you can take to share your art and make an income.

Theatre Company 12 Assignments and Curriculum

Musical Theatre Courses

 

You will develop acting and singing skills in a unique way. Instead of working face to face with other students and an instructor, you will be exploring the art of acting and the technique of music theory on your own. But don't worry, you aren't alone. The course was created by a professional musical theatre performer and includes videos, lectures and examples to demonstrate the processes and skills you will be developing throughout the course. As you explore the text material and the videos, you will be supported by a professional performer.

Musical Theatre 10 Assignments and Curriculum

Musical Theatre 11 Assignments and Curriculum

Musical Theatre 12 Assignments and Curriculum