Sep 26, 2021  
College Catalog 2017-2018 
College Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DRAMA 303-4 — Dramatic Techniques III

8 credits
Full Year

Alexander Technique: Individual and/or group sessions to refine the use of tools learned in the first and second years and their application both on and off the stage. (Undergraduates only)

Character in Motion: This second-semester class involves a series of assignments in character exploration and development. Etudes include “memorable character,” “invented character,” “observed character,” “opposite character,” “archetypes,” “culturally bound,” etc. All character studies are aimed at development of strong point of view in solo and relational forms of expression. (Combined studies)

Jazz Dance: A second-semester course to help achieve complete physical freedom, enhance enjoyment of the body in motion, and find a fuller expression of sensuality. (Combined studies)

Individual Voice Instruction: Actors work in individual sessions with teachers to target challenges that might include dialect, transformation, production demands, and audition material. (Undergraduates only)

Makeup: Through the first semester, students learn basic makeup (including street makeup for women), correcting makeup, and character makeup, including the use of wigs (and facial hair for men), as well as prosthetics. The class is largely a practical workshop and includes the assembling of personal makeup kits suited to individual requirements. (Undergraduates only)

Movement III: A physical acting lab focusing on the development and enrichment of a physically expressive vocabulary using texts and individual imaginative resources. Using exercises and skills learned during the first and second years, students will structure a warm-up routine and continue with exercises that enable a strong connection with both a partner and the group. (Combined studies)

Singing for Performance I: Focus on individual and group coaching geared to an actor based on performance, audition or personal need. (Combined studies)

Speech: Work specifically geared to roles in current productions. (Undergraduates only)

Suzuki Method: Developed by internationally-acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki, the Suzuki Training Method is a rigorous physical discipline drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Greek and Japanese theater, and martial arts. The training seeks to heighten the actor’s emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on stage. Attention is on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening an actor’s breath control and concentration. This course meets in the first semester. (Combined Studies)

Voice: See First Year. (Undergraduates only)