DRAMA 115-6 — Rehearsal Projects I
Fall and Spring
Faculty and Visiting Directors
In the fall, actors collaborate on the Discovery Project, working on a play by Shakespeare. Through close reading of the text and physical improvisation, they discover and embody the story of the play as an ensemble. Next comes Approaching the Play, a six-week course in script and character analysis in which students apply themselves to identifying a play’s theme, structure, and character relationships. By examining the work as a whole, students will be better prepared to approach a specific role and do useful research and homework for rehearsal.
In the spring, students are cast in two plays and rehearse them under the guidance of faculty and professional directors. These rehearsal projects are laboratory exercises for exploring an actor’s process and are not aimed toward performance results. Although the work is shared with an audience of fellow students and faculty, they are not “produced,” but rather presented in a room with only basic rehearsal clothes, props, and furniture.