THEA 254
Division I

Class Details

This course is an advanced acting class where students explore the integration of performance and vocal expression. Through the process of integrating voice work and physical acting methods, students develop the breath to support their play, availability, intention, and objectives. The goal is to inspire students to listen and respond with the whole body, to allow action to have voice at any moment, and for the voice to be fully supported by the body. It is an embodied practical class where we will explore the power of voice and its range: the quiet intimate voice, the sung and deep voice, and the dance of articulation via heightened contemporary texts. Overall the goal is to integrate intention and action via breath and voice. Time outside of class to develop a practice is required. Physical engagement, reading, writing, and spoken reflection are core components of the class. Students will also be lead in the process of examining and developing a decolonizing practice to do with our relationship to time and product.
The Class: Format: studio; On Fridays students will work independently in small groups.
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 3203
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Weekly one-page reflection papers, bi-weekly readings, in-class presentations of one short physical theatre solo, one monologue, and one scene. Evaluation will be based on attendance, level of engagement in all studio exercises, participation in class discussion about artistic process, and demonstration of growing vocal and physical articulation.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites.
Enrollment Preferences: Enrollment preferences will be theatre majors and prospective theatre majors.
Distributions: Division I

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