THEA 209
Realism: Scene Study
Last Offered Spring 2022
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

A studio in the acting, craft, and performance of realism. How do we perform in the present moment? How do we act with purpose and intention? What makes something look and feel like it is happening for the first time? When might acting require us to do less rather than more? In this studio, we will explore tools and methods used by actors to tell truthful stories and convey the close imitation of reality on stage. Beginning with basic techniques and exercises, we will move into more advanced scene studies based on short scenes from works by contemporary U.S. playwrights, including: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Bess Wohl, Amy Herzog, Annie Baker, Dominique Morisseau, Eboni Booth, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Lauren Yee, Mona Mansour, Martyna Majok, Taylor Mac, and others. As a contribution to the class, students will conduct and share independent research on the genre of realism and its expression within various forms of time-based visual media, including theatre, film, TV, and social media. As a final project, students will perform two- or three-person scenes in front of an invited audience.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 3900
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly journal writing; active participation in class exercises and discussion; independent research and 15-minute group oral presentation; a midterm, off-book performance of a short scene; a final, off-book performance of a longer scene
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors, preference given to those who have taken Thea 101. Otherwise please contact instructor for permission.
Distributions: Division I

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