MASTER CLASS
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Acting in Everyday Life

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Acting in Everyday Life is an introduction to the art and craft of acting.  It is an exploration of the fundamental elements that shape the development of the mind, body, voice, and spirit of the actor/artist.  Given the basic conviction that, in the words of Pablo Picasso, “Every child is an artist, the problem is to remain an artist when one grows up”, this course is dedicated to the journey of discovery that is the creative process of every artist/person.  And given the belief that learning is a lifelong journey of discovery, the integration of the creative process into one’s life is a central theme to the course.  In this class the art and craft of acting are the lenses through which we see and experience our own creative journeys.

MAJOR CONCEPTS and SYLLABUS:

  
Introductions/Major Concepts/Expectations

   PASSION:  What's Love Got to Do With It?

   STORY:  The Journey of Relationships
      ASSIGN:  "Tell Us a Story";

   STORY PRESENTATIONS/Discussion

   RITUAL and PREPARATION
   Observation and Concentration

   The Language of Movement:  The Actor's Body

   PARADOX and the Creative Process
   ASSIGN:  "Child's Play";

   CHILD'S PLAY PRESENTATIONS/Discussion

   Playing the Instrument:  The Actor's Voice
   ASSIGN:  "Making Music";

   Vocal Explorations and Preparation

   MAKING MUSIC PRESENTATIONS/Discussion

   ARTISTIC COLLABORATION
   Music as Text

   DISCIPLINE, DRUDGERY, DEDICATION
   The Monologue and The Work
   ASSIGN:  "A Monologue";

   MONOLOGUE PRESENTATIONS/Discussion
   (Written Character Analysis Due)

   RELATIONSHIP: Working with Others

   Duet Acting Scene Work
   ASSIGN:  "Acting With";

   DUET SCENE Introductory work and exercises

   MUSEUM PIECE
   Introduction of Final Character Project
   ASSIGN:  "Art as Inspiration";

   The World of Your Painting/Character Emerges
   ASSIGN:  "Childhood Memory";

   Childhood Memory Work
   ASSIGN:  "Metaphor and Character";

   METAPHOR/CHARACTER PRESENTATIONS
   ASSIGN:  "Daily Task";

   Daily Task Movement Study Preparation Work

   DAILY TASK PRESENTATIONS
   ASSIGN:  "Letter to My Mother";

   Letter to My Mother and Character Voice Work
   Desires/Obstacle/Secrets/Lies
   ASSIGN:  "Character Voice Exploration";

   VOICE OF CHARACTER PRESENTATIONS
   ASSIGN:  "Original Monologue";

   Original Monologue Work Sessions/Character Analysis Due

   FINAL EXAM: Original Monologue Performance
       "Pulling It All Together":
            Body/Voice/Mind

 

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