Summer Institute : Theater : Core Curriculum

Theater Core Curriculum

All students in Theater will participate in a core foundation of:

  • Acting Studio
    In acting studio we will use script analysis and the Stanislavski method of acting to have you working truthfully, deeply and collaboratively.  Professional actos and playwrights will teach you how to honor your impulses, break scenes down into beats, work with action and intention and objective, navigate obstacles, as well as develop full and complex characters.
  • Voice + Speech
    Learn how to speak vividly and with distinction! Speaking on stage requires more nuance, precision and energy than speaking in real life.  Students will have the opportunity to both work with scripts, poetry and even have the opportunity to write their own truth and then speak it aloud with passion, intention and clarity
  • Movement
    Movement classes will teach you to use your whole body while you act.  Never again feel like your only acting from the waist up.  Justin Jain will teach you Suzuki, Viewpoints and Laban and will have you acting from your feet to your fingertips, all alive with character, truth and intention.
  • Improvisation
    Nothing unlocks your impulse and frees an actor’s creativity like improvisation.  These classes, based on long form improv, get you learning to be in the moment, to really listen to your fellow actors and make big and bold choices.
  • Collaborative (you create new pieces of theater with other students)

 

Students will choose one track of focus:

Acting Elective
You will expand your skills as an actor while learning how to collaborate and develop skills in script analysis, character development and impulse work. You will also learn how to use your voice, body, heart and mind to tell a story.
Students in the Acting elective will participate in the following courses:

  • Stage Combat
  • Mask Work
    Actors need to be in touch with their impulses and open and supple enough to use them.  Mask work unlocks and imagination. You will work with character masks, commedia dell’arte masks and venture into the world of clowning.  All this work will free you when you work out of masks with scripts in your acting studio classes.
  • Shakespeare

 

Musical Theater Elective
You will expand your skills as an actor, dancer and singer while learning about the collaborative nature of creating theater. You will learn how to use a script, music and choreography to tell a musical theater story.
Students in the Musical Theater elective will participate in the following courses:

  • Singing
  • Dancing
    As important as movement work, is learning how to express yourself through choreography.  Dance classes will cover jazz, tumbling and Broadway style dance and teach choreography that challenges all levels.
  • Performing a Song
    In these daily classes you will unleash the power of your voice.  You will learn vocal techniques to improve your singing award winning vocalists.  You will also learn how to connect to a lyric and use music to tell a story.  You will apply all you learn in Acting Studio to activate a song and enliven a character through music.

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THEATER 2014 SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Course information below is for the 2014 program. Information for the 2015 program coming soon.

You will have a unique schedule based on your area of interest. All students are also expected to attend field trips, rehearsals and guest performances on Saturdays. Commuters please take note of mandatory class times  as you consider your transit schedule.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

7am -
9am

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Brunch

Brunch

9am – 11am

Movement

Voice + Speech

Improv

Voice + Speech

Master Class with Pig Iron

Visiting Artist

-

11am – 12pm

Improv

Acting Seminar

Voice + Speech

 Improvisation Seminar

Master Class with Pig Iron

Playwriting or Broadway Dance

-

12pm –  1pm

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Optional Field Trip

1pm – 3pm

Acting

Dance

Acting

Dance

Acting

Playwriting or Broadway Dance

Optional Field Trip

3pm – 4:30pm

Vocal Performance

Mask

Vocal Performance

Mask

Vocal Performance

Free Time

Optional Field Trip

4:30pm -
5:30pm

Work Generator

Work Generator

Work Generator

Work Generator

Work Generator

Free Time

Dinner

5:30pm -
7:30pm

Free Time

Work Generator

Herringbone at Flashpoint

Work Generator

Free Time

Activities with CAS

Activities with CAS

 


 

 

 

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