This class will continue to develop the skills and theory presented in Acting I. Contemporary Scene Study focuses on the performance of scenes from realistic texts and from plays and films using Stanislavsky theory as the basis for character development and scene analysis. Students will hone their skills as actors, beginning to develop a personal practice and an understanding of themselves as performing artists.
More advanced principles of acting will be applied to realistic texts through scene work, exercises, and improvisations. We will begin our exploration of realistic texts with scenes from plays in the American or European Canon of Modern Drama. Character development practices, scene analysis, and the actor's basic approach will continue to be developed. Exercises for further growth of the Actor's Voice and Body based on Lessac Kinesensics will be integrated into class work and daily warmups.
Discussion and critique are an integral part of the process as scene work is done in class.
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