This course utilizes monologues as the primary texts by which student-actors will be introduced to the fundamentals of acting. The core course training combines a range of acting and movement techniques (i.e., the System, the Method, Suzuki and Viewpoints) with Afrocentric systems of voice and movement training. Critical skills include: Physical Articulateness, Breathing/Vocal Control, Concentration and Focus, Language and Musicality, Research and Contextualization, While our primary focus is on acting training, we will take time to examine a range of plays with regard to form, content and historical context. Our goal is to discover and devise ways to use this information in support of the required monologue work.
Students taking the class as 490 will also do some work on scenes.
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