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THR 501 Basic Technique 1

Course Description:This course introduces the core of the program. Stanislavski divided his system into two parts: "work on the self" and "work on the role." Year 1 of the program is devoted to work on the self. In the first semester, the focus is on fundamental exercises in Relaxation, Concentration, Observation (the essential difference between looking and seeing, between listening and hearing), In-the-Moment Behavior and a broad panoply of Sense Memory exercises in a carefully graduated syllabus. In the first year, playwrights and directors work side-by-side with the actors, acquiring a thorough grounding in the technical foundation of the Stanislavski system.

6 credits

THR 502 Basic Technique 2

Course Description: Advanced "work on the self." The more advanced exercises, including Affective Memory, Private Moment, "Song and Dance," Animal Exercises, Improvisation and Repetition.

6 credits

THR 503 Theater History 1

Course Description: An exploration of the historical development of the artists, literature and craft of the theater, beginning with Greek and Roman theater, and proceeding in the first semester to the European playwrights of the seventeenth century. In sharp contrast to the other classes in the First Year, these classes focus not on the performance of dramatic art, but on its historical development both as literature and craft.

3 credits

THR 504 Theater History 2

Course Description: Theater as literature and craft from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century.

3 credits

THR 505 Workshop 1

Course Description: The Workshop unites all the students at the end of each week in an intensive session of applied technique. Designed to expose the students to the principles and techniques of the Actors Studio's most experienced artists, the Workshop enlists Moderators of the Actors Studio in a four-week rotation.

At the end of each week, the various sections reunite in the collegial atmosphere this program is designed to foster, for a workshop conducted by a roster of teachers drawn from our greatest resource: the vast technical knowledge, practical experience and luster of the Actors Studio 800-member roster.

The Workshop will differ markedly from the Basic Technique classes in that every four weeks a new instructor will arrive on the scene with his or her own three-hour agenda for the class. In this way, the students will be exposed to the individual views, principles and techniques of some of the most illustrious and gifted member of the Actors Studio.

3 credits

THR 506 Workshop 2

Course Description: The Workshop reflects, utilizes and builds on the more advanced work of the Basic Technique 2 course, continuing the transition to the Second Year Scene Work course, the Actors Lab, and the Playwrights and Directors Unit.

3 credits

THR 521 Voice and Speech 1.1

Course Description: The voice work is based on Kristin Linklater's progression of exercises as described in her book, Freeing the Natural Voice. The course provides a series of exercises to free, develop, and strengthen the voice, first as a human instrument, then as the actor's instrument.

3 credits

THR 522 Voice and Speech 1.2

Course Description: Continuation of Voice and Speech 1.1. The exercises this term will include resonators, breathing power, range, and articulation.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

THR 523 Neutral American Speech

Course Description: Required for selected actors. Two 90-minute classes per week. For international students or students with pronounced regional accents, for whom the acquisition of standard American speech is important.

3 credits

THR 524 Neutral American Speech 2

Course Description: Continuation of Neutral American Speech 1.

3 credits

THR 531 Movement 1 - Improvisational Movement

Course Description: In Improvisational Movement, students learn a physical language that offers ways to discover one's own body. The course investigates their relationship to space, to each other, and to situations. This course is ultimately about creating a space where anything can happen.

3 credits

THR 532 Movement 2 - Improvisational Movement

Course Description: Continuation of Movement 1.

3 credits

THR 533 Movement 1 - West African Dance

Course Description: This course is a high-powered, rhythmic dance experience, bringing together the body, the mind, and the spirit in an energetic union of the music, dance, and oral tradition of the people of West Africa. Students learn regional songs of welcome and praise, accompanied by live drumming to provide an understanding of the relationship between the dancer and the musician and the common language they must speak in order to execute an African dance style.

3 credits

THR 534 Movement 2 - West African Dance

Course Description: Continuation of Movement 1.

3 credits

THR 541 Preparing to Direct 1

Course Description: This course provides directors with the practical tools they will need when they are ready to apply the fundamental principles of the Stanislavski System and the work of the Actors Studio. This course is designed to provide students with a solid theory of the basic elements of stage directing, along with enough practical experience to understand the theory organically.

4 credits

THR 542 Preparing to Direct 2

Course Description: The second semester of this course is devoted to preparing the directors to meet the demands that will be made on them in their Directing classes and the Playwrights and Directors Unit in the second year.

4 credits

THR 543 History of Directing 1

Course Description: This course will examine, through readings, reports, screenings, and discussion, the central issues that underlie the development of the principal innovative theater directors in the modern period, beginning in the late 19th century and extending to the present day in both Europe and the United States. The first semester will provide an overview of the directorial landscape with key essays, interviews, and other writings by Meiningen, Antoine, Stanislavski, Vaghtangov, Meyerhold, Copeau, Artaud, and Brecht. The course will also explore the extension of the Stanislavski tradition to America by way of the Group Theater and the foundation years of the Actors Studio.

3 credits

THR 544 History of Directing 2

Course Description: A continuation of History of Directing 1, the course in the second semester will continue with the development of the Actors Studio during the Kazan years and thereafter, exploring, through a discussion and analysis of film and video productions, a wide spectrum of directorial innovators, ranging from the British school (Brook, Hall, Nunn) to the Europeans (Grotowski, Strehler, Mnouchkine, Chaikin, and Wilson).

3 credits

THR 545 Story Telling and the Use of Space 1

Course Description: This course is an introduction to set design and the use of space as a vehicle for storytelling. The course will illustrate how subtle choices can dramatically impact an actor's entrance and how scenic elements can contribute to storytelling and perform as supporting characters to reveal the director's intentions.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

2 credits

THR 546 Storytelling and the Use of Space 2

Course Description: The second semester of this course involves the assignment of plays to the Directors and presents them with complex stage opportunities for them to explore. The course culminates in a final presentation by the students.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

2 credits

THR 551 Playwriting 1

Course Description: The First Year writing course constitutes the playwright's Basic Technique class. Emotional honesty and moment-to-moment life are explored from the writer's perspective. Writing exercises access the unconscious, develop the writer's "voice" and dominant themes, and help the writer learn to tell a story on the stage.

4 credits

THR 552 Playwriting 2

Course Description: Evolving out of Playwriting 1, this course applies the techniques learned in the first semester to the development of the scenes and one-act plays that will seed the entire program in the Second Year Playwrights and Directors Unit.

4 credits