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THR 601 Scene Work 1

Course Description: It is in this course that the students move from the preparation of themselves to the preparation of the part. Through Stanislvavski's historic investigations of action, objective, beats, characterization, and given circumstances, the students learn the principles of scene analysis and the actor's obligation to the text. Although the directors and playwrights are specializing in this second year, their training would be incomplete without this second phase of training. So Scene Work (1 and 2) is also required for them. The directing students in this class continue to participate in the work as actors (as do the playwrights). Scenes and exercises are not directed in Scene Work: the actor must be free to find his or her own way into the character and the scene, making his or her won, not a director's mistakes, on the theory that we learn best from our own mistakes. This year the directors and playwrights also exercise their muscles, and learn from their mistakes, in the Playwrights and Directors Unit. Most of the material used in the scene work classes is taken from the traditional repertoire of American and Foreign realistic plays, from the 1890s to the present. It is chosen by the students, with the teacher's approval or recommended by the teachers to present particular challenges to the student. Scenes from "classic plays – Shakespeare, the Restoration repertoire, the Greeks- are not explored until the Third year, when the M.F.A students have the technical grounding that will permit them to face the stylistic demands of the classical repertoire without falling back on rhetorical convention.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

Prerequisites

THR 501 Minimum Grade of C and THR 502 Minimum Grade of C

THR 602 Scene Work 2

Course Description: It is in this course that the students move from the preparation of themselves to the preparation of the part. Through Stanislavski historic investigations of action, objective, beats, characterization, and given circumstances, the students learn the principles of scene analysis and the actor's obligation to the text. Although the directors and playwrights are specializing in this second year, their training would be incomplete without this second phase of training. So Scene Work (1 and 2) is also required for them. The directing students in this class continue to participate in the work as actors (as do the playwrights). Scenes and exercises are not directed in Scene Work: the actor must be free to find his or her own way into the character and the scene, making his or her won, not a director's mistakes, on the theory that we learn best from our own mistakes. This year the directors and playwrights also exercise their muscles, and learn from their mistakes, in the Playwrights and Directors Unit. Most of the material used in the scene work classes is taken from the traditional repertoire of American and Foreign realistic plays, from the 1890s to the present. It is chosen by the students, with the teacher's approval or recommended by the teachers to present particular challenges to the student. Scenes from "classic plays – Shakespeare, the Restoration repertoire, the Greeks- are not explored until the Third year, when the M.F.A students have the technical grounding that will permit them to face the stylistic demands of the classical repertoire without falling back on rhetorical convention.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

6 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for THR 602 ( Course : THR 601 . Minimum Grade of C. )

THR 603 Theater History 3

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

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for THR 603 ( Course : THR 503 . Minimum Grade of C. ) and (Course : THR 504 . Minimum Grade of C. )

THR 605 Continuing Sensory Lab

Course Description: The lab is offered to all the Second and Third Year students who wish to maintain and develop the sensory work that is an essential part of the Basic Technique classes in the First Year.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

0 credits

Prerequisites

THR 501 Min Grade C and THR 502 Min Grade C

THR 607 Craft Seminar 3

Course Description: These Craft Seminars, which have been offered since the program's first week in 1994, have become the most famous and visible of its many unique features. Seen across America and around the world as the award-winning television serried Inside the Actors Studio, this course is designed to introduce the students to some of the most renowned actors, writer, and directors in theater, film, and television. What the television public sees on the Bravo Network in America, and in nearly every major country in the world, is one hour of student's three – to four- hour experience: the interview on stage, followed by an hour – or two, or more – in an intensive private class, taught by the evening's guest for the program's students. During the three years of this program the students attend 48 of these once-in-a-lifetime events.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

0 credits

THR 609 Observer Program 3

Course Description: Rotating groups are invited to the Actors Studio building in West 44th Street to observe sessions. In the course of the school year, each of the students will attend at least one of the Studio's two-per-week sessions on 44th Street. This element of the program, like the weekly Workshop, is designed to broaden the student's experience. It is an element that no other school can offer, since it opens the doors of the Studio's exclusive 44th Street location to the M.F.A students.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

0 credits

THR 621 Voice and Speech 2.1

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.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 521 Minimum Grade of C and THR 522 Minimum Grade of C

THR 622 Voice and Speech 2.2

Course Description: This course is a continuation of the voice work 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.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 621 Minimum Grade of C

THR 623 Neutral American Speech 3

Course Description: For international students or students with pronounced regional accents, for whom the acquisition of standard American speech is important.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 523 Minimum Grade of C and THR 524 Minimum Grade of C

THR 624 Neutral American Speech 4

Course Description: For international students or students with pronounced regional accents, for whom the acquisition of standard American speech is important.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for THR 624 ( Course : THR 523 . Minimum Grade of C. ) and (Course : THR 524 . Minimum Grade of C. )

THR 633 Movement 3 Horton Technique

Course Description: This beginning level of Horton technique for beginners, lays the foundation for all that follows in the more advanced levels. The basic warm up is taught: flat backs, primitive squat descent and ascent, lateral stretches, release swings and deep lunges. The shapes that will be used throughout the training in Horton technique are emphasized: the T positions, stag position, cross lunge and coccyx balance. When Lester Horton created this technique in the 1940's he designed many of the material into series of studies which concentrate on training specific areas of the body. These studies stretch, lengthen and strengthen the body. Many of the beginning level studies focus on the Achilles tendon, the abdominal muscles, and movements that lengthen the spine and the hamstring muscles. Simple combinations of movements, that include turns and jumps, are taught to introduce musicality and dynamics to the beginning dancer's vocabulary. Performance qualities are emphasized at the very beginning of the dancer's training.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

THR 634 Movement 4 Horton Technique

Course Description: Required for actors (elective for others). Two 90-minute classes a week.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for THR 634 ( Course : THR 531 . Minimum Grade of C. ) and (Course : THR 532 . Minimum Grade of C. )

THR 635 Improvisational Movement 3

Course Description: In Improvisational Movement 3, students learn a physical language that offers ways to discover one's own body. This course investigates their relationships to space, to each other, and to situations. They will also gain a basic understanding of anatomy.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 531 Minimum Grade of C and THR 532 Minimum Grade of C

THR 636 Improvisational Movement 4

Course Description: Students learn a physical language that offers ways to discover one's own body. This course investigates their relationships to space, to each other, and to situations. They will also gain a basic understanding of anatomy.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for THR 636 ( Course : THR 635 . Minimum Grade of C. )

THR 641 Directing 1

Course Description: This course applies to the director's craft the principles of the Stanislavski System that the student directors have been learning in Basic Technique and Scene Work Classes. The directors and actors (and playwrights) have learned the "common grammar" that inspired Stanislavski to begin his exploration, precisely so that the various disciplines could communicate with each other. That Communication is at the heart of this course, as the First year's theory becomes the Second Year's process, enabling the directors to deal directly and effectively with the play, the playwright, the actors, and the audience. In the first semester, the directors work on realistic material based on short plays and short stories. In a stet-by-step, hand –on- process the director learns how to tell the play's story through every theatrical means, by working on the play before rehearsals begin; conducting auditions and casting the play; conducting reading rehearsals around the table; introducing the actors to the director's concept of the play and the production; guiding the actors in the creation of character; organizing the rehearsal time; putting the play "on its feet"; leading the actors toward the play's events; creating truthful, organic moment to moment blocking; and incorporating all of the external elements of setting, lighting and costume.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

8 credits

Prerequisites

THR 541 Minimum Grade of C and THR 542 Minimum Grade of C

THR 642 Directing 2

Course Description: Advanced work in challenging scenes and short plays from the full panoply of realistic and non-realistic theater, some of which are emerging as both director's and actor's theses for the Repertory Season.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

8 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for THR 642 ( Course : THR 641 . Minimum Grade of C. )

THR 651 Playwriting 3

Course Description: This course's attention is on the page, on the writer's craft, and the craft expands to include the development of full – length plays. Like the scenes and one-acts that were read, criticized, rewritten, reread, rewritten, reexamined by the class and the instructor in the first year, the writer's effort to develop full-length plays are subjected to the same process.

Course Description: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

Prerequisites

THR 551 Minimum Grade of C and THR 552 Minimum Grade of C

THR 652 Playwriting 4

Course Description: This course's attention is on the page, on the writer's craft, and the craft expands to include the development of full – length plays. Like the scenes and one-acts that were read, criticized, rewritten, reread, rewritten, reexamined by the class and the instructor in the first year, the writer's effort to develop full- length plays are subjected to the same process.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

6 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for THR 652 ( Course : THR 651 . Minimum Grade of C. )

THR 661 Playwrights and Directors Unit 1

Course Description: The PD Unit is designed to focus two disciplines in a course that emphasizes the development and direction of original material in circumstances that begin to mirror the professional theater. The original work of the playwrights, completed in Playwriting 1 and 2 comes through the pipeline to the PD Unit. There, it is cast by the second year actors, directed by one of the directors, rehearsed by the actors cast, and then presented for analysis and criticism in the unit.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

4 credits

Prerequisites

THR 505 Minimum Grade of C and THR 506 Minimum Grade of C

THR 662 Playwrights and Directors Unit 2

Course Description: The PD Unit is designed to focus two disciplines in a course that emphasizes the development and direction of original material in circumstances that begin to mirror the professional theater. The original work of the playwrights, completed in Playwriting 1 and 2 comes through the pipeline to the PD Unit. There, it is cast by the second year actors, directed by one of the directors, rehearsed by the actors cast, and then presented for analysis and criticism in the unit.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for THR 662 ( Course : THR 661 . Minimum Grade of C. )

THR 681 Principles of Design - Creative Collaboration 1

Course Description: This course taught by Shawn Lewis, artistic adviser and scenic designer of our MFA Program's Repertory Season, in association with the acclaimed scenic and costume designer Tony Walton, delves deeply into the artistic collaborative process of theatrical design. Walton created this course to celebrate the real-life procedures and problems that theatre artists face in the course of developing and presenting a show. Prominent designers from the Broadway theatre are invited to share their unique methods of confronting the major artistic and practical issues of the design process. Students will be encouraged to devise their own creative projects through traditional and non-traditional presentations. This course is required for directing students and is an elective for acting and playwriting students.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

THR 545 Minimum Grade of C and THR 546 Minimum Grade of C

THR 682 Principles of Design - Creative Collaboration 2

Course Description: The directors continue to learn the crucial elements of the design process through a step-by-step process.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for THR 682 ( Course : THR 681 . Minimum Grade of C. )