The Industry Ready course will commence on February 9th
Foundation: Acting is Detail - Scenes: Naturalism Chekhov
AN Introduction to Technique, Games, and Improvisation
The first five weeks are designed to establish a foundation for future work. Through a combination of theory and practical games and exercises each student is assisted in establishing a method of work that is thorough, detailed, with a dynamic creative range of expression.
The techniques involved include the work of Constantine Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Sandford Meisner, Susan Batson, as well as Rudolph Laban and Yat Malmgrem.
Scenes; Naturalism - Chekhov
Most contemporary drama, in stage and on screen, is essentially based on a form of ‘Naturalism’. It is a ‘style’ of acting in which. The modern actor must that is the modern actor must excel. The plays by Anton Chekhov have long been regarded as extremely important in regard to the development and evolution of ‘Naturalism’. Chekhov’s characters offer psychological depth, inner truth, and dynamic expression that makes them an ideal and indeed essential beginning for this first ‘Scenes’ class.
Following the techniques and foundation work in the previous 5 weeks, students prepare and rehearse selected 2-person scenes from the plays of Anton Chekhov – The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard.
These Chekhov scenes will be presented in an informal showing/presentation at the end of Term 1.
Monologues + Scenes
Continuing the techniques, foundation, and performance experience work in the previous 10 weeks, each student works on three different monologues.
• Dramatic: Romantic
• Dramatic: High Status
These monologues will be three different characters that come from three different theatrical and/or filmic worlds. The aim is to explore and establish each student’s range and Artistic Identity in terms of Talent, Technique, Temperament.
The students will perform one or more of these monologues in an informal showing to the class at the end of these five weeks.
Continuing the techniques, foundation, and performance experience work in the previous 15 weeks, each student works on a modern 2-person scenes.
Each student collaborates with another to prepare the selected scene for formal rehearsals. These scenes will be presented in an informal showing at the end of Term 2. Family and friends may be invited to this showing.
If they choose, students may also present one or more of their ‘Monologues’ as well as their ‘Scene’.
Style: Playing Shakespeare / Playing Comedy
This Term is devoted to exploring two distinctive ‘styles’ or dramatic worlds, each with their own artistic truth that is different from ‘naturalism; a heightened ‘style’.
The first 5 weeks are devoted to ‘Playing Shakespeare’. Through a number of respective classes that are both educational and practical each student is assisted in unlocking the rewards to be found in playing Shakespeare.
Each student picks 2 speeches or soliloquy from one of Shakespeare’s plays
Each student prepares their monologue for rehearsals in class. These monologues will be presented in an informal showing at the end of the 5 weeks.
In these 5 weeks students will explore the world of ‘Comedy’. This will involve different comic ‘styles’ – from Slapstick, Classical, and Modern.
Students choose either a comic monologue or scene to prepare for rehearsals in class. These monologues/scenes may be presented in an informal showing at the end of the Term.
Students may also choose to present one of their ‘Playing Shakespeare’ monologues in this final showing of Term 3.
Acting For The Camera
Acting For the Camera: Monologues
This Term is devoted to ‘Acting for the Camera’. In a controlled studio setting, students are introduced to respective ‘camera techniques’ that complement modern professional practice.
The first 5 weeks of this term concentrates on monologues and speeches specifically written for film and/or television. Each student chooses two contrasting monologues:
Each student prepares these monologues for rehearsal in class. These monologues will also be filmed and immediate feedback given in regard to ‘Acting for the Camera’.
The final form and delivery of these monologues will form part of each student’s individual Show Reel that will be given out at the end of Term 4.
Acting For the Camera: Scenes
The second 5 weeks concentrates on scenes from the world of film and television. Each student chooses a 2-person scene to work with another, to prepare for rehearsals in class. These scenes will be filmed and immediate feedback provided.
The final form and delivery of these scenes will form part of each student’s individual Show Reel that will be given out at the end of Term 4.
On completion of these 4 Terms, each student will be provided with:
- • A Show Reel that may be used to send to Agents and Casting Agents, and other stakeholders.
- • A Certificate of Attendance and Completion.