|Instructor Info:||William MacAdams|
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What is presence on stage? And how does an actor manifest it? This course examines the work of the actor through a hands-on, experiential approach, focusing on the body, voice, and imagination. It focuses on the relationship between the actor and the text, on your body as an expressive form, and on developing the alive and electric space between performers on stage. We will explore:
Students in the course will be evaluated using the following criteria:
ON THE ENSEMBLE:
As a student in this course, you are a member of an ensemble. For some of you, this is an ensemble that will develop and sustain you throughout your time at Hampshire. Developing an ensemble requires personal emotional commitment, trust, and listening – and the awareness that we will all be taking risks, making mistakes, and learning.
Learning will take place both on your feet and through observation. I ask that you be attentive to how you can learn from your peer’s work, as the most skilled, dynamic actors are constantly learning from one another.
Much of the rehearsal of your scenes, monologues, and movement pieces will take place outside of class time – in-class time will be used for presentation and to develop work already rehearsed . Please make sure that you allow time to accommodate your partners’ schedules, particularly if you are working in groups. Although all of us are capable of brilliant, unrehearsed moments, this is is a very tricky thing to rely on – and hardly ever can supplant thorough preparation and the inspiration that comes when you have created a solid foundation.
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