|Instructor Info:||William MacAdams|
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|TA Info:||Eric O'Neill|
What is presence on stage? And how does an actor manifest it? In this course, we’ll explore the work of the actor through an experiential approach. We’ll focus on your body as an expressive form, on the relationship between the actor and the text, and on the alive and electric space between performers on stage. Our work will consist of:
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 each other’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 a very tricky thing to rely on – and hardly ever can replace thorough preparation and the inspiration that comes when you have created a solid foundation.
ATTENDANCE IS ESSENTIAL to shape our ensemble and to develop your work and the work of your peers: two absences will not affect your evaluation; three will be reflected in your evaluations; four, with rare exception, will result in no evaluation.
LATE ARRIVALS (once the doors have been closed) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
MOVEMENT CLOTHESshould be worn every day. They should be comfortable, and allow you to move on the floor. Please note that, particularly in the first several weeks, you will be working without shoes.
Written assignments must be typed, and double spaced, on 8 ½ X 11 paper with one inch margins on all sides, using a 12 point font maximum.
Plagiarism is “the presentation of the work of another person, or other persons, as if it were one’s own, whether intended or not. This includes published and unpublished work, material on the Internet and the work of other students and staff. Citation: Glossary, University of Wellington, New Zealand (http://www.victoria.ac.nz/home/default/site-help/glossary?a=103220#p)
Plagiarism will result in a number of consequences, outlined in more detail at: http://www.hampshire.edu/casa/ethics-of-scholarship.htm
Silence your cell phones, and don’t text or take calls during class
Please refrain from eating and drinking in the theaters. Bottled water is permitted (and encouraged – keep yourself hydrated!).
We will read the following plays:
‘Where We’re Born’ will be distributed in class.‘‘References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot’, ‘Three Sisters’ and ‘Twilight Los Angeles’ will be on reserve at the Hampshire Library and can be purchased on-line (make sure that you purchase the correct translation for ‘Three Sisters’).
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