THEA 002A. Introduction to Acting
When: Monday/Tuesday 4:15 - 6:15PM
Where: Kohlberg 115
This course is designed as a practical introduction to some of the principles, techniques, and tools of acting. We will use theater games and improvisation exercises (from Stanislavsky, Viola Spolin, Viewpoints, and other sources) to unleash the actor's imagination, expand the boundaries of accepted logic, encourage risk taking, and prepare the actor for the creative process. We will focus on preparing the body and voice for rehearsal and performance and will pay special attention to vocal and physical imagination. We will focus on increasing "presence" on stage, developing a character, learning how to rehearse, and evoking a response from the audience in the context of scene study. This class is a prerequisite for auditioning for Production Ensemble (THEA 022) in Spring 2013. (Production Ensemble is the Department of Theater's annual faculty-staff show on the LPAC Main Stage, and will be directed by Richard Hamburger next year. Production Ensemble also fulfills a general requirement for all Theater majors and minors, and may be repeated for credit.)
About the Professor
Richard Hamburger was the Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center from 1992-2007, where he also directed dozens of productions of every sort, including Shakespeare, modern classics, and a wide of American plays, including the world premieres of several new plays. He has directed extensively at theaters around the country, including Portland Stage Company, Great Lakes Theater Festival (Cleveland), the Wilma Theatre (Philadelphia), the Pasadena Playhouse, Center Stage (Baltimore), the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, the California Shakespeare Festival, and the Williamstown Festival. In New York City, he has directed at American Place Theatre, South Street Theater, and The Acting Company. He has also served as a resident director at the Juilliard Theater Center in New York City, among other work in major drama schools around the country. He also has extensive experience as a professional actor in New York and in regional theaters.
This Course is open to all students without audition or prerequisite and it fulfills a general requirement for all future Theater majors and minors.