Prepare for a professional acting career while fostering personal and creative growth. Through coursework and extracurricular activities, you will discover opportunities to:
- Analyze and prepare a role for performance
- Acquire dialects common in professional theatre, including British RP, West Coast Irish, Cockney, Queens/Long Island and American Southern
- Improve movement skills and expressivity through focused work on centering, releasing and developing new tools for characterization
- Experience stage combat
- Explore psychophysical, improvisation and mask techniques
Learn to analyze complex theatrical demands and create an effective plan of execution. By understanding the role of each member of the production process, you'll learn to think critically to solve the unique challenges presented by each production. You will learn the standards of graphic representation using traditional hand methods, as well as state-of-the-art technology such as computer-aided drafting and computer rendering. You'll benefit from experienced mentors who will guide you as you create portfolio materials and develop job-landing skills.
As part of the program, you'll learn to:
- Analyze the demands of drama and production areas
- Create an effective plan of execution to solve the logistical needs of the script and the demands of staging the design
- Use the tools and principles of design to create an aesthetic and functional design that serves the script and the director's approach to the production
Become a creative musical theatre performer by gaining the general knowledge of musical theatre, dramatic literature, musical theatre history and technical theatre production. You will have extensive knowledge of the acting process as it applies to classical and contemporary musical theatre performance, vocal techniques for singing classical and contemporary repertoire, and dance technique in the styles of ballet, jazz and tap.
You will also:
- Learn to adapt to, and move effectively in, the style of a variety of musical theatre choreographers
- Contribute to ensemble work in the performance of a musical
- Learn proactive approaches to finding employment in the theatre
Become a well-rounded theatre practitioner and scholar. Your coursework will cover a broad range of theatre history, dramatic literature, performance, production techniques and practices and theory.
As part of the program, you will:
- Learn to analyze play scripts
- Prepare a role for performance, a script to be directed and a design for a scripted play
- Develop skills in production techniques, including acting, scenic and costume construction, makeup design and application, stage direction and design