Although acting is an ancient art form, the idea that the art and craft of acting can be taught is relatively new. Acting received its first comprehensive investigation in the early 20th century by Constantine Stanislavsky, founder of the Moscow Art Theatre. Since that time, many people have devised effective systems or methods for training actors. Some claim to be superior to the others; however, there is no single system, method or set of exercises that will “teach you” how to act. It is your task to learn as much as possible from every available resource and develop a process that works for you. In our textbook, The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods, you will read about the broad range of approaches to actor training. Most acting teachers today draw from a variety of these approaches to create opportunities for the student to develop a personal approach that is effective and flexible.
For those who wish to pursue it, Actor training is a lifetime’s work. In this class you will develop strong foundations of discipline, inquiry and playfulness to serve your ongoing development in the craft and art of acting.
THE APPROACH YOU WILL EXPERIENCE IN THIS CLASS IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CONCEPTS:
An actor uses her instrument to bring the fictional events of the play and to convey those events to the audience. She does this by using her instrumentcreate (inter)actions that distill and intensify the truths of the play’s characters, situations, relationships and style.