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Theatre: Art of Perfmnce: Acting/Improv

THE 095 Z1 (CRN: 60160)

3 Credit Hours

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About THE 095 Z1

Learn the fundamentals of acting and the art of improvisation in this two pronged summer Academy class. Morning classes will aim to help students to develop and discover their authentic and creative response through improvisation. Using relaxation techniques, a variety of situation and character-based improvisation games and basic principles of acting, students will gain a better understanding of how we communicate and the nature of spontaneous expression. We will have the option of presenting our work to an invited audience at the end of the course. In the afternoon, students will learn the basics of modern acting technique. Through games and exercises, we will explore concepts of relaxation, observation, listening, responding, imagination and more. Our work will culminate in the performance of monologues and ten-minute plays. In the on-line portion of the course, students will view and critique various videotaped performances, as well as respond to readings and reflective prompts on a class shared blog.


Melissa Lourie () and Susan Palmer ()


Dates: July 14 - August 8, 2014; SUMMER ACADEMY COURSE; July 14 - July 25 On Campus MTWR 9:00-3:30 PM; July 26 - August 8 for continued out of class work. Students must apply to Summer Academy to participate in this course; Available to students completing 10th & 11th and 12 grades; Residential and commuter options; VT high school rising juniors and seniors students can use their dual enrollment voucher; Students need to apply and a guidance counselor needs to supply a brief recommendation and GPA via an online form here; Continuing Education Deans Office Permission Only, please contact 802-656-2085


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Section Description

This is a hands-on class that will expose students to the tenants and techniques of modern acting. Through games and exercises, in a safe and supportive environment, students will learn to relax, to develop flexible and expressive voices and bodies, and to react with honesty and spontaneity in improvisation and scripted scenes. The three main performance projects will be a short neutral scene, a monologue and a longer scene from American dramatic literature.

Section Expectation

All students must maintain excellent attendance and full participation, as this is an experience based class. Work cannot be made up. There is no text book. Readings will be assigned and handed out weekly. Students will be required to keep a journal in which they respond to the weekly assignment. Students will be expected to rehearse outside of class (as well as during class) on the three major performance projects. Scenes and monologues do require a significant investment of time and focus, which will be expected of each person.


1. Class participation (showing up on time and participating in all exercise) 40% 2. Journals 10% 3. Neutral Scene 15% 4. Monologue 15% 5. Final Scene 20%


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