Summer Institute : Theater : Concentrations
Develop your whole body, heart and mind as you learn new skills in acting. Actors will work cooperatively and in collaboration with fellow actors as you develop skills in script analysis, spontaneity and voice and body work. Also learn to connect emotionally to the inner life of the character. You will also have an opportunity to work with a professional stage director and dramaturg in the development of performance pieces.
Actors, dancers and singers will learn to analyze songs and how they are incorporated within scene work. Vocal performance and ability to work with professional musical directors will be emphasized. Dance styles and terminology for the musical will be incorporated, as well as understanding how to work with professional musical theater choreographers. You will, first hand, understand the relationship with a director for musical theater and how that differs from a non-musical theater piece. The collaborative nature of script, music and choreography to tell the musical theater story is emphasized throughout this intensive. Note: a vocal audition is required during the first two days of the program.
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT THEATER
Student directors, music directors, choreographers, stage managers and designers learn the ins and outs of running a production from preparing their prompt books, developing relationships with actors and crews, to learning about the professional unions: Actors Equity Association (AEA), Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), United Scenic Artists (USA) and American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Student scenic, lighting, costume and sound designers learn to analyze a script and create designs while collaborating with directors and choreographers. Emphasis is placed on researching period and style for the productions, actual construction and assembly of all the design elements of a production by a team.