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Year Two Curriculum

Year two of the program consists of public performances, which allow you to put theory into practice in our Conservatory Season of Plays. Studies will expand to include special workshops in dialects, stage management, audition technique, film acting and professional orientation workshops, as well as continuing classes in voice and movement. Your second year of study concludes with a graduation showcase for professional stage and film directors, agents and casting directors from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Core Classes

 

TA310 Advanced Acting / Rehearsal 1 (Professional Lab)         Clock hours: 48           Credits earned:  3
Students will put theory into practice by incorporating all the training gained in the first year of training in a fully realized play. Through in depth exploration of the play, their characters and their choices and actions, the students will begin to empower themselves as artists and attempt to discover authentic behavior under the imaginary circumstances. Emphasis will be on a naturalistic text with a heightened theatricality.

  • Instructor: Carol Ann Wohlmut 

 

TA311 Advanced Acting / Performance 1 (Professional Lab)      Clock hours: 32         Credits earned:  2
To create a new play, the students will work in collaboration with a professional playwright and director to explore the given circumstances of a yet unrealized world. Students will make appropriate and bold choices to help create the development of new work and bring it to life. The class will culminate in a fully produced radio drama.

  • Instructor: Carol Ann Wohlmut

 

TA312 BIPOC Playwrights Advanced Scene Study                        Clock hours: 48       Credits earned:  3
This acting class emphasizes scene-study and centers on dramatic literature written by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) playwrights. It builds on previously established foundations of acting and text analysis by layering “applied dramaturgy” into students’ developing skillsets. Continuing work on such concepts as accessing impulses, use of self, active listening, imagination, given circumstances, objectives, actions, obstacles, and beats, this course will also infuse learning about specific socio-historical and sociopolitical commentaries explored by each piece/playwright studied, and then apply what the play calls upon the actor to do with that information through action and relationship in performance.

  • Instructor: William Ray

TA410 Advanced Acting / Rehearsal 2
Clock hours: 100       Credits earned: 4
Students will put theory into practice by incorporating all the training gained in the first year of training in a fully realized play. Through in depth exploration of the play, their characters and their choices and actions, the students will begin to empower themselves as artists and attempt to discover authentic behavior under the imaginary circumstances. Emphasis will be on a naturalistic text with a heightened theatricality.

  • Instructor: TBA

 

TA411 Advanced Acting / Performance 2
Clock hours: 100         Credits earned: 4

Students will focus on maintaining the integrity of the play while keeping it fresh and playing it as if it is the very first time in a sustained run of the show.

  • Instructor: TBA

 

TA412 Advanced Acting / Rehearsal 3
Clock hours: 100     Credits earned: 4

Students will put theory into practice, synthesizing the rigorous instrument training of the first year curriculum by rehearsing a full-length play and exploring the given circumstances and making appropriate choices to create the world of the play. Emphasis will be on a naturalistic text with a heightened theatricality.

  • Instructor: TBA

 

TA413 Advanced Acting / Performance 3
Clock hours: 100         Credits earned: 2

Students will focus on maintaining the integrity of the play while keeping it fresh and playing it as if it is the very first time in a sustained run of the show.

  • Instructor: TBA

TA413 Graduation Thesis Project                                                      Clock hours: 32       Credits earned: 2
The two year program will culminate in an evening of theatre that students will devise, produce and create as an audition into the theatrical community

  • Instructor: Shelly Lipkin & Chris Harder

 

TA213 Styles                                                                                      Clock hours: 48         Credits earned: 3
Exploring key acting styles from the late-19th century to early realism in the mid-20th century through discussions and hands on practice with scene work. Students will gain an in-depth familiarity with social/historical periods and the acting techniques related to the individual playing styles and the particular demands of each playwright. Students will learn and apply acting techniques of today while honoring the intrinsic demands of each style.

 

  • Instructor: Michael Mendelson

Skills and Method

 

TA320 Audition Technique
Clock hours: 50         Credits earned: 3

What do you need to know to get the part of your dreams? Students will learn professional audition techniques from selecting appropriate audition material to monologue development to developing skills for cold readings.

  • Instructor: Shelly Lipkin

 

TA321 Theatre Management
Clock hours: 50         Credits earned: 3

Students will explore how ‘It takes a Village” to put on a show. Students will walk in the shoes of a Stage Manager, assistant stage manager and learn what it takes to make an AEA (professional actors’ union) production fly. Other areas to be explored include: Assistant Directing, House Managing, Dramaturgy, and Properties Mastering.

  • Instructor: Carol Ann Wohlmut & Chris Mikolavich

 

TA322/TA324 Professional Orientation 1 & 2                  Clock hours: 32/32                Credits earned: 2/2
Preparing for the professional world of the actor is what is explored in this class. Students will develop work to showcase their talents utilizing professional headshots, resume and marketing tools. They will meet with professionals in the field (directors, artistic directors, agents, casting directors, etc.).

  • Instructor: Beth Harper

 

TA313 Graduation Thesis Research                                                Clock hours: 32         Credits earned: 2
Building a library of acting monologues and scenes for professional use is the focus of this class. Students will research playwrights both old and new to discover work that can be used for Graduation Showcase and professional purposes.

  • Instructor: Chris Harder & Shelly Lipkin

 

TA422 Monologue Development                                                      Clock hours: 32         Credits earned: 2
Students will synthesize the skills explored in the second year program; emphasis will be placed on audition skills. Students will develop and create audition pieces for professional auditions, learning how to choose and execute appropriate material.

  • Instructor: Sarah Lucht

 

TA423 Acting for Film                                                                       Clock hours: 32         Credits earned: 2
How to develop the inner emotional life of a character, how to react – not perform – how to feel relaxed, comfortable and focused when the director says “Action” is the key to a creative and natural on- camera performance.

  • Instructor: Shelly Lipkin

Instrument

 

TA330 Voice & Movement 3                                                              Clock hours: 48         Credits earned: 3
Students will continue Year 1 work on breath support, projection, articulation, and resonance placement. In addition, students will be introduced to exercises to more fully integrate the voice and the body, connect the voice to imagery/emotion, and extend the voice’s expressive range. Students will apply the vocal work to texts related to, or from, the three mainstage production scripts.

  • Instructor: Lauren Wilson

 

TA331 Dialect Intensive                                                                    Clock hours: 24         Credits earned: 1
Students will continue to build upon their voice work of breath support, projection, articulation,
and resonance placement. The ensemble will continue to learn the anatomy of their unique voice
and will be introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as a tool for learning English
Language dialects.

  • Instructor: Luisa Sermol

Practicum

 

TA342 Theatre Management Practicum
Clock hours: 48    Credits earned: 2

This course provides students the opportunity to put into practice the skills learned in Theatre Management in the areas of fundamentals of stage managing, house managing, dramaturgy, properties design, box office, concessions, audience services, and theatre community relationships.

  • Instructor: Chris Mikolavich