Synopses of Courses - acting courses

First Year Courses

The Fundamentals of Acting

Course objectives: To develop the acting abilities of the students and to teach them to focus on a role in a play. The subjects; 1. Realistic dramas. 2. Non-realistic dramas. 3.Working on material created by the students.
Required Course
Full year course

Movement I

The aim of the course is to have theater students learn movement and creativity in movement as they prepare themselves for work in the professional theater. Students will learn various techniques of movement and improvisation as they experiment and create their own personal movement language that should give them physical presence, sensitivity and the ability to creatively express themselves using movement.
Required Course
Full year course

Text Analysis

This course combines theoretical studies with active participation in play analysis. In the first semester we learn play analysis methods. In the second semester we apply these methods to selected scenes from ancient Greek drama.
Required Course
Full year course

The History of Theater - Ancient Greece and Rome

This course will make classical Greek and Roman drama “come alive” again with the goal to lay the base for understanding drama in general and particularly, the theater of the western world. The subjects to be discussed include the place of drama in Greek society, dramatic competitions in ancient Athens,
Required Course
One-Semester Course

the theatrical space, dramatic conventions, theatrical conventions, the central dramatic forms of the western world (tragedy and comedy), and the components of theater production (costumes and masks, the use of stage props, acting styles, music).

The Fundamentals of Acting: Masks

We start with masks; half masks from the commedia del arte and Indonesia and the impact the mask imparts on the stage, and on the actor as well. In a sense, the mask is greater than we are and has a propelling power, magic and ritualistic. On the one hand we hide behind the mask; on the other hand, it enables us to hold a rich dialogue with the world of our lusts and desires, the secret world of great passions, of the emotions that lead to actions that will amaze us.
Required Course
Full year course

The use of masks gives the actors freedom to freely express impulses that arise from their inner selves. The pleasure the actors derive from acting, using the mask frees their creative imagination to construct a new theatrical figure and often surprises both fellow actors and the audience. Through the masks the actors discover the many theatrical images within themselves.

Voice Training and Singing

“Voice movement” and breathing serve as the path to voice training. The body is seen as the musical instrument of the human voice. Improving the connection between the body and voice enables the one to serve the other.
Required Course
Full year course

Working with Texts

The course will describe basic components of theatrical “language”. The emphasis will be on learning improvisation and its relation to the actor and the director of the drama. Texts from dramas will be introduced, with the actors using their bodies, voices and imaginations to make the texts come alive.
Required Course
Full year course

The object of the course is to awaken the imagination and emphasize the difference between theater based on literary texts and theater based on improvisations. Much work will be done on learning the basic components of acting: voice, movement and the use of the “stage space” as the meeting place where all the aesthetics of theater are enacted.

Acting - Personal Aspects

Where all the aesthetics of theater are enacted The course will describe basic components of theatrical “language”. The emphasis will be on learning improvisation and its relation to the actor and the director of the drama. Texts from dramas will be introduced, with the actors using their bodies, voices and imaginations to make the texts come alive.
Required Course
Full year course

The object of the course is to awaken the imagination and emphasize the difference between theater based on literary texts and theater based on improvisations. Much work will be done on learning the basic components of acting: voice, movement and the use of the “stage space” as the meeting place.

The History of Theater in East Asia

This course brings to our attention the traditional theater of East Asia, in particular that of India and Japan. The purpose of the course is to have the students become familiar with the different styles of these theaters. We will analyze dramatic and theatrical conventions (Sanskrit Theater, Katakali, Nu, Kabuki), performance components (costumes, masks, stage props, acting styles, music), aesthetic principles and the conception of the theatrical experience.
Required Course
Full year course

Second Year Courses

Voice Training II

The course deals with the relation between body and voice, as one indivisible unit and the possibility to use our voice in a clear and conscious manner. One of the purposes of the course is to stress the correct use of voice as a purveyor of emotional and physical messages by way of intonations without the use of words. For this we must listen to our inner voices and be able to utter uninhibited sounds from deep in our inner selves.
Required Course
Full year course

Circus

The object of the course is to broaden the student’s skills in movement and improvisations in movement with some of the techniques circus performers use. These skills will serve them well when they start work in the professional theater.
Required Course
One-Semester Course

Acting

Goals of the Course: To adapt the techniques of storytelling to acting, to teach students the practical skills that storytellers possess. The subjects to be learned are the connection between the actor and the story, discovering the weak points and strong points, using imaginative powers when telling the story,
Required Course
Full year course

understanding the situations the story evokes, developing the feeling of “control of the audience”, developing a personal rhythm by which the story “tells itself”, understanding that words alone do not tell the story a mood must be created through the charisma of the actor, who is able to enter into the “soul of the story”.

Movement

Purpose of the course: Basic awareness of the body skeletal organization, the stream of movement, the feeling of weight, improving movement dexterity, broadening movement ranges, flexibility, power, concentration, relaxation. The course enables students to develop a comprehensive movement “language” to help them with movement, expression and communication. The student will learn to relate to space and time, rhythm and the use of props and accessories.
Required Course
Full year course

Third Year Courses

Voice Training and Singing III

The ability to express oneself in song depends on an effective combination of thought, feeling, and muscular activity. During the lesson the students will be guided toward the optimal emotional state, the necessary muscle action, while neutralizing all superfluous activity. Goals of the course: To enable students to use their voices in a free and expressive manner.
Required Course
Full year course

The following subjects will be pursued: breathing, proper diction, support, exactness of intonation, phrasing, the art of interpretation. Teaching methods: besides exercises for all students, there will be individual treatment in which the difficulties encountered by each student will be treated and ways found to help them.