fall 2019

Advanced Technique: Develop Your Acting Muscle

Level: students who have completed core technique
SCHEDULE: Sundays 14:00 - 16:30, September 22 - december 1 (no class on Oct. 27)
FEE: €300

The advanced level course deepens your ability to find clues in a script that help you understand character and objective, identify obstacles, and play actions that bring dramatic conflict to life. At the same time, you will begin to explore the possibilities of characterization, including how internal obstacles inform your physical and vocal choices. Working on scenes from modern American plays, you will continue to hone your analytical and interpretive skills while exploring possibilities of tone and style, tackling comedy and heightened language. Intensive collaboration and feedback will reinforce your ability to intuitively navigate a dramatic text while making grounded yet adventurous acting choices. Exploration of vocal production, physical characterization and spacial awareness will build your capacity to fully embody your intellectual and imaginative discoveries. You will be encouraged to explore and expand your emotional availability and the range of your ingenuity.

This course prepares actors to present their work in a rehearsal-like setting and respond to directorial feedback. You will learn how to break down and explore scenes on a detailed, moment-to-moment basis. By the final class, you will be able to perform your scenes in full and incorporate adjustments as needed. To enable each actor to work intensively during each class, enrollment is limited to a maximum of six students.

Having felt so inspired and reconnected by the Core course, I went on to the Advanced Technique course, where the scene and character study was even more intensive and focused, bringing out powerful performances from each of us. One of my favorite things about these courses is that they are kept to small groups at a time so that each of us received time and attention to work on developing our characters and thoroughly examining the plays our scenes were drawn from.
— Monique Amado, Actor and Screenwriter

Specific exercises and activities will include:
-Advanced voice, speech and movement technique leading to development of a rigorous, personalized warmup routine.
-Intensive exercises to deepen physical and vocal characterization.
-Spacial exploration that establishes and deepens the physical universe of the play.
-Paired work on scripted scenes from modern American plays. 
-Rigorous application of script analysis to break down and understand scenes.
-Individualized feedback to strengthen performance skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

You should expect to work at least two hours per week outside of class on readings and assigned scenes. Because attendance at all sessions is essential for partner work and the spirit of ensemble, you will receive a 20% discount on your next course at The Acting Muscle if you attend every class.

Instructor: Adam Ludwig.

The course will be conducted in English. Students are encouraged to contribute ideas or ask questions in German or French. Copies of readings, assigned scenes, and plays will be provided.