This course is an advanced acting class focusing on building the physical, intellectual, interpretive and imaginative skills necessary to bring complex acting texts to vibrant life, with a particular focus on early modern verse. Through vocal training, text analysis, close reading, scene study, and acting exercises we attempt to find -- not only the meaning -- but the music and theatrical power of early modern texts, including but not limited to Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. This course requires a commitment to the process of learning and practicing speaking techniques specific to stage acting, guided by the techniques of Kristin Linklater, Patsy Rodenberg, and Veenapani Chawla. Students will engage in intensive study of early modern texts from the point of view of the actor, including such topics as blank verse, scansion, phrasing, word emphasis, antithesis, and imagery.
Prerequisite: Theatre 120 or Permission of Instructor.