Ashland Center for Theatre Studies
Past Elective Course
Voice and Movement for the Actor
A week-long 3-credit graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, covering voice and movement for the stage and strategies for teaching young actors:
- Discover how to incorporate voice and movement work during rehearsals
- Explore improvisational exercises to enhance physical creativity
- Develop vocal strength and flexibility, as well as easy projection for the stage
- Learn basic, all-purpose physical and vocal warm-ups adaptable to the classroom, rehearsals, and performances
- Increase awareness of the physical self and neutral alignment
- Improve diction and articulation
- Learn how to create spontaneity and play in the classroom
- Speak the language of Shakespeare
- Investigate the creative physical process in acting and creating character
- Work with professional artists
- Attend Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) productions of The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and Tracy's Tiger
- Come away with lesson plans you can use in your school
Here's what our students say:
- "David and Maggie set up a safe environment for us as we did activities, modeling the kind of classroom space we work to create."
- "It exceeded my expectations with a nice balance of challenging pace for body, soul and mind."
- "The instructors really met our needs as teachers. I loved the practicality of all the lessons! Everything I learned is useful and will help me in my work."
- "Any theatre teacher would love and kill for the info and experience we have had this week."
- "Geared towards classroom use, useful handouts, active and practical, great flexibility to give us what we needed."
|8:30-11:30 am||Morning session|
|11:30 am-1:00 pm||Lunch|
|1:00-2:30 pm||Afternoon session 1|
|3:00-5:00 pm||Afternoon session 2|
Evening Schedule 2007
|Sunday 7/22, 7:00pm||Welcome reception, orientation|
|Monday 7/23||Evening session|
|Tuesday 7/24, 8:30pm||OSF play, Romeo and Juliet|
|Wednesday 7/25, 8:30pm||OSF play, The Tempest|
|Thursday 7/26, 8:30pm||OSF play, Tracy's Tiger|