Teaching

“There is something incomparably intimate and productive in the work with the actor entrusted to me. He must be attentive and confident and free, for our labor is to explore his possibilities to the utmost.” – Jerzy Grotowski

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Current Courses (2014-Present):

  • THEA100: Introduction to Theatre

An introductory survey of the history, aesthetics, and literature of the theatre, and the various areas of theatrical production.

  • THEA111: Acting I

This course will develop ideas surrounding the staging of dramatic text in theatrical space. It will consider the many choices facing the actor or performer when delivering text, and will introduce students to contrasting approaches to performing text. Special emphasis is placed on giving and receiving constructive feedback and on the art and craft of collaboration.

  • THEA120: Voice & Movement

An introduction to expressively engaging the entire physical instrument in life and performance. Coursework focuses on a variety of techniques designed to develop an increased range of physical and vocal expression. The course features experimentation in a studio setting and practical/creative application through rehearsal and performance.

  • THEA193: FYS-Theatre & Social Change

This First-Year Seminar is an investigation into the history, aesthetics, and literature of the live theatre and includes the various areas of theatrical production with an eye toward social action. We will explore myth, ritual, performance, story, comedy, tragedy, word, movement, idea, transformation, justice, and collaboration. All of these are vital to us as humans and to the development of strong communities, and they are wrapped up in the nature and purpose of theatre.

  • THEA216: Advanced Acting

The course focuses on character development in psychological realism and other modern forms and is intended to expand the actor’s range with both scene and monologue work, as well as to expand skills in voice/body integration and script analysis.

  • THEA240: Theatre for Young Audiences

Theatre for Young Audiences (aka Creative Dramatics) is an introduction to the artistic, pedagogical, and entrepreneurial methods for producing theatre for youth. Coursework features practical rehearsal and performance, a survey of major TYA plays, applied theatre techniques, and curriculum development. This class is intended for students seeking to become teachers (inside and outside of theatre arts classrooms) and those interested in performing for K-12 audiences.

  • THEA253: Directing I

The fundamental techniques of play analysis, actor communication, and composition are introduced and applied to model plays. Organizational and leadership skills are developed as students audition, cast, and rehearse chosen scenes from the realistic repertoire for performance.

  • THEA354: Directing II

 With a foundation in play analysis, actor communication, and design, student directors will create a vision for a short play, audition, cast, and work with a design team on realizing the play in a public performance.

 

St. Lawrence University Courses (2012-2014):

SLU Adirondack Semester – Wilderness Site Specific Performance Workshops – Sept-Nov 2013

A series of performance workshops with students living and learning at Arcadia, the SLU yurt village in the Adirondacks, during the semester-long wilderness emersion program. An opportunity for students to discover the difference between merely seeing and really looking at nature. Students experience a deeper, more visceral sense of knowing the natural environment through the creation of individual site specific performances. The workshops explore a variety of physical theatre and journaling techniques equipping students to read and express the various textures, smells, sounds, and movements found in their particular sit-spots in the wilderness.

  • Voice & Movement

Voice & Movement is an exploration of the body and the voice as primary tools for performance and communication. Coursework focuses on a variety of techniques designed to develop an increased range of physical and vocal expression. The course features experimentation in a studio setting and practical/creative application through rehearsal and performance.

  • Beginning Acting

An introduction to the basic mental and physical skills used in acting, including use of imagination, understanding of the self, character analysis, body flexibility and expression, and voice and diction. Coursework includes exploratory and centering exercises, improvisational techniques, and scene and monologue study.

  • Performances of Living

This advanced performance and communication course pushes the boundaries of traditional learning to focus on life experience as an educational tool. Much of the specific content of the course will be designed collaboratively with the course community, as both faculty and students consider what is needed to explore questions of identity, positionality, and performance. Throughout the course, students will be pushed to (1) discover, own, communicate, and hone their opinions, beliefs, and positions, (2) identify the consistent self, (3) diversify and express life experiences through performance and other media, and (4) interrogate the boundaries of performance.

  • Connectivity & Performance

YOUARENOWHERE. You are nowhere. You are now here. This course investigates the boundaries and possibilities of live performance in a hyper-connected world and features a combination of performance, theory, and experimentation. The course explores digital technologies, site specific performance, ritual/participatory performance, and devised performance methodology. The semester culminates in ensemble created new performances.

  • Characterization

An intensive study of the acting process building on skills developed in PCA107. The course focuses on character development in psycho­logical realism and is intended to expand the actor’s range with both scene and monologue work, as well as to expand skills in voice/body integration and script analysis.

Other Courses:
Shakespeare in Performance
Theatre History I & II
British & American Film Studies
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Public Speaking
Literary Stylistics
U.S. Cultural Studies
Oral English for Non-Native Speakers