Scene Study Intensive
Course Description and Goals
• This course is a one-week total immersion in the fundamentals of scene study, including analysis, critical reading, building character, finding action, defining intent, and raising a conflict.
• Via practical application (rehearsal), targeted exercises, and the Socratic method, students will be put through their paces on the rehearsal stage. We will explore the art of making dramatic choices that develop character and action. Students will learn to commit to those artistic decisions and then test their options through intense rehearsal and analysis.
• By the end of the course, a student will have a greater understanding of character, environment and action, making dramatic choices based on their analysis, and playing those choices with passion and conviction.
Texts, Materials, and Supplies
• Students will be provided with material to work on during the intensive. All students will be working on the same scenes and monologues chosen by the instructor.
• Grading is Pass/Fail
Assignments & Homework
• Students are expected to read, analyze and memorize the assigned material on their own time and bring fresh ideas to each workshop session.
Participation, and Classroom Climate
• 100% attendance is the ideal that every student ought to strive for.
• Discussion and participation are major emphases in this course. This means that it is the student’s responsibility to come to class ready and willing to take part in group knowledge-building through scrutiny and analysis of each other's work.
• Because many modern plays, films and television shows feature rough language, such language
will be embraced in class. We all must be prepared to speak using the vocabulary of the writers and characters we are studying.
• Students are required to power down all communication devices before entering the classroom.
• The workshop space is, in effect, a rehearsal stage. Therefore there will be no applause at the completion of the scene work.
• During work sessions, the instructor will often solicit the students who are observing to discuss their observations and make an analysis of the work based on what they witnessed. At all times, and in keeping with the theatrical custom of eschewing critiques of colleagues, all comments will be directed to the instructor who will closely moderate the discussion.
• This class is a safe place for open discussion of ideas and the frank appraisal of human behaviours.
If, at any time, a student feels uncomfortable or is encountering an episode of “triggering” they are invited to speak directly to the instructor and voice their concerns without hesitation or fear of judgement.