Acting students are introduced to concepts of acting current in American theatre and do exercises and improvisations designed to free them as actors; sensory awareness, text analysis and vocal and physical techniques are stressed, and special attention is paid to exercises helping students use their own imaginations with confidence.
In addition to acting, courses in playwriting, directing, and technical theatre are offered. Oral Interpretation and Speech is offered for students who want to improve their ability to recite the famous words of others and their own work. These classes are designed to help students gain a thorough understanding of theatrical and staging techniques as they have evolved through history.
Credit is granted to participants in school productions; theatre pieces that include both offbeat one-acts and mainstream productions take place in venues ranging from our 350-seat auditorium to the more intimate Lab theatre, living rooms and found spaces around campus.