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Developing a character is a combination of how to prepare for the role by making specific choices through text work, character and scene analysis, and also how to develop and experience that role while behaving truthfully on the stage, and on the camera. This course will begin with building a foundation of acting techniques through the exploration of games, improvisations and scene study. The students will then explore a variety of on-camera acting techniques while applying these skills through weekly on-camera improvisations, exercises and scenes. The main focus will be on the minimalistic style of film acting, the importance of listening and reacting, and the challenges actors face in finding organic behavior in front of the camera. A final sharing of theatre and on camera scenes will be performed on the final day with an invited audience of students, friends, and local theatre practitioners.

Virginia Queen Danford – $250 – Thursday, 6:30-9pm, Sept. 13 – Nov. 15