A combined class for intermediate and advanced actors.
At the intermediate level, you continue developing the techniques from Acting 1, now applied toward scene work and the demands of crafting and scoring a role, with a focus on contemporary realist plays (mid-20th century to present). You’ll use Uta Hagen’s object exercises to build habits of attention and to unlock your rehearsal process. You will also learn to apply improvisation to the exploration of character and circumstances, and develop an approach to a working understanding of rehearsal process and preparation. Among the skills you’ll practice: discerning beats, intentions, obstacles, and conflict; choosing actions; sensing the turning points in the text; substitution/personalization; endowment of sensory conditions; working with expectations and previous circumstances; finding immediacy in the give and take.
At the advanced level, you will continue honing technique as a deep resource for preparation and rehearsal, exploring more complex relationships, situations, and scripted material. Skills: understanding and realizing the event of the scene; layering conscious and unconscious behavior; refining verbal and physical actions; applying technique as a tool to solve challenges outside your comfort zone; transformation of self.
Required Reading for Rochelle Oliver’s classes: The Stanford Meisner Approach: Workbook 1, An Actor’s Workbook by Larry Silverberg
*Available for purchase online via our registration system or in-person at the registration office.
Expected rehearsal time outside of class: 3-6 hours / week