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TAPS 121C: Physical Characterization

A practical course in movement, acting and character development for stage or screen. This course is appropriate for all artists; no prior movement training is required. We will explore expressive possibilities in the body in order to build characters with nuanced physicality and rich emotional life. Students will learn strategies for awakening the body, find a greater range of expression, and widen the variety of characters they can inhabit. We will conduct live observations and take inspiration from photographs, memories, dramatic texts and other sources to build vivid portraits of character in performance. Actors will work independently and as an ensemble, learning techniques derived from Michael Chekhov. We will also practice physical conditioning for the actor through a daily warm-up sequence that improves strength, flexibility and alignment.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Hazas, T. (PI)

TAPS 121P: Period and Style:Acting

This course is designed for the actor and theater-lover who has completed 120a or an equivalent basic acting class. Students will develop their acting skills towards the ability to perform in some of the major classics of the theater, from Shakespeare's plays through the fast-paced physical comedies of twentieth-century farce. Acting in "big" plays without damaging the voice, working physically with safety, how to research like an artist, and rehearse like a professional are all topics that will be covered. Class culminates in an open Scene Showing of Period Plays.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

TAPS 121S: Shakespeare Performance Intensive

This course explores the unique demands of playing Shakespeare on the stage. Through deep exploration of language and performance techniques in sonnets, speeches and scenes in (an edited) full-length play, the student will learn how to bring Shakespeare's passions to life through research, analysis, and a dynamic use of voice, body and imagination.nnThis course is designed to increase the actor's physical, vocal, emotional, and intellectual responsiveness to the demands, challenges and joys of playing Shakespeare.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 122P: Undergrad Performance Project: Oh What a Lovely War!

The Undergraduate Performance Project provides students the opportunity to study and perform in major dramatic works. The Winter 2016 Undergraduate Performance Project presents Oh What a Lovely War! Students learn to form an artistic ensemble, develop dramaturgical materials, learn professional arts protocols and practice, devise within the ensemble, and develop live performance ability. Audition required. Preference to majors/minors. Maybe repeated for credit.
Terms: Win | Units: 4-9 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

TAPS 123: Speaking with Distinction

Find your voice, focus your presence, stand your ground, and deliver your message with authority, clarity, and grace. nSPEAKING WITH DISTINCTION is a course is designed for anyone who has a need to speak to one person or a hundred people and make the message clear.nnEssential for presentations of all kinds ¿ whether in the classroom, workplace, or marketplacen¿ present key concepts and ideas with power and enthusiasmn¿ Speak to large audiencesn¿ One-on-one presentationsn¿ Speak to motivate, collaborate, inspirennLearn to think on your feet so that you are not dependent on notes, slides or luck.nIncrease your presence and build your public speaking skills in a fun and supportive environment
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 124D: Acting for Non-Majors

Formerly TAPS 20. Creative play, ensemble work in a supportive environment. Designed for the student to experience a range of new creative skills, from group improvisation to partner work. Introductory work on freeing the natural voice and physical relaxation. Emphasis on rediscovering imaginative and creative impulses. Movement improvisation, listening exercises, and theater games release the energy, playfulness and willingness to take risks that is the essence of free and powerful performance. Course culminates with work on dramatic text.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1-3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE, way_ce | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

TAPS 125: Acting Shakespeare

This course explores the unique demands of playing Shakespeare on the stage. Through deep exploration of language and performance techniques in sonnets, speeches and scenes, the student will learn how to bring Shakespeare's passions to life through research, analysis, and a dynamic use of voice, body and imagination. This course is designed to increase the actor's physical, vocal, emotional, and intellectual responsiveness to the demands, challenges and joys of playing Shakespeare.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

TAPS 126: Your American Life

This is a small seminar designed for students interested in creating scored sonic stories for radio or podcast. Students will examine the craft elements of the medium, popularized by programs like This American Life, Radiolab and Serial. You will write and produce your own piece, be it documentary, inquiry, or some combination of these genres. Plus you will have the opportunity to meet at work with some of the best storytellers in America.
Terms: Win, Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Warga, J. (PI)

TAPS 127: Introduction to Movement for Actors

The physical actor is ever working to develop a wider range of emotional expression, an unconscious attentiveness to fellow actors, and a compelling presence that conveys a sense of truth in action and in word. In this course, students will explore movement as a means of physical training and performance-building. This course is for those interested in dynamic storytelling; no prior acting or physical training is required. Our work consists of four main components: physical conditioning, practical technique, movement improvisation and the creation of several short performance pieces. Through mime technique (from Tomaschevski and Decroux) students will increase precision and control, create images with the body, and examine basic compositional elements. Students will also learn the fundamentals of contact improvisation for theater, which offers actors another way to explore text and make discoveries about character. Exercises in movement composition will sharpen tools necessary for creating original work and crafting strong performances on stage.
Terms: Aut, last offered Autumn 2015 | Units: 3-4 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Hazas, T. (PI)

TAPS 127S: Acting Through Song

How does a singer develop the strategies to shape nuanced, emotional performances? What clues does the singer mine from lyrics and a score in order to communicate through song? This is a studio course in acting and movement techniques for vocal performers who want to expand their expressive range, refine multi-faceted performances, and cultivate compelling stage presence. nnThis course is suitable for any vocalist; classical singers, a cappella performers, musical theater actors and others are all welcome. The three foundational underpinnings of our work will be actor personalization technique, basic movement training and text analysis strategies. We will develop flexibility, relaxation and the freedom to follow expressive impulses while also deepening our knowledge of character, narrative and theme.nnStudents should be prepared to engage in intensive work with performance pieces, selected according to each student¿s preferred style and tradition. We will focus on close textual analysis and find connections between the ways performers use various written scores (for spoken dialogue, song lyrics and musical composition) as the blueprints for dynamic performances that tell a powerful story. The course will culminate in a public performance of material from a musical performance genre.
Terms: Win | Units: 2-4 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Hazas, T. (PI)
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