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TAPS 103: Beginning Improvising

The improvisational theater techniques that teach spontaneity, cooperation, team building, and rapid problem solving, emphasizing common sense, attention to reality, and helping your partner. Based on TheatreSports by Keith Johnstone. Readings, papers, and attendance at performances of improvisational theater. Limited enrollment. Improv, Improvisation, creativity and creative expression. All who sign up are placed on a waitlist. Official enrollment will be determined after the first day of class. Attendance at the first class session is mandatory to be considered for enrollment in the course.
Terms: Aut, Win, Sum | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 115: Musical Theater (MUSIC 183D)

In this workshop we will traverse the landscape of world of Musical Theater. It will serve as an introduction for the beginning actor and singer, and expand the more experienced performer's range in this genre. The world of Musical Theater is filled with stories of love, passion, joy, violence, heartbreak and rage. The class will include an introduction to vocal and movement skills for musical theater, beginning with exercises to build an ensemble and encourage a sense of play and relaxation in supportive environment. Our class must be a place where everyone feels safe. As ensemble members, we will be responsible for each other in this environment. nStudents will choose one solo song, and perform in a group number from this exciting discipline. The instructor will work with the actors on technique, utilization of action, specificity of language, personalization, and emotional truth. A professional coach from the theater community will conduct vocal coaching. Physical warm-ups and chore more »
In this workshop we will traverse the landscape of world of Musical Theater. It will serve as an introduction for the beginning actor and singer, and expand the more experienced performer's range in this genre. The world of Musical Theater is filled with stories of love, passion, joy, violence, heartbreak and rage. The class will include an introduction to vocal and movement skills for musical theater, beginning with exercises to build an ensemble and encourage a sense of play and relaxation in supportive environment. Our class must be a place where everyone feels safe. As ensemble members, we will be responsible for each other in this environment. nStudents will choose one solo song, and perform in a group number from this exciting discipline. The instructor will work with the actors on technique, utilization of action, specificity of language, personalization, and emotional truth. A professional coach from the theater community will conduct vocal coaching. Physical warm-ups and choreography will be suited for both the dancer and non-dancer.nThe class will culminate in the last week with live performance for friends and family.nSTUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING THEIR OWN SUGGESTIONS. (Isn't there a role you've always wanted to sing?)nRequired text: Broadway Musicals Show by Show: Sixth Edition - Stanley Green; Paperback
Last offered: Spring 2018 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 115A: Vocal Audition for Musical Theater: Acting and Singing Technique for Musical Theater Auditions

The world of Musical Theater is filled with stories of love, passion, joy, violence, heartbreak and rage. nnIn this workshop we will research, study and practice audition pieces from this exciting performance discipline. The class will serve as an introduction for the beginning actor and singer, and expand the more experienced performer¿s range in this genre. nnThe class will include an introduction to vocal warm-ups and skills, with exercises to develop and determine vocal range with an accompanist. In preparation for a well-rounded audition, the instructor will work with the actors on utilization of action, specificity of language, personalization, and emotional truth. nnOur class must be a place where everyone feels safe. As ensemble members, we will be responsible for each other and encourage a sense of play and relaxation in supportive environment.nnSTUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING THEIR OWN SUGGESTIONS. (Isn¿t there a role you¿ve always wanted to sing?)
Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 119M: Special Topics: multi-hyphenate // liberating our artistic selves.

TAPS 119M Special Topics courses feature the annual Mohr Visiting Artist. The Mohr Visiting Artist program brings acclaimed and emerging artists to campus for a one-term period to teach a credited course and provide a presentation, exhibition or performance for the Stanford community and the public.nnThe Winter 2020 course is titled multi-hyphenate // liberating our artistic selves and is taught by Haruna Lee: n From Donald Glover to Yoko Ono, Beyoncé to Gertrude Stein, the multi-hyphenate artist who has not one but many disciplines continues to innovate and thrive across time, space and cultures. This course invites you to liberate all your creative selves- writer, director, designer, performer, producer, organizer, leader- by seeding an original theater or performance project that centers your freedom first and foremost. We will move our bodies together, find breath and ritual, engage with our own creative writing practice, find inspiration in unlikely and charming poetics and landsc more »
TAPS 119M Special Topics courses feature the annual Mohr Visiting Artist. The Mohr Visiting Artist program brings acclaimed and emerging artists to campus for a one-term period to teach a credited course and provide a presentation, exhibition or performance for the Stanford community and the public.nnThe Winter 2020 course is titled multi-hyphenate // liberating our artistic selves and is taught by Haruna Lee: n From Donald Glover to Yoko Ono, Beyoncé to Gertrude Stein, the multi-hyphenate artist who has not one but many disciplines continues to innovate and thrive across time, space and cultures. This course invites you to liberate all your creative selves- writer, director, designer, performer, producer, organizer, leader- by seeding an original theater or performance project that centers your freedom first and foremost. We will move our bodies together, find breath and ritual, engage with our own creative writing practice, find inspiration in unlikely and charming poetics and landscapes, devise and collaborate with each other, and share our creative material while learning to give and receive constructive feedback and direction. We will often look to Adrienne Maree Brown for guidance on how to call in our collective liberation, pleasure, ancestor work and healing, while using anti-oppression frameworks and emergent strategies to discuss ethical and equitable collaboration. This course is open to persons with a strong desire to embody a multi-hyphenate artistic practice and share creative work within a guided community.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable 2 times (up to 6 units total)
Instructors: Lee, H. (PI)

TAPS 120A: Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting

A substantive introduction to the basics of the craft of acting, this course gives all incoming students the foundation of a common vocabulary. Students will learn fundamental elements of dramatic analysis, and how to apply it in action. Topics include scene analysis, environment work, psychological and physical scoring, and development of a sound and serviceable rehearsal technique. Scene work will be chosen from accessible, contemporary, and realistic plays. Outside rehearsal time required.
Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

TAPS 120B: Acting II: Advanced Acting

Learn how to expand character work, beyond what is immediately familiar. Continuing basic practices from the first part of the sequence, in this quarter they will look beyond the strictly contemporary, and may begin to approach roles drawn from more challenging dramatic texts. This might include plays chosen from mid-century American classics, World Theater, or other works with specific historic or cultural requirements. Actors begin to learn how a performing artist researches and how that research can be used to enrich and deepen performance. Prerequisite: 120A or consent of instructor. Priority given to TAPS majors and minors.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable 2 times (up to 6 units total)
Instructors: Hunt, S. (PI)

TAPS 121V: Voice for the Actor

This course will focus on releasing a voice that effectively reaches the listener and is responsive to the actor's thoughts and feelings. Through work on breath awareness, alignment, resonance, and muscularity, students will learn to identify habits that help or hinder performance. Students will practice exercises to develop vocal strength, clarity, ease, and expressiveness while exploring the vocal demands of various texts and performing environments. Course will culminate in a presentation of classical and contemporary monologues. This course is a good preparation for auditions, rehearsal, and performance, and is appropriate for all levels. Priority space reserved for TAPS majors and minors.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE
Instructors: Hunt, S. (PI)

TAPS 122P: Undergrad Performance Project

The Undergraduate Performance Project provides students the opportunity to study and perform in major dramatic works. 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. Evening rehearsals are required. Full schedule will be released during casting. Maybe repeated for credit. 3 maximum completions allowed. If repeated, 15 total units allowed.
Last offered: Spring 2020 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable 3 times (up to 15 units total)

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, Spr | Units: 1-3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE, way_ce

TAPS 126: Sound Stories

This special seminar is designed for students interested in creating stories for radio, podcast, and other sound media. Students will learn both the core principles of telling strong stories, whatever the medium, and the strategies of telling entertaining, persuasive stories for the ear. Just like film or the novel, sonic stories offer a fascinating mix of constraints and opportunities, and you¿ll learn how to invite listeners into an experience or insight that combines theories, facts and feelings into a single space of empathy. This is a hybrid class¿equal parts classic seminar and creative workshop¿and students will create stories from start to finish and learn skills from pitching and interviewing to writing, editing, and digital production. Students will work in small groups to document places through the stories that inhabit them¿from the Menlo Park Police department to local shelters and community centers. Recommended for students interested in creative nonfiction, documentary, film, and even sound art. No prior experience necessary. Students wishing to enroll in this course must complete the following survey: n http://web.stanford.edu/~jwarga/S17TAPS126.fb (Cardinal Course certified by the Haas Center)
Last offered: Winter 2018 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE
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