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THEATRE & CINEMA PERFORMANCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

FIRST YEAR:  CONNECTION • MOVEMENT  • FAITH AND CALLING

The first year is spent focusing on connection, understanding how to control your body, and developing the skill of reacting to the other actor and understanding the integration of your faith into your art. 

  • The student actor begins the focus of developing a solid technique based on the rigors of the Meisner Technique, developing the habit of listening and responding truthfully. Students are encouraged to take risks and explore their own humanity and doing truthfully in imaginary circumstances all within a safe environment that encourages creativity.
  • Voice, Movement & Mask work helps the student develop an instrument that is open and willing to create spontaneity.
  • Acting students will develop and cultivate the integration of Faith and calling to the art of acting and creativity    within a Christian World View.  These discussions continue throughout the students Asbury career, in order to prepare them to be a light in the world and to carry themselves as a professional artist who is a Christian.
  • First year actors will have an opportunity to perform in a stage production. It is important for the student to take what they are learning and apply that to a live production in their first year.

SECOND YEAR:  TEXT • CHARACTER  •  HISTORY

The second year of the Meisner technique focuses on text analysis and character development

  • Second year acting students continue work on text as they begin the exploration of the Realism of Ibsen, Chekhov, and Shaw.
  • The students explore character analysis while studying realism.
  • Theatre History is an important part of the student’s development by understanding the path and growth of the art of Theatre.

THIRD YEAR:  ACTING FOR CAMERA • DIRECTING • AUDITIONS

The third year of the Meisner technique changes focus to Acting for film and TV, auditioning and directing.

  • Third year students will take the craft work they have learned and adopt it to the techniques involved in Acting Film and TV. Focusing on script analysis and impulse acting, students discover how to create a deeper understanding of character needs and desires within the context of the scripts text.
  • Understanding the responsibilities of the director, third year acting students learn how the technique they have learned can be applied to directing actors.
  • The students learn the unique art of auditioning for stage and for screen by participating in mock auditions with real theatre and film directors in the region.

FOURTH YEAR:  TRANSITIONING • BUSINESS OF ACTING • GRADSCHOOL PREP

The fourth year focus is on entering the professional world and or continuing the students education in grad School as well as understanding the business aspects of acting.

  • Students develop a plan for after graduation through the Senior Seminar course. They study the professional landscape discovering opportunities for them following graduation.
  • The focus is on students learning how to create their own opportunities and to think like an entrepreneur.

Links

Writers Guild of America
www.wga.com

Kennedy Center American
College Theatre Festival

www.kcactf.org

Actors Equity Association
www.actorsequity.org

Screen Actors Guild
www.sag.org

Southeastern Theatre Conference
www.setc.org

Kentucky Theatre Association
www.theatreky.org