FULL - Course 110: IMAGINATION, INSTINCT, AND THE REALITY OF DOING: A Step-by-Step Approach to Acting
Leader: Manuel Duque
Description: This class will explore the process and key elements of Acting through the use of nonverbal exercises and structured two-person improvisations leading to selected monologues worked on and presented in class. Our goal is to achieve truthful behavior under imaginary circumstances and an authentic use of the self on stage. The course is designed primarily for those interested in acting and directing but could also be of interest to theatre and film buffs who would like to gain a better understanding of the "how and why" of an effective performance.
Class members take turns doing the exercises. When ready and willing, you become one of the performers. When not performing, you are a member of the class audience learning through observation and instructor feedback, and preparing to give it a try during the next session. As you are getting the hang of it, no attempt is wrong because your efforts provide the material through which important insights are gained. Lecture, demonstration, some "butterflies," feedback and fun will all be part of each class.
Biography: Manuel Duque taught Acting for 35 years at Bennington College, Penn State University, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Southern Methodist University and in New York City. He is a member of Actor's Equity and AFTRA.
Materials for Course: Written materials will be supplied as needed.
Number of Participants: Minimum: 6; Maximum: 12
Location: RidgeCrest at RiverWoods - Studio 35
Meeting time: Tuesdays, February 26 - April 2, 10 a.m. - noon (Each class is two hours long.)