ADULT DRAMA PROGRAM
   

The 2018 Adult Drama Program at the Arts Theatre Cronulla introduces acting courses for different levels of experience. Our beginner courses introduce students to essential acting techniques and practices to develop characters, work with scenes, and improvise performances. In our intermediate courses, students continue to build upon their existing knowledge by exploring story telling, non-human characters, and performing in highly stylised plays.

In both the beginner and intermediate courses, students are introduced to national and international practices; ancient, classical, modern, and contemporary performances and texts; cross-cultural acting techniques; the body and physical movement; and different performance genres and styles. We place an emphasis on developing practical exercises and techniques for students to experiment with and add to their repertoire.

We look forward to meeting you!

When: Saturday afternoons 2 - 4:30pm.
Where: Arts Theatre, Surf Road Cronulla.
Cost: $240 per term. Please contact us for more information about payment options.

For more information on drama classes, email Brooke McArthur.

Adult Acting Program 2018 Information Session
Date: 3 February at 2 to 4:30pm at the Theatre.

At the information session you can meet our teaching staff, learn about the program and courses on offer in detail, find out about the registration process. As the best way to learn is to do, our teachers will provide a free short class for anyone interested in participating. If you would like to attend, please email us.

BEGINNERS ACTING PROGRAM
Term 1 -
17 February to 14 April
Act101 - Creating the Character

In this unit, students are introduced to fundamental acting theories and techniques of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg. Emphasis is placed on character and character development, with a focus on representational acting styles and reading and analysing a short monologue. Topics may include given circumstances, imagination, the senses, emotional and cognitive memory and substitution, gesture and observation, internal and external action, justification and objectives, and working with objects. Throughout the terms, students will workshop a short monologue to place the theories and concepts discussed into practice. At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to apply basic acting and script analysis techniques to research and devise a character.

Term 2 - 12 May to 30 June
Act102 - Scenes, Stages and the Rehearsal Process

Continuing to build on students' knowledge from the previous term, including the practitioners and theorists introduced, this unit begins to explore in greater detail rehearsal practices and scene work for representational acting traditions. Here, students explore ideas that bridge the on-stage and off-stage realities, learning strategies to manage the transition from the actor-self and character-self; rehearsal preparation; active analysis; entrances and destination; and occupation and waiting. This unit will offer students the opportunity to apply a range of acting techniques to the initial and early stages of creating a performance.

Term 3 - 18 August to 6 October
Act103 - Comedy Improvisation and the Body: Commedia dell'arte

This unit examines the intersections of comedy, improvisation, and the body, drawing on the rehearsal and training techniques of the Commedia dell'arte. Students will be introduced to the significance and centrality of their body to the acting process, particularly when inhabiting physical roles in presentational acting styles. Performing excerpts from Commedia dell'arte's well known plays, students will explore ideas, including: persona and personality; masks and performance; comedy and cultural translation; and improvisation and audience. In this unit, students will learn about the importance of movement and action to story telling and performance.

Term 4 - 20 October to 8 December
Act104 - Staging the Performance

In this unit, students can decide to elect a text or devise a performance to rehearse and stage as part of the end of year performances at Arts Theatre Cronulla. Students will explore the rehearsal processes developed by practitioners discussed in previous terms. Further, students will develop their knowledge on the technical and creative aspects of preparing and staging a performance

INTERMEDIATE ACTING PROGRAM
Term 1 -
17 February to 14 April
Act201 - Documentary Theatre and the liminal space between fact and fiction

Documentary theatre is grounded in real life stories that explore individual and collective experiences, social issues, and contemporary and historical events. Performances are constructed through a range of materials, such as recorded interviews, newspapers, publications, found footage and photographs, which are assembled into a theatrical representation. In this unit, students will examine the broad genre of documentary theatre and techniques to devise an original performance that will draw on acting techniques developed by North American practitioners to be presented to a private audience.

Term 2 - 12 May to 30 June
Act202 - Finding the Laugh: The Body in Physical Theatre and Comedy

In this unit students will be introduced to a range of practices in physical theatre to explore aspects of comedy in text and devised performance. Students will explore aspects of clowning, corporeal mime, biomechanics, contemporary dance, Commedia dell'arte, Suzuki method of acting, Laban movement analysis and and Epic Theatre. Drawing on various styles and techniques introduced in this unit, students will have the option to rehearse and stage a short comedy or devised performance. Further, this unit will offer students with the opportunity to apply a range of acting concepts and techniques previously covered.

Term 3 - 18 August to 6 October
Act203 - Creating Other Worlds Part I

Drawing on western and Eastern practices, students will prepare and stage a full-length play. Students will explore the rehearsal processes developed by practitioners discussed in ACT201 and be further introduced to experimental and alternative theatre practices discussed in ACT202. This unit will offer students the opportunity to apply a range of acting techniques to the initial and early stages of creating a performance.

Term 4 - 20 October to 8 December
Act204 - Creating Other Worlds Part II

Continuing from the previous unit, students will continue to develop their knowledge on the technical and creative aspects of preparing to stage a performance of a full play. Students will draw on a range of rehearsal processes and techniques developed by practitioners discussed in ACT203. This unit will offer students the opportunity to apply a range of acting techniques to the evolution of creating a highly stylised play.