Scene Study for Actors
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NACT 3319
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Students realize a complete dramatic scene: situation, character, behavior, and event. All stages of scene development are explored, including script interpretation, action and intent, use of the actor's personal experience, interaction with other players, and identifying and overcoming individual performance problems. Characterization is also discussed. The class begins with simple contemporary scenes (American realism from the fifties on) and advances to more complex ones selected from Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, and Shakespeare, as well as material from the American cinema.