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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NACT 3331
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course is designed for students of theater, film, and television acting but is open to all who want to develop extemporaneous movement and speaking skills. It provides experience in character study, spontaneity, physicality, presence, and scene development and collaboration, incorporating these skills into improvisational exercises. Beginning with their own persona, students create characters, building situations and environments from physical choices. Movement becomes the basis from which feelings and thoughts arise, permitting the action to evolve authentically from moment to moment. Each session includes warm-up improvs, theater games, scene setups, sketch work, and specific tasks to develop character. The final session may be open to an invited public. Previous performance experience is helpful. Wear loose, comfortable clothes.