The Neutral Mask: From Movement to Acting
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NACT 3341
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
In preparing for an acting role, what comes before technique and the study of the character? This theater arts and movement course is about (re)discovering the neutral state—a condition free of preconceptions, judgments, and biases. The wearer of the neutral mask receives sensory input from imagined environments. Participants arrive at a state of equilibrium and economy of movement through exercises and structured improvisation. The goal for students is to develop a keener awareness of themselves and their surroundings. Doing this creates an optimal state from which to begin a study of acting technique or a character study. The course is designed as an introduction to or refresher course in acting and movement studies for all students of the performing arts, for educators, and for anyone interested in exploring the neutral state. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.