Contemporary Technique 1

School of Drama: Acting

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Contemporary Technique 1

Fall 2019

Taught By: Teva Bjerken and Kathryn Rossetter

Section: A

CRN: 1017

Credits: 3

This first semester is the foundation of the Stanislavsky technique. The technique is designed to free the student’s instrument, stimulate the imagination and provide the student with a greater self awareness so they can use their own unique instrument to make, bold, deep, affecting choices. The ultimate result is getting the student in touch with, and trusting their instincts and impulses so they can approach a role from both the conscious and the unconscious parts of their mind. Understanding of objective and actions vs. behaviors are also part of the foundation of acting. A specific series of sensory exercises will be assigned. Improvisation will be used to demonstrate application and to learn how to explore the circumstances of the scene. Students will explore the sensory aspects of scenes and emphasis will be on preceding circumstances and on how the sensory world of the play affects choices and leads to behavior. The students will gain the ability to make informed choices, manifest intention, commit to actions and live truthfully, moment to moment in the scenes.

Students who wish to enroll in a graduate theater course at The New School for Drama must be accepted into the graduate theater program as a full-time student.

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Acting (TACT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 19

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:50pm 6/15/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Friday

Times: 10:00am - 12:40pm

Building: Drama 151 Bank

Room: 106

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/13/2019