Bridging the Virtual Divide: Applying the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique to Create Connection in t

School of Drama: Dramatic Arts

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Bridging the Virtual Divide

Winter / January 2021

Taught By: Ragnar Freidank

Section: A

CRN: 9592

Credits: 2

"When Michael Chekhov originally developed his Acting Technique he did so in a time when person to person communication in real time in a shared physical space was the given. Due to the ongoing CoVID-19 pandemic, we have been using screens to communicate with each other in teaching and learning, as well as in performing. Inspired by Michael Chekhov's investigations into human-to-human communication, this course will examine what is lost in the process of using screens and explore ways available to us in which we can still have true connection, or rather, in which we can create connection with each other on both sides of the physical divide. While creative technological advances have been explored as ways of applying outer advancements to emulate person to person communication via computer technology, this course will look at the inner processes that make person to person communication possible in the first place. This leads to processes that one might call ""invisible processes"". This course is about dealing with the actual medium we are working in, which is screens. This class is both: an opportunity to learn about Michael Chekhov's extensive work with the actors imagination as well as a research opportunity on how to move past the physical divide into meaningful true communication with whoever is on the other ""side"" of the screen. If in the current on-screen situation you feel a sense of absence and longing, this class might be for you. The physical world says you have to be isolated. The imaginary world says you are all one."

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Dramatic Arts (TDRM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 9

Add/Drop Deadline: January 5, 2021 (Tuesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: January 13, 2021 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/2/2021 - 1/18/2021