The Character

College of Performing Arts: Theatrical Practices

Non-Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Majors Only
The Character
Spring 2023
Taught By: Chaelon Bennett and Susan Cameron
Section: A

CRN: 13647

Credits: 2

Building on the fundamentals of Story 1 and The Scene, “The Character” will explore the intersection of story and action with the physical and vocal embodiment of the human being that is the character. We will use two different plays, one contemporary and one classical. With each of these scripts, we will define the Givens of a character, but take the next step by exploring how this understanding might engender characterization and physical transformation. Students will learn how to remain truthful to themselves yet find ways to shift physically and vocally to allow changes that embody a character that might be different from how they normally move and speak. Through physical and vocal exercises, students will stretch the boundaries of usual choices and enter into a world where the imagination informs all aspects of the actor’s instrument. Once “characters” are fully realized, they will meet the other “characters” in the room through interviews and then in improvisations.

College: College of Performing Arts (CO)

Department: Theatrical Practices (TPRC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 5:10am EDT 5/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 1:00pm - 4:20pm
Building: Drama 151 Bank
Room: 106
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/17/2023