Creating a Role
Creating a Role is designed to give students the experience of preparing a complex role from the beginning of a rehearsal process through the moment of performance. Working with both a professional director and a professional actor, students explore all the elements of acting in a full production, including text analysis, dramaturgy, character development, blocking, giving focus, taking direction, connecting to other actors, and dealing with the audience. This offering of the course culminates in four public performances of Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, adapted by Laura Eason, a wildly theatrical version of the classic with sledge rides, elephant chases, and surprising relevance to the refugee crises facing the world today. Lots of fun and challenging roles for an ethnically diverse cast of students at all levels of experience.