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Marianne Kubik

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Drama
Office location and address
207 Drama Bldg.
109 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Marianne Kubik is a physical theater artist and instructor, with a focus on direction, choreography and coaching. She heads the movement component for the Department of Drama and serves as a resident artist for its production season. Previously, she headed the movement division for the University of Kansas Department of Theatre and Film, and she served on the faculties of Boston University and Emerson College. She is a Certified Instructor of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), a U.Va. Mead Honored Faculty member, and past-Treasurer for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

A core trainer for the University of Virginia’s MFA Acting program, her pedagogy is founded in her practical research of Meyerhold’s Biomechanics. Her research on biomechanics is published in the book Movement for Actors, and she has held several biomechanics residencies for the University of Connecticut’s graduate acting and puppetry programs. Her other movement disciplines include mask, Laban, Feldenkrais, period movement and dance, ballet for actors and stage combat. With a dedicated focus on devised physical theater, Marianne is the recipient of a commission from the Fox Theater for her devised work The Waltz Project, a juried prize from the Indie Digital Fest for her short film No Shoes for Dancing, and a juried recognition for her duet Façadefrom the Eugene O’Neill Theatre’s National Puppetry Conference. Marianne has been a resident coach for the National Puppetry Conference, as well as an Emerging Artist for her puppetry project The Forgetting River, and a Guest Director for their 20th Anniversary Season.

Marianne has shared her training and devised work internationally in Scotland, Italy, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic and has worked professionally at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Heritage Theatre Festival (VA), Construction Company (NYC), and the Huntington Theatre (MA). Recent directing work at the University of Virginia includes Scapin, Rhinoceros, dark play or stories for boys, and By the Bog of Cats. Marianne holds an MFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and an MA from Tufts University.

COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see http://college.as.virginia.edu/COLA
DRAM 2020: Acting I
Credits: 3
Explores basic theories and techniques of acting through exercises, improvisations and scenes from contemporary dramatic literature.
DRAM 2430: Production Laboratory: Acting
Credits: 1–3
Application of acting skills in production laboratory. May be repeated up to four credits. Prerequisite: Instructor permission
DRAM 3410: Acting II
Credits: 3
Exercises and scene work emphasizing the development of the actor's vocal and physical resources as a means of creating and communicating character, emotion, and relationships. Prerequisite: DRAM 2020 and instructor permission
DRAM 4410: Acting III
Credits: 3
Scripted scenes, exercises, and ensemble work to expand the actor's approach to characterization and interpretation within various dramatic genres. Prerequisite: DRAM 3410 and instructor permission
DRAM 4490: Stage Combat Skills
Credits: 2–3
Examines the art and craft of stage fighting, comparing its historical context with that of the theater. Focus is on the performance of the illusion of physical aggression and its dramatic intent, following the safety guidelines and techniques recommended by the Society for American Fight Directors. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4593: Special Topics in Performance
Credits: 1–3
A directed study in acting or performance offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s).
DRAM 7410: Movement: Foundations for the Actor
Credits: 3
Examines the essential tools required of the physical performer through practical studio work in the elements of balance, rhythm, shape, endurance, freedom of movement, flexibility, shape and musicality. Identification of physical habits and the body's mechanics will be addressed in order to uncover the key elements of expressive movement and gesture. Prerequisite: Graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 7420: Movement: Creating Physical Character
Credits: 3
Examines the various techniques and methods for creating character through shape, gesture and movement. Through practical work in and out of the studio, students will learn how to read and create postural and gestural patterns in relation to character and establish a specific vocabulary of movement for advanced work in physical acting.
DRAM 8410: Movement: Stage Combat Skills
Credits: 3
Examines the art and craft of stage fighting, comparing its historical context with that of the theater. Focus is on the practical performance of the illusion of physical aggression and its dramatic intent, following the safety guidelines and techniques recommended by the Society for American Fight Directors. Prerequisite: Graduate standing MFA program.
DRAM 8420: Movement: Period Movement and Dance
Credits: 3
Examines the social history of Western culture and its dramatic use in plays set between the 16th-19th centuries. Focus is on skills acquisition of the movement specific to each period, creative application to performance, and research skills for development of character. Prerequisites: Graduate standing MFA program.
DRAM 8559: New Course in Drama
Credits: 3
New Course in the Subject of Drama.
DRAM 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Graduate-level independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s). Requisite: Instructor permission
DRAM 9400: Mentored Study: Acting
Credits: 3
A faculty guided study in an area of advanced acting not covered in the established curriculum. Prerequisite: Graduate standing M.F.A. program
DRAM 9420: Devised Theatre
Credits: 3
Examines the developmental process in the creation of new work driven solely by the actor or acting company. Applies performance skills with communication of individual artistry.
DRAM 9470: Acting: Production and Performance
Credits: 1–3
Participation in the production program, crediting work in preparation and performance of acting. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Graduate-level independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s). Requisite: Instructor permission.