Tovah Close

Lecturer (Academic)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Drama
Office location and address
109 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
DRAM 1020: Speaking in Public
Credits: 3
For non-majors. Acquire and practice voice and speech techniques to build oral communication skills, confidence and enjoyment in public speaking, presentation or performance.
DRAM 2020: Acting I
Credits: 3
Explores basic theories and techniques of acting through exercises, improvisations and scenes from contemporary dramatic literature.
DRAM 3590: Special Topics in Theatre and Drama
Credits: 1–3
A directed study in theater or drama.
DRAM 8430: Voice: Shakespeare and Verse
Credits: 3
Explores speaking and acting verse, focusing on scansion, language analysis, verbal improvisation, and personalization using Berry, Rodenburg, and Wade techniques. Actors score and interpret poetic and dramatic material, integrating text analysis with emotional expressiveness. Emphasizes heightened language texts, primarily Shakespeare. Prerequisite: Graduate standing MFA program.
DRAM 9430: Voice: Dialects
Credits: 3
Studies the dialects most commonly employed in theatre. Methodology includes practice with taped dialects, interviews with authentic dialect speakers, phonetic representation, and research into specific cultural aspects influencing structural formation and sound. Prerequisite: Graduate standing MFA program.