Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Drama
Office location and address
109 Culbreth RdCharlottesville, Virginia 22903
For non-majors. Acquire and practice voice and speech techniques to build oral communication skills, confidence and enjoyment in public speaking, presentation or performance.
Explores basic theories and techniques of acting through exercises, improvisations and scenes from contemporary dramatic literature.
A directed study in theater or drama.
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.
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.