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Advanced Acting – Performance I [DRAM 431]

DRAM 431/3.0 Advanced Acting – Performance I

This course is an extension of DRAM331 Playing Shakespeare. We will continue to explore Shakespeare’s language clues that bring the text to life, and that allow the actor to communicate a character’s thoughts, wants, physical and emotional states through the text.


– through play reading, exercises, monologue and scene study the students will:

– demonstrate that they understand verse and use of metre

– develop listening skills

– develop movement skills to connect mind and body through speech

– use the text to define character

– use the text to define emotional state of character

– use the text to define objectives

– use the text to define situation

– prepare an Independent Study (to be discussed and assigned first day)

– examine, explore and present one assigned scene study

PREREQUISITE A GPA of 1.70 in 6.0 units from: DRAM 331/3.0; DRAM 339/3.0; DRAM 373/3.0 or permission of the Department.



This course is an advanced extension of DRAM-331 and as such we will be operating in a similar fashion. The demands will be slightly more rigourous as we explore as much course content via zoom as we can, given the restraints. Having rehearsed two plays for the Shaw Festival for eight weeks via zoom, I know that it can offer us new and exciting insights into text work, blocking and building relationships. There are traditional acting exercises that we simply cannot do online; however, this new learning environment does offer some opportunities, including time for looking at performance assignments in a more in-depth fashion. We will meet as a class for the first hour each week via zoom. After that time, the students will have access to breakout rooms to work on their assignments, as they would normally do at the Isabel. I will be there to assist and guide as I normally do. As a class we will discuss what timings are reasonable. There will also be an additional lab session available to us for one on one appointments and check-ins.