Acting…

 

“Saint Joan”, 2010

The Acting curriculum within The University of Alabama’s Department of Theatre and Dance is a rigorously structured sequence of study that prepares the Undergraduate major to pursue a career in performance or more specialized study at a leading Graduate Acting program.  Upon completion of this sequence, students will have a solid base of technique and will have become proficient in a wide array of acting styles and methods.

Initial acting courses are designed to encourage the realization of a highly personalized, confident expression on stage.  Advanced courses are offered in Greek Drama, Shakespeare, Moliere, European Realism, Classic Comedic Styles (including Wilde and Coward), Acting for the Camera, Contemporary Theatrical Styles, and Careers in Theatre.

Acting courses are augmented by intensive study in Movement and Voice for the Stage.  Advanced movement courses include specialized study in Clowning, Mask Work, Stage Combat, Suzuki, Contact Improvisation, Physical Characterization, Tai Chi, and Karate.

Advanced vocal courses include specialized study of Fitzmaurice (destructuring/ restructuring), Linklater, Rodenberg, Berry, and Lessac techniques.  They also include the study of phonetics (IPA), stage dialects, archetypes, and alba emoting.As many of our graduates go on to pursue professional careers, this department is resolutely committed to assisting with that transition through organizing internships, seeking local theatrical and film casting opportunities for exceptional students and through our New York Showcase, where students have secured representation by AEA and SAG franchised talent agents, as well as interest by major casting directors.Courses in this track, and the Department of Theatre and Dance as a whole, are taught by a vibrant, dedicated faculty of working professionals, who bring a wealth of National and International experience to the classroom.

Auditions for Departmental Scholarships in Acting for fall 2014 will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 and Saturday, January 25, 2014.  For further information, please contact:  Seth Panitch, Head of MFA/BA Acting Programs, (205) 348-3845, spanitch@as.ua.edu.