ETC's Education Programming Supported by Virginia Castagnola-Hunter, The Towbes Foundation, John C. Mithun and Mercedes Millington, The Leni Fund, Sara Miller McCune and Claudia Lapin.
Summer 2018, ETC's Young Actors Conservatory Classes
(Ages: 14 to 18 years old)
Monday to Friday, July 10 to July 27, 2018
Location: The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St, Santa Barbara
Principles of Acting/ Mask Workshop (10am—12pm)
Instructor: Marcus Giamatti
Improvisation Technique (12pm—2pm)
Instructor: Michael Bernard
Acting Shakespeare (2pm—4pm)
Instructor: Caren Adorni
COST: $999. Tuition assistance available.
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Course Descriptions ETC's Young Actors Conservatory Summer Sessions 2018
Students will learn how to deconstruct and scan a text and mine Shakespeare's words to speak the text with ease and understanding. Students will gain a basic understanding of poetic language, metrics, and the conventions of Elizabethan English, allowing for an analysis that will provide the actor with clear actions and objectives. Selected scenes will be worked, rehearsed, and presented.
Voice/Alexander Technique: Caren Adorni
By applying the principles of the Alexander technique, students will learn how posture affects vocal quality. Through breath management, voice projection, and resonance building, the Alexander technique helps to release the tension of the body allowing the voice to become fuller and freer, building confidence, allowing the actor to connect more easily with their unique creativity, vulnerability and vitality.
Principles of Acting/ Mask Workshop Instructor: Marcus Giamatti
In this class students will learn about the process of craft and deepening their approach to acting. The importance of making choices will be stressed as well as discovering ways to remove fears that block creativity, so that the student can find confidence in their unique voice, vulnerability and vitality. Through scene work with partners the class will begin by learning text analysis and beat-by-beat, moment-to-moment intentions, actions and objectives, before they stand the material on its feet. Stanislavsky's Five Questions will be applied as a foundation for technique in a simple, easy to understand format. Mask work will also be applied as a tool to help discover the joy of creating story and character through physicality. Using simple, fun imaginative exercises with both neutral and masquerade masks, students understand how a transformation can be achieved in this ancient art form. Mask work can result in a powerful sense of discovery for actors, making this unique opportunity a natural tool for effective communication and expression.
Introduction to Improvisation Instructor: Michael Bernard
This class will cover the basics of creating original improvised theater. Students will learn how to improvise in a believable environment. Create characters, be present, active and alive while listening and speaking. Supporting your partner and identifying building blocks for creating a scene will be emphasized.
Ensemble Theatre Company — Santa Barbara’s professional resident theater company — hosts the Young Actors Conservatory; an exciting hands-on training with master actors and theater artists, led by Director of Education, Marcus Giamatti. With a curriculum that focuses on principles of acting, movement, voice, improv, Shakespeare, and other vital elements of theater training, ETC’s Young Actors Conservatory is Santa Barbara’s premier theater program for young and aspiring artists with a passion for delving deeper into the craft of theater!
ETC Educational Outreach Mission Statement From The Director
Our mission at ETC is to provide educational opportunities that will deepen the relationship with our community, our existing patrons and encourage both adult and youth audiences to attend the productions, with a heightened awareness, passion and understanding of the theatrical process, the artistic process as well as the issues presented by the work. In this way, we hope to enhance the current work on our stage and position the institution as essential to the cultural and social well being of the Santa Barbara community, our schools and the American theatre.
It is important to us that our educational endeavor, through classes and outreach programming, finds a way to maintain a connection to the practices of the past, drawing on them, creating in the present, while structuring a vision for the artistic educational road ahead, with truth and fervor.