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DRA 148 - Voice & Movement

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
The purpose of this course is to develop foundational skills in the use of the actor’s speaking voice alongside motivated movement and gesture. Students will discover habitual vocal and movement tendencies and work to establish truthful and dynamic dialogue and movement for characters on stage. Attendance at a theatrical performance required.
Competencies
During this course the student will be expected to:

  1. Examine habitual vocal tendencies in relation to neutral vocal characteristics.
    1. Discover habitual regionalisms in speech.
    2. Determine parts of diction that are habitually preventative of sharing an understandable story on stage.
    3. Demonstrate an ability to apply neutral vocal techniques to theatrical dialogue.
  2. Break down the aspects of the actor’s voice that can be used to effectively convey truthful behavior on stage.
    1. Demonstrate an ability to consistently create vibration with supported breath.
    2. Develop an ability to create touch of sound, free of tension.
    3. Experiment with sending vibration through various resonation chambers.
    4. Explore various levels of vocal volume with attention to healthy breath support.
    5. Use variable rates of speech to convey truthful behavior rooted in the moment.
  3. Incorporate a healthy vocal warm-up into a performance routine.
    1. Discover ways to consistently remove tension along the vocal channel.
    2. Develop foundational breathing techniques that can support eight performances per week of vocally challenging roles.
    3. Employ consistent use of tension free vibration through various resonating chambers with free range of volume.
    4. Practice healthy habits of warming up muscles used in articulation.
  4. Perform dialogue from a play with emphasis on an effective vocal performance.
    1. Utilize the fundamentals of acting technique.
    2. Create uniquely dynamic performances that utilize vocal tendencies that spring forth from neutrality of voice.
  5. Examine habitual physical tendencies in relation to neutral physical tendencies.
    1. Discover habitual movement tendencies while on stage.
    2. Establish the ability to perform with neutral physical tendencies.
  6. Diagram how movement on stage can convey truthful behavior within the context of theatrical storytelling.
    1. Illustrate a range of movement that is believable truthful behavior within variable imaginary circumstances.
    2. Develop an ability to discover dynamic movement that is truthful to the moment.
  7. Organize a personalized physical warm-up to effectively prepare an actor for performance.
    1. Generate methodologies for removing tension for one’s self within one’s body.
    2. Practice healthy habits of warming up muscles used in stage movement.
  8. Create an effective physical performance in the context of a text from dramatic literature.
    1. Apply the fundamentals of acting technique.
    2. Incorporate truthful movement that stems from actor neutral into performances with uniquely dynamic physical storytelling from a play.



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