The Performing Arts Foundation Course provides basic training in the three interrelated disciplines of acting, movement, and voice in a nine-week course.

Main topics of discussion:

A. Audition techniques
The importance of material and repertoire choice is emphasized; students are taught to choose songs and monologues that explore character, vocal exploration, movement, dramatic inflection, internalization and ownership.

B. Staging
By discussing the basic techniques of staging, students develop a vocabulary necessary to engage in dialogue with others well-versed in Theatrical Arts. Students build an understanding of terms and relative positions; movement, motivation, and follow-through; and the movement theories that allow them to powerfully stage a performance to the best of their abilities.

C. Development of Stage Characters
Characterization is a fundamental of stage performance. Students study the exploration of personality, attitude, quirks, movement, and relationships of a character using improvisation and traditional acting exercises. Literary script analysis is also covered.

D. Music and Dialogue Preparation
By studying music theory and vocal techniques, students begin to build the confidence and skills needed to perform with conviction. Exercises encourage students to integrate elements of character development and staging, as well as the expression of character through text and music to develop a performance that suits them well. Memorization is a key element in Music and Dialogue Preparation.

Texts utilized:

Broadway Bound Workbook for the Student Actor

Other materials:

Rules and Regulations

Registration Forms

Extended Syllabus and Mission Statement

Facility Needs