Acting

Are you looking to expand your knowledge of the art and craft of acting in a two-week immersive program like no other?

 

Acting introduces the beginning actor to the basic philosophies and techniques of acting.  Centered on the teachings of Sanford Meisner and Robert Cohen, this course will help participants understand the finer points of acting in the creation of a role for rehearsal and performance.  We will explore both the creative and analytical processes that lead to truthful and believable behavior on stage (and screen) by participating in workshops focused on acting technique, scene analysis, movement, and voice. In the process, students will be exposed to masterworks of the world theatre (from Shakespeare to Shepard) through in-class scene work and exercises geared toward heightening awareness of the physical self and its relationship to the surrounding environment.

 

The goal is simple: Students will discover their own unique theatrical voice and the freedom to flex those newfound imaginative muscles on the stage, on the screen, and—ultimately—in life itself.

 

Students’ acting work will be showcased to the general public at the conclusion of the program.

Academic Director

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson is the Executive Director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame. In this position he provides executive oversight for the many Shakespeare-related programs housed at the University of Notre Dame, with a particular focus on engaging our local community through the works of William Shakespeare. Previously he served as Executive Director for the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he produced and performed in outdoor Shakespeare productions staged under the midnight sun at venues throughout Alaska, and internationally for audiences around the globe (most notably at the VIII World Shakespeare Congress in Brisbane, Australia, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland). He also spent three years living and working in London as the Business and Legal Affairs Coordinator for Brighter Pictures (now a part of Endemol UK), one of the United Kingdom’s most successful independent film and television production companies. He holds a BA in Theatre from Indiana University/Bloomington, as well as intensive study in acting at the London Centre for Theatre Studies. Scott currently serves as the Treasurer of the Shakespeare Theatre Association and is an instructor of Acting Process at the University of Notre Dame.