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

Carys Kresny

Carys Kresny has directed theatre, physical performance and opera for stages that range from A Christmas Carol on a tabletop to baseball’s opening day celebration at San Francisco's Giants’ stadium. She has collaborated with a diverse range of performers and producers, among them opera singers, jugglers, juvenile detainees, jazz musicians, a marching band, and inanimate objects. Carys's direction and choreography have been seen at Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art,  Berkeley Rep, Annex Theatre, Seattle Opera, The Village Theatre, ACT Theatre, theater simple, Wooden O, Earshot Jazz Festival, Printer’s Devil, The Group Theatre, BookIt, and festivals in Seattle, Edinburgh, New York, and Vail. She’s taught and directed at colleges and conservatory programs throughout the Pacific Northwest, among them Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, Echo Glen Children's Detention Center, and The Annie Wright School. Carys spent her formative years in Las Vegas, Nevada in a house at the edge of the desert and grew up believing, incorrectly, that she was going to become an oceanographer.