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WSP 256 — Awaken the Actor Within

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Oct 8
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 1
Unit(s): 0 Units
Tuition: $210
Limit: 22
Status: Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet on Saturday, October 8.
Fall
On campus
Saturday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Date(s)
Oct 8
1 day
Drop By
Oct 1
0 Units
Fees
$210
Limit
22
Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet on Saturday, October 8.
Regardless of experience, anyone can discover increased expressivity, power, and the joy of creativity in acting. It is life enhancing, culturally enriching, and fun. Students in this workshop will explore their creative potential in a safe and supportive environment. The course will include relaxation techniques, games, and exercises to help students push their limits, rediscover play, and enjoy the experience of speaking and performing some of the world’s greatest dramatic literature.

In this workshop, students will start with a solid warm-up technique, practice voice and speech exercises, and learn acting terminology. Students may provide their own ten-minute scene, or the instructor will assign one. We will then work on “cold reading” technique and experience the use of “objective, obstacle, and action” in scene work. After a lunch break, we will add in simple movement, known as “blocking,” and work through each of the scenes for a final presentation at the end of the day. Whether a student’s passion is Shakespeare, Shaw, or Mamet, this course will provide the tools and vocabulary to approach the creative world of the actor and playwright.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for Credit or a Letter Grade.

Kay Kostopoulos, Lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford

Kay Kostopoulos is an actor who directs and teaches acting, acting pedagogy, voice, and speech. She also teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and has taught private seminars for Genentech, Cisco, the National Speakers Association, Stanford’s Executive Program for Women Leaders and Women in Entrepreneurship Program, and the eBay Women’s Initiative Network. Her work has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks
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