University of Delaware

acting

Year One
The first year of training concentrates on the development of disciplined freedom and expressiveness in voice, speech, movement and imagination to provide the actor with the ability to employ the theatrical space with awareness, craft, and purpose. Special attention is paid to fostering conversancy with, appreciation of, and the ability to make present the unique language elements of classic plays. Work is also begun on the development of skills in script analysis and interpretation, so as to provide the ability to work beyond the context of a role into the context of the play as a whole. Classes in rehearsal technique promote sound habits of exploration and process through the extensive preparation of full-length classic plays in which each student has a major role and in which minor and supernumerary roles are played by professionals from the Resident Ensemble Players. Each semester culminates in public performances of these plays. Tutorial work in each student's individual areas of need takes place in addition to regularly scheduled classes.

Year Two
The second year continues and intensifies the studio work in voice, speech, movement, acting process, and script analysis. Tutorial work in each student's individual areas of need continue to take place in addition to regularly scheduled classes. Students make specific application of the studio and tutorial work in four to six productions of classic plays presented to the public. These productions are carefully prepared through extensive rehearsal periods which support students in integrating and synthesizing the work being done in classes and tutorials. In the first semester, all the leading and major supporting roles are played exclusively by MFA students, with minor and supernumerary roles played by professionals from the Resident Ensemble Players. In the second semester of year two, and for all of the third year, MFA actors and REP professionals combine fully into a single performing organization in which each student in the Acting Area is always rehearsing and/or performing a principal role opposite REP company professionals in productions directed by PTTP faculty and outstanding professional directors and designers.

Year Three
In the third year, continued daily studio work is augmented by intensive tutorial instruction in each student's individual areas of need. Students perform in a full season of ten to twelve productions, primarily classic plays, sometimes including revivals of productions from the previous two years. Each student in the Acting Area is always rehearsing and/or performing a principal role opposite REP company professionals in productions that are directed and designed by prominent guest artists from professional theatres in the United States and abroad and, in some cases, by PTTP faculty members. Studio work and tutorial instruction address specific needs revealed in performance and are designed to extend the actor's range of possibilities. Throughout the year, artistic directors, casting directors from New York and major regional theatres, and leading theatrical agents are brought to campus to hold auditions and to acquaint students with the current practical realities of the profession. At the end of the year, a showcase is produced in New York that is attended by leading Artistic Directors, casting directors, and agents.

Throughout the training:

  • • Students are engaged in rehearsal or performance at virtually all times, and each student is always at work on a substantial role in a current or upcoming production. Over the course of the three years of training, students play a wide variety of substantial roles in classic and modern plays.
  • • Specialty areas such as make-up, period dance, dialects, singing, and acrobatics are offered by prominent guest artists and teachers.
  • • Ample opportunities are provided for each student to audition for professional employment. (In years one and two, this is directed toward summer employment).
  • • Actors develop the capacity to function effectively as ensemble members, which supports their working with others, regardless of training and background, in ways which elicit cooperation and bring forth community.
  • • Actors are enabled to fulfill their Equity Membership Candidacy