Solo Performance in Production

Open—Year

This course is designed for actors who want to write, act in, and develop their own work. We will explore various aspects of the personal monologue and staging of solo performance. Through assigned texts and viewing video performances of contemporary artists, we will examine the myriad ways of structuring solo performance, as well as experiment with uses of technology, music, visual art, movement, and text. In addition, we will look at contemporary trends in performance, audience participation, direct action, ritual, and endurance, as evidenced by artists such as Marina Abromovic. We will look at uses of nontraditional texts for performance such as the poetic series. We will also examine solo performance through the lenses of culture, current events, race, ethnicity, and gender. The goal of the course is for each student to create a unique and individualized solo vehicle for themselves. Some of the artists surveyed will be Anna Deveare Smith, Lisa Kron, John Leguizamo, and others. This class will include an informal end-of-year showing. This class meets once a week.

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