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Acting in English - Step 2
Theatre courses in English in Stockholm are very few. Folkuniversitetet is proud to be able to offer courses for those who wish to develop their performing skills in English - a thorough, practical introduction to acting in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
This course is suitable for students who have already completed the beginners course or students who already have some drama experience and a strong commitment to continue working in progress.
The goal of the course is for the students to experience and discover a living awareness of the human body and voice as expressive instruments, the joy of working in a group and the strength that comes from discovering new things about yourself.
In the continuation course we dive deeper into the world of acting and drama. Having already created a solid base for our voices and bodies, we now continue with more advanced exercises as well as preparing for a small performance at the end of the course. Using a combination of improvisational and Stanislavsky technique, the teacher will pull out your strengths and push you to places that will surprise you!
The course will also be valuable for developing life skills, irrespective of whether you want to pursue acting in a sustained way, amateur or professional. Just the simple act of getting up in front of people each week and trying out something new teaches you a lot about yourself and how you relate to people. It hopefully enables you to strengthen those areas you feel are weak and re-discovers talents that have been asleep for a while!
Topics covered include
- Exploring the use of the voice and body in acting.
- Finding the playfulness and fun in performing through improvisation.
- Building confidence for performance.
- Rehearsing a scene from a play or film.
- Relaxing the body:
In this first step of the course we focus on relaxing exercises to ground, focus and open up the body to breathing, speaking and moving on stage.
With a relaxed body and a relaxed breathing we now go on to voice exercises which allow us to find our true voice and tone, freeing up our vocal chords and tensions in the head, neck, jaw and chest.
- Body in relation to space:
In this step we explore the body in relation to the space around us, learning how to ‘fill’ the room while interacting with those around us.
- Approaching a text with the method of Stanislavsky:
Text analysis, reading a text, objectives. Trying out a text in front of people.
- Working on a scene:
In this last step of the course we work on a dialogue from either a film or a play that we then present in front of the group and we investigate the given circumstances in a particular scene.
- Preparation and building a character:
In this step we learn different techniques to get in to a specific physical behaviour and an emotional state and how to create a believable character.
All of our acting courses offer continuing courses where you can further develop your skills. It is also possible to take this course again since the courses never end up being identical with each other. If you want to learn to sing, we provide courses to help you get started.
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