Degree Requirements

MFA in Contemporary Performance

The following outline for year one is subject to changes in sequence, but over the course of the two-year program, all these components and faculty will be present. Practice, view, and core training in acting, voice, and movement are ongoing throughout the two-year curriculum. Students take 12 credits per semester for a total of 48 credits. There is a materials/production fee each semester.

First year, fall- Module I: THR 602

Foundation Somatics/Investigating Physical Virtuosity: developmental movement, experiential anatomy, release, and dynamic alignment. Faculty: Wendell Beavers, Erika Berland

Roy Hart Vocal Work: investigation into extended vocal range and performance application,
voice tutorials, voice intensive.  Faculty: Ethelyn Friend

Viewpoints Technique- Ensemble Building and Devising: research and presentation of improvisational tools and application to creation of original work. Faculty: Joan Bruemmer-Holden

Contemplative Arts and Meditation Practice and View: meditation practice and orientation to Buddhist phenomenology and psychology - nature of mind teachings from the Buddhist tradition. Faculty: Erika Berland, Naropa Faculty, and Guest Faculty

Introduction to Psychophysical Acting/Grotowski Based: plastiques, corporals, cultivating immediate access to emotional sources, creating containers for emotional understanding of presence. Guest Faculty

History and Context: understanding the post-modern performance lineage in America and whose bones are you standing on film series. Faculty: Joan Bruemmer-Holden, Guest Faculty: Leeny Sack

Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist: the business of creating a balanced, sustainable life for yourself as a professional artist. Guest Artist: Amy Smith, Headlong Performance Institute

Final First Year Project Presentations

SUBTOTAL 12

First year, spring - Module II: THR 652

Physical Technique: developmental movement, experimental anatomy forms. Faculty: Wendell Beavers, Erika Berland

Viewpoints Intensive. Faculty: Wendell Beavers, Joan Bruemmer-Holden

Advanced Somatic Technique -Experiential Anatomy. Faculty: Erika Berland, Wendell Beavers

Meditation Practice and View. Faculty: Erika Berland and Naropa Faculty, and Guests

Physical Acting Training: The Performative Self Guest Artist: Leeny Sack

Suzuki Actor Training. Faculty: Joan Bruemmer-Holden

Performance and Devised Work.  Guest Artist: Sean Graney

First Year Project Presentations

SUBTOTAL 12

 

Second year, fall - Module III: THR 702

Advanced Physical Technique: dance-based techniques, release, somatic forms. Faculty: Wendell Beavers, Erika Berland

Advanced Roy Hart Vocal Work: investigation into extended vocal range and performance application voice tutorials, voice intensive.  Faculty: Ethelyn Friend

Psychophysical Acting Training I: applications to performance. Guest Artist: Elizabeth Watt

Meditation Practice and View. Faculty: Erika Berland and Naropa Faculty Guests

History and Context: understanding the post-modern performance lineage in America and whose bones are you standing on Film Series. Faculty: Joan Bruemmer-Holden, Guest Faculty: Leeny Sack

Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist: the business of creating a balanced, sustainable life for yourself as a professional artist. Guest Artist: Amy Smith, Headlong Performance Institute

Performance Thesis Intensive and Advising: Investigation of thesis topics and showing of works - in progress as part of the Integrated Thesis Portfolio. Guest Faculty: Leeny Sack; Faculty: Joan Bruemmer-Holden

SUBTOTAL 12

Second year, spring - Module IV: THR 722

Advanced Physical Technique: continuation of semester I sequence. Faculty: Wendell Beavers, Erika Berland

Viewpoints: composition, directing, and performance technique. Faculty: Wendell Beavers and Guest Faculty

Vocal Work: continuation of semester I sequence. Faculty:  Ethelyn Friend

Psychophysical Acting Training II: applications to performance, continuation of semester I sequence.
Guest Artist: Elizabeth Watt

Performance and Devised Work. Guest Artist: Sean Graney

Viewpoints Pedagogy. Faculty: Wendell Beavers

Somatic Pedagogy.  Faculty: Erika Berland

Voice Pedagogy. Faculty: Ethelyn Friend

Thesis Practicum.  Faculty: Joan Bruemmer-Holden, Ethelyn Friend, Wendell Beavers, Erika Berland

Culminating Projects: initiated and designed by the student in the fields of service learning, creating pedagogy, pure research focused on training issues, or production.

SUBTOTAL 12
TOTAL CREDITS 48

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