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Theater:
Areas of Study

To build a sustainable life as a practicing theater artist you need a wide range of tools and techniques, an informed ethos of collaboration, and a solid grounding in the history of the craft.

To build a sustainable life as a practicing theater artist you need a wide range of tools and techniques, an informed ethos of collaboration, and a solid grounding in the history of the craft.

In the first two years of the program you will build that awareness and begin to develop those tools through a series of core classes founded in modern acting techniques, history and theory, and text analysis of a range of playtexts.

Learn how to launch your career by implementing useful professional practices such as stage combat, developing a business plan, and voice over. You will also work to establish your audition portfolio and personal brand.

Develop your performing instrument in classes devoted to vocal and physical technique, develop resilience through yoga and mindfulness, and delve deeply into a variety of texts and acting methods. Your goal is to be a performer who is physically and vocally flexible and powerful, critically astute, articulate, and who can apply imagination and empathy to a range of theatrical styles, from classical to contemporary.All theater students study the basics of theater production and work backstage in the Cornish Theater season in a variety of capacities

You can download detailed degree requirements + course descriptions here:

Acting

Develop your performing instrument in classes devoted to vocal and physical technique, develop resilience through yoga and mindfulness, and delve deeply into a variety of texts and acting methods. Your goal is to be a performer who is physically and vocally flexible and powerful, critically astute, articulate, and who can apply imagination and empathy to a range of theatrical styles, from classical to contemporary.

MUSICAL THEATER

Musical Theater is a true hyphenated art form: practitioners are actors-singers-dancers. It is as rooted in acting technique as any other kind of theater – but it is acting with rhythm, melody, and choreography.

Musical Theater students get a solid foundation in ballet, tap and theater dance, as well as solo and ensemble singing and music theory.

Original Works

Cornish students are theater makers. In Original Works classes you learn and practice the tools to generate new works of your own.

Collaborate and create constantly in every Original Works class, as playwrights, directors, and in generative ensembles. You can also develop your own performance styles through clown, solo performance and neo-burlesque.

 

Your Theater education at Cornish is grounded in a dynamic relationship to the history of the craft as well as an awareness of the conditions of the world, as you develop your own visions of what theater can become. As a Theater student at Cornish, you can apply yourself to specific Areas of Study, including courses in Acting, Music Theater and Original Works. You can also pursue your own interests across disciplines. All theater students study the basics of theater production and work backstage in the Cornish Theater season in a variety of capacities as well.

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