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[THTR V2007] Scene Lab

November 20, 2013

Greene, Charise
[THTR V2007] Scene Lab

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I had never acted before in my life, and Scene Lab with Charise was an incredible experience just in my growth as a person. I recommend it to anyone. Thinking about interactions among people in terms of objectives definitely applies outside the stage, and learning to assert what I need from others within the context of a play has helped me "follow through on my lines in life," as Charise would put it. This class was a huge help in getting over my fear of confrontation. There is also something very self-affirming about acting. It isn't "pretending" but finding something real in yourself, your version of the character in this situation, and showing that. You get a lot of chances to explore the way your body's state influences your feelings, and how to control that, but also how you can't fully control that. She says it's not acting therapy but it kind of is.

Charise is very serious about being on time, being fully present, and being prepared. I would even go so far as to say she's a little scary. She demands a lot of you, emotionally, because acting is emotional work. But she absolutely gives you praise when it's due, and her high demands make that even more meaningful. She is an INCREDIBLE actress herself, but she doesn't believe in talent and gives very concrete advice about how to act just as well as she does, down to what muscles in your throat and back to use and how to excercise them.

Workload:

You work on one scene the first half of the semester and a different scene the second half of the semester, and then we spent the remaining week or two doing monologue work. It definitely takes time out of your week to read your play, learn your lines, and meet with your group to rehearse. The exact amount of out-of-class time you put in depends on how quickly you can learn lines and feel confident delivering them, and how long it takes you to incorporate Charise's comments. Maybe plan for 4 hours outside of class, but it can vary a lot week-to-week.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
THEB / THTR THEB THTR V2007: Scene Lab Craig Baldwin 2012 Spring TR / 10:10-12:00 PM 2
THEB / THTR THEB THTR V2007: Scene Lab Charise Greene 2012 Spring MW / 12:10- 2:00 PM 1
THEB / THTR THEB THTR V2007: Scene Lab Rob Bundy 2011 Spring TR / 12:10- 2:00 PM 1
THEB / THTR THEB THTR V2007: Scene Lab Rita Pietropinto 2011 Spring F / 9:00-12:50 PM 2
THEB / THTR THEB THTR V2007: Scene Lab Rita Pietropinto 2010 Spring F / 10:00- 1:50 PM 2
THEB / THTR THEB THTR V2007: Scene Lab Rob Bundy 2010 Spring MW / 12:10- 2:00 PM 1
THEB / THTR THEB THTR V2007: Scene Lab Rob Bundy 2009 Spring MW / 2:10- 4:00 PM 1