The Second Year
Furthering voice, body and language development through public representations.
The second year is about extending voice, language and body learning through an independent presentation and two public shows. Meisner and Stanislavski methods guide students on the path of free performance.
At the end of the first year, students can opt to specialize in theatre (Acting in English program) or cinema (Stage & Screen program).
THEATRE CURRICULUM – 9h/week
A continuation of knowledge acquired during the first year of study, students will learn advanced techniques for live performance, rehearsal strategies, and delve deeper into classical, modern, and contemporary English language stage literature. Intensive character and scene work, coupled with advanced vocal and physical techniques, will make up the bulk of this year.
You will prepare two monologues : a classical one (pre-1700) and a contemporary one (post-1970).
#2 Verse and Prose
Students will dive deep into Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. You will work on two scenes (verse and prose) with at least two characters. The focus when working on those two scenes must be in the differences of status between characters.
#3 Twin Character Arc
Students will take what they have learned of character creation and apply it to a full character and narrative arc. Each student will be assigned one character from a play written before 1970. They will select important scenes and moments from that character’s arc to perform during the échéance.
#4 Personal Project Map
Throughout the course of the year, students will work on a personal project. Students can choose to adapt an existing play or create their own piece, but it must be a stage performance.
For the end of their second year, students will be directed by their teacher to put on a public performance. Scenes will be selected by the teacher from 3 plays, and must include at least 1 female playwright.
STAGE & SCREEN CURRICULUM – 12h/week
Students choosing Stage & Screen will split their concentration between live performance and acting for the camera techniques. They will explore in more depth the similarities, differences, and challenges in the two industries. Technical classes and camera work will be added to the basic performance curriculum, as well as advanced character work and emotional connection.
#1 Open approach to the camera
- The first module of this program is dedicated to the technical aspects of acting for the camera compared to acting for the stage. Each student will be cast in an open scene given by the teacher. They will work under the guidance of their teacher to adapt those scenes to the camera as well as the main types of stages (proscenium, traverse, through, in the round).
- Students will be given an introduction to editing during this module as well, that will cover storytelling through cuts and framing.
- For the end of the module students will edit the filmed version of their open scene and perform the stage version live.
Working on a single character, students will prepare a scene and a monologue. The scene is to be performed live on stage, while the monologue will be filmed.
#3 The Shakespeare Module
Students will take an in-depth dive into the works of William Shakespeare in this module.They must find the resonance in the language and should gain autonomy around the challenges it poses to a contemporary speaker.
- Students will work on existing dialogue scenes to be performed live.
- For the camera portion of the module, they will create and film a scene taking place either before OR after the events of the play, in contemporary English.
#4 Personal Project Map
Throughout the course of the year, students will work on a personal project. The end goal should be to create the foundations to a performance they could turn into a TFE and beyond. Students can choose to adapt an existing play/script or create their own piece for the stage or for the camera.
For the end of their second year, students will be directed by their teacher to put on a public performance. Contemporary scenes will be selected by the teacher from 3 plays or films, and must include at least 1 female playwright or director.