The Third Year
Emphasis is put on the body and movement using the text of a modern or contemporary author. It’s the most difficult exercise of the year that is carried by the uniqueness of the actor and freedom of his performance. Pedagogy focuses on counter-casting to allow the future professional to use the tools collected during the first year to the best of his/her ability and in difficult situations. Meisner and Stanislavski methods are still present and developed. The Alexander method is introduced.
The third year is punctuated with three projects and showcases, and there is a public show every six to eight weeks. All shows are subtitled in French. The year includes three exams as well as public shows every eight weeks.
THEATRE CURRICULUM – 9h/week
The third year of study is performance driven. The year will be divided into three modules, with different directors brought in for each module. Shows are rehearsed and performed throughout the year, with additional focus on professionalism and preparation for entry into the industry.
#1 Classical or Modern
For their first show of the year, students will have to work with a director on a classical or modern play/playwright. The director can choose to put on a full play, or to create a patchwork of different plays by the same author.
For the second show, students will have to work with a director on a contemporary play/playwright.
For the final stretch of their course, students will focus on going out into the industry. For the stage part, the teacher will direct a showcase. Students bring scenes that could display their craft to casting directors and agents. The teacher makes the final decision and directs those scenes in a show
STAGE & SCREEN CURRICULUM – 12h/week
- At this point of the curriculum, students have already completed selftapes and mock auditions. They will now deepen their industry knowledge, to get a clear understanding of the chain of command when it comes to creating or participating in a project, from the producers to the performers.
- Each student will work on 2 monologues, which will be shot in a location that fits the situation.
#2 Short format show
For the first public show of the year, students will perform for each medium in their respective short formats. For the stage, they will perform one-act plays. For the camera, they will write, film and edit a short film. The teacher will guide the writing, direct the filming and provide feedback on the editing.
3/ Multimedia show
The second public show will be one where multiple media come together to tell one story, and interact as a central part to the staging and/or the narrative.
4/ Showcase / Showreel
For the final stretch of their course, students will focus on going out into the industry.
- For the stage part, the teacher will direct a showcase. Students bring scenes that could display their craft to casting directors and agents, in addition to a group performance.
- For the screen part, they will choose and film two dialogue scenes to include in their showreel. With those scenes in addition to the monologues from the start of the year, students will have enough material to edit their showreels individually, with the objective of sending them to agents and casting directors.
FINAL YEAR PROJECTS
- The graduation work, called “Travail de Fin d’Etudes” is a key moment of the third year. Students create a play or short film, that they will use as their first credential in the professional world.
- It is an opportunity to experience all the challenges of artistic creation : playwriting/screenwriting, lights, staging …
- In September, Cours Florent becomes the theatre of a big festival, displaying all the graduation works. A commission selects the best projects, which will be showcased again a month later.