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Wednesdays, November 3 through December 15 (No Class on Thanksgiving Week)
In Person: 516 8th Street SE, 4th Floor
Instructor: Alex Piper
Prior Experience: Introduction to Acting preferred, bot not required.
You have always thought about what it takes to act with a scene partner. Ready to work a scene and explore what it takes to bring a scene to life? Dive into the fundamentals of scene work through in-depth character analysis, concentrated partner work and full investment in given circumstances of the theatrical text. This class will help participants explore ways to activate contemporary texts in rehearsal and performance.
Alex Piper, STC Teaching Artist
Years Teaching with STC: 5
Why I teach: I teach because I firmly believe in education as an effective and transformative medium that fosters empowerment, self-exploration, and investigation of the nexus between the individual and the greater human experience. I teach to encourage the development of the individual actor’s process of interpretation and activation. My approach focuses on the actor’s experiential mastery of individual tools that the actor can fuse together in their own unique process which fosters authentic and actionable choices. This approach to activation of body, voice, and text honors the effectiveness of the individual’s interpretive efforts. I teach to aid in the cultivation of an actor’s process that is uniquely rooted in the individual yet universally effective within any space.
Alex Piper has most recently appeared in the world premiere of Kleptocracy by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., earlier this year. Other notable credits include As You Like It and Sense & Sensibility (Folger Theatre), Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (ft. Stacey Keach as Falstaff) and As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company). He was awarded an Acting Fellowship at The Shakespeare Theatre Company for the 2013–2014 Season by Founding Artistic Director Michael Kahn. Awards Include: The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Finalist; Education: MFA, The University of Southern Mississippi. Website: http://alexpiper59.wix.com/piper