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Southern Oregon University

Past Elective Course

Ashland, Oregon

A week-long 3-credit graduate level class geared toward high school and community college theatre educators covering the director's role in the rehearsal process:

  • Address issues of working with young actors
  • Explore the post-casting, pre-technical rehearsal period
  • Develop script analysis skills geared toward character development and helping actors realize their potential
  • Build a rehearsal vocabulary
  • Discover practical blocking exercises
  • Learn how to use rehearsals as acting lessons while not impeding progress toward opening night
  • Create rehearsal plans and monitoring schedules to ensure your performers peak at opening night
  • Work with professional directors
  • Discuss and analyze the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Twelfth Night
  • Direct SOU young student actors and each other in practical directing exercises

Faculty

G Valmont Thomas, director and OSF actor

Penny Metropulos, OSF and freelance director

Here's what our students say:

  • "Everything was absolutely fantastic, but the thing I appreciated most was the focus on the high school situations we work in and how to apply what we're learning."
  • "Above and beyond what I had hoped for . . . really what I needed."
  • "Amazing. I feel like I have been working with greatness!
  • "I loved this week. It touched my soul and changed my life. I'm very excited for my own classes and season to begin."
  • "It means so much to be here in this nurturing environment with this loving faculty and staff."

director2005 Particpant Emily Ottaway from Kansas with SOU student actors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Schedule
7:00-8:00 am Breakfast
9:00-11:30 am Morning session
11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch
12:30-5:00 pm Afternoon sessions (break time TBA)
5:00-6:30 pm Dinner
 
Evening Schedule 2010
Sunday 7/25, 7:00 pm Welcome reception, orientation
Monday 7/26, 7:00 pm Scene analysis
Tuesday 7/27, 8:30 pm OSF play, Twelfth Night
Wednesday 7/28, 7:00 pm Scene rehearsals
Thursday 7/29, 7:00 pm Scene rehearsals