PA Performance Ensemble (PAPE)

PAPE 110  Acting I  (3 credits)  

The course will introduce students to the fundamental skills and theories of acting. The introduction to the art of acting will keep the focus on work on the self based on exploratory exercises: observations, demonstrations, and assignments, as well as working on the part, which moves the student from the preparation of their instrument to the preparation of the role. The major emphasis is on actor development and growth through character portrayal, monologues, scene performances, and written work.

Prerequisites: Permission from instructor to register, and the student must be pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater Arts.
PAPE 111  Acting II  (3 credits)  

The course will introduce students to the fundamental skills and theories of acting. The introduction to the art of acting will keep the focus on work on the self-based on exploratory exercises: observations, demonstrations, and assignments, as well as working on the part, which moves the student from the preparation of their instrument to the preparation of the role. The major emphasis is on actor development and growth through character portrayal, monologues, and scene performances, and written work.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.
Prerequisites: Student must be a Theater Arts major pursuing a BA degree. Permission of instructor is required to register.
PAPE 120  Movement I  (3 credits)  

Movement I consists of a fusion of physical training techniques; a combination between performance philosophy, an exploration of dance and movement concepts emphasizing the fundamentals and mechanics of the body as an expressive tool with special focus on contemporary avant-garde forms of expression. It combines dance, theatre, improvisation and performance art to create a unique performing art form.

Prerequisites: Permission from instructor to register, and the student must be pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater Arts.
PAPE 121  Movement II  (3 credits)  

Movement II consists of a fusion of physical training techniques; a combination between performance philosophy, and exploration of dance and movement concepts emphasizing the fundamentals and mechanics of the body as an expressive tool with special focus on contemporary avant-garde forms of expression. It combines dance, theatre, improvisation and performance art to create a unique performing art form.

Course Rotation: NY; Spring
Prerequisites: Student must be a Theater Arts major pursuing a BA degree. Permission of instructor is required to register
PAPE 150  Performance Ensemble I  (2 credits)  

The course offers acting and directing students with a comprehensive introduction to the performance aspects and technical demands within the setup of an Ensemble / Theatre company. Concentrating on active learning, the section is dedicated to developing a devised project – collaborative creation of a piece.

Prerequisites: Permission from instructor to register, and the student must be pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater Arts.
PAPE 151  Performance Ensemble II  (2 credits)  

The course offers acting and directing students with a comprehensive introduction to the performance aspects and technical demands within the setup of an Ensemble/ Theatre company. Concentrating on active learning, the section is dedicated to developing a devised project – collaborative creation of a peace.

Course Rotation: NY; Spring
Prerequisites: Student must be a Theater Arts major pursuing a BA degree. Permission of instructor is required to register
PAPE 160  Explorations in Scenic Design  (3 credits)  

In this course the actor and director delve into the history of scenic design and explore how it has impacted storytelling. Through lectures and hands-on studio work, students learn how to use the tools of time, mass, and space to tell their stories.

Course Rotation: Spring
PAPE 210  Acting III for B.A. Actor  (3 credits)  

The course will focus on developing and cultivating a student’s ability to apply skills acquired in previous courses to contemporary scene work. Additionally students will continue to develop and strengthen their ability to analyze text and apply units.

Course Rotation: Fall. Course Campus:New York City.
PAPE 211  Acting IV for the BA Actor  (3 credits)  

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.
Prerequisites: Listed prerequisite and open to Directing and Theater majors only.
PAPE 220  Movement III for the BA Actor  (1 credits)  
PAPE 221  Movement IV for the BA Actor  (1 credits)  

This course gives students the opportunity to apply the conceptual understanding and physical ability achieved in Movement III to their own construction of a movement scene. Structured as a weekly workshop, students perform closely-guided improvisation exercises, working toward a visceral understanding of a monologue/scene.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring
PAPE 230  Vocal Production 1 for BA Actor  (2 credits)  

Vocal Production I is the first of four courses in vocal training it is a rigorous, sequence of study that uniquely coordinates the many elements and practices of vocal training. The goal is to offer the actor an instrument fully capable of responding.

Course Rotation: Fall. Course Campus:New York City.
PAPE 231  Vocal Production II for BA Actors  (2 credits)  

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.
Prerequisites: Listed prerequisite and open to Directing and Theater Art majors only.
PAPE 251  International Performance Experience  (0 credits)  

In this course students will engage in the process of creating a devised piece using the most up-to-date form of Ensemble Theater. The course offers students the opportunity to understand the complexity of creating work that comes out of necessity and to expand the student's international creative skills and experience. In addition to a mid-semester performance/presentation at one of the professional New York theater venues, the class culminates in a trip to an international festival overseas at which the students will perform their devised work.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring
PAPE 270  Script Analysis for BA Actor and Director  (3 credits)  

Students will read, work with engage with a number of plays in order to establish an understanding of the specific analytical needs for actors, directors, and designers. Students will examine several approaches to script analysis.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.
PAPE 271  Directing 1 for BA Director  (2 credits)  

Directing I covers the fundamental principles of the director’s role in the life of a production, including understanding and creating stage composition, preparation of the script for production from analysis and concept through rehearsal techniques.

Course Rotation: Fall
PAPE 272  Directing Lab 1 for BA Director  (1 credits)  

This course will be taught and will function in tandem with Directing I. It will consist of an in-depth reading/lecture/discussion/project in order to help students develop a working understanding of storytelling.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.
Prerequisites: This course is open to PAPE majors only.
PAPE 273  Directing II for BA Director  (2 credits)  

This course will be taught and function in tandem with Directing I. It will consist of an in-depth reading/lecture/discussion/project in order to help students develop a working understanding of storytelling with the support of the dramatic action, unit structure, composition, pasteurization, movement, and gesture.

PAPE 274  Directing Lab 2 for BA Director  (1 credits)  

This course will be taught and will function in tandem with Directing II, PAPE 273. It will consist of an in-depth reading/lecture/discussion/project in order to help students develop a working understanding of storytelling.

PAPE 275  Advanced Play Structure and Style for the BA Actor  (2 credits)  

This course provides a deep investigation of the structure of plays, scenes, and monologues from different periods and styles. Students compare structures and learn to recognize the various styles of playwriting by author and time period. This examination extends to style relative to cultures and content. Students learn to do a very close reading of a text that uncovers and identifies dramatic action, through line, character motivation, and thematic meanings; to examine the world of the play-the given Circumstances-including the relevant cultural, political, historical, religious, and ethnic contexts.

Course Rotation: Fall.
PAPE 280  Theatre History 1 for BA Actor and Director  (3 credits)  

This course provides a survey of dramatic literature, dramatic theory and theatre.

Course Rotation: Fall. Course Campus:New York City.
PAPE 281  Theatre History of Directing  (3 credits)  

Study of the history of stage directing; concentration placed on art and craft of directing for stage with emphasis on techniques. This course explores the work of a range of nineteenth- and modernism, this course encompasses both history and directing theory.

Course Rotation: Fall. Course Campus:New York City.
PAPE 310  Acting V for BA Actors  (2 credits)  

This course is an exploration of the fundamental tools of verse and heightened language acting-the text-from the actor's point of view. Students explore clues for the actor found in the words themselves; how the actor can use devices such as the verse rhythm, the sounds of the language, and word choices to bring a character to life, to discover the most dynamic performance of the scene, to excite thought and feeling in an audience.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall
PAPE 311  Acting VI for BA Actors  (2 credits)  

This course broadens the student's interaction with verse and heightened language begun in Actin V. Students study playwrights such as Wilde, Moliere, Jonson, Webster, and classical Greek and Roman texts. Students continue their exploration of the text from the actor's point of view.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring
PAPE 312  Acting Shakespeare for the BA Actor  (2 credits)  

This course provides students a thorough exploration of the major components of Shakespeare's work-sonnets, monologues, and scenes-and of how to unlock the rich emotional matter of the text while debunking the myth that Shakespeare's language is too difficult or complex for the modern actor. The course uses classical text to broaden the expressive potential of each actor through exploratory activities designed to harmonize the actor's emotional impulses and intellect directly to the heightened language. With a wide range of vocal and physical exercises, the actor learns that acting Shakespeare is essential to the development of a well-rounded artistry.

Course Rotation: Fall
PAPE 313  Masked Play  (3 credits)  
PAPE 330  Vocal Production III for the BA Actor  (2 credits)  

This course exposes students to vocal training for the stage through the Catherine Fitzmaurice technique of vocal production, de-structuring, and structuring. The course includes an introduction to basic vocal anatomy, Linklater centering and release work, introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet, and monologue performance.

Course Rotation: Fall
PAPE 331  Vocal Production IV for BA the Actor  (2 credits)  

This course consists of lectures, demonstrations, vocal and physical warm-ups, exploration exercises, written assignments (transcriptions, quizzes, and written homework), and performances. Students successfully completing this course must be able to independently demonstrate a twenty-minute vocal and physical warm-up, demonstrate the ability to transcribe assigned texts into IPA, demonstrate, through transcription and performance, the ability to create a character using vocal centers, icons, and actions, demonstrate through transcription, recognition of iambic pentameter, and performance, the ability to create a character using heightened language.

Course Rotation: Spring.
PAPE 350  Performance Ensemble III  (2 credits)  

This course offers performing arts students a comprehensive introduction to developmental aspects and technical demands within the setup of an ensemble-based theater company. Students gain an understanding of devised theatre by studying the history of performance ensembles in addition to the current groups that are making work in New York City and abroad. While concentrating on active learning, the first semester of this performance ensemble level places an emphasis on process and development while the second semester places an emphasis on devising/rehearsing the final performance.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall
PAPE 351  Performance Ensemble IV  (2 credits)  

This course offers acting and directing students a comprehensive introduction to the performance aspects and technical demands of creating an original piece of theater. Working as an ensemble, students experience the challenges and rewards of creating a work from scratch. The ensemble of actors will be responsible for all aspects of the devising process giving rise to a jointly conceived and collaboratively told story that will be performed to an invited audience.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring
PAPE 370  Directing III for the BA Director  (3 credits)  

This course provides a continuation of the student's exploration of the craft of directing for the theatre, from casting, through the design process and rehearsal, to opening night. Storytelling is explored as the fundamental importance of the director's work. Hands-on experience, directing actors in scenes, is the primary component of the classwork.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall
PAPE 371  Directing IV  (3 credits)  

This course uses the analysis of directing styles to formulate a personal directing style. The coursework includes directing a play, film, or video production or leading a production team. By analyzing the work of classic and contemporary directors, the class investigates the art and language of storytelling in theater and filmmaking. Topics include framing and composition, camera angles, camera movement, blocking of actors, visualizing action, and creating a sequence, script breakdown, and techniques for establishing mood character, and conflict.

Course Rotation: NY; Spring
PAPE 384  Applied Performance Lab for BA Actors and Directors  (0 credits)  

This course offers students the opportunity to use their work on a production as a lab experience to apply the skills, techniques, and knowledge acquired in class.

Course Rotation: Fall, Spring; NYC
PAPE 396A  Applied Performance Lab for BA Actors and Directors  (0 credits)  

This course offers students the opportunity to use their work on a production as a lab experience to apply the skills, techniques, and knowledge acquired in class.

PAPE 410  Performance Workshop  (2 credits)  

This course is an opportunity for students to experience the performance and production aspect of a theater company. Students augment their course work by joining a performance company in one of the areas of performance, direction, management, design, technical production, or promotion/publicity.

Course Rotation: Spring
PAPE 420  The Actor Warrior  (3 credits)  

The Actor Warrior is a professional-level acting and scene study course designed to assist students in their transition to a long-range professional acting career, fostering a professional level of commitment and preparedness expected of actors in the industry.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall
PAPE 490  Career Theory and Models  (3 credits)  

This course provides students the tools to create and sustain a viable, creatively rich and successful career in the entertainment industry. Students learn a model for making and promoting ensemble theater, guiding the artist through the steps to create a clear, marketable identity, raise capital, find a an audience, promote the work and capitalize on critical success. Students research previous models of career success and hone the skills to develop a fully envisioned, organized, and well-executed business plan.

Course Rotation: Fall
PAPE 498  Senior Showcase for Directors  (3 credits)  

This course is a laboratory for performance, collaboration, preparation, reflections, inquiry, and serious attempts to build foundations for the future of the student's directing career. Students focus on preparing for collaboration, developing trust and respect with their teams, clarifying intent, roles, and agendas, and expanding the student's capacity for making creative decisions and using outside resources and strategies. Rotation: Spring

PAPE 499  Senior Showcase for Actors  (2 credits)