The drama program gives students the opportunity to develop the skills central to the actor’s craft (Body, Breath/Voice and Imagination) while exploring their unique point of view as a creative artist. It is the philosophy of this program that actors are more than mere interpreters of text, but are creative, generative artists themselves. Students will work to connect their imaginations with their bodies and voices through physical training, improvisation and composition work.
Faculty Lead: Matt Cosper, Director of Theater Arts, Charlotte Latin School
Having worked with young people creating original performance work ranging from experimental theatre to Musical Theatre to the works of Shakespeare, the instructor is uniquely qualified to connect with a broad array of students, nurturing in each a stronger personal connection to the work they do. Each student will finish the program with a polished audition piece for entry-level college auditions, heightened acting abilities suitable for a broad range of material, and the mandate to create their dramatic works in their own communities.
The acting class introduces the techniques and skills needed for dynamic and engaged performance in the contemporary theatre. Daily exercises explore the particular demands of modern realism in tandem with the challenges of heightened poetic texts and the skills needed to shape a holistic performance. Performance assignments challenge students to capture the expressive potential and vigor of language and physicality in the context of a dramatic exchange between characters pursuing objectives and actions. Explorations of composition, push-pull dynamics, target work and ensemble creation, empower students to create new theatrical worlds and to inhabit those worlds fully.
Finished work includes a polished audition monologue and a 2-3 person scene for advanced students.