Characterization & Performance Projects

OVERVIEW

Program Details

  • Start Date: TBD
  • Course Type: Live Webinar
  • Cost: $200 (Auditor) / $450 (Participant)
  • Enrollement: 10 Participant / Up to 100 Auditor
  • Certificate-Earning: No

About the Character and Performance Projects Course

When developing character for stage or screen where should the actor begin? This 6-week course – taught by legendary acting instructor Mel Shapiro – walks experienced actors through a framework for building stronger, more dynamic characters. In this course, students will draw on personal experience to explore emotion and characterization, and ultimately present a short piece to their classmates. 

This course features six live 2-3 hour sessions:

What to Expect:

  • Improvs. Which will tune up your responses and imagination.
  • Monologues. That you have prepared by modern or classical authors. The material should be from pieces that challenge you.
  • Scenes. That you and your partner are in the process of working on. The material should be from pieces that challenge you. You can cast yourself against type.
  • The Auto-drama. A presentation of the high points of your life, done metaphorically. This is explained in the book, ‘An Actor Performs’.
  • The Auto-drama of the Character. You might want to develop an Auto-drama about a character you are working on.
  • One Person Show & The Activist Project. Or an exploration of a living person, someone, someone who wants to change the world, the Activist Project.

Mel Shapiro

About Instructor

In a career spanning more than five decades, legendary stage director and acting coach Mel Shapiro has earned numerous awards and has worked with countless high-profile stars. On Broadway, he directed the Tony Award-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, and earned the NY Drama Critics’ Best American Play award for the off-Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves. As a director, Shapiro has worked extensively across the U.S. and internationally, including with the New York Shakespeare Festival, in London at various venues, at the Tyrone Guthrie in Minneapolis, and at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.Throughout his career, Shapiro has worked as an acting coach and performing arts educator. Currently, he is professor emeritus at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and previously he served as a founding member of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as the Head of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, and as an advisor to Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater program. As an acting coach, Shapiro has coached stars like Allison Janney and Sammy Davis, Jr.He is the author of An Actor Performs and is based in Los Angeles.

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USC SDA: On Camera Acting Certificate

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Acting, Performance

Building a Character

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What’s the Difference Between an Auditor and a Participant?

All courses in our Performance Programs include two levels of participation: Auditor and Participant. Auditors listen to and watch live class sessions, but don’t participate and interact with the instructor/other students. Auditing is great for students who want to experience a course without participating. Auditors can watch live sessions, access on-demand replays of live classes and have access to course materials. 

Participants, on the other hand, attend live classes and interact with instructors and other students. In addition, participants can access class recordings, course materials and contact instructors.

Will I Earn a Certificate or Course Credit?

No. Our Performance Program courses are taught by master instructors, coaches and other arts professionals, and not affiliated with a partner university. If you’re interested in earning a certificate or joining a degree-earning course, explore our University Programs.

Who Is My Instructor?

Choose the Instructor tab to learn more about the instructor for your class. All of our Performance Program instructors are in-demand coaches with decades of industry experience. Study with the best!

Who Is This Course For? Are There Prerequisites?

No. There are no prerequisites. However, our Performance Program courses are designed primarily for intermediate and advanced actors, dancers and performers. If you’re unsure if you’re ready for a course, contact an EMERGE learning advisor.

How Do I Enroll in the Course?

To enroll, select “Register for Course” on the course details page. Then, create an account and select which course and participation level you prefer for that course, e.g. Auditor/Participant. Finally, complete checkout.

After successfully enrolling, the EMERGE team will be in touch to help you access course materials and answer any questions.

Am I Required to Attend Live Classes?

Participants should plan to attend weekly live course sessions. If the student can’t make a course, arrangements should be made with the instructor.

Another option: If you can’t make a course’s regular weekly live sessions, consider participating as an Auditor and viewing class recordings each week.

Do I Need Special Technology?

Our classes are live webinars offered via Zoom. All you need to attend is a stable internet connection and a connected device. Students may wish to upgrade audio or web cam, but this is not required.

When Is Tuition Due?

Courses must be paid in full prior to enrollment. Enrollment is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Our courses do fill up quickly; if you’re interested in participating, enroll as soon as you can.

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