The Acting and Directing specializations offer advanced performance work in drama and musical theatre, from Shakespeare to modern playwrights and student created productions. You will be introduced to the basics of the Stanislavski System, from intention play to scene scoring to character creation to playing moment-to-moment. Expanding your acting technique through classes that focus specifically on the physical and vocal demands of the art form. You will be able to practice your art through a wide variety of scene and monologue work spanning improvisation, new playwrights, Shakespeare, and Musical Theatre. Directing students delve into the role of artistic leader discovering the challenges of leading a collaborative effort to opening night. Classroom experience is put to the test in the crucible of live performance. Through this performance experience you will discover the importance of ensemble as you and your classmates create new worlds.
The Design and Technical Theatre majors study design and production technologies for costumes, scenery, lighting and sound in close relationship with faculty mentors. The sophisticated facilities of the Redfern Arts Center are our laboratory. As a Design and Technical Theatre major you will work closely with design faculty as they explore a script through the design process from research to drawings, through construction and performance. This apprenticeship approach leads to an opportunity to collaborate with faculty directors as a designer on a main stage production. As an advanced technician you may expand your skills as a stage manager, a cutter/draper, a master electrician, a sound designer, an assistant technical director, a properties master, or a scenic artist.
Auditions for all of our productions are open to the community with priority given to majors. All of our Theatre and Dance department productions are completely staffed by students who build scenery and costumes, hang lights, run the sound board and organize the run of the show as stage managers. Theatre Arts majors also benefit from The Redfern Arts Center’s role as a road house for professional companies. (See their schedule: www.keene.edu/arts/redfern
Not only will you have the opportunity to see professional theatre, dance and musical artists, but students will be able to work side by side with professional technicians and learn first hand about “life on the road”. Master classes in acting, design and dance given by these professionals add another dimension to your educational experience.
Keene State Theatre Arts students who have exceled in their work attend the annual regional festival of the American College Theatre Festival where they attend workshops and full length productions, audition for scholarships and other awards, show off their portfolios, meet with professionals in the field, and network with other students from New England and Northern New York. For more information go to: www.kcactf.org/home/index.html
If you are interested in going farther afield, check out our exchange program with the Theatre Department of the University of Ireland in Galway. Keene State Theatre and Dance regularly welcomes Irish scholars to study and work with us. Our students have an amazing opportunity to study theatre in Ireland.
Theater Arts areas of specilization are: Acting, Directing, and Design and Technical Theatre