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SUMMER 2020 UPDATE

Due to the Coronavirus, CMU will not be offering the traditional residential PreCollege program this year. For any rising senior who is still interested in training and preparation for upcoming college auditions, we are excited to offer a unique online learning opportunity for three options: Acting, Musical Theater and Design/Production.

The session will run for four weeks from July 6th through July 31st. Classes will meet for four hours per day, Monday through Thursday with special topics and guest speakers for all students on Fridays. There will be a morning and afternoon session to accommodate all time zones.

Students will have the opportunity to study with CMU faculty in small group and individual instruction. The cost of the program is $3200. This program is not for college credit but you would be able to list your work at CMU on your resume as professional training.

Please continue below for additional information about the classes offered for each option.

We hope that you will join us for this exciting form of learning!

DRAMA ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM CURRICULUM

An online program designed for the high school senior who will embark on college auditions in the upcoming year. All classes are taught by CMU faculty and adjunct professors. Students will attend classes for approximately four hours a day, Monday through Thursday with special topics and guests presented to the entire group on Fridays. A morning and afternoon session would be offered to accommodate east and west coast students.

MUSICAL THEATER PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

A program designed to prepare high school seniors for college auditions. Students will learn how to search for appropriate audition monologues and songs and work with acting and singing faculty to develop rep and hone skills for auditions. Students will learn what to expect when auditioning and what will be expected of them. Additional classes will provide support and background to improve the training. Classes included are:

·       Audition Prep: group and individual work on monologue preparation and presentation.

·       Song Coaching: group and one on one coaching to find appropriate audition songs and work on presentation.

·       Self Tape: How to best prepare for video audition submissions as well as an introduction to acting for the camera.

·       Voice and Speech: work on technique to help students present their work in a polished and professional way. Some dialect work as well.

·       Dramatic Literature: An approach to dramatic literature that incorporates philosophy, history, intense reading skills, a great deal of research and writing, and a knowledge of how the drama impacts, and is impacted by, the society that creates it. The central goal of the course is to make you a stronger, more critical, and more discerning reader of plays.

·       Dance: A series of warm ups and basic ballet and jazz instruction to help learn the language of dance to help MT students be prepared for dance auditions.

ACTING PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

A program designed to prepare high school seniors for college auditions. Students will learn how to search for appropriate audition monologues and work with CMU faculty to develop rep and hone skills for auditions. Students will learn what to expect when auditioning and what will be expected of them. Additional classes will provide support and background to improve the training. Classes included are:

·       Audition Prep: group and individual work on monologue preparation and presentation.

·       Self Tape: How to best prepare for video audition submissions as well as an introduction to acting for the camera.

·       Acting: work in small groups on technique and methods of training to provide a deeper understanding of the text and performance.

·       Voice and Speech: work on technique to help students present their work in a polished and professional way. Some dialect work as well.

·       Dramatic Literature: An approach to dramatic literature that incorporates philosophy, history, intense reading skills, a great deal of research and writing, and a knowledge of how the drama impacts, and is impacted by, the society that creates it. The central goal of the course is to make you a stronger, more critical, and more discerning reader of plays.

·       Shakespeare: work to provide a deeper understanding of presenting classical monologues. Learn how to manage the complex language and its intent to prepare for auditions that require a classical monologue.

·       Dramatic Writing: Instructs students to understand how to construct a story with plot, character development and dramatic storytelling to enhance their understanding of play construction.

DESIGN/PRODUCTION PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

A program designed to prepare high school seniors in Design and Production prepare a portfolio for college interviews. Classes provide an introduction to several aspects of the D/P program that is followed by our current undergraduates. Classes include:

·       Basic Design is a combination presentation/studio Zoom course where topics will be introduced on Tuesdays with practical application by the students on Thursday, and teacher feedback when the project is due. Topics will include: The Principals and Elements of Design, Scenery/Costume/Lighting Design Disciplines, History of Theatrical Spaces and Important Theatrical Founders and their Companies, and The Art of Online Collage.

·       Science of Scenery: Modern theatrical productions rely on an increasingly technological arsenal of tools, materials and techniques. An understanding of Engineering and Applied Science in the context of physical production will inform Designers and Technicians about what is practical, and enable the development of innovative approaches to realize design goals.  Discussions will relate to topics including Materials Science, Newtonian Physics (Statics and Dynamics,) Structural Design and Engineering, Mechanical Design and Engineering.  Upon completion of this course, students should have a better understanding and awareness of the underlying scientific and mathematical principles at work in various aspects of theatrical production.

·       Storyology: Theater design is an art concerned with arranging sensory information, primarily visual and aural. How this information is arranged is Form. The same story — plot, characters, events — can be arranged in a variety of Forms. Each different Form will potentially reveal new meanings and create unique experiences. This course explores the effect of Form on Content — why storytelling choices are made and what they mean. Topics include viewpoint, flow, time, genre and world building.

·       Technical Production is a survey of content from several Production Technology & Management courses constituent to BFA Program: Production Planning, Studiocraft CAD, Scenic Fabrication & Installation, and Technical Direction 1.  Students will have the opportunity to experience foundational content from each of the classes providing an insight into theatrical Technical Direction.

·       Production Management will introduce the principles required to successfully manage a production from start to finish.  This will include understanding the production department personnel, the scheduling and budgeting process, and how to effectively communicate with artistic and production stakeholders.

·       Applying to College is a team taught course covering all of the tools playing a part in the College Design & Production application process: evaluating programs, portfolios, interviewing, and resumes.  At the end of the program students will have an opportunity to participate in a mock interview for the School of Drama. Dramatic Literature: An approach to dramatic literature that incorporates philosophy, history, intense reading skills, a great deal of research and writing, and a knowledge of how the drama impacts, and is impacted by, the society that creates it. The central goal of the course is to make you a stronger, more critical, and more discerning reader of plays.

·       Dramatic Literature: An approach to dramatic literature that incorporates philosophy, history, intense reading skills, a great deal of research and writing, and a knowledge of how the drama impacts, and is impacted by, the society that creates it. The central goal of the course is to make you a stronger, more critical, and more discerning reader of plays. (This class is optional for Design/Production students.)

PRE-COLLEGE INFORMATION

Registration is now closed. Questions may be directed to carnegiemellondramaprecollege@gmail.com or 412-268-3284.

Contacts


Don Wadsworth, Director, Drama Pre-College
wadswrth@andrew.cmu.edu

Maria Stoy, Associate Director, Drama Pre-College
412-268-3284 / mstoy@andrew.cmu.edu

Valerie Haley, Drama Pre-College Administrator
carnegiemellondramaprecollege@gmail.com

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Faculty

Wendy Arons


Claudia Benack


David Boevers


Judith Conte


Tomé Cousin


Sarah Everhart


Michael Fuller


Valerie Haley


Kevin Hines


Randy Kovitz


Gary Logan


Tony McKay


Deana Muro


Denise Pullen


Joe Pino


Mary Rawson


Megan Monaghan Rivas


Tina Shackleford


Andrew Smith


Cary Spear


Ausar Stewart


Maria Stoy


Richard Teaster


Susan Tsu


Michelle Van Doeren


Lisa Velten Smith


Don Wadsworth


Jill Wadsworth


Beth Zamborsky


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