Category Archives: First Year

The Living Text

Instructor: Andrew Farmer, Max Reuben How do words on the page become a living, breathing theatrical experience? The goal of this course is to crack open the idea of text and to engage it actively, intimately and fearlessly. Taking the … Continue reading

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Salon

Instructor: Salty Brine Salon is just what the name suggests: a gathering of stimulating people who come together with the purpose of sharing ideas, experiences, questions and art. Through a multitude of means, the class explores the possibilities and opportunities … Continue reading

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Impulse Breath

Instructor: Doug Paulson This course is rooted in playfulness. By discovering and exploring the true joy in performance and interpretation, the actor deepens the connection to an impulse by freeing the instrument of tension, allowing for a released, connected breath, … Continue reading

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Voice and Speech I

Instructors: Marika Becz / Mark Enright Voice & Speech I is a two-semester course developed to awaken the young artist to the expressive range of the human voice, as well as to the intricacies of speaking American English. A thorough … Continue reading

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Movement for Actors

Instructor: Dan Safer One of the main goals of this course is to make you strong, flexible, physically aware and utterly fearless. Ideally, you’ll end up a total bad-ass super-hero. Somewhere between acrobatics, wrestling, and surfing, Contact Improvisation is a … Continue reading

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Design I

Instructor: Deb O / Dave Tennent The goal of this course is to help you train the eyes to see what is really there and to use that knowledge in storytelling. What are we really looking at? We will take … Continue reading

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Directing I

Instructors: Fritz Ertl / Tomi Tsunoda This course acts as a laboratory in which the students must use everything they’re learning at PHTS to stage whole, theatrical stories. Students work all year as a performance company, learning how to find … Continue reading

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The Actor’s Instrument

Instructor: Elizabeth Hess This class focuses on releasing the inner life of the actor through embodied experience. In the Fall semester this is accomplished through group and partnered meta-physical explorations. Behavioral, physiological and psychological states of being are explored to … Continue reading

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The Actor’s Practice

Instructor: Maggie Low This two-semester course explores exercises steeped in Stanislavski’s principles, via Hagen, Meisner, Strasberg, Spolin et al to encourage students to grapple with what makes a truthful actor.  The first semester is the introduction and practice of technique, … Continue reading

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