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Theatre Certificate

Our New Practical Certificate in Theatre is designed for students who wish to have sufficient theatre training to be able to pursue a career in the theatre, or who wish to apply for certain theatre training programs which accept students without a B.A. In addition, this certificate will give students effective communication skills for strength and more confidence in the area of public speaking. Students will also develop a broad range of basic theatre skills, including Acting, and Directing. Students will need to complete 8 required courses finishing with practicums in Acting and Directing. Upon satisfactory completion of 108 hours, the student will be awarded the New Certificate in Practical Theatre. This New Certificate Program in Theatre is not affiliated with the Hunter College Theatre Department.

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Registration and Tuition:
This program consists of 8 required courses finishing with Acting and Directing Practicum. Upon satisfactory completion of 108 hours, the student will be awarded the Certificate in Practical Theatre.  Tuition is $2,100 plus one time $20 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually for with a $20 registration fee per semester. To register for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration. This Certificate Program is not affiliated with the Hunter College Theatre Department.

Note for those who register and pay in full online: Please call/come in to our office at 212.650.3850 to register and choose your class schedule per semester. If you wish to do a  Payment plan , please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.

Spring 2014 SemesterDayTimeDates
Acting II Tuesday 7:40-9:40pm 4/8- 5/20
Directing Wednesday 5:40-7:30pm 4/9- 5/21
Contemporary Scene Study and Monologues Tuesday 5:40-7:30pm 4/8- 5/20
Voice Class Monday 7:40-9:40pm 4/7- 5/5
Acting Practicum Saturday 10:00am-1:30pm 5/31- 6/21
Directing Practicum Saturday 10:00am-1:30pm Not available this semester
Summer 2014 Semester Day Time Dates
Introduction to Theatre Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm 6/3-7/15
Beginning to Intermediate Acting Technique Tuesday 7:40-9:40pm 6/3-7/15
Contemporary Scene Study and Monologues Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm 6/4-7/16
Acting II Wednesday 7:40-9:40pm 6/4-7/16
Acting Practicum Saturday 10:00am-1:30pm 7/12-8/2
PlayWriting Monday 5:30-7:30pm 6/16/-7/21

Course Descriptions:

Introduction To Theatre
A general study of theatre arts from historical development as an art form to exploration of professional and technical components of theatre today including lighting and set design. Relating a critical perspective after attending a theatrical event in NYC.

Beginning To Intermediate Acting Technique
Students will learn relaxation, preparation, the fundamentals of learning an acting craft based on Strasberg/Meisner/Stanislavski technique, and basic exercises such as sensory, repeat, and improvisations to allow the student to get in touch with their emotions on stage/film so that they can bring an honesty to their work. The point is to learn how to be REAL on stage/film and not “act”. As the course progresses, students will be required to learn one contemporary monologue and one contemporary scene, both to be presented for the class.

Acting II
Study of relaxation and releasing the natural voice as preparation for the acting experience. Act in scenes reviewed by the class. The relation of body to character will be emphasized.  Students will look at the methods of Peter Brook and others in how the actor relates to the audience as well as how to analyze and develop a character, review the monologue and engage in script analysis. Prerequisite: Acting I

A general study of the fundamentals and terminology for stage directing.  We will investigate the directorial methods of Peter Brook, what does it mean to break the rules, and investigate directorial avenues in today’s theatre arts. This course examines the process of producing and directing for the theatre involving selecting a play, securing performance rights, obtaining insurance, paying royalties, negotiating contracts, Actor’s Equity and non-equity productions, casting, auditions, scheduling rehearsals, design, collaboration with other professionals, script analysis, blocking, cues, publicity, marketing, and house management. Prerequisite: Intro to theatre

Contemporary Scene Study And Monologues
Students will work primarily on contemporary scene study and monologue work on an intermediate/advanced level. Class will include acting exercises to continue to develop the actor’s craft and to get them in touch with the characters. Students will be expected to have a basic understanding of an acting craft and have worked on scenes and monologues before. Students will be required to present two contrasting monologues for class, both of which to be ready for audition material, and one scene by the end of the course. Monologues will be presented for Instructor/class for final with option of review by the Artistic Director and/or Managing Directors of 1-2 theatre companies in NYC. Requirements: either Beg-Inter. Acting Technique, or prior experience in an acting class environment.

Voice Class
Whether you sing or not, this class will enhance your vocal and speaking range. The physicality of it will help you to breathe properly, as well as focus on technique thus enhancing your overall well-being.  Attention will be paid to styles within the various genres from classical to musical theater, and all popular forms. This will also help your public speaking and theater skills as well as make you feel more comfortable in front of people (opportunity for solo work as well as group singing).

Acting Practicum
Through direct scene analysis via contemporary and critically acclaimed dramatic scripts we will focus on actor transformation. This course teaches students to work creatively within a structure and under direction to develop an acting approach that balances and integrates text analysis and creative imagination. The student will experience practical application by rehearsing, preparing a performance in a scene or play viewed by the class/instructor. Maintain a journal and be able to compare two or more acting techniques or styles. Prerequisite: Acting II.

Directing Practicum
Developing a Production Book that shows script analysis via a working script, rehearsal activities, blocking, cues, and self-assessment for three unconnected scenes or one full length play. Prerequisite: Directing


Finish that full--length play you have lying around the house. Let's look at it together, or start a new one! Of the varieties of plays today, there is the short play and even the 10 minute or one minute play along with longer One Acts and the Full Lengths, a big field of dreams. So, let's get serious together and un-block those writing juices. We will read scenes from your play and others and try some methods in class that refocus our efforts. That play is inside you for a reason, let's take a good investigatory look at the core, invest the characters and plot with power and watch the magic begin to unfold on stage. Taught by an award-winning Playwright with hands-on experience in many play productions around the city.

Course Status
If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a “first come” basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.

Attendance Requirements
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student.

Retake Policy for Certificate Program
*  A student may drop a class only before the start of the first meeting. A class may not be dropped after the first class meeting has occurred. No refund will be given.
*  If for any reason a student does not complete a class, the class will be treated as a failure. In this case, the Retake Policy will apply.
*  The Retake Policy allows a student to retake the failed class free of charge within a period of one year. This privilege can be exercised only ONCE for the duration of the certificate program.
* If a student believes that his or her circumstances warrant special consideration in the case of a dropped or uncompleted class, please state the reason in writing and send to the Assoc. Dir. of CE, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Completed all required courses? Request your Certificate, Transcript and Completion Letter via the Certificate/Completion Letter Request Form.

Continuing Education’s certification programs are offered for no college credit. A Certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements explained in the CE bulletin.

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