“You wanna fly, you got to give up that shit that weights you down.”
Acting II: Scene Study
Acting II is an intermediate acting course for Theater majors and minors, designed to introduce the ideas and practices of in-depth scene study. Text analysis, scoring a scene, problem solving, and playing action/objectives are some of the tools offered to help students understand the complicated interactions of the human condition. Combining the teachings of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and Michael Chekhov, students will experience different applications of scene work in socially relevant performing arts. Students will learn to enrich their scene work through concentrated and collaborative work with other students as well as with instructor. Most importantly, each student will learn to risk something of their own humanity while bringing their acting choices to life.
Character: Inside and Out
This is an upper division acting course for Theater majors and minors, focused on different approaches for creating a character. Each student will create 3-5 characters over the course of the semester. Various methods will be introduced to the student actor including both Internal and External approaches such as modeling, realism, cross-gender, extreme, and Personal Clowns. This is a physical acting class combining the teachings of Grotowski, LeCoq, Michael Chekhov, and Laban. Theatre games, hats, improvisation, observation, animal imagery, masks, mime, and Personal Clown Technique will be utilized in order to free up the actor, allowing him or her to play, and return to a “child-like desire of make believe.” Most importantly, students will understand and experience the development of bold characters and how they can be used in acting.
Careers in Theater
Do you dream of acting professionally in regional theater? Do you see yourself starting your own theater company or maybe you want to be a writer, designer, technician, or teacher? Are you interested in drama therapy or arts administration? Do you want to continue your journey as an artist dedicated to social change? “Careers in Theater” is an upper division course designed to address possible career paths for graduating Performing Arts and Social Justice majors and minors. Students will learn about job searching and internships, creating resumes, developing their own web site, interviews/auditions, unions, contracts, agents, and generating their own work, as they consider “life after college.” Graduate school applications/auditions will be covered for those students interested in continuing their artistic education. Skills in handling money, time management, and artistic well-being will be offered for students to, not only survive, but to flourish in their craft. Through concentrated and collaborative work with other students, the instructor, and guest artists, students will learn how to bring their dreams into focus, address their fears, find possible solutions, and leave USF better equipped to “change the world from here” or from wherever they make their artistic home.
Master Acting Teacher at OSAI
In the summer of 2018, Ken was honored to join the esteemed faculty as the lead acting teacher of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. OSAI at Quartz Mountain is an intensive, two-week conservatory offering training in the disciplines of acting, chorus, creative writing, dance, drawing and painting, film and video, orchestra, and photography for Oklahoma’s most talented high school students. OSAI faculty artists include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards. Students are selected through a competitive statewide audition process, and every accepted student automatically receives a scholarship to attend. The program’s multidisciplinary structure sets the Summer Arts Institute apart from other arts programs in the nation.
Theatre Bay Area: ATLAS Program
"What is now proved was once only imagined." —William Blake
Swordplay in Sonoma
Last year, Ken was delighted to return to Sonoma State University to teach stage combat. Students were trained in both unarmed and armed combat (epee). Designed for Acting Concentration majors, stage combat is an introduction to the design, practice, and performance of theatrical violence. The main goals are to develop the ability to safely portray violence onstage and to create the illusion of danger. As with all theatrical techniques, stage combat skills are designed to facilitate the telling of a story and are to be performed in the context of character, environment, and given circumstances. Acting, voice, and movement are integrated in this course. Students begin to understand how stage combat fits into the practice of theater as a whole.