Understanding your character is the key to great acting. In order to realistically "inhabit" another person, you must discover their motivations and learn what they think, what they feel, what they wear, how they talk, and how they move. In this course, you will explore the techniques that professional actors use to deeply understand and then portray believable characters.

This course will help you develop a solid understanding of acting and use that understanding to analyze scripts and build convincing characters for both the stage and screen. You will learn about the history of acting and acting methods in order to see how people all over the world have used acting to tell stories effectively. 

The course teaches you how to look for clues in a script and perform several exercises that will help you portray your character. You will then learn how to choose, develop, and perform a monologue that showcases your acting skills. 

What you will learn:

✔ Explore several of the most common modern acting methods, including the Stanislavski method and the Meisner technique
✔ Analyze scripts in order to understand the characters you are going to play and their place in the story
✔ Explore the history of acting, with a focus on non-Western styles, to expand your toolkit as an actor
✔ Find, study, and perform at least one fully realized monologue that you can use for future auditions
✔ Talk about the craft of acting with others who love it just as much as you do

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What you need to participate:

  • Computer or mobile device with Internet (minimum speed of 1.5Mbps download and 800Kbps upload)
  • For students using a mobile device for the course: Canvas mobile app (select “Interlochen Online” as your school)
Course Dates

Jan. 17, 2023 - Feb. 11, 2023




Grades 7-12

Next Term Begins

Feb. 21, 2023

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Meet the Faculty

Keith Contreras-McDonald

Instructor of Theatre

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