Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Movement & Voice For Actors/Non-Actors

Course Syllabus for 2012 February & March
Call the either TVI or BFA to reserve your spot
Instructor: Rocio Ponce,, 323-333-7067

TVI Acting Studios - 818-784-6500,
(8 wks, Feb 10th through Mar 30th, 11:30am to 2:30pm)

BFA Theatre - 323-225-4045,
(February 11th & 12th, & March 3rd & 4th, 10am to 10am to 4pm)

Course Description: A movement/voice training for the actor; strong focus in movement and voice for extension of range and availability, and for character development. Development and conditioning of the actor’s body and voice, with an emphasis upon understanding and transforming the actor’s use of his/her physical and vocal instrument. NON-ACTORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THESE CLASSES. THEY ARE DESIGNED SO THAT YOU BUILD FLOW PHYSICALLY & VOCALLY THOUGHT DIALOGUE.

Course Objectives:
This course is designed to support and enhance your work as a performer. It includes the continued study of body anatomy and how the position of the spine affects the voice (negatively and positively), phonetic (warm-ups & exercises), voice & body connection, verse and scansion, and vocal production and movement.

By the end of the class cycle you should be able to:

Have an intellectual and physical understanding of basic vocal/movement technique for safe and effective work on stage/screen. Understand a repertoire of physical/vocal exercises for daily use in the development of relaxed and efficient breathing patterns and extended vocal range of pitch, pace, and volume. Continue working on the ability to speak with a Dialect that is suitable for your speech, your lines, your monologue, etc. Demonstrate positive changes, and continued advancement physically and vocally, in class exercises/performance projects.

Materials Needed:

Textbook: Movement For Actors by Nichol Potter Notebook & pencil (your personal journal to keep track of your progress)Wear flexible clothing (to move freely)


Keep an open mind because what you thought was a quack, can help you finally get it. Group collaboration a must through fun projects (team work in this class is vital) Say yes to what you thought was the impossible

Students are expected to participate in class through various activities, exercises, and discussions with the instructor and their classmates about the exercises explored in class, reading assignments, etc. The instructor will lead the discussions and insure that they remain pertinent to the topics of this class. The aim is to develop a means of discussing the work we’re doing using a common technical vocabulary in order to facilitate personal vocal and physical development through collective awareness and understanding. Get ready!


Bring a monologue in which you feel you would like to expand on as well as make it come alive. WE WILL APPLY THE TECHNIQUES IN CLASS TOWARD YOUR MONOLOGUE.


Punctual attendance and active participation in ALL classes is MANDATORY. Due to the collaborative nature of this class it is necessary that you attend all class meetings and that you are on time.

This is a movement class, not a theory (lecture) class or an observation (no participation) class! Voice and movement are physical activities that require being comfortable with yourself and with others. It requires 100% participation. You must be willing to be vulnerable physically and emotionally in a room of your peers. Due to the non-traditional nature of some of the physical and vocal exercises done in class it’s important to know that disrespect on any level directed at anyone will not be tolerated. Respect your peers; be mature; be professional.

Always wear comfortable clothing that allows full range of motion in the body. No jeans. You will work barefoot/socks sometimes. Bring a yoga mat, just in case.

Physical contact:
It will sometimes be necessary for physical contact of a non-traditional nature between instructor and student, or between students. Potential areas of contact include the head, neck, face, shoulders, arms, mid-torso, hips, legs, and feet. Such contact will be made with only the utmost respect for the student. If physical contact is a conflicting issue or you do not wish to have physical contact, you must notify the instructor at the first day of the course.

Use of electronic devices:
Please be professional and respect your peers and the instructor by turning off all mobile phones, pagers, etc. All mobile phones, pagers, etc. shall be turned off before each class begins, and turned off after any use during any breaks.

Rocio Ponce (AEA actor/singer/dancer/choreographer, movement for actors/performers/non-performer, & currently working on MFA in Television, Film & Theatre). CLICK ANYWHERE ON THIS HYPERLINK TO SEE ROCIO PONCE IN ACTION!Photobucket – Video and Image Hosting



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