actors know that Vocal Music has an unusual dramatic property: the suspension
of time in delivery of the text and emotion. Studying vocal music teaches an
actor to examine text in a more exacting way; for example, if you have to make
the phrase, “I love you” last for five or even ten seconds, what will you
do to make the emotion understood, to intensify the meaning, and to fill up the
At NOVA Academy, actors study vocal music, exploring
the creative output of poetic and dramatic geniuses, synthesized with the
demands of vocal production: diction, support, projection and interpretation.
As in any field of excellence, it takes years to refine your performing
technique, so start now!
BEGINNING PERFORMANCE SKILLS
Gain insight in critiquing yourself so you can improve, rather than be discouraged. Learn tools to conquer stage fright and present yourself in a prepared, confident manner, through introduction to yoga, Alexander Technique, and other physical disciplines. Fine-tune your choice of materials, personalize your style, and polish your look.
DEVELOPING A CHARACTER
This class exposes actors to excellent techniques that will build the individual craft. The focus is on text analysis, sensory work, actions and truthful behavior in a monologue. Acting techniques include how to create a character, make creative and effective acting choices, and how to incorporate your emotions more fully in your work.
This course will focus on developing monologues for use in auditions. All performers should have at least two comedic and two dramatic monologues ready, and at least one classical monologue ready to go. Monologues of varying lengths will also be addressed.
ACTING TECHNIQUES FOR SINGERS I (SONGS)
Singers need to understand that a situation is needed for every song, with emphasis on developing underpinnings and techniques to make each song come alive. In this course, music and lyrics are approached from an actor's point of view; lyrics are explored as monologues and music is considered an enhancement for dramatic intention. Basic acting elements of time, place and character are applied to the vocal performance. Equal importance is placed on acting and singing. This is an acting, not a singing class.
ACTING FOR SINGERS II (STAGE)
Performing an advanced vocal technique on complicated musical literature is quite a challenge; many singers are so focused on the vocal and musical processes that interpretation suffers. Additionally, singers are often required to act without singing. Acting for Singers classes are designed to teach basic acting and interpretation techniques in both private and small ensemble lessons through monologues and lyrics from musical theater repertoire.
MUSICAL SCENE STUDY
This class utilizes texts from Broadway shows to teach you the basics of acting technique within a musical scene. Rehearsal techniques are highly emphasized to insure that script analysis integrates truthful acting objectives.
Exploring the musical influences on drama, such as understanding the role harmonic background plays in the musical enhancement of a musical theater work, will be addressed. This is an advanced course, and should be taken after solid acting and music techniques are attained.
THE AUDITION PROCESS
The key to initiating a successful performing career is to cultivate a persona for marketing purposes. Discover what your "type" is and then research material suitable for auditions. This course involves both polishing the material and the business of auditioning - approach, dress, conduct and overall presentation. Learn how to format a professional resume and repertoire list, how to prepare for a photo session and get head shots that work for you; understand audition etiquette and, if applicable, how to prepare for a staff accompanist.