Wayne State University

Performance

The Hilberry Acting program was conceived with the belief that one of the best systems of theatre training is an intensive, performance-guided experience based on a series of European and American classics, combined with noteworthy contemporary plays performed in rotating repertory. Continual performance before a live audience is considered a fundamental part of the learning process.

Highlighted explorations include the processes of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, Jacques Lecoq, and Sanford Meisner. Styles and genres covered include psychological realism, neutral mask, Greek chorus, commedia dell’arte, high comedy, revenge tragedy, Shakespeare and expressionism/surrealism. Movement classes emphasize alignment, agility and strength, as well as period dance/deportment and Pilates. Voice classes employ a somatic approach based in the work of Catherine Fitzmaurice.

The department regularly invites guest artists and teachers who provide additional instruction in movement, dance, acting, voice and Shakespearean text analysis, as well as professional talent agents from a variety of regions who offer additional industry insight and training.

The following selection of courses is typical for actors:

  • Studio Acting
  • Studio Voice and Speech
  • Studio Movement and Dance
  • Repertory Theatre (rehearsals and performances)
  • Advanced Script Analysis
  • Dramaturgy
  • Advanced Development of Drama
  • Studies in Dramatic Criticism
  • Seminar: Period Drama
  • Seminar: Modern Drama
  • Seminar: Theatre History
  • Theatre Aesthetics