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Using Extended Essay Research for School Holiday Fun

 
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​Vincent D'Amico, Year 12, worked with the Redlands Acting and Drama Academy team to deliver an actors intensive during the April School Holidays. Vincent shares his reflection.

As Mr Vincent, I became empowered and energised to once again step into my role as part of the dynamic teaching team. My challenge was to impart my knowledge, skill, and passion to likeminded theatre and acting students. This time, as always, I shared the knowledge of my QACI theatre classes with my teaching team and it became interwoven into our planning and practice. For me, the most memorable part of this workshop was teaching the importance of an actor really understanding the purpose of characterisation in a script – why and how it is used – and then how an actor can prepare themselves to bring this character onto a stage to (most importantly) make the intended impact on the audience.

In my Extended Essay, I have extensively researched three world-renowned actor training methods. For this workshop, I used the principles and exercises that I learned from studying Konstantin Stanislavski's Method of Physical Action. I used his line of physical action as an abstract to inform my improvisations, I focused on the creating being in the doing and not in script analysis, and I shared my knowledge of how emotion can be evoked through physical action using a psycho-physical technique. The practice consisted of selected warm up games and constructed improvisations. This workshop allowed students to learn how an actor can be a character (as Stanislavski stated was required) through using their body and mind, to show the character's form, dialogue, voice, rhythm, proximity to actors, proximity to the audience and adaptations truthfully. The students also learned how differences in their characterisation substantially affected the meaning communicated to the audience. This work is preparatory to the Academy's upcoming theatre rehearsals for I will again transform into Mr Vincent.

...article written by Vincent D'Amico, Year 12

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Last reviewed 30 April 2019
Last updated 30 April 2019