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Course Descriptions

The following course descriptions are current for terms beginning January 2019 and going forward

Acting Foundations

Acting Foundations offers introductory practical instruction into the actor’s craft. The course utilizes techniques and practices from a range of contemporary theatrical pedagogies to provide the student with a variety of practical touchstones and entry points into the actor’s craft. The in-studio work will consist of a range of exercises, practices and projects focused on training the actor’s presence, reactivity, impulse, imagination, mind-body connection and their complicity as an ensemble. The in-studio work will be augmented by weekly readings on the evolution of 20th Century actor training. The students will write papers critically appraising the weekly readings and reflecting on them in relation to their in-class training. 


Acting Foundations 1  AFO.101 66 hours





Physical flexibility and strength are critical for a performer. The ballet class develops muscular control, performance presentation and discipline. Discipline helps focus, comprehension and understanding of the completeness of movement. Your challenge is to learn the steps and terminology, then adapt them to your body and to produce a natural flow and grace of movement. In subsequent terms, you will continue to study the Cechetti ballet method. All dancers are assessed at the end of each term and placed in the appropriate ballet level.


Ballet 1 (Levels 1-6)  BAL.101 33 hours
Ballet 2 (Levels 1-6) BAL.102 33 hours
Ballet 3 (Levels 1-6) BAL.203 33 hours
Ballet 4 (Levels 1-6) BAL.204 33 hours
Ballet 5 (Levels 2-6) BAL.305 24 hours
Ballet 6 (Levels 2-6) BAL.306 15 hours


Musical Theatre Lab (formerly Cabaret)

This course predominantly focuses on integrating all training to date through the development of various musical theatre pieces in the context of a themed “cabaret” to be showcased at the end of term. You will participate in the creative process, challenge your boundaries and fully embrace the artistic process with the understanding that you experience what you contribute. Emphasis is placed on initiative, skill development, professionalism, and process. Your piece is presented to faculty, staff and fellow students at the end of term.


Musical Theatre Lab 4  MTL.204 92 hours


Choral singing provides singers the opportunity to develop their skills in an ensemble experience. Musicianship, part singing and group blend of the ensemble is emphasized, in addition to healthy vocal production.

Choirs explore the fundamentals of choral singing, with an emphasis on the practical application of music theory in sight and ear training. Students work on advancing their music reading skills. Students will learn how to break down and count rhythms in simple and compound time and mark music accordingly, as well as apply all tempo, dynamic, and articulation markings as indicated on printed music. Ongoing attention will be paid to the blend and balance of the ensemble, as well as to dynamics and diction.

Musicianship 1 provides students with elementary skills in theory, ear training and sight reading The course follows units 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 of Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, including all basic aspects of musical notation: staff, clefs, notes, note values, time signatures and basic Italian terms. Students will also be expected to explore the fundamentals of elementary choral singing (unison and 2-part) and apply basic music theory knowledge to sight singing and ear training, including rhythm (in simple and compound time) and interval recognition (identifying all intervals within a major scale). 

Musicianship 2 provides students with intermediate skills in theory, ear training and sight reading. The course follows units 7-11 of Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, including major and chromatic scales, key signatures, interval notation, more complex note values & rhythms, melodic transposition and additional Italian terms. Students will also be expected to explore intermediate choral singing (3-4 part) and apply intermediate music theory knowledge to sight singing and ear training, including rhythm (in simple and compound time) and interval recognition (identifying all intervals within a major scale). 

Musicianship 3 provides students with advanced skills in theory, ear training and sight reading. The course follows units 5, 12, 13 and 14 of Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, including major/minor/diminished & augmented triads, minor scales, scale degree names, chords (inversions, chord symbols and progressions), figured bass (indicating intervals, chord and non-chord tones), advanced Italian terms and a 32-bar transposition project. Students will also be expected to explore advanced choral singing (3-4 part) and apply advanced music theory knowledge to sight singing and ear training, including rhythmic, melodic and harmonic analysis. 

Advanced Musicianship provides students who have completed Musicianship 1, 2 and 3 with an ensemble experience in ear training, sight singing and musical analysis at the professional level. Students will already have strong sight singing skills and advanced choral experience and will apply those skills to more challenging choral music in 4-12 parts, both a cappella and accompanied. Students will explore harmonic, melodic and rhythmic structure through music analysis as well as compound intervals, cadences, hybrid time, changing time signatures and Modal/Pentatonic/Blues scales.  



Chorale 1  CHO.101 11 hours
Chorale 2  CHO.102 11 hours
Chorale 3  CHO.203 11 hours
Chorale 4 / Adv Musicianship CHO.204 22 hours
Chorale 5  / Adv Musicianship CHO.305 16 hours
Chorale 6 / Adv Musicianship CHO.306 10 hours
Musicianship 1 (Levels 1-3) MSC.101 22 hours
Musicianship 2 (Levels 1-3) MSC.102 22 hours
Musicianship 3 (Levels 1-3) MSC.203 11 hours


Dance History

This course will provide students with an historical overview of theatrical dance from the Court of Louis the XIV to the present. The content focuses mostly on twentieth-century developments in dance, tracing the lineage of ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance and dance in musical theatre. In addition, discussions will include the contributions of significant choreographers, specific works and renowned companies to the development of dance. Through lectures, readings and videos, students will learn to understand, critically examine and appreciate the theatrical dance forms they see and practice today. The end-of-term project for this course will consist of choreographing excerpts, with fellow students, from the many dance forms studied. Partnering will also be explored.


Dance History Lecture 2 DCH.102 33 hours


Film and Television

You will learn how to create truthful connection and compelling relationships in front of the camera. As you are introduced to the technical terminology of the film and television industry, you will explore working in front of the camera, including scene study work using master, medium and close-up shots. You will also learn the more technical aspects of the filmmaking process. Classes include scene study, camera familiarity, walk-and-talk shots,  audition technique, and voiceover as well as meeting and working with professional actors in the television and film community.


Film and Television 3 FTV.203 27.5 hours
Film and Television 4 FTV.204 27.5 hours
Film and Television 5 FTV.305 20 hours
Film and Television 6 FTV.306 10 hours


Guest Panel

The final requirement of the course work in sixth term is the Guest Panel. . This is an opportunity to introduce graduating students to professionals who are actively involved in the industry and for our students to experience and receive feedback from professional standards. Panelists (3-6 professional actors, directors, agents, and producers from the world of film. TV, and theatre) assess the work of the graduating class as they perform monologues and songs relevant to the entertainment industry. Prior to meeting the panel, the students are coached one-on-one by the Randolph College faculty. The students perform for both the faculty and the guest audition panel. Afterwards, the panel and faculty meet one-on-one with the students in order to give each student relevant feedback on their performance for the panel.


Guest Panel 6 PAN.306 15 hours



An introduction to improvisational skills, teaching the power of observation and risk taking, while freeing the creative impulse and developing a body of work that students will apply to their actor’s process. Learning to both think and listen creatively will help you understand impulse, reaction, emotional truth and character development. These courses focus on storytelling, culminating in long form and musical improvisation.


Improvisation 1 - Clown IMP.101 22 hours
Improvisation 2 - Scenic Improv IMP.102 22 hours



In this class a variety of jazz is covered, including Broadway/musical theatre, contemporary, lyrical, Latin/salsa, hip hop and urban. Jazz technique strives to achieve competence in movement, use of communicative possibilities in dance, correctness of posture and performance of all movements. Technical competence is based upon wide tempo range, strength, endurance and flexibility associated with a developed sense of movement designed to produce a variety of emotions which enhance the performer’s work in the acting and vocal disciplines as well. All dancers are assessed at the end of each term and placed in the appropriate Jazz level.


Jazz 1 (Levels 1-6) JAZ.101 33 hours
Jazz 2 (Levels 1-6) JAZ.102 33 hours
Jazz 3 (Levels 1-6) JAZ.203 33 hours
Jazz 4 (Levels 1-6) JAZ.204 33 hours
Jazz 5 (Levels 1-6) JAZ.305 24 hours
Jazz 6 (Levels 1-6) JAZ.406 15 hours



Acting, of course, involves the whole body. In term one you will studyphysical stage combat, developing the ability to focus on kinesthetic information, exploration of general movement concepts and tools, acquisition of sufficient technical and cognitive skills for physical interaction on stage, and fundamentals of unarmed stage violence. In subsequent terms you will explore the Feldenkrais Method, which teaches you flexibility, coordination, breathing and most importantly, how to be present without confusion or inner resistance. During term 3, you will explore in greater detail how you move in relationship to the world around you.  Based on Rudolph Laban's concepts, you will investigate emotional expression through movement improvisation and ensemble work.


Movement 1 MOV.101 22 hours
Movement 2 - Stage Combat/Intimacy MOV.102 22 hours
Movement 3 - Laban MOV.203 22 hours


Musical Production

This course is an intensive five-week, full-time rehearsal process leading to a fully staged production of a book musical. The process will allow you to experience all aspects of casting, rehearsing, and mounting a production which will prepare you for the professional world of musical theatre. Aspects of ensemble, personal acting work, technical production and professional conduct will be covered as the cast is guided from day one by a professional director, musical director and choreographer throughout the rehearsal process to the final production.


Musical Production 6 MUS.306 240 hours


Musical Theatre History

This course explores the evolution of musicals from the early 20th century. You will study Rodgers, Loewe, Sondheim, Gershwin, Weill, and Lloyd Webber, to name a few. Students will listen to excerpts and discuss structure, historical context, and musical styles and idioms. The course provides a solid overview of musical theatre repertoire. Linked to the lecture is the rehearsal practicum that emphasizes ensemble work.


Musical Theatre History Lecture 1 MTH.101 22 hours
Musical Theatre History Rehearsal 2 REH.102 92 hours


Musical Theatre Presentation

MTP is where you put your acting and vocal presentational skills together.  You will learn the fundamentals of storytelling in songs as you learn musical and text analysis which will support character development choices.  The number of hours dedicated to MTP increases with each term.The emphasis is on musicianship and the actor’s process through interpretation and finding a personal style. An end-of-term solo presentation completes the course each term.

By the end of the second year in MTP, you will have accumulated about 4 - 6 pieces that will prepare you for the 4th term juries, presented to faculty at the end of the term. You will practice your repertoire through individual coachings with a pianist who will help you learn your music correctly. In upper terms, the focus will shift to Audition technique and preparation for performance. You will have compiled your audition book and you may also revisit some of your work from previous terms to see how your skills and approach to the work have matured.

A rite of passage in the sixth term is the panel presentation, when you will be singing and acting in front of invited industry professionals who will give you one-on-one feedback. MTP Scene Study 6, a partner course, concentrates on the musical skills and actor work required to transition from dialogue to song within the context of a scene from a musical.


MTP 1 MTP.101 22 hours
MTP 2 MTP.102 22 hours
MTP 3 MTP.203 33 hours
MTP 4 MTP.204 49.5 hours
MTP 5 MTP.305 20 hours
MTP 6 MTP.306 15 hours


Play Production

In the 5th term you will take part in a play production. The plays are presented to the public,  agents, casting directors and other industry professionals. Casting is done by the director, usually by audition, and the intent of the casting is to highlight the strengths of each student. As well as on-stage experience you will also have other roles within the company, such as sound, costumes, publicity, props and so on. You will be expected to show professionalism, learn blocking, apply the director's notes, and apply character development to a specific role.


Play Production 5 PLA.305 200 hours


Scene Study

These studio courses train you to develop the fundamentals of the acting process. Through exercises, monologues and scenes, these courses will give you tools that emphasize acting as "doing". It will highlight “actioning” the intention by personalizing material to meet the demands of a highly diversified profession. In year 2, you will learn to refine your craft toward a full comprehension of technique including character development and text work as well as emotional journey, physicality and arc of play. At the end of the year you will present monologues and scenes in a final juried performance. In your final year of study, the focus transitions from applying “process” toward preparing “performance”. Audition technique and preparation for a panel of industry professionals transition you into your career as an actor.


Scene Study 1 SCS.101 22 hours
Scene Study 2 SCS.102 22 hours
Scene Study 3 SCS.203 33 hours
Scene Study 4 SCS.204 33 hours
Scene Study 5 SCS.305 16 hours
Scene Study 6 SCS.306 15 hours



In year 2, you will study the Bard in all his brilliance as you learn about his world and his work. In order to complement the technique that you have learned toward your acting process, you will work on sonnets, monologues and scenes from Shakespearean plays. You will do a final presentation, based on what you have learned.


Shakespeare 3 SHK.203 92 hours



In year two, you will add tap to your repertoire. Depending on your previous study of tap, you will be placed in one of four levels of tap. Tap dance can be used as artistic expression in many ways. Technique classes use music ranging from classical and jazz to musical theatre. Through choreography and improvisation, students will discover  the different frameworks of tap dancing. All dancers are assessed at the end of each term and placed in the appropriate tap level.


Tap 3 (Levels 1-4) TAP. 203 16.5 hours
Tap 4 (Levels 1-4) TAP. 204 16.5 hours
Tap 5 (Levels 1-4) TAP. 305 12 hours
Tap 6 (Levels 1-4) TAP. 306 7.5 hours


Theatre History

You will learn the rich history of western theatre, from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century. As you explore different eras, you will learn about performance style, staging practices, philosophical and theoretical underpinnings, historical context and the relevance of each era to contemporary acting. You will then put these philosophical ideas into practice as you prepare historical techniques necessary to perform in a variety of theatrical styles. You will perform in a presentation at the end of the term showing scenes from works that encapsulate the different eras studied.


Theatre History Lecture 2 THH.101 33 hours


Voice and Text

Your voice must be flexible and responsive in order to realize the rigorous demands of acting. In Voice and Text classes you will explore technique which brings together vocal, physical and emotional expression with text. You will also familiarize yourself with vocal anatomy, text analysis and phonetics. In second year, you will apply physical and vocal techniques directly to character with text and script analysis. At the completion of this course, you participate in term end juried monologues and scenes. In subsequent terms, you will continue to develop alignment, breath release, diction and resonance in your increasing ability to action the textual clues. In the final two terms, the study is tailored to the vocal requirements of performance. The format of the class changes to one-on-one voice and text coaching for your role in the play, and then a final class which includes coaching to prepare your monologues for the panel audition.


Voice and Text 1 TXT.101 27.5 hours
Voice and Text 2 TXT.102 27.5 hours
Voice and Text 3 TXT.203 22 hours
Voice, Text and Movement 4 TXT.204 22 hours
Voice and Text 5 TXT.305 16 hours
Voice, Text and Movement 6 TXT.306 15 hours


Singing Lessons (formerly Vocal Tutorial)

Your voice is one of your greatest assets and our qualified instructors work with you one-on-one as you develop support, strength, tone and musicality. Vocalizing exercises will teach you where the voice comes from, how different muscle groups work together in vocal production and how to monitor yourself for internal cues that indicate a free and healthy instrument. During this individual tutorial time, you will prepare your repertoire for performance.


Singing Lessons 1 SGL.101 5.5 hours
Singing Lessons 2 SGL.102 5.5 hours
Singing Lessons 3 SGL.203 5.5 hours
Singing Lessons 4 SGL.204 5.5 hours
Singing Lessons 5 SGL.305 4 hours
Singing Lessons 6 SGL.306 3 hours


Professional Development

You will learn the ins and outs about how to develop and manage your own small business as a performer in the entertainment industry. Headshots, cover letters, resumes, getting an agent, when to join the union, on-line and off-line resources for performers and audition logistics are some of the topics covered. Your grade of professionalism, which reflects your attendance and commitment to the conservatory nature of the program, throughout all six terms, is also part of the evaluation for this course.


Professional Development 5 PRO.305 16 hours



Project Presentations/Interviews/Show Attendance

Students are required to attend 1) Project Presentations for Musical Theatre History,  Shakespeare, and Musical Theatre Lab, etc. held each term during the week after classes end; 2) each fifth term play production and sixth term musical production; and 3) interviews with the Artistic Director that take place at the end of every term


Presentations/Interviews/Show Attendance Year 1

20 hours

Presentations/Interviews/Show Attendance Year 2

20 hours

Presentations/Interviews/Show Attendance Year 3

20 hours



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