The first year is a foundation course. It establishes a performance language in the various areas of the actor’s craft: the movement of the body, the sound of the spoken and singing voice, the investigation of thoughts, inner speech and emotional expression, and the search for spontaneity and performance energy. In acting for camera classes we concentrate on naturalism and focus on techniques needed for playing to the invisible eye of the camera: some of the elements we explore include the art of reaction, the representation of emotions, body language within the compositional frame, rehearsal techniques, vocal technique for amplified sound, and the development of character through non-linear camera sequences. We are interested in learning about the language of performance in both live and the electronic media. Students gain a thorough cultural history of performance, a systematic approach to the study of play texts and film scripts, and a practical understanding of contemporary theatre and screen technologies.