FALL 2020

THE SINGER’S INTEGRATIVE PROCESS

with Nathan Troup, Stage Director (www.nathantroup.com)

Faculty at Boston Conservatory and Boston University

This comprehensive, multi-level course is designed to advance the integration of your performance skill set and strengthen your creative process.

 

SESSION ONE:

Tuesdays, 7-8:15pm

Sep 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27 

Capacity: 6-10 singers

 

 

 

SESSION TWO:

Thursdays, 7-8:15pm

Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29

Capacity: 6-10 singers
 


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Tl;dr: the goal of this course is to make you better and get you jobs.
 

Once upon a time a few decades ago, the title of this class might have been ‘acting for singers.’ Over time, however, the straight-forwardness of that title became misconstrued and singers were suddenly ‘less than’ actors, presumed void of effective and expressive storytelling instincts. At face value, that title can all too easily suggest a remedial approach to acting in order to accommodate the implied shortcomings of the operatic artist. 

Instead of spending any more time trying to reinvent the same old “tricks” in an attempt to hide what we’ve been told are our short-comings, let’s tend to the mighty and expressive storytelling instincts and sensibilities innate to all singers. I’ve yet to meet a singer whose singing journey began with the words “I have no interest in story telling and have nothing to say so I guess I’ll be a singer”, and I’ve yet to meet a composer/librettist with nothing to say who thus decided to write an opera.


Participants should plan to engage in:
-a more thorough analysis of the material
-thoughtful and informed constructive criticism
-facilitated group discussion/feedback

This will all happen within a supportive environment in which you’ll feel safe to explore, risk, create, and grow as a performer. This work is applicable to audition prep and role study. Whether you’re seeking to refresh your approach or start building from the ground up, this course is your call-to-action to manifest your goals as an artist into a viable, vocational reality.

© 2020 by Nathan Troup.