Dialogue of Civilizations

Creative Entrepreneurship

Applied Theatre Training

For The Global Entrepreneur

London, United Kingdom

May 13 – June 13, 2015

 

A unique way to enrich your education at Northeastern, this Dialogue aspires to give you practical tools to explore and enhance the way that you communicate, collaborate and create with others. Using improvisation, theatre games, ensemble building, voice and speech exercises, relaxation and techniques to deepen your attention, you will gain self-confidence, self-awareness and a passion for the persuasive and articulate communication of your thoughts and ideas. The rewards to you as a professional in the 21st century will be exhilarating. 

The Dialogue is comprised of the two following two courses, both of which satisfy Arts & Humanities Core Level 1. Please confer with your academic advisor to make sure the courses fit into your program of study.

THTR 1127: Improvisation For Entrepreneurs

This course will introduce you to theatre improvisation principles, games and exercises to improve your ‘soft skills’: presenting, expressiveness, and interviewing. Through group and individual activities, you will explore creativity, adaptation, physical awareness, self-confidence, risk taking, physicality, intuition, and teamwork. The course will provide a playful yet demanding environment in which you may discover, understand and maximize how you interact communicate and collaborate with others.

THTR 1165: The Professsional Voice

This course is designed to help students across disciplines to enhance the quality of their spoken voice as well as the clarity and urgency with which they express themselves. You will learn how to free the habitual tensions, holding patterns and inefficient uses that block the clear communication of thoughts and feelings. You will be presented with practical tools to improve your voice and speech in interpersonal and professional interactions following the methodology known as “Freeing the Natural Voice” devised by Kristin Linklater and elements of the Alexander Technique.

Master Classes and Field Trips Include

  • Overnight trip to Stratford-upon-Avon;
  • Session with senior Voice & Dialect Coach at the Royal Shakespeare Company;
  • Sessions with professional actors, directors and designers;
  • Sessions with business entrepreneurs, journalists, etc.;
  • A rich variety of performances, including West End and Fringe theatre, opera, and more.
  • Backstage tour of The Globe Theatre;
  • Backstage tour of The Royal National Theatre.

Assignments

  • Personal Journal: Start writing it in the US as you begin preparing for your program. Once in London, write every day to capture the events, people, and places that you experience. This is your personal, private diary for yourself only. However, we will ask to see how much progress you are making throughout the program.
  • Reflection Paper: Using your journal entries, write a 4000-word reflection paper that encapsulates your reflections, observations, conclusions, and self- examination/ self-assessment about your entire program – from pre-departure, to living London, to your “re-entry” to the U.S. – as well as the readings.

Accomodations, Etc

You will be housed in the heart of London, a short ride on the underground to the studios at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, were classes will be held. The schedule of classes will be Monday-Saturday 11:00-1:00 and 2:00-4:00. Most evenings and Sundays will be free, although some evenings we will go to the theatre and/or other activities. Some days we will not have regular class, rather a session with a master teacher or guest speaker.

You will be given a travel card valid for the duration of the program on all buses and underground in Central London. AIFS is our host in London. They have a student center very close to RADA, which you are welcome to use. They also organize a series of day-trips for your weekends, if you are interested.

We will all fly to London from Boston’s Logan on May 13, 2015. However, you may change your return flight if you want to stay over a few more days. Make sure your passport is valid!

The tuition covers the two classes. The DOC fee ($2000) covers your flight, accommodations, transportation, events, guest speakers and insurance; it does not cover your food. London can be expensive to eat out a lot; the accommodations will have kitchens for your use.

Information Sessions

Monday, November 3rd 6:30 – 7:30 in 180 Ryder Hall;

Wednesday, November 12th 6:30 – 7:30 in 180 Ryder Hall;

Any other questions, please email Professor Antonio Ocampo-Guzman at Antonio@neu.edu.

Applications are open online until November 15.