In this course students will work with material from contemporary plays. There will be an emphasis on developing a consistent creative practice with the aim of gaining greater access to the artist’s imagination and instincts. An important course goal and learning outcome will be a stronger focus of attention within the fictional reality and a depth of insight into text and dramatic action with heightened organic responsivity. The work in the course will center around four primary concerns: accessibility and sensitivity to fictional realities, personal creative freedom and expression as a commitment, replacing any and all concerns about impressing, showing or indicating with a clarity of purpose and process, and lastly the development of a professional work ethic. The course will offer each student the opportunity to practice, to experiment, and to explore his/her creative potential through intensive scene study, improvisation, lectures and discussion.