Anthony McKay, Head of Acting and Musical Theater at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, is teaching two acting classes for adults this summer.
When: Classes will meet once a week for six weeks, from June 29 to August 5.
Shakespearean Scene Study
Carnegie Mellon University
College of Fine Arts, Room 102
Price: $180 for each six week workshop
Anthony McKay received a degree in acting from Carnegie Mellon in 1969. In New York, Professor McKay has appeared on Broadway with the Negro Ensemble Company in The First Breeze of Summer and in Jean Kerr's Lunch Hour with Gilda Radner. Off-Broadway he appeared in Moonchildren, Incident At Vichy, and Clarence at the Roundabout Theatre. His many regional theatre credits include stints at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, Stage West in Springfield, Massachusetts and Meadow Brook Theatre in Michigan. Most recently he appeared at the Zephyr Theatre in San Francisco in Arthur Giron's Edith Stein. As a director, Professor McKay staged plays at Playwright's Horizons and The Jewish Repertory Theatre and the Ensemble Studio Theatre where he launched their first one-act Marathon and where his first play, The Buster Sealy Story, was produced with actor Ted Danson. In 1990, he directed Hurd Hatfield at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He has taught acting at Hunter College, New York University, and at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow where he directed CMU's graduate actors in a production of The Grapes of Wrath. He has continued to act here at the School of Drama appearing as Ralph Nickleby in Nicholas Nickleby and several plays in the CMU's Showcase of New Plays. His own plays, A Credit To The Family and Classic Mistakes were both performed in the New Plays series.
Mondays, 7 &endash; 10 p.m.
June 29 through August 3
Exploration of the components of the acting process through the study of contemporary scenes. In this class we will use both acting exercises and scene analysis to develop conflict within the imaginary world of the modern play. We will cover a range of areas includingrelaxation, imagination, and preparation.
Students will be asked to prepare and rehearse one scene with a partner, to be performed at the end of the six week period.
Wednesdays, 7 &endash; 10 p.m.
July 1 through August 5
Exploration of Shakespearean text through scene study. Beginning with a Shakespearean monologue and moving on to two-handed scenes, we will investigate these challenging and poetic works and provide practical techniques and acting tools which enable the actor to give full expression to heightened text.
This workshop will culminate in a memorized and rehearsed scene, to be performed at the end of the six week period.