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The Conservatory's curriculum is based on the teachings of Michael Saint-Denis, as are the curriculums of the Royal Shakespeare Company Studio and the Drama Division of the Julliard School in New York.  Saint-Denis emphasized that a school is not only a place to learn from the past but a place to explore new ideas and experiment in ways not possible in

commercial theatre.  His fundamental aim was to provide in each school a comprehensive framework of techniques around which the student's initiative, imagination and invention could be developed.  The Conservatory offers its students a remarkable vision and gives them the tools to achieve that vision.

Throughout the course of study, the student actor is instructed in the various professional requirements of the working actor.  Specifically, the student actor learns all aspects of the professional audition process:  preparation, protocol, motivation, goal setting and career planning.

Through Dramatic Interpretation the student actor learns how a professional actor approaches a script from research and analysis through rehearsal and performance.  Student actors work through two plays each semester with new aspects of the rehearsal process, techniques and play styles introduced and explored.

Through
Dramatic Technique the student actor learns to understand and utilize the body and voice as instruments of clarity and intent.  Four semesters of progressive study and practice in stage movement, dance and voice allow the student actor to explore his or her range and acquire the techniques necessary for performance.