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Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Techniques for the Physical Actor

TART i29: 3 credit hours

This course is designed to develop, train and prepare a student’s body and voice for the unique demands of physical acting and performance. With a pre-performative focus, students engage with psycho-physical techniques sourced from different European theorists and practitioners of the 20th century, including those developed by Jerzy Grotowsky, Roy Hart and Jacque Lecoq, among others. The course also has a strong emphasis on exploration-based processes in movement and voice, meant to foster individual strategies for training and preparation for performance. Through this course, students will develop a more expressive body and voice and enhance awareness of, and connection to, these vital facets of their instrument.


  • Movement and Voice
  • Lecoq and Neutral Mask

Performance Practices

TART i35: 3 credit hours

In this course, students are introduced to specific European theatrical styles. Great emphasis is given to the Commedia dell’Arte, as it requires actors to have comprehensive knowledge of many elements of theatre: mask work, plot construction, improvisation, heightened physicality and voice, scene work and social commentary. Other styles include Clown, Traditional Mediterranean Song and Dance, Storytelling, and basic Circus skills. By working in these styles to understand their unique performance qualities, students experience non-traditional (from an American perspective) approaches to acting, character development, dramaturgy and relationship with audiences. In addition to developing an in-depth understanding of fundamental European theatrical styles, students acquire new skills and wider perspectives that contribute to more grounded, compelling performance.and more grounded confidence on the stage.


  • Clown
  • Tarantella
  • Commedia dell’Arte

Poetics of Performance

TART i27: 3 credit hours

This course focuses on the nature and process of the collaborative creation of theatrical performance. Students are guided through the various phases of devising original theatre, from exploration, to selection of material, composition and presentation. Ensemble is a core element in the overall process. Students will develop their sensitivity towards the needs of the group, their sense of play and learn to create common rituals. Students will also develop and implement processes where each collaborator is able to find their own voice within the greater group. In the composition phase, students will build observational and analytical skills to better understand the sensitive dynamics of decision-making moments and processes. Students will be encouraged to integrate the skills and experience acquired in other classes into their original pieces. These will take place periodically throughout the semester and be supported by core and guest faculty of the ADA.


  • Devising and Composition
  • Mask-making and Characterization
  • Storytelling

Liberal Arts Studies - Fast and Furious: Social Change and the Avant Garde

LBST i31: 3 credit hours

This course is an interdisciplinary survey that looks at the intersection between the acceleration of change in social forms in the 19th and 20th century and the perception of those changes as expressed in contemporary Avant-Garde art movements, e.g. mechanized speed/Futurism, Industrialization/Constructivism, Industrialized war/Dada, Freud’s Id, Ego, Superego/Surrealism, etc. By challenging not only aesthetic, but more widely philosophical and cultural values, the Avant-Garde art movements, and their manifestations in literature, theatre and other performance practices, were responding to the most significant scientific, social, and political events pervading the world scene.

Through discussion of essential prose texts, poems, manifestos, films, paintings, theatre performances and music, students will gain insight into various Avant-Garde creations and their ongoing impact on art, literature, and today’s culture. Guiding questions of the course are: What was original about the historical Avant-Gardes? What connections between art and revolution did Avant-Garde writers and artists imagine? Besides “art manifestos”, what strategies did they utilize to meet their aesthetic imperatives? To what extent did their projects maintain a critical attitude towards the culture industry?

Italian Language: Beginner or Intermediate

ITAL i10, i11: 3 credit hours

Instructor: Accademia Britannica

In the first semester course introduce students to basic grammatical structures of the Italian language. Students acquire a basic vocabulary and speaking practice.

In the second semester course, students begin moving toward fluency in Italian by focusing on communication and the exposure to a not stereotypical, more complex and up-to-date picture of modern Italy and Italians.

The readings in the text will provide a point of departure for conversation, which will be an essential component of both classes. These courses will cover aspects of Italian culture and society, as well.





Fall 2021: August 30 – December 3

Fall Break: October 9 – 17

15 Total credits

Application deadline: April 1

EARLY BIRD: $1,000 off total tuition – application to be completed by February 1

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Spring 2022: January 20 – April 23

Spring Break: February 26 – March 6

15 Total Credits

Application deadline: October 1

EARLY BIRD: $1,000 off total tuition – application to be completed by July 1

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PLEASE NOTE: The dates above include arrival and departure. The Accademia dell’Arte does not accommodate students before or after these dates.The Accademia dell’Arte undergraduate program is fully accredited by Hendrix College.


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