Ernest H. Abuba

Undergraduate Discipline

Theatre

Graduate Program

MFA Theatre Program

Recipient of an OBIE Award, five New York State Council on the Arts fellowships for playwriting and directing, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, Creative Artist Public Service Award (CAPS), Best Actor Focus Press Award, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) member. Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Shimada, Loose Ends, The King and I, Zoya’s Apartment, director Boris Morozov, Maly Theatre. Regional/off-Broadway roles: King Lear, Macbeth, Oberon, King Arthur, Autolycus, Chebutykin, James Tyrone, Lysander, Mishima; Caucasian Chalk Circle, director Fritz Bennewitz, Berlin Ensemble. Author of Kwatz! The Tibetan Project, Leir Rex, The Dowager Empress of China, An American Story, Eat a Bowl of Tea, Night Stalker, and the opera Cambodia Agonistes, all produced off-Broadway; national tours to the Cairo Experimental Theatre and Johannesburg, South Africa. Performed Butoh with Shigeko Suga in Spleen, Accade Domani by Dario Fo, and Sotoba Komachi. Film/TV: 12 Monkeys (director Terry Gilliam), King of New York, Call Me, New York Undercover, Kung Fu. Director/ screenwriter: Mariana Bracetti, Arthur A. Schomburg, Asian American Railroad Strike, Iroquois Confederacy, Lilac Chen-Asian American Suffragette, and Osceola (PBS/CBS). Voice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the audiobook The Art of Happiness. SLC, 1995–

Current undergraduate courses

Actor’s Workshop: Suit the Action to the Word, the Word to the Action—Hamlet-III. ii. 17-8

Year

Students will work on voice work, script analysis, sensory exercises, a Shakespeare sonnet, cold readings, improvisation, auditioning, and extensive scene work from the following playwrights: Sara Ruhl, Theresa Rebeck, Susan Yankowitz, Maria Irene Fornes, Martin Crimp, Jean-Paul Sartre, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Anouilh, Frank Wedekind, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard, Oscar Wilde, David Auburn, Arthur Miller, and Edward Baker. Required text: The Art of Acting, by Stella Adler.

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Creating a Role

Year

It is a sanctum of discovery, enabling the actor to explore non-Western movement: centering energy, concentration, the voice, and the “mythos” of a character to discover one’s own truth in relation to the text—both contemporary and the classics. Traditional as well as alternative approaches to acting techniques are applied. Fall semester concentrates on working on roles such as Hamlet, Leontes, Caliban, Othello, Lear, Macbeth, Hecuba, Medea, Antigone, and Lady Macbeth; spring semester, applied to scene study from works by Arrabal, Beckett, Ionesco, Maria Irene Fornes, Sam Shepard, Albert Camus, and Jean Genet.

Faculty

Global Theatre: The Syncretic Journey

Year

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to La MaMa, dedicated to the playwright and to all aspects of the theatre.” —Ellen Stewart

The La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City has been the host of contemporary and international theatre artists for 50 years. You will have the opportunity to attend the performances, meet the artists, and participate in workshops led by them, as well as have access to the La MaMa archives on the history of international theatre in New York. Your personal “syncretic theatre journey” is enhanced by the observance of fellow theatre makers and oneself that is informed concretely by the application of text, research, movement, music, design, puppetry, and multimedia, as well as social and political debate in class. Coordinators of the LaMaMa International Symposium for Directors, David Diamond and Mia Yoo, will host you in New York City, where you will exchange ideas with visiting and local artists: Yara Arts Group and artists of the Great Jones Repertory Theatre. Historical/contemporary experimental texts will be discussed, such as: Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Death and the Kings Horseman by Wole Soyinka, Strange Interlude by Eugene O’Neill, The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt, A Dream Play by August Strindberg, Thunderstorm by Cao Yu, Goshram Kwotal by Vijay Tendulkar, Venus by Susan-Lori Parks, Ruined by Lynn Nottage, Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo, And They Put Handcuffs On The Flowers by Arrabal, and the works of Martin Crimp. Required reading: The Empty Space by Peter Brook.

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Current graduate courses

Actor’s Workshop: Suit the Action to the Word, the Word to the Action—Hamlet-III. ii. 17-8

Year

Students will work on voice work, script analysis, sensory exercises, a Shakespeare sonnet, cold readings, improvisation, auditioning, and extensive scene work from the following playwrights: Sara Ruhl, Theresa Rebeck, Susan Yankowitz, Maria Irene Fornes, Martin Crimp, Jean-Paul Sartre, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Anouilh, Frank Wedekind, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard, Oscar Wilde, David Auburn, Arthur Miller, and Edward Baker. Required text: The Art of Acting, by Stella Adler.

Faculty

Creating a Role

Year

It is a sanctum of discovery, enabling the actor to explore non-Western movement: centering energy, concentration, the voice, and the “mythos” of a character to discover one’s own truth in relation to the text—both contemporary and the classics. Traditional as well as alternative approaches to acting techniques are applied. Fall semester concentrates on working on roles such as Hamlet, Leontes, Caliban, Othello, Lear, Macbeth, Hecuba, Medea, Antigone, and Lady Macbeth; spring semester, applied to scene study from works by Arrabal, Beckett, Ionesco, Maria Irene Fornes, Sam Shepard, Albert Camus, and Jean Genet.

Faculty

Global Theatre: The Syncretic Journey

Year

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to La MaMa, dedicated to the playwright and to all aspects of the theatre.” —Ellen Stewart

The La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City has been the host of contemporary and international theatre artists for 50 years. You will have the opportunity to attend the performances, meet the artists, and participate in workshops led by them, as well as have access to the La MaMa archives on the history of international theatre in New York. Your personal “syncretic theatre journey” is enhanced by the observance of fellow theatre makers and oneself that is informed concretely by the application of text, research, movement, music, design, puppetry, and multimedia, as well as social and political debate in class. Coordinators of the LaMaMa International Symposium for Directors, David Diamond and Mia Yoo, will host you in New York City, where you will exchange ideas with visiting and local artists: Yara Arts Group and artists of the Great Jones Repertory Theatre. Historical/contemporary experimental texts will be discussed, such as: Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Death and the Kings Horseman by Wole Soyinka, Strange Interlude by Eugene O’Neill, The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt, A Dream Play by August Strindberg, Thunderstorm by Cao Yu, Goshram Kwotal by Vijay Tendulkar, Venus by Susan-Lori Parks, Ruined by Lynn Nottage, Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo, And They Put Handcuffs On The Flowers by Arrabal, and the works of Martin Crimp. Required reading: The Empty Space by Peter Brook.

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Previous courses

Actor’s Workshop

Year

This workshop will translate the actor’s imagination into stage action by building one’s performance vocabulary. The class engages the students’ essential self by expanding their craft through a wide-ranging set of training techniques.

Faculty

Actor’s Workshop - Graduate

Year

This workshop will translate the actor’s imagination into stage action by building one’s performance vocabulary. The class engages the students’ essential self by expanding their craft through a wide-ranging set of training techniques.

Faculty

Creating a Role - Graduate

Year

It is a sanctum of discovery, enabling the actor to explore non-Western movement: centering energy, concentration, the voice, and the “mythos” of a character to discover one’s own truth in relation to the text—both contemporary and the classics. Traditional, as well as alternative, approaches to acting techniques are applied. Fall semester concentrates on working on roles such as Hamlet, Leontes, Caliban, Othello, Lear, Macbeth, Hecuba, Medea, Antigone, and Lady Macbeth; spring semester, applied to scene study from works by Arrabal, Beckett, Ionesco, Maria Irene Fornes, Sam Shepard, Albert Camus, and Jean Genet.

Faculty

Suit the Action to the Word, the Word to the Action —Hamlet-III. ii. 17-8

Year

Students will work on voice work, script analysis, sensory exercises, a Shakespeare sonnet, cold readings, improvisation, auditioning, and extensive scene work from the following playwrights: Sara Ruhl, Theresa Rebeck, Susan Yankowitz, Maria Irene Fornes, Martin Crimp, Jean-Paul Sartre, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Anouilh, Frank Wedekind, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard, Oscar Wilde, David Auburn, Arthur Miller, and Edward Baker. Required text: The Art of Acting, by Stella Adler.

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Theatre Techniques: Actor’s Workshop

Year

This workshop will translate the actor’s imagination into stage action by building one’s performance vocabulary. The class engages the students’ essential self by expanding their craft through a wide-ranging set of training techniques. Students will explore through improvisation, movement, vocal techniques, scenes, and the performance of realism, experimental, classical, and comedy of manners from such playwrights as Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Jose Rivera, Sara Ruhl, Susan Yankovich, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Samuel Beckett, to name a few.

Faculty

Theatre Techniques: Actor’s Workshop - Graduate

Year

This workshop will translate the actor’s imagination into stage action by building one’s performance vocabulary. The class engages the students’ essential self by expanding their craft through a wide-ranging set of training techniques. Students will explore through improvisation, movement, vocal techniques, scenes, and the performance of Realism, Experimental, Classical, and Comedy of Manners from such playwrights as Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Jose Rivera, Sara Ruhl, Susan Yankovich, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Samuel Beckett, to name a few.

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