Erica Newhouse

Undergraduate Discipline

Theatre

Graduate Program

MFA Theatre Program

Sarah Lawrence College, École Jacques LeCoq, The Julliard School. New York-based actor and dancer. Theatre credits include: The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (The Lion), Frequency Hopping (3LD), Stars in Her Eyes (Ars Nova/The Brick), Ah, My Dear Anderson (Urban Stages); Williamstown Theatre Festival: Demon Dreams, Miss Julie, Sweet Bird of Youth, Two Small Bodies; other: House of Blue Leaves (dir., Will Pomerantz), The Greeks Part II: The Murders (Brian Mertes), Twelfth Night (Jesse Berger), The Winter’s Tale (Harris Yulin), Suddenly Last Summer (Sam Gold). TV credits: Mozart in the Jungle, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Law and Order. Film credits: I’m Coming Over. Dance credits: Restless Night (Gibney Dance Center), Vic and Zeno Are Friends (The Brooklyn Museum of Art), Britney’s Inferno (Dance Theater Workshop). Ongoing member of Outside the Wire and its Theatre of War and TAPE programs, performing on army bases all over the country and the world (most recently in Kuwait and Qatar) as part of suicide and sexual assault prevention programs. SLC, 2011–

Current undergraduate courses

Actor’s Workshop: Acting Techniques

Year

This is an acting techniques class: foundational, process-based work to empower the actor in any theatrical environment. The first semester focuses on the voice and body and the development of a “toolbox” of acting techniques. The second semester focuses on applying those “tools” to language and text while integrating the voice and body work through scene work. The goal is for students to leave the class with all of the basic tools that they need to act; to have a growing awareness of their body, voice, and physical habits in order that they may consciously use them in the development of character; and to begin to develop their own process of working, start to finish, with an arsenal of tools and techniques to use when needed. We explore the Alexander Technique, character work, sense memory work, viewpoints, animal work, voice and speech work, script analysis, text analysis, Lecoq exercises, and much more.

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Contemporary Scene Study

Year

This class will take a rigorous approach to the preparation and process of performance. Building on your “toolbox,” you will go deeper into text, character exploration, and action, expanding self-awareness and revealing and risking more. The first hour will focus on movement and making ephemeral works as a way to tune your instrument. The following two hours will be devoted to scene study, using contemporary and modern texts.

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Current graduate courses

Actor’s Workshop: Acting Techniques

Year

This is an acting techniques class: foundational, process-based work to empower the actor in any theatrical environment. The first semester focuses on the voice and body and the development of a “toolbox” of acting techniques. The second semester focuses on applying those “tools” to language and text while integrating the voice and body work through scene work. The goal is for students to leave the class with all of the basic tools that they need to act; to have a growing awareness of their body, voice, and physical habits in order that they may consciously use them in the development of character; and to begin to develop their own process of working, start to finish, with an arsenal of tools and techniques to use when needed. We explore the Alexander Technique, character work, sense memory work, viewpoints, animal work, voice and speech work, script analysis, text analysis, Lecoq exercises, and much more.

Faculty

Contemporary Scene Study

Year

This class will take a rigorous approach to the preparation and process of performance. Building on your “toolbox,” you will go deeper into text, character exploration, and action, expanding self-awareness and revealing and risking more. The first hour will focus on movement and making ephemeral works as a way to tune your instrument. The following two hours will be devoted to scene study, using contemporary and modern texts.

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Previous courses

Acting Techniques

Year

This is an acting techniques class: foundational, process-based work to empower the actor in any theatrical environment. The first semester focuses on the voice and body and the development of a “toolbox” of acting techniques. The second semester focuses on applying those “tools” to language and text while integrating the voice and body work through scene work. The goal is for students to leave the class with all of the basic tools that they need to act; to have a growing awareness of their body, voice, and physical habits in order that they may consciously use them in the development of character; and to begin to develop their own process of working, start to finish, with an arsenal of tools and techniques to use when needed. We explore the Alexander Technique, character work, sense memory work, viewpoints, animal work, voice and speech work, script analysis, text analysis, Lecoq exercises, and much more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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