Fanchon Miller Scheier

BA, Adelphi University. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Film, television, and theatre actress; member, Robert Lewis Acting Company and Green Gate Theatre; director and actress, regional and educational theatre; University of Virginia artist-in-residence program; founder, In Stages theatre company; recipient of two grants from the New York State Council on the Arts; co-director of London Theatre Intersession ’88. SLC, 1985–

Current undergraduate courses

Actor’s Workshop: Exploring Human Motivation and Craft

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“The character is in action…struggling.” —Stanislavski

This class is dedicated to the actors’ personal growth through improvisations and exercises. Our other concentration is on the fashioning of the actors’ craft based on Uta Hagen’s five “W’s”: who you are, where you are, what you want, why you want it, and when you want it. Scene work is in the second semester only. Our motto: “You use yourself in order to transform yourself.” Improvisation forces you to use the pain and the joy in your life. Use it…and then move on. “Only connect…” —E.M. Forster.

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Improvisation Laboratory

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Improvisation forces you to face the pain and the joy in your life, use it…and then move on. Using experimental exercises and improvisation, we will explore the character’s connections to his or her environment, relationships, needs, and wants. In the second semester, we will concentrate on fashioning a workable technique, as well as on using improvisation to illuminate scene work from the great dramatic playwrights: Lorca, Chekhov, Strindberg, O’Neill, Shaw, etc.

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Current graduate courses

Actor’s Workshop: Exploring Human Motivation and Craft

Year

“The character is in action…struggling.” —Stanislavski

This class is dedicated to the actors’ personal growth through improvisations and exercises. Our other concentration is on the fashioning of the actors’ craft based on Uta Hagen’s five “W’s”: who you are, where you are, what you want, why you want it, and when you want it. Scene work is in the second semester only. Our motto: “You use yourself in order to transform yourself.” Improvisation forces you to use the pain and the joy in your life. Use it…and then move on. “Only connect…” —E.M. Forster.

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Improvisation Laboratory

Year

Improvisation forces you to face the pain and the joy in your life, use it…and then move on. Using experimental exercises and improvisation, we will explore the character’s connections to his or her environment, relationships, needs, and wants. In the second semester, we will concentrate on fashioning a workable technique, as well as on using improvisation to illuminate scene work from the great dramatic playwrights: Lorca, Chekhov, Strindberg, O’Neill, Shaw, etc.

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Previous courses

Actor’s Workshop

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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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Exploring Human Motivation and Craft

Year

The character is in action…struggling —Stanislavski

This class is dedicated to the actors’ personal growth through improvisations and exercises. Our other concentration is on the fashioning of the actors’ craft based on Uta Hagen’s five “W’s”: who you are, where you are, what you want, why you want it, and when you want it. Scene work is in the second semester only. Our motto: “You use yourself in order to transform yourself.” Improvisation forces you to use the pain and the joy in your life. Use it…and then move on. Only connect… —E.M. Forster.

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Improvisation Laboratory - Graduate

Year

Improvisation forces you to face the pain and the joy in your life, use it…and then move on. Using experimental exercises and improvisation, we will explore the character’s connections to his or her environment, relationships, needs, and wants. In the second semester, we will concentrate on fashioning a workable technique, as well as on using improvisation to illuminate scene work from the great dramatic playwrights: Lorca, Chekhov, Strindberg, O’Neill, Shaw, etc. This course is open to students who are willing to approach material experimentally in a laboratory setting.

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Improvisation Laboratory - Graduate Theatre

Year

Using experimental exercises and improvisation, we will explore the character’s connections to his or her environment, relationships, needs, and wants. In the second semester, we will concentrate on fashioning a workable technique, as well as on using improvisation to illuminate scene work from the great dramatic playwrights: Lorca, Chekhov, Strindberg, O’Neill, Shaw, etc. This course is available to students who are willing to approach material experimentally in a laboratory setting.

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Improvisation Techniques

Spring

Great art comes from using oneself. If theatre is a way of knowing oneself, improvisation energizes that process. This course is for actors who are willing to personalize, place their characters in dangerous situations, play strong objectives, and then move on—a conscious way to reach the unconscious. We will approach the material experimentally in a laboratory setting twice a week. Students must be willing to act with and without text.

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Theatre Techniques: Actor’s Workshop

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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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