Sterling Swann

BA, Vassar College. Postgraduate training at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Sonia Moore Studio, and with David Kaplan (author, Five Approaches to Acting). President and artistic director, Cygnet Productions, National Equity Theatre for Young Audiences Company; leading performer, Boston Shakespeare Company; guest faculty at Storm King School, Western Connecticut State University, and at Vassar College; certified instructor, Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD); winner of the Society of American Fight Directors’ 2006 Patrick Craen award; designated practitioner, Stough Institute of Breathing Coordination; certified teacher, Alexander Technique. SLC, 1991–

Course Information

Current undergraduate courses

Advanced Stage Combat

Year

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Stage Combat and offers additional training in more complex weapons forms such as rapier and dagger, single sword, and small sword. Students receive training as fight captains and have the opportunity to take additional skills proficiency tests, leading to actor/combatant status in the Society of American Fight Directors.

Faculty

Breathing Coordination for the Performer

Year

Students in this class improve their vocal power and ease through an understanding of basic breathing mechanics and anatomy. Utilizing recent discoveries of breathing coordination, performers can achieve their true potential by freeing their voices, reducing tension, and increasing vocal stamina. In the second semester, principles of the Alexander Technique are introduced. Students consolidate their progress by performing songs and monologues in a supportive atmosphere.

Faculty

Building a Vocal Technique

Year

A continuation of Breathing Coordination for the Performer, which is suggested as a prerequisite, students deepen their understanding of breathing coordination and Alexander Technique and work on songs and monologues of their choice. The emphasis is on maintaining physical ease in performance to increase vocal range and power.

Faculty

Introduction to Stage Combat

Year

Students learn the basics of armed and unarmed stage fighting, with an emphasis on safety. Actors are taught to create effective stage violence—from hair pulling and choking to sword fighting—with a minimum of risk. Basic techniques are incorporated into short scenes to give students experience performing fights in both classic and modern contexts. Each semester culminates in a skills proficiency test aimed at certification in one of eight weapon forms.

Faculty

Current graduate courses

Advanced Stage Combat

Year

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Stage Combat and offers additional training in more complex weapons forms such as rapier and dagger, single sword, and small sword. Students receive training as fight captains and have the opportunity to take additional skills proficiency tests, leading to actor/combatant status in the Society of American Fight Directors.

Faculty

Breathing Coordination for the Performer

Year

Students in this class improve their vocal power and ease through an understanding of basic breathing mechanics and anatomy. Utilizing recent discoveries of breathing coordination, performers can achieve their true potential by freeing their voices, reducing tension, and increasing vocal stamina. In the second semester, principles of the Alexander Technique are introduced. Students consolidate their progress by performing songs and monologues in a supportive atmosphere.

Faculty

Building a Vocal Technique

Year

A continuation of Breathing Coordination for the Performer, which is suggested as a prerequisite, students deepen their understanding of breathing coordination and Alexander Technique and work on songs and monologues of their choice. The emphasis is on maintaining physical ease in performance to increase vocal range and power.

Faculty

Introduction to Stage Combat

Year

Students learn the basics of armed and unarmed stage fighting, with an emphasis on safety. Actors are taught to create effective stage violence—from hair pulling and choking to sword fighting—with a minimum of risk. Basic techniques are incorporated into short scenes to give students experience performing fights in both classic and modern contexts. Each semester culminates in a skills proficiency test aimed at certification in one of eight weapon forms.

Faculty

Previous courses

Breathing Coordination for the Performer - Graduate

Year

Students improve their vocal power and ease through an understanding of basic breathing mechanics and anatomy. Utilizing recent discoveries of breathing coordination, performers can achieve their true potential by freeing their voices, reducing tension, and increasing vocal stamina. In the second semester, principals of the Alexander Technique are introduced; students consolidate their progress by performing songs and monologues in a supportive atmosphere.

Faculty

Introduction to Stage Combat - Graduate

Year

Students learn the basics of armed and unarmed stage fighting, with an emphasis on safety. Actors are taught to create effective stage violence, from hair pulling and choking to sword fighting, with a minimum of risk. Basic techniques are incorporated into short scenes to give students experience performing fights in classic and modern contexts. Each semester culminates in a skills proficiency test aimed at certification in one of eight weapon forms.

Faculty