UTNIF Interp Curriculum

Check out what UTNIF students were studying in 2009!!

Interp Lecture Series:
INT 101 Material Selection: The student will learn how to search for appropriate for performance—we’ll be covering humor, drama, prose, duo and poetry. Various publishers will be discussed from traditional to internet publishing sites. The lecture will end with a trip to the Fine Arts Library for practical application.

INT 102 The Fine Arts Library: Tour of the UT Fine Arts Library and its vast array of script choices and interpretation materials. How to use the college library.

INT 103 Cutting: Students will receive an overview of traditional dramatic structure as well as methods of cutting material down to time for speech performance.

INT 104 Material Analysis: Students will gain a deeper understanding of how to take material they have selected for performance and identify themes, characterization, and historical context of literature.

INT 104 Subtext/Characterization: Students will learn to analyze the language of their cutting—what is “underneath” the words in order to embody emotion and motivation in performance.

INT 105 Physicality: Students will learn to express subtext and characterization through voice and body in order to learn to effectively perform literature. Methods of “popping” and character shifting will also be discussed.

INT 106 Environment: This lecture will teach students to create a scene through physicality and visualization. Because speech performances do not have the benefit of a traditional stage with props and sets, creating an environment is essential to effective embodiment of literature.

INT 107 Creating Performance Introductions: Students will learn how to write an entertaining, effective and relevant introduction for the material they have selected. Professionalism: Appropriate behavior and attire for professionalization within the forensics community.

INT 108 The Character Breakfast: Students will choose a character from the material they’ve selected for performance and go on a breakfast adventure with their fellow students as that character!

Interp Elective Series:
TC 201 “The Art of Cutting”
Students will receive an overview of traditional dramatic structure as well as methods of cutting material down to time for speech performance.

TC 201″Carnival & Play”
Exploring the strange and absurd through play, students will be challenged to push their boundaries to understand how taking risks and making strong choices aid in creating memorable performances.

TC 202A2 “What Are You?” A discussion of performance styles and approaches to the art of performance. This lecture will have a specific emphasis on discovering one’s own approach to performance and ways in which to capitalize on that performance style.

TC 202B2 “The artist/audience relationship.” A discussion of drama as it pertains to the performer. Along with a discussion of the function of the artist and the importance of understanding the risks that need to be taken in order achieve optimal impact.

TC 202A3 “Identity in Performance.” This lecture will uncover ways in which a performer can identify with the character’s they are performing, but more importantly dissect a methodical manner in which to observe, determine, and construct an identity for characters in performance.

TC 202B3 “The Human Condition.” Understanding human communication as performance. Using the dramatistic approach, daily activities and interactions are described within a theatrical framework as a way of exploring the aesthetic texts of others.

TC 203A “Environment.” An overview of the importance of environment construction in performance. This lecture will delve into the necessary reasons for creating a believable/credible or incredible environment within a performance–special emphasis will be placed on constructing a context that is not only sensible, but also helpful within the performance endeavor.

TC 203B Process Parts 1/2/3: Designed to build a complete tool belt of options that allow for in depth character development. Full discussion of both outside/in and inside/out technique. Each tool offered and discussed builds upon and is interdependant with every other tool in the discussion. Ideally students will obtain a fully usable cannon and lexicon.

TC 204A Understanding & Applying Brecht: Focus on Brechtian theatre techniques of breaking the fourth wall and reminding the audience of theatre as a representation of reality.

TC 205A From (Auto)ethnography to Narrative. This lecture is designed to teach the art and craft of storytelling and narrative structure by exploring and retelling the lives of others and the self.

TC205 Handling Humor. Approaches to humor and its importance in all forms of performance. An investigation of how to handle humor during a performance and an understanding of various types of humor and ways to perform them.

TC206A The Chekhov Acting Method – Come explore this advanced acting technique. Nearly every film or stage actor has some form of Chekhov training on their resume. This “mystical” approach to acting is the method used by Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, and Marilyn Monroe, to name a few. This workshop will focus on movement, atmosphere, concentration, psycho-physical gestures, and radiating energy with the goal of enabling actors to open new doors to the creativity within. This workshop is a collection of exercises learned from professional acting studios in Los Angeles, California. Each day will consist of participation in many exercises, so class concentration, participation, and focus is essential!

Chekhov Part 1. Learn to “Cross the threshold”, radiate energy, and consume space. Visualization exercises to build your sense of presence as a performer.

Chekhov Part 2. Work with Chekhov’s 4 Brothers methodology (Form, Ease, Beauty, Whole), and learn the “open gesture.” Beginning exercises to learn to let our bodies affect our minds.

Chekhov Part 3. Chekhov’s most famous acing technique: Psycho-physical gestures. Learn movement exercises that elicit emotional responses to bring characters “to life” in a variety of scenarios.

TC 206B Animal styles/ emotional recall – a two part lecture. Part one discusses the use of both actual and anthropomorphized animal behavior aa a means to building character both internally and physically. Part two discusses the use of emotional recall, both its benefits and drawbacks. This lecture includes an exercise designed to teach the student how to do emotional recall, and how to control it.

TC207B Performance Art Part 1. This lecture is offered as an exploration of various performance styles to those interested in gathering unique tools, methods, and approaches that can be used both in and outside of competitive forensics.

Performance Art Part 2. An understanding and appreciation of performance art–highlighting the personal and political nature of the art form and its liberating and innovative elements. Includes discussion of physicality in the performance realm.

UTNIF Oratory

The University of Texas National Institute in Forensics is proud to announce the newest addition to its Original Oratory curriculum. In addition to the regular focus in Original Oratory, the widely requested minor in oratory will be offered this summer. Students with an oratory focus receive one-on-one attention, two practicum lectures each day, and access to one of the top oratory staffs in the country. These students leave camp with competition-ready speeches, and the know-how to guide their teammates through the process of writing an oration. We are excited to invite students focusing in interpretation or extemporaneous speaking to share in the experience by offering content lectures and personalized attention during special evening sessions.

Get a jump start on next year!

UTNIF Original Oratory offers students:

• Guided topic selection
• Access to the 6th largest library system in the United States for research
• Content and strategy lectures to help students succeed
• Editing and guidance by a national caliber staff
• Nightly example performances
• Tricks of the trade in delivery and memorization
• Personalized attention to help students meet their goals
• FUN, FUN, FUN!!!