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The Historical Acting Summer Academy

The Historical Acting Summer Academy, taught by historical actor Jed Wentz, gives students the chance to focus on the basic techniques of acting 1750-1850.

Attitudes, gestures and rhetorical declamation suitable for the stage will be explored in practice, using handbooks and exercises from the period. The goal is to give students tools for expressing spoken texts using appropriate historical techniques, which will in turn affect the emotional impact of their performances.

The daily group classes will focus on learning how to work effectively with original sources, so that students will be empowered to continue on their own after the course has finished.

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