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Acting Technique (HCP-AT)


106 hours (32 weeks).

120 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014

September 2012 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: examine and apply in rehearsal and performance Uta Hagen’s “Six Steps” from her book ”A Challenge for the Actor”; demonstrate successful use in rehearsal and performance of the following concepts: outer objects, inner objects, objectives, obstacles, and preceding circumstances; demonstrate use of “actions” – employing them as motivated choices, both physical and verbal – to further the character’s ends and fulfill the play’s narrative; demonstrate an ability to live truthfully on stage under imagined circumstances within a created environment, use personal frames of reference as a testing ground; develop and take part in their own disciplined professional process; utilize collaborative skills through paired work, scene study and ensemble experience.


This is an immersive classroom based course. Major topics include: Uta Hagen’s object exercises, Uta Hagen’s ‘Six Steps’, self-study, preparation and rehearsal, ensemble experience, and the essential working process of the actor. Each step extends and expands the actor’s physical, verbal and emotional capacity. Students become more astute in analyzing and presenting the circumstances of a scene. The basic skills, craft and responsibilities of the actor in the professional rehearsal process for a role are defined and practiced.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 7 semester hours in Dramatic Arts or Theatre Arts (8/17) (9/22 revalidation). NOTE: All courses that comprise the Hagen Core Training Program must be completed to gain access to credit recommendations.