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Scene Study (HCP-SS)


120 hours (20 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: effectively apply, in the rehearsal and performance of partnered scene work, Uta Hagen’s “Six Steps” from her book “A Challenge for the Actor”;  create, rehearse and perform a scene or play with a scene partner; demonstrate habits of preparation, practice, and rehearse on their own; constructively receive, apply, and adapt to critique and direction; utilize and apply research and analysis to illuminate the circumstances of a scene; apply technique to deepen personal connection with the given circumstances of the play as they build character, relationships and objectives, and test clear, lively actions.


This is an immersive classroom based course. Building on the foundation laid in Term 1 Acting Technique class, students are introduced to diagnostic Scene Study. In consultation with the Core Program director, the scene study instructors assign students a set of scenes intended to address their strengths and needs. Students apply technique to deepen their personal connection with the given circumstances as they build character, relationships and objectives, and test clear, lively actions. Students develop their partnering skills. In Term 3, students work on one play, broken down into scenes. Working as an ensemble, students move deeper into their practice and experience the collaborative effort required to bring about a unified theatrical event.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 8 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.