This prerequisite course covers the different acting viewpoints as laid out in Anne Bogart’s book The Viewpoints Book. You begin by working on physicality then slowly move into voice before putting them together towards the end of the semester.
I took Viewpoints my first semester here and found it extremely informative. I had taken many theatre classes before, but this course explained it in a way that opened up new perspectives on how to approach acting as an art. This class is dependent on who registers for the course. By the end of the class, everyone involved bonds and becomes a supportive little family. So much of it is based on working with your peers that the class is directly influenced by the people involved.
Participation is key in this course, which means that attendance is a significant factor of your grade. To succeed, you have to completely let go and commit to the exercises. The class is designed to present new ways of thinking about acting so it’s a bit out there. You will only learn from this class if you are willing to try. There are also a few readings and response journals, but they are very lowkey and meant to be reflections rather than analytic responses.
This is a theatre and dance-based course so it is heavily physical. The professor is generally understanding about physical limitations but to an extent, it is necessary to be able to move. This being said, you definitely do not need to be able to dance or have any past experience in the subject. Aimée also likes to talk about the connection between current events and theatre, so intense themes may arise depending on the topic of conversation.