Yes, lovely lurkers, I have taken to begging for students to take the Stage Movement course over at MSU Denver. Well, yanno, it has been cancelled due to underenrollment enough that I feel I need to explain what makes this class such an essential part of a student’s experience at Metro, especially in the Theatre Department.
Here’s the thing: the skills learned in this class don’t only apply to
the performing arts student. Not at all–actually I’ve had the following diverse folks take this course (beyond the theatre majors, for whom this class is required):
- a major in accounting
- a 75-year-old auditing the course for fun
- an 8th grader interested in the clowning arts
- a poli-sci major
- a couple English majors
- someone who was undecided, who wanted to be able to have good presence in front of a crowd
Recently I have received some advice from an intimate friend in the career reboot department, and I am realizing that these skills are all excellent ones for building my corporate consulting practice. All of these things (body language, vocal work, social status manipulation, presentation skills, etc.) are the difference between a corporate drudgery and a successful businessperson.