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Meneghini, Tamara L. Associate Professor

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  • Tamara Meneghini's research is focused mainly on performance practices, as professional actor/creator/director who devises new performance-related work or as an actor/performer working from established texts for theatre. She enjoys most the energy and complicity of collaborating with experienced playwrights/directors when developing new material. The bulk of her work pertains to the relationship between the actor/performance, actor/acting instrument - how the acting instrument (body/voice) is utilized best to communicate truthfully in performance. She has studied mask work extensively with some of the most highly regarded master mask trainer/teachers, including Antonio Fava, Joan Schirle and Giovanni Fusetti. She isinterested in creating new ways to tell story utilizing a fully engaged and engaging physical theatre approach. As a professional voice and movement coach, researching best practices to help business professionals and performers communicate authentically to an audience.

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  • theatre performance, physical theatre techniques, physical understanding of period style and the Physical-Acting Training techniques, commedia dell'arte, the Williamson technique, voice work for the performer and the professional, Fitzmaurice Voicework, American Musical Theatre, physical and vocal coaching for live performance practices, professional speakers and business professionals, mask work and experienced teaching artist and teaching artist coach, arts integration, teaching/learning

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  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • PMUS 1117 - Musical Theatre Studio I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces students to the origins of Musical Theatre History in the U.S. via Operetta and Vaudeville. Students will familiarize themselves with terms and resource material needed to become a musical theatre actor. Topics include: The Theatre as a career, reading/researching a musical, important MT composers/lyricists, song forms, and landmark musicals.
  • PMUS 1217 - Musical Theatre Studio II Acting Component
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores creativity, collaboration, and communication in the craft of acting both in musical theatre and stage acting specifically directed to the Musical Theatre degree student. Focuses on terms and concepts of psychological realism fundamental to the actors' process through solo work and ensemble exercises. Emphasis on developing a character through analysis and scene study. Various acting modalities will be introduced.
  • THTR 2043 - Voice and Movement for the Stage
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Natural resources of the human voice and body are studied as artistic resources for the performing artist. Designed to examine both the process and products of vocal and physical craft work.
  • THTR 3011 - American Musical Theatre History
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Studies the creation, evolution and influence of American musical theatre and its importance to American society. Students analyze landmark productions, artists and the creative process. Recommended prerequisite: 3 credits in THTR, DNCE or MUSC.
  • THTR 3023 - Studio 2: Creating a Role
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Continued development of acting technique and tools for play analysis, with particular emphasis on scene study. Special attention will be given to the Master Teachers of Acting and their pedagogies.
  • THTR 3053 - Acting 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Continuation of the techniques introduced in Acting 1 (THTR 1003). Emphasis is placed on monologues and scene study of contemporary plays. Basic technique in developing a character are explored.
  • THTR 4023 - Studio 4: Playing with Styles
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Studies selected styles of theatre performance such as Greek Drama, Comedy of Manners, Commedia dell'arte, Modern Realism, Theatre of the Absurd, and Non-Western Theatre, including vocal and physical style elements.
  • THTR 4033 - Advanced Movement for the Stage
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Continues the work begun in THTR 2043 and explores a wide range of physical actor training methods and practices that support the fundamentals of mask training and mask performance for the actor. Students will experience each mask by gaining an understanding of its historical and performative relevance and directly bring into play the authentic life required of the specific mask. Department consent required. Same as THTR 5033.
  • THTR 4117 - Musical Theatre Lab 5: Senior Showcase Experience
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Research and identify material from a variety of mediums (theatre, film, television, web-based work, commercial) that best fit preferred performance type and style. Emphasis placed on topically/timely relevant material so that the student becomes most knowledgeable of current trends and practices. Prepared work will be presented at an organized showcase featuring agents, casting professionals and directors providing feedback for continued growth, learning and a new network of industry colleagues. Recommended prerequisites: TBFA Acting students � completion of Studios 1-4, for PMUS, BMMT and TBFA Musical Theatre students, completion of Labs 1-4, PMUS 1117, 1217, 2117, 3117
  • THTR 4149 - Theatre Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides opportunities for theatre majors to explore career opportunities in theatre fields other than, or in addition to, those with performance emphasis. Students apply knowledge and skills developed in their major studies to a practical work experience. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended requisite: 30 credit hours in THTR.
  • THTR 5033 - Advanced Movement for the Stage
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores a wide range of physical actor training methods and practices that support the fundamentals of mask training and mask performance for the actor. Students will experience each mask by gaining an understanding of its historical and performative relevance and directly bring into play the authentic life required of the specific mask. Department consent required. Same as THTR 4033.

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