WHAT WILL I LEARN?
TEXT ANALYSIS will teach you to:
Establish the THEME, OBJECTIVE, and OBSTACLE of a scene or text to help you identify the writer's intentions and set up the context for you to assign strong, playable choices pertaining to character and relationship.
Identify and use the BEAT as a fundamental unit of action and intention rather than an arbitrary pause, stage direction, or change in mood.
Use ACTION VERBS, perhaps the most powerful and under-taught component of text analysis, to assign precise intention to any level of a performance—from the beat to the individual word, and to adapt your choices at any time in order to execute a director's note or improve on a choice that's not working. "Actioning" brings incredible detail to performances and substantially improves your ability to communicate about your work. It is also extremely fun.
Identify and use IMPORTANT WORDS to speak your lines with clarity. Important words help with speech difficulties, acoustic challenges, monologues and one-person shows, technical jargon, political rhetoric, and memorization, and they also help tie physical and emotional choices to your language.
Identify and use LISTS to bring variety, detail, and clarity to your speeches and dialogue. Lists are strongly connected to your character's inner life and emotional states.
Identify and use TRIGGERS and CONNECTORS to motivate emotional responses and actions, to explore patterns of logic within your monologues and across dialogue with other characters, and to overcome frequently dropped cues.
Add MISSING DIALOGUE to incomplete or one-sided dialogue to help you sustain concentration and emotional life, and to explore special opportunities that the writer may have left you for making choices with the text.
Use MANTRA and INNER MONOLOGUE to bring concentration, emotional life and specificity to non-speaking performance moments.
Capture and repeat the UNEXPECTED in your rehearsals and performances.
Motivate and guide IMPROVISATION.