BIMA offers promising young actors an experience above and beyond traditional theatre programs. As they refine technique and develop creative skills, the BIMA theatre participants work closely with a talented faculty and guest artists to form an ensemble that creates original, collaborative, theatrical works.
The theatre major includes three main elements:
- Technique classes
- Master classes with guest artists and trips to see professional Boston theatre
- Development, rehearsal, and performance of an original theatrical work
Technique classes include an exploration of various schools of actor training in movement, voice, and scene analysis, including Viewpoints, Stanislavski, Meisner, Hagen, Laban Effort Actions, and Tectonic Theatre Project’s Moment Work, to learn a range of approaches to acting. BIMA actors applied those skills in their devising process towards the collaborative creation of an original play. They start by exploring a text, question, or theme through collaborative composition and improvisation, and together devise a performance based on their interpretations, interests, and discoveries. During summer 2018, BIMA actors also saw Apollinaire Theatre Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, professional long-form improvisation at ImprovBoston’s “Harold Night,” and participated in master classes in playwriting with April Ranger and improvisation with Rachel Klein.