WHAT WE DO
Those who come to the GMIF to study the performance of interpretive events will learn from some of the most experienced and successful high school and college coaches in the country.
Students will learn the basic skills of choosing an appropriate piece, cutting it down to fit the suitable time limit, and how to develop characters within the performance framework.
An in-depth lecture series that highlights important theoretical and applied artistic approaches to performance is offered to students at every level of experience. Students in the Interp curriculum will also observe live forensics performance from the staff. Further, Interpers will also take advantage of the Washington D.C. area by attending performances at the nationally renowned Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
the lecture series
The APPLICATION LECTURE SERIES offers beginning students a chance to learn how to craft an interpretation on an intellectual, emotional and aesthetic level. Through lectures, presentations and hands-on applications students will learn how to choose a piece of literature and transform the written text into a performance.
The THEORY LECTURE SERIES builds on the foundation laid by the Application Lecture and asks students to challenge their notions of storytelling. Students will create and flush out a new world and place their character(s) in that world, as Sanford Meisner would say, “to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." The practices at this stage are based on the precept that all good acting stems from really “doing.” The core of this curricular level comes from putting Application processes into action.
The PRACTICUM LECTURE SERIES allows performers to explore non-traditional approaches to piece development. Students examine experimental art forms, and alternative viewpoints on the overall perception of speech communication. Innovative theoretical approaches, coupled with their own imaginative interpretations, provide students with an intellectual, creative, and practical approach to creating art.