Erika Bailey, Head of Voice and Speech at American Repertory Theater and Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
When Erika Bailey works with acting students, one of her primary goals is to teach them how to ‘embody’ their role and the language they speak. An intellectual understanding of the character and the lines is never sufficient to create a compelling performance. Interestingly, the same exercises that help acting students embody text and character can be used with great success across many disciplines. Speaking assignments and physical explorations can increase students’ understanding and retention of key course concepts and give dynamic structure to group learning in any class. Over this lunch we will explore several possibilities for embodied learning experiences and discuss how they might be included in a variety of classroom settings.