InterProd is designed to further the art and skill of interpretation and speech to students.
We Build Performances, Not Pieces.
Just as a theatre company develops a play, our interpretation students develop a one-person production. We take the best practices of a theatrical event and help tailor them into a METHOD for each student. InterProd students become their own director, dramaturge, vocal coach, casting agent, and even set designer. They are then taught to use and shape this method, through their own artistic choices, throughout the competitive season.
Too many camps rely on recent graduates to teach a bulk of the lessons. We gather leading professionals from across the country who collaborate on the curriculum well before the summer session begins. Over the past decade, our curriculum has evolved into a proven multi-level menu that offers a unique experience to the novice, intermediate, and advanced student.
Tiered instruction to focus on depth
The InterProd model throws out the door the concept of “labs”. A lab is a group of 6-11 students who all work with a few coaches. Usually one senior staff member and one or two junior (college student) staff member work with that group. Traditionally, students do not get to work with other coaches.
We break up groups by “stages” or lecture groups. Within a stage, coaches will work with many students. This way the student benefits from the ideas of many coaches, not just one or two.
Our curriculum is radically different than most. The combination of theatrical theory and play production with interpretive principals has proven to be a very successful approach. The group who designed this approach are all experienced with speech and theatre and took their decades of experience to come up with an original approach that has been refined since the beginning of InterProd.
The Depth Lecture Series focuses on approach and theory of interpretation. To help individualize curriculum, we split them into three stages.
Stage One combines the basics of acting with the beginning steps of theatrical production. This is the start of the development of a method that students can apply to other performances. The goal is to give each student the skills necessary to further their work or create other performances. Topic examples include: Dramatic Structure, Characterization Development, Environment and Rhythm.
Stage Two furthers our approach in stage one by introducing new approaches and theories to the basic interpretive knowledge. Our lectures become more of a discussion exploring possibilities. Topics examples include: The Performers Toolbox, Humor and Timing, Pace-Rate-Rhythm and Status.
Stage Three immerses the student in the work of characterization by assigning a character and assist them through the characterization process. The work culminates into a character salon that encourages developing their method and implementing their choices. Coupled with a lecture series based on Peter Brooks “The Empty Space”, Stage Three truly develops the student into a well-rounded performer with an in depth knowledge of our art.
Activities designed to build technical skills
In our Form Lecture series, we develop our technical skills with a series of exercises created to further the students’ abilities with popping and morphing, movement and choreography, continuation of action and blocking. Exercises are tailored to the students abilities.
The extensive work on form can be found in students' final performances of InterProd. Or rather, it is the opening night for all of our productions! We select outdoor sites and our students add costumes, music, actors, the sky is the limit. This exercise is to help the student see possibilities and not focus on rules and restrictions. The creative process should be one of endless possibilities. Read more about Guerrila here.