middCourses
with Alexander Draper19 days ago

The class was overall chill and comfortable. The class was based on practical exercises such as walking, stretching, etc. We were assigned two scenes, one with a short script, and one with a longer script, which was most of all our grade. We also had informal journal submissions, which were not even tough. The class requires one to attend two theater productions, a great opportunity to learn new plays and new things about Middlebury. Professor Alex was such a nice, enthusiastic teacher, and I will definitely recommend taking his course.

The class was overall chill and comfortable. The class was based on practical exercises such as walking, stretching, etc. We were assigned two scenes, one with a short script, and one with a longer script, which was most of all our grade. We also had informal journal submissions, which were not even tough. The class requires one to a …Read more

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingProject Exams
1hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again
with Claudio Medeiros17 days ago

I had a great time in acting 1 with Claudio. I thought he was a very enthusiastic professor, which is very helpful, especially in an acting class. Most of our work was done during class, and there were journal entries due every three weeks. When working on a scene, you might spend 2-3 hours a week rehearsing before presenting in class.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingNo Exams
2hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would take again
with Craig Maravich2 months ago

I enjoyed the class. It's great for beginners to take. Craig is very enthusiastic, and we can immerse ourselves in learning to perform. He also encourages his students to explore the body, voice, and language more. The exams are all performances of a theater excerpt. Rehearsal is the most time-consuming. However, the private rehearsal with the instructor is very useful; he will give you suggestions based on your performance.

I enjoyed the class. It's great for beginners to take. Craig is very enthusiastic, and we can immerse ourselves in learning to perform. He also encourages his students to explore the body, voice, and language more. The exams are all performances of a theater excerpt. Rehearsal is the most time-consuming. However, the private rehearsa …Read more

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingProject Exams
4hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Claudio Medeiros3 months ago

Acting was definitely a super fun and new type of class. I loved the random activities we would do in class - you really have to buy into it tho...some of them are quite weird. Don't be fooled though - there is honestly a lot of homework outside of class, from reflections to auditions. However, I would definitely retake this class

Chill and RelaxedTough GradingNo Exams
5hrs / week Average difficulty Low value Would take again
with Claudio Medeiros3 months ago

I took this course thinking it would be a relaxed environment where I could blow off steam. While it was relaxed and therapeutic at points, it must be said that Claudio can be a tough grader. Normally minimum homework; however, on the weeks when we had performances, I spent a minimum of 3 hours rehearsing with my partner. Overall, Claudio is a very kind, energetic, humorous, and passionate teacher, but the grading of assignments seems inconsistent.

I took this course thinking it would be a relaxed environment where I could blow off steam. While it was relaxed and therapeutic at points, it must be said that Claudio can be a tough grader. Normally minimum homework; however, on the weeks when we had performances, I spent a minimum of 3 hours rehearsing with my partner. Overall, Cl …Read more

Tough GradingChill and Relaxed
1hrs / week Some difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Gerald Boddie2 years ago

Acting with Boddie was an interesting experience. I made a lot of friends in this class, and really enjoyed the performance aspect of the course. Given that I had a little bit of experience in acting, and that I did and still do have preconceived notions of what it means to act, I did not enjoy the day-to-day assignments/acting prompts given. We essentially only explored dialogue and had to create our own scenarios and characters, which I personally disagreed with. I also thought it to be unfair that group acting was graded as a group rather than individually. Otherwise, the class was fun, there was little reading involved, a small amount of memorization, and a lot of creativity.

Acting with Boddie was an interesting experience. I made a lot of friends in this class, and really enjoyed the performance aspect of the course. Given that I had a little bit of experience in acting, and that I did and still do have preconceived notions of what it means to act, I did not enjoy the day-to-day assignments/acting promp …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair Grading
1hrs / week Low difficulty Very low value Would not take again
with Alexander Draper2 years ago

Acting 1 with Alex was an amazing experience! Whether you have a lot of background in theatre, or this is your first time stepping into acting shoes at all, this is the class for you. This class made a lot of us (including myself) break out of our shell and learn how to make better eye contact with people, how to perform at an audition, and taught valuable skills that not only apply to the stage, but also in real life social situations. There was not a lot of work in this class besides memorizing some lines, that being said, Alex does expect students to come to class prepared with readings and plays just like in any other class.

Acting 1 with Alex was an amazing experience! Whether you have a lot of background in theatre, or this is your first time stepping into acting shoes at all, this is the class for you. This class made a lot of us (including myself) break out of our shell and learn how to make better eye contact with people, how to perform at an auditi …Read more

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingNo Exams
2hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again
with Alexander Draper2 years ago

The class is so fun, and no matter your theatre level you will most likely enjoy it and learn something useful. The class does not require that much work outside of class, but the few readings that are assigned you have to do, as these are big parts of the class.

Chill and RelaxedProject-HeavyNo Exams
2hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with James Dunnlast year

Jay is definitely an enthusiastic individual who brings a lot of passion and energy to his teaching. However, I found that I didn't learn as much in his class. One of my biggest concerns was the grading, which I felt was very unfair. I put in a lot of effort and time into my work but never get the grades that I felt I deserved. This was also a common issue amongst my fellow classmates, which made the situation even more frustrating. I spent much much more time than I would expect in this class. Also, the syllabus is very vague, which made it difficult to know what was expected of me in the class. In fact, the syllabus on Canvas was an outdated version from a previous semester. Overall, I wouldn't recommend taking Professor Dunn's class, particularly if you're hoping to fulfill an ART distribution requirement.

Jay is definitely an enthusiastic individual who brings a lot of passion and energy to his teaching. However, I found that I didn't learn as much in his class. One of my biggest concerns was the grading, which I felt was very unfair. I put in a lot of effort and time into my work but never get the grades that I felt I deserved. This …Read more

Slow-PacedTough GradingDifficult Exams
4hrs / week Average difficulty Very low value Would not take again
with Claudio Medeiros2 years ago

Strongly recommended for anyone remotely interested in acting or theater. Great way to achieve your art distribution requirement but also a fun and low-stakes introductory class that opens up further theater involvement in the future. Claudio is a pleasure and very fun (just make sure you read the plays when he tells you—they're really quite short).

Chill and Relaxed
3hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Michole Biancosinolast year

Michole is great. I'll admit that she's pretty intimidating, but don't worry. She's super nice and really understanding. She views the class as a journey rather than a test, and she provides effective feedback without being harsh. As long as you show up and commit, you'll do great.

Chill and RelaxedProject-HeavyEasy Grading
1hrs / week Low difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Craig Maravich6 months ago

It was a generally easy course if you fully buy in. It was definitely a step outside the comfort zone, but if you take the class with a friend, it makes it much easier. There is minimal homework, but you will perform skits in class.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingNo Exams
1hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would not take again
with Claudio Medeiros2 years ago

I enjoyed the course (Claudio is very nice), however was not expecting it to be as much work as it ended up being. Expect to put in hours and hours of work before performances (usually around three major ones). There are a bunch of required plays to attend and you'll have to write essays about those plays, and about your performances. The class was definitely fun, it was just a ton of work. Claudio is also a hard grader.

I enjoyed the course (Claudio is very nice), however was not expecting it to be as much work as it ended up being. Expect to put in hours and hours of work before performances (usually around three major ones). There are a bunch of required plays to attend and you'll have to write essays about those plays, and about your performances …Read more

Chill and RelaxedProject-HeavyTough Grading
3hrs / week Some difficulty Average value Would take again
with Claudio Medeiroslast year

I really enjoyed Professor Medeiros. He brought a lot of energy to the classroom and made the course very fun. I would take another course with him if I was given the chance. There was a lot of projects though which made the class oftentimes exhausting.

Fast-PacedProject-HeavyFair Grading
6hrs / week Extremely difficulty Very high value Would take again