The principles that govern the work produced at Brown/ Trinity Rep are based on a belief that all else proceeds from the primary image of an actor on a platform talking to an audience. This is not to say that actors are the only artists in the theatre, or even the most important artists in the theatre, but that all artists in the theatre—playwrights, directors, designers, and actors—start from the premise that the essence of our art is live actors engaging with a live audience, and that our common goal is to explore, exploit, and enhance the live, communal experience that is at the heart of theatre.
An Introduction to CURT COLUMBUS
The course of study will combine the best aspects of conservatory training with the practical experience of a three-year internship at a professional theatre, enhanced by the courses and credentials supplied by a university degree program. Students graduating with an M.F.A. from Brown University should have the skills necessary to work as actors, directors, teachers, or a combination of all three.
Our goal is to provide students with the best possible training, to ensure that they graduate with the skills necessary to act and direct on a professional level. By the end of three years of instruction, students will be experienced in a wide variety of classical, modern, and contemporary styles. Actors should be in confident control of their physical and vocal instruments. Directors should have a powerful personal esthetic, as well as a strong working method of approaching the rehearsal process. Classroom instruction is supplemented by extensive production experience, both in Brown/Trinity Rep productions and with the mainstage company at Trinity Rep.
We are interested in training actors and directors who can be intelligent, active collaborators—actors who are responsible as well as responsive, directors who listen as well as they lead. We are seeking students who share our belief that the purpose of theatre is to tell stories, examine human experience, and communicate ideas. We are dedicated to providing our students with the means to form their own individual technique, a working method based upon technical skill, intellectual curiosity, and personal artistic vision that will support them as they continue the process of education and exploration that constitutes a life in the theatre.