Melodrama, which is derived from Greek-melos, music, and French-drame, drama, is storytelling that demands heightened physical and emotional response as characters play for high stakes- life and death. Melodrama is an uninhibited, not exaggerated, style. It demands the actor to commit fully, fighting for moral convictions, and compel the audience to share his or her convictions.

Students will explore the grand emotions of love, anger, fear, joy etc. through improvisations, movement and gestural work. They will create original melodramas based on the world we know: the hate crimes, the wars, the family torn apart etc. Melodrama is alive and breathing… it is all around us.

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