August 25 Class Updates: Blocking and Mining

Today we discussed delivery strategies. For monologues specifically we discussed using blocking and text mining (for emotional and visual/organizational structure) to ask questions about character, motivation, and logic of movement. Then we discussed how to cut a script into a “memorization script” as a result of blocking/mining consideration. We practiced our monologues in small groups and discussed the ideal rate of speech. We practiced (in some classes) speaking at the ideal of 160-180 wpm and I recommended the free app Speech Pacesetter Lite as an option for practicing rate of speech on your own.

For more on blocking:

For more on text/script mining: Acting and Living in Discovery: A Workbook for the Actor by Carol Rosenfeld. A limited preview of this book is available on Google Books including a mining exercise on p. 32

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I am a rhetorical scholar, public speaker, and teacher at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I study speech and contemporary U.S. political culture and teach courses in public speaking, interpersonal and visual communication, speech and media, and rhetorical theory and criticism. I have been featured on RabbitBox Storytelling and TEDx.

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