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Four Fall Thursday Evenings — Session 1

University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Center for Practice is Proud to Present:

Actor’s Directions for Award Winning Trial Performance
A Four Evening CLE Series “Starring”
Rocco Dal Vera
Professor of Drama at UC’s College Conservatory of Music
Acclaimed Actor, Voice and Speech Coach, and Author
At the University of Cincinnati College of Law
First Evening: September 14, 2014
6:00– 9:30 p.m. (including sandwich supper)
Opening on the Trial Stage:
First Moments, Monologues, Movements, and Material Matters


6:00 – 6:15 Introduction: Soliloquies and Sandwiches

6:15 –7:45 Opening Moments and First Impressions

  • Voice, stance and movement right from the start
  • Opening with narrative: the essential compelling story
  • Faculty presentations & demos, participant exercises & feedback

7:45 – 8:00 Break

8:00 – 9:30 Carrying and Commanding Your Audience

  • Anchoring for clarity, congruence, and comprehension
  • Techniques for establishing emotional connection
  • Strategies for conveying 'text' and 'subtext'
  • Faculty presentations & demos, participant exercises & feedback

Professor Rocco Dal Vera will present and demonstrate acting, movement and vocal techniques and provide feedback, Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron will facilitate discussion of attorneys’ perspectives.

Note: for the 90 minutes, Professor Dal Vera will present and work interactively on actors’ techniques relevant at this stage of trial. After break, participants will be invited to deliver very brief performances. Professor Dal Vera will provide private feedback (via audio feed on recording). These will be accessible only to class members, not to the public. Participants are welcome to observe only (also beneficial) and NOT perform or receive feedback. Observers will still receive full CLE credit.


Click here for the agenda (pdf)