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Four Fall Thursday Evenings — Session 2

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
Second Evening: September 22, 2014
6:00– 9:30 p.m. (including sandwich supper)
Direction On Direct:
Plotting Story, Character Development & Jury Judgment


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

6:15 – 7:45 Of Witnesses, Plots, Subplots, Scripts, and Style

  • Generating judgments of character and credibility
  • Driving rational or rationalized decisions with emotional subplot
  • Scripting and selling your story though someone else
  • Faculty presentations & demos, participant exercises & feedback

7:45 –8:00 Break

8:00 – 9:30 In the Moment, In Tune, and In Command

  • On with the show though interruption or surprise
  • Balancing confidence & passion, coolness & caring
  • Working with feelings: yours and theirs
  • 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)