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Four Fall Thursday Evenings — Session 4

Actor’s Directions for Award Winning Trial Performance
A Four Evening CLE Series
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
Fourth Evening: October 6, 2014
6:00– 9:30 p.m. (including sandwich supper)
The Closing Drama:
Final Plot, Presence, and Persuasion


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

6:15 – 6:45 The Drama and Power of Plot Shifts

  • Recasting jury as protagonist
  • Building anticipation; Creating an “aha” moment
  • Thematic threads that bind
  • Faculty presentations & demos, participant exercises & feedback

6:45–7:45 Essential Style: Presence, Movement, Voice, Tension &Timing
Faculty presentations & performance

7:45 – 8:00 Break

8:00 – 9:30 Last Chance at Dramatic Persuasion
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.

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