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Jennifer Tuttle

Assistant Professor

School/Division

Division of Humanities and the Arts

Department

Theatre and Speech

Office

CG 322

  • Profile

    Teaching Philosophy

    As an artist and teacher, I believe in the power of training over talent.  That the person that challenges him or herself the most will grow and go the furthest.  I believe that a cooperative and collaborative attitude is one of the strongest assets a theatre artist can possess.  I believe that theatre is a craft.  That discipline is essential.  That process is just as important as production.  I believe that the artist should never be afraid to try, to look ridiculous, to fail, to play, to laugh, to be daring.  As a teacher, I strive to teach this philosophy and to teach students tools that they can use for the rest of their lives.  I believe that theory always needs to be put into practice.  The actor needs to understand their instrument – how to ground themselves physically, how to engage the text, to free their voices, to create character, relationship and metaphor – what Michael Chekhov referred to as the Four Brothers: a feeling of ease, form, beauty and the whole.

    My classroom is collaborative and cooperative.  I encourage risk taking, but provide a safe, inclusive environment where playing, exploration, and trial and error are valued.  I truly believe that nothing is a mistake, just an opportunity to learn by assessing what works and what doesn't work.  I believe that the discipline of theatre requires communication, problem solving, creative thinking, self-expression and confidence, skills that make theatre students resourceful, not just in their chosen craft, but in life.  

     
  • Education

    Degrees

    MFA – Theatre/Acting, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
    Hilberry Repertory Theatre Company Actor
    Graduate Fellowship

    BA – English Literature/Theatre, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude 


  • Courses Taught

    CCNY:
    Beginning Acting
    Acting Realism
    Acting the Classics
    Speech for the Stage

    Other Institutions:
    Principles of Acting
    Scene Study
    Shakespeare
    Period Styles
    Voice for the Actor
    Movement for the Actor
    Diction and Dialects
    Principles of Directing
    Auditioning and the Business of Acting

  • Research Interests

    My research interests are in psycho-physical acting, voice and classical text and where they intersect.


    Certification/Certificates

    Certified Teacher
    Michael Chekhov Acting Technique
    Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium/Kent State University
    Certified in the Tools of the Technique (Module 1), June 2012
    Certified in Applying the Tools to Acting as an Artist (Module 2), June 2013
    Certified in Applying the Tools to Directing and Teaching (Module 3), June 2014

    Certificates
    Moscow Art Theatre School, Summer Intensive, Moscow, Russia  
    Dell Arte School of Physical Theatre, Mask Making and Performance, Blue Lake, CA


    Additional Professional Development Training

    Michael Chekhov Technique

    • International Michael Chekhov Workshop, MICHA, Boston, 2011
    • Michael Chekhov Technique for the Director Workshop, MICHA, New York, 2010

    Movement

    • Margolis Method, Balance Arts Center, New York, 2013
    • Movement Summer Intensive Program, Actor's Movement Studio, New York, 2011

    Voice

    • Voice, Movement and Classical Text Intensive, Linklater Center/Columbia University, New York, 2014
    • Advanced Shakespeare with Kristin Linklater, Linklater Center, New York, 2013
    • Voice for the Actor with Patsy Rodenburg, Michael Howard Studios, New York, 2009
    • Voice, Verse and Classical Text with Andrew Wade, Actor's Movement Studio, 2010

    Shakespeare

    • Shakespeare's Heightened Language with Patsy Rodenburg, Michael Howard Studios, New York, 2009
    • Bringing Shakespeare to Life, Stratford Festival, 2004
  • Additional Information

    Professional Organizations/Affiliations

    Member Actors' Equity Association (AEA)
    Member Voice and Speech Teachers Association (VASTA)
    Member Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA)
    Member Theatre Communications Group (TCG)

    Professional Credits

    ACTOR (partial):

    New York Theatre
    Mercutio, Romeo & Juliet @ The Wild Project
    Solange, The Maids @ Riverside Theatre
    Driscoll/Reporter, Bury the Dead @ Upon These Boards

    Regional Theatre
    The Wife, Yes. No. (Maybe So.) @ Milwaukee Repertory Theater
    Anna Jackson, Stonewall Country @ Theater at Lime Kiln
    Morning Star/Mary Ann Rowen, The Kentucky Cycle @ Hilberry Repertory Theatre
    First Witch, Macbeth @  Hilberry Repertory Theatre
    Alexa Vere de Vere, As Bees in Honey Drown @ Le Chat Noir/Brava Productions
    Regan, King Lear @ Dog & Pony Theatre Co.
    Brooke/Vicki, Noises Off @ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

    Improv
    Troupe Member            BROWN! Improv Comedy Troupe

    DIRECTOR (partial):

    New York Theatre
    We Must Work, Performance Mix Festival @ HERE Arts - New York, NY
    REDlight, NYC Fringe Festival – New York, NY
    Born MYdentity (new solo work), Two Moon Art House – Brooklyn, NY
    REDlight, Brooklyn Theatre Exchange/BAX – Brooklyn, NY (curated workshop)

    Regional Theatre
    Arsenic and Old Lace, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
    Shout! The Mod Musical, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
    The Sound of Music, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
    The Seafarer, Theatre B – Fargo, ND
    The Music Man, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
    True West, Big Shoulders Theatre Company – New Orleans, LA

    Academic Theatre
    The House of Blue Leaves, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, MN
    Three Sisters, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
    Cabaret, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
    Tartuffe, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
    Hamlet, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN

    DIALECT COACH (partial):

    My Fair Lady – British RP and Cockney
    Lucky Stiff – British Estuary, Cockney, Italian, French, Texan, Brooklyn
    Shout! The Mod Musical – Cockney, Manchester and RP
    Laughter on the 23rd Floor – Brooklyn
    The 39 Steps – British RP and Cockney, Scottish Burr, Yorkshire and German
    Unnecessary Farce – Scottish Burr
    Cabaret – German, RP, French, Texas
    The Rocky Horror Show – Hungarian and German Dialects
    The Kentucky Cycle – Southern Rhotic Dialect
    Macbeth – American Standard Dialect
    Great Expectations – British RP Dialect

    PRODUCER (partial):
    • "The Collector" Short Film, 2009: Winner Best Documentary – NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (2011), Official Selection – Boston Underground Film Festival (2011), Official Selection – Boston LGBT Film Festival (2011), Official Selection – World Wide Short Film Festival (2010)
    • Wyoming AIDS Walk, commercial spot: "WALK," aired March/April 2009 and 2010
    • Nike Rockstar Workout Videos: "Nu Soul," 2008 and "Hip Hop," 2007
    • Philanthromedia, "Dialogue for the Discerning Donor," webcast series, 2007-2008

    Awards

    • Winner: Best Actor in a Season, Detroit Free Press, 2004
    • Winner: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Between the Lines (Detroit), 2004 
    • Winner: Best Actress in a Comedy, Between the Lines (Detroit), 2003

    Conferences and Presentations

    Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region V
    Invited Scenes Coordinator, 2011

    Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region V
    Presented workshop: Embodying Shakespeare, a psycho-physical approach to classical text, 2010

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