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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 6, 2012
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.

Click here for the agenda (pdf)