Conquering the Stage: A Comprehensive Guide for the Actor by Kiara Pipino and Alaska Reece Vance is divided into fifteen weeks of training, which correspond to an academic semester. Each section translates into one week with two sessions. Sessions are meant to be experienced progressively.
It would be best if actors shared their work with each other and had an instructor or outside eye to provide guidance and feedback. Each week includes an extra session in case aspiring actors want to pursue the topic in greater depth.
Week One Theatre Fundamentals
Session One: Vocabulary and Who’s Who
Session Two: Stages and Stage positions
Go Deeper: The Father of Modern Acting
Week Two Step on Stage
Session One: Defeating Stage Fright
Session Two: Lean on Me
Go Deeper: Improv
Week Three Imagination
Session One: Look Around
Session Two: Recreate and Retell
Go Deeper: Imagine All the People
Week Four Memory
Session One: Awakening the Senses
Session Two: Can You Remember?
Go Deeper: It’s Your Life!
Week Five Open Scenes
Session One: Do It!
Session Two: Switch It Up!
Go Deeper: Develop It!
Week Six Script and Characters
Session One: What’s Happening?
Session Two: Who’s Making It Happen?
Go Deeper: Research Is Fun!
Week Seven Script and Scenes
Session One: The Journey
Session Two: Touching the Scene
Go Deeper: Your Brand New World
Week Eight Personalizing Your World
Session One: Use Your Senses
Session Two: Create Your Journal
Go Deeper: Get on Your Feet
Week Nine Survive and Win
Session One: What Do I Want?
Session Two: How Do I Get It?
Go Deeper: Raising the Stakes
Week Ten Listening
Session One: You Are Not Alone
Session Two: Reacting to Your Partner
Go Deeper: Reacting to Your Space
Week Eleven Secrets and Surprises
Session One: Secrets
Session Two: Surprises
Go Deeper: Unexpected Gifts
Week Twelve Voice and Body
Session One: Voice
Session Two: Body
Go Deeper: Voice Meet Body
Week Thirteen The Director’s View
Session One: The Director’s Playground
Session Two: Your Playground
Go Deeper: Respect the Playwright!
Week Fourteen Monologues
Session One: What Is a Monologue?
Session Two: More than Words
Go Deeper: Pick the Right One!
Week Fifteen Auditioning
Session One: Etiquette
Session Two: Getting the Part
Go Deeper: A Professional Perspective