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SAS Dramatic Arts Studios
ROLE: Script Analysis

DATE: Winter 2024




This workshop is a specialized script analysis class in conjunction with building a character from the text. 

We will analyze the structure and related elements of the text and explore the various choices that the actor might select when playing the scene in performance. 


Every actor should become a detective and look for clues that lie in the script, buried in the author's text. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to answer the following questions:



​No matter what acting technique you are using, these questions should become the basis of your work on your script. "Words can stimulate our five senses": Stanislavsky.

Participants will study the script from many different perspectives, such as historical, the genre of the work, and the drama's linear curves. The course begins with a very brief history of theatrical styles and the method used to break down the script.

The workshop will include:

  • Intensive analysis of

    • monologues and scenes (Excerpts chosen from Classic, Literary, and more current works)

  • Participants are assigned appropriate scenes to study, analyze, and discuss each week. 

For the more experienced actors, it is an opportunity to reconnect to the basics of character exploration and scene study, while also continuing to sharpen their audition skills.

Depending on the Covid-19 restrictions in plaace, this workshop may be presented on the Zoom video platform.


The Workshop:




Stephen Scovasso is a musicologist, conductor, director and author. His operatic productions have included Carmen, Tosca, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, Cosi fan Tutte as well as operettas such as The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus.

In American Musical Theater productions have included Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Bernstein’s Candide. In the dramatic theater, Stephen has directed Garcia Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba, and  Oscar Wilde’s Salome.

He founded the SAS Performing Arts Company and studios and, in the time of COVID-19,has become a leader in virtual theater presentations he has produced and directed with a total of  5 full length virtual streams including Dracula: The Radio Play, Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as many virtual individual and holiday concerts. Many of these can be seen on the SAS Performing Arts Youtube channel.

During his years at Arizona State University,  he taught classes on Opera, American Musical Theater, and created a course on Stephen Sondheim.

Mr. Scovasso has also published a treatise on Puccini's Il Trittico and the end of Italian Opera

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