As students are introduced to the world of the stage, they work largely as an ensemble on in-class projects and exercises that explore physical acting, monologue, dialogue and short scenes, radio drama, devised pieces, and elementary design for the stage. Performance opportunities large and small are made available for students to learn the dynamics and strategies of live theater. Students build on their skills, refining them as expressive and effective actors, while also becoming familiar with other aspects of the theater such as directing, music, and ordered movement. In later years, particular emphasis is placed on character analysis and the study of varying acting genres from devised stylization to naturalism, tragedy, and comedy. Advanced students might pursue more difficult acting challenges, directing, producing/stage management or some aspect of technical theater (set, costumes, props, lights, sound), giving them the opportunities to take their careers in theater in any direction they choose.