ICP Curriculum

ICP’s unique laboratory approach to performance training means that faculty and students are engaged together in the process of hypothesis, research and outcome. All of our classes strive to pose questions about the role of the theatre artist in the creation of performance for the 21st Century.


Examples of ICP courses:



Building on Kristin Linklater’s work on the science of the self in relationship to the voice, participants will research new practices for opening up susceptibility to imagery, imaginary given circumstance, and text.


Laboratory Description:

Participants will explore the work of Kristin Linklater and the relationship between the voice and the self. Through an exploration and practice of the Linklater progression, participants will develop a flexible and intimate connection between their voice, body and psyche, allowing for a transparency between inner experience and external expression. In addition the class will help participants to understand their conditioned vocal habits and develop methods for freeing themselves from these habits to be able to fully inhabit and interpret text and circumstance.

Instructor: Rebecca Lingafelter



The clown has an open heart. The clown exists only in the present. The clown does not learn from mistakes. The clown’s spirit is unbending and undaunted. The clown relishes all experience. The clown is motivated by intense instinctive needs and desires. The clown is extreme in choice of tactics. The performers awareness of self, physically and emotionally, determines the individual clown.


Laboratory Description:

Utilizing a personal physical vocabulary participants will develop a distinct clown character,exposing their personal psychological presentation to the world through the world of the clown. Participants will develop short clown bits in small groups and individually.

Instructor: Philip Cuomo



This class excavates the roots of Western Theatre to find a new language for performance in our contemporary world. In Epic Theatre we ask what the roots of Western theatre can teach us about ritual, story, space and time, and how those lessons can be applied to the practice of contemporary performance.


Laboratory Description:

We will ask questions about the connections between theatre and society, ritual and performance, classical and contemporary. The class will study the Greek Theatrical tradition including the historical, social and political factors that led to the rise of theatre in ancient Greece. Using contemporary notions of performance studies, the class will interrogate these traditions through both and artistic and anthropological lens. The class will also study contemporary performance trainings such as Suzuki and extended voice as tools to awaken these ancient texts. The class will culminate in the creation of new performance inspired by these ancient traditions – considering not only the theatrical traditions, but also the ways in which we can re-awaken our social and political connection to theatre as a fundamental component of a healthy society.

Instructor: Jacob Coleman



Participants will gain a historical understanding and context of the movement/dance theater from 1950’s to 1970’s as the foundation for the Viewpoints work and apply the concepts to the creation of original work.


Laboratory Description:

Introduction to Maps of Space (Corridors, Grid, Four Quadrants) and improvisational movement skills of composing on-the-spot. Introduction to the Red Square Practice and compositional awareness. Participants will learn and embody Beckett’s Quad. Students will create original scores and compose theatrical “still lifes”, “portraits” and “landscapes” using movement, text, sound and object. Methods of inquiry include movement improvisation and composition, contemplations on creative process, designing scores for ensemble, composing on-the-spot, reading, reflection papers, seminar discussion and practitioner lab reports.

Instructor: Amber Whitehall



This class will introduce students to The Alexander Technique. Alexander is a reeducation in non doing. As a pupil, you will learn how to free yourself up for more ease, efficiency, and honesty while performing and living. You will learn about your stereotyped habits that prevent you from your best self, laying a foundation of good use for all of your creative work and life

Laboratory Description:

Students will learn and practice the Alexander Technique. Students will apply the Alexander Technique principles to scenes and choreography and physical work. Being able to observe their own use and functioning during the heightened states, the student will be able to understand more about their own stereotyped, habitual reactions and determine whether they either serve or hinder the vocal and physical communication of truth.

Instructor: Cristi Miles






ICP's one-year certificate program consists of 20 class-hours per week, plus additional hours of laboratory work outside of class.  Tuition is $3700 per semester, or $7400 for the year.


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