Acting I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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DRAM-1351-001 Acting I


Course Description

An introduction to the fundamental principles and tools of acting as used in auditions, rehearsals and performances. This may include ensemble performing, character and script analysis, and basic theater terminology. This exploration will emphasize the development of the actor's instrument: voice, body and imagination.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


None required

We do refer to Acting One by Robert Cohen


Something to take notes.

Student Performance

The student will develop critical thinking skills (such as creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information) by using the learning from in-class exercises in future scene work. The student will also work on communications skills; written skills through critique of the AC production during the semester; oral communication through oral critiques of fellow students’ presentations; and visual communication through physicalization of characters in scene work.  Students will develop teamwork through in-class exercises, at least 12 hours of outside class rehearsals, and work on multiple character scenes.  The student will explore social responsibility through evaluation of scenes to determine a scene’s appropriate audience(s) and to the members of his/her cast.  And, finally, the student will delve into his/her personal responsibility through analysis of characters, and the connection between the actor and character.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Feel comfortable with working alone and with fellow performers, both in rehearsal and before an audience;
  • Have a sense of ensemble;
  • Apply GOTE as a character analysis tool;
  • Apply Stanislavski's method to a role;
  • Recognize and use basic blocking techniques;
  • Bring personal moments to the given material, as well as, create characters different from himself/herself;
  • Recognize and use some of the specialized vocabulary of the theatre;
  • Observe life and borrow elements, which are useful for performance; and,
  • Have an appreciation for theatre as an art form.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Grading Criteria

The final grade will be calculated using the following breakdown.

Performances Average                              = 30%

Memorization Avg.                                     = 5%

Scenes Description/GOTE                        = 5%

Play Critique                                              = 10%

Attendance                                                = 20%

Test                                                            =10%

Final Project                                              = 20%

Performance #1 grading - 85% instructor and 15% partner
Final Project grading - 50% instructor, 15% partner(s), and 35% audience


Because this is a performance-based course, regular attendance is very important. Daily attendance will be taken. A student may miss one (1) class without consequence to their grade (**see exceptions below).  Each absence after that will result in a 10-point deduction in the Attendance Grade. Therefore, if a student misses 6 classes, the student will make a 50 in the Attendance Grade.  
** Exception - If a student misses a rehearsal or performance day, 5 points for each miss will be deducted from the Performance Grade for that project.
** Exception - If a student has been exposed to or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 - contact Monty immediately and we will discuss options.
All make-up performances must be completed within one week from the original due date.
If a student turns in a GOTE sheet, test, or critique after the due date/time, there will be a 10-point deduction reflected in the grade.

Students are also required to attend rehearsals that they have scheduled with their scene partners outside of class. If a scene partner misses a scheduled rehearsal or does not use the rehearsal time properly, the other partner should contact the instructor immediately.

Students are strongly encouraged to make good and wise use of the rehearsal times listed in the class schedule.

All critiques must be submitted through ACOnline within the timelines listed below in the Course Calendar.




23    Syllabus/Names

        Discussion: Auditions & Casting

24    Discussion: Acting Skills/Environment/                     

        Courtesies/Responsibilities/Theatre Hierarchy               

25    Projection and vocal warm ups

26    Stage Fright/Intro to Stanislavski & GOTE                                                 

30   Goals & Other

31   Tactics & Expectations  


01   Content-less Scenes

02   Discussion: Script Analysis (GOTE, Beats, Character analysis, etc.)

        Begin Memorizing The Glass Menagerie 


07   The Glass Menagerie work                              

08     Assign partners and begin Old Times 

         **Each absence  from this date through September 21 results in 5-point deduction on the performance grade.                     

09    Discussion: Blocking (Stage directions, notations, focus, etc.)

        Old Times rehearsals                                                    

        Sign up for rehearsal time with Monty 

13    Old Times rehearsals with Monty

14    Old Times rehearsals with Monty

15    Memorization: Graded/Slates/Creative Rehearsals

16    Final In-class Rehearsal

       Scene Description and GOTE Sheet Due before midnight

20    Performances

         Partner Critique #1 Due before midnight

21    Stanislavski's Emotional Recall Discussion

22     Stanislavski Emotional Recall Exercise 

         Stanislavski's "Magic If" Discussion

23    Stanislavski's "Magic If" Exercise   

27    Improvisation

28    Discussion: Critique

        Test review

        Test OPEN:  Sept. 29 @ midnight        Test due before Oct. 3 @11:59 pm

        ***tests completed after 11:59 pm on Oct. 3, will have a 10-point deduction reflected in the grade.  

        Partners look for scenes

29 & 30  NO CLASS: TXETA


04    Partners look for scenes                            

        **Each absence  from this date through October 13 results in 5-point deduction on the performance grade.   

05    Rehearse/Work memorization                   From Up Here

06    Rehearse/Block Scene                               Oct. 7, 8, & 9 @7:30pm

07    Rehearse                                                    Oct. 10 @3:00pm                       

11    Rehearse with props                                         

12    Final In-class Rehearsal

        Critique Due before midnight (submit under Content)

13    Final Performances

        Partner Critique #2 Due before midnight


Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

08/10/21 10:16 AM

Last Edited on:

08/23/21 9:23 AM