Experimental Theatre 101B
1:00pm - 1:30pm Monday through Thursday (also available for video/phone contact)
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DRAM-1351-001 Acting I
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)
On Campus Course
We do refer to Acting One by Robert Cohen
Something to take notes.
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:
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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%
Final Project = 20%
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.
Discussion: Auditions & Casting
24 Discussion: Acting Skills/Environment/
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
06 NO CLASS: LABOR DAY
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
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
28 Discussion: Critique
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
08/10/21 10:16 AM
08/23/21 9:23 AM