Theatre 425

THEA 425: Acting IV: Scene Study

Prerequisites: THEA 227 and THEA 327

Credit Hours: (3)

An advanced acting course designed for theatre majors interested in pursuing professional acting. Through the application of scene work students will continue to develop their individual acting process and craft. Focus will be a range of genres, reinforcing rehearsal and performance vocabulary and techniques and deepening ensemble skills.

Note(s): Can be repeated for academic credit.

Detailed Description of Course

1. Focus will be on the preparation and performance of three to four scenes. Instructor approval of the dramatic material will assure that students will experience a variety of textual styles and playwrights.
2. A variety of rehearsal techniques will be presented, explored, applied and discussed. While not all techniques work for all people, full commitment to exploration is the way to identify what does or does not work.
3. The course will include written assignments or a journal to record the development of their personal process.
4. Periodic discussions will be held based on assigned readings which concern the individual's growth as an artist and craftsperson.
5. Students will read one play a week, and record specific responses to each play in their journal.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

1. Hands-on, experiential workshop format facilitated by instructor.
2.A variety of instructional and inspirational readings in the form of handouts will be given to the student (i.e., Uta Hagen, Keith Johnstone, Konstantin Stanislavski, Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki, David Mamet, et al….)
3. A variety of assigned and chosen scenes which will be a "lab" for applying skills, techniques, craft and inspiration.
4. Reading of plays to build knowledge of the theatrical canon.
5. Written work which becomes a personal record of growth and learning.
6. Applied lecture by instructor.
7. Application in performance.
8. Requirement of seeing all departmental productions.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. To craft and refine a professional work ethic through scene performance.
2.To learn, develop, and practice applicable rehearsal and performance techniques and vocabulary.
3. To reach an organic level of honest connection with a role and with one's scene partner, further developing ensemble and partner work.
4. To build unique, three-dimensional characters consistent with the playwright's intent
5. To grow as an actor by recognizing personal acting traps, taking risks, and increasing range and versatility in performance.
6. To increase knowledge of the theatrical canon through consistent reading of plays.

Assessment Measures

Students will be assessed by:
    1. Class attendance and participation.
    2. Preparation of performance assignments.
    3. Written work
    4. A final performed presentation.

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Review and Approval

3/2009            Revision        Carl Lefko

3/2010            Revision        Carl Lefko

July 2010