Dec 07, 2021
THTR 1031 - Beginning Acting Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course teaches students the basics of acting. In addition to training and developing the actor’s voice and body, students are taught methods to enter a creative state, create the world of a play, create characters and play scenes. Students use vocal and physical warm ups, read plays, apply acting vocabulary and concepts, write performance plans, work with physical and imaginative exercises, analyze play texts, and attend and evaluate the acting in a live theatre production. The course works with students at all levels to increase the student’s abilities in the performing arts.
6 Humanities/Fine Arts
- Analyzing Acting
- Audition Techniques, Head Shots, Resumes
- Choosing performance pieces that are right for you
- Finding the Objective and Through Line.
- Improvisation to develop characters
- Laban movement
- Principles of Warming up the Voice and Body
- Stanislavsky Working with the senses Given circumstances (Who, What, Where, When?) Units and objectives Logic and believability Creative state of mind Learning to enter the creative state of mind Sensory memory Spheres of attention
- Techniques for Physical and Vocal Warmups
- Use of the voice Abdominal breathing Phonation Resonance Pitch Intonation Topping in on a line Using phonation and pitch to explore character Placement of the Voice
- Using Tactics and Committing to the Objective
- Vocal and physical anatomy primer
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- make informed acting choices based on knowledge of what makes a successful performance,
- define and apply acting vocabulary to character creation.
- synthesize vocal and physical skills with analysis, creativity, insight and emotional commitment to create a compelling character.
- create the environment of a scene using non verbal means.
- use their bodies with an increased range of flexibility and gesture.
- determine appropriate character objectives, and what stands in the character¿s way.
- enter a creative state of consciousness using a variety of possible cues.
- demonstrate creativity (originality and insight) through monologue and scenework,
- use their voices with greater volume, projection, and clarity.
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