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2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

THE 149 - Introduction to Acting I

3 Credits, 4 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 2 lab periods

Introduction to performance techniques and the development of physical skills for effective performance. Includes theatrical codes of behavior, exercise and structured improvisations, control of emotions and body, verbal and non-verbal intentions, emotional recall techniques and exercises, concentration and centering exercises, and physical investment exercises. Also includes physical projection of emotional states, imagery, auditioning, critiques of two productions, maintaining spontaneity, critiques of two productions, maintaining spontaneity, character analysis, playing a character, and monologues and scenes.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Define and apply vocabulary for the physical stage and for the study, rehearsal, and acting processes.
  2. Locate, follow and record in abbreviations stage blocking.
  3. Analyze a character as to beats, intentions, and super objectives.
  4. Demonstrate play, verbally and non-verbally, intentions not defined in the language used.
  5. Write a critique of performances.
  6. Demonstrate methods of finding a character within oneself.
  7. Prepare and invest physical qualities to ersatz properties.
  8. Relate to other people and other actors.
  9. Use body and emotions in the presentation of a character.
  10. Demonstrate spontaneity and intuitive responses while playing a role imposed by director or playwright.
  11. Perform at an audition with decreased anxiety.
  12. Modify and lose undesirable self-consciousness while performing and rehearsing.
  13. Develop concentration on an action.
  14. Make a commitment to oneself to the moment of acting and its preparation.

  1. Theatrical Codes of Behavior
  2. Understanding and Application
    1. Vocabulary of the physical stage
    2. The analysis of character
    3. The acting and rehearsal process
  3. Relationship Exercise and Structured Improvisations
  4. Methods for the Control of Emotions and Body Control
  5. Practice in Playing Verbal and Non-Verbal Intentions
  6. Emotional Recall Techniques and Exercises
  7. Concentration and Centering Exercises
  8. Physical Investment Exercises
  9. Techniques of Physical Projection of Emotional States
  10. Imagery Application Training
  11. Introduction to Auditioning
  12. Attending and Writing Critiques of Two (2) Productions
  13. Techniques for Maintaining Spontaneity
  14. Character Analysis
  15. Approach to Playing a Character
  16. Development, Presentation, and Evaluation of Monologues and Scenes