Acting Propaedeutic 1

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201HPR1 Z 1 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the study is to introduce the students to the basic forms of modern acting with an emphasis on working on the actor in one's self. Besides this, a cultivation of the internal-tactile sense contained in acting preparations for the rehearsal process and creating a dramatic character.

Mode of study

Course and practical exercise.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  1. Creative abilities: internal-tactile feeling, spatial imagination, sense of dramatic situations.
  2. Knowledge of the history and types of theatre culture.
  3. An orientation in Czech and World drama literature
  4. Mastery of basic theatre terminology.

Course contents


1)Introduction to the subject, terminology.

2)Changes to acting style during various historical period.

3)Modern acting schools.

4)Acting in the structure of a production.

5)Prerequisites for acting: talent, performing ability, mental, physical.

6)The internal and external technique of acting.

7)Ethics of the acting profession.


The course's content is learning the basics of theory and practice of acting, its specific features and psychological, anthropological and social elements. Practical exercises are an important part of the course. Students of directing and dramaturgy write their own short texts with dramatic situations, interpret them, and rehearse them, acting in each other's works. They then reflect collectively on each exercise, and they combine practical learning with theoretical conclusions. Instruction includes writing on assigned topics concerning the problems of acting.

Recommended or required reading

Jaroslav Vostrý: O herectví a hercích

M. Mistrík: Herecké techniky 20. storočia

Jan Hyvnar: Herec v moderním divadle

K. S. Stanislavskij: Moje výchova k herectví

Jan Grossman: Analýzy

Michail Čechov: O herecké technice

Jan Kopecký: Antoin Artaud

Z. Bratršovská, J. Hrdlička: Zpráva o bílém divadle

Declan Donnellan: Herec a jeho cíl

Louis Jouvet: Nepřevtělený herec

Assessment methods and criteria

The activity of the student is evaluated in the course, their imagination and dramatic sensitivity. The main emphasis is placed on the ability to recognize and create drama situation and implementing it through a character's behaviour in a space.

Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room K101

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)

room K333
Učebna K333 (DAMU)

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 15:00–18:00 Učebna
Karlova 26, Praha 1
Wed 15:00–18:00 Učebna K333 (DAMU)
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans