Acting Propaedeutic Based on Dialogue Acting 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
202EHZ1 Z 3 4T English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the Fundamental two-semester course is:

  1. Develop sensitivity to physical impulses, improvisational, characterization and presentation skills.
  2. Inform students about the process of trying a role in order to demonstrate awareness and independence in working in a role in interaction with others.

Mode of study

Contact instruction in a creativity seminar - creativity workshop which combines dramaturgy and acting. Part of the course is also moderated discussion, independent readings and text analyses, etc.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Prerequisites: General knowledge of the principles of original creations and experience with dialogue behaviour, recital, speaking behaviour, vocal creations and stage movement. Creativity.

Requirements: Creativity, study of dialogue behaviour, study of speaking behaviour, respectively recitals, study of stage movement.

Course contents

The course „Acting Propaedeutic Based on Dialogue Acting“ is an introduction to acting and its creative aspect, not merely playing a role but acting as a game and creation. Emphasis is placed on sensing the partner, team creation and personal investment. Presumed is a creative writing ability and dramaturgy. This course leads to the understanding of principles and prompts students towards their later independent development.


  1. Dramaturgical preparations.
  2. Analysis of personal and individual topics and their development.
  3. Active situation analysis.
  4. Composition and preprations for the summary performance.

Recommended or required reading

Alfreds, Mike: Different Every Night: Freeing the Actor. Nick Hern Books, 2007.

Barba, Eugenio, and Savarese, Nicola: A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology. 2005.

Barnett, David: Brecht in Practice: Theatre, Theory and Performance. London: Bloomsbury 2015.

Brecht on Theatre. London: Bloomsbury 2014.

Brook, Peter: Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate (Reprint edition). Scribner 1995.

Brook, Peter: There are No Secrets: Thoughts on Acting and Theatre. Bloomsbury 2015.

Chekhov, Michael: To the Actor: On the Technique of Acting. 1952, 2014.

Donnellan, Declan: The Actor and the Target. Nick Hern Books 2005.

Meisner, Sanford, Longwell, Dennis, et al.: Sanford Meisner on Acting. Vintage 2012.

Merlin, Bella: The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit. Nick Hern Books 2014.

Stanislavsky, Constantin: An Actor Prepares. 1936, reeditions.

Assessment methods and criteria

During the semester independent reading, preparation of component assignments, independent rehearsing of developed situations are required.

Overall grading is comprised of 50% for participation in exercises, 30% for original input and 20% for the artistic quality of the performance at the summary performance.

Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

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