Acting Theories 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311ACT1 ZK 2 2T English winter and summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

By the end of the course students will:

-gain a familiarity with fundamental acting principles common to different approaches to the craft

-gain a recognition of the different schools for acting training

-learn and use a vocabulary related to various acting techniques

-exercise different techniques from various schools of acting, techniques for creating character, analyzing scene principles, increasing spontaneity, responding to the other and the space of the story, promoting playfully creative work

Mode of study


In-class exercises, lecture, occasionally examples of acting styles are screened.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The class is limited to 20 students. It is necessary to come to the information session for the class at the start of the semester, in order to insure your place in the class.

Course contents

Acting Theories I surveys approaches to the art of acting, beginning with Stanislavski’s tools for the creation of psychological character. Approaches stemming from Meyerhold’s emphasis on physical expressivity are also explored, and the course continues to look at approaches which fall within two major camps of acting techniques: techniques for the creation of a psychologically truthful character and techniques for training an actor to physically respond to images. As each approach is introduced, in-class exercises demonstrate some of the techniques used by that particular acting teacher.

Recommended or required reading

Recommended Reading

Twentieth century actor training [2007]. New York London: Routledge, 2007. 251 s. ISBN 978-0-415-19452-5.

ZARRILLI, Phillip (ed).Acting (RE) Considered, New York: Routledge, 2002

More than a method: trends and traditions in contemporary film performance. Detroit: Wayne state university press, 2004. 355 s. ISBN 0-8143-3079.

A reader containing articles from the above books is available for purchase in the FAMU International office or for short term loan at the FAMU library.

Assessment methods and criteria

Minimum attendance + 70%. Two short tests on material covered in class will be given over the course of the semester.

The course grade will be calculated as follows:

40% - In-class participation in exercises, attendance

20% - Written response to readings

40% - In-class tests on material covered in the course (each test is worth 20%)



Schedule for winter semester 2021/2022:

room 207
Room No. 2

(Lažanský palác)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 16:30–18:05 Mary Carmel ANGIOLILLO Room No. 2
Lažanský palác

Schedule for summer semester 2021/2022:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

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