Acting Theories

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311AT exam 3 3 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 44 to 59 hours of self-study English summer

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Acting Theories explores a variety of approaches to the art of acting, beginning with Stanislavski’s tools for the creation of psychological character and Michael Chekhov's tools for physicalizing intentions. Approaches stemming from Meyerhold’s emphasis on physical expressivity are also explored, and leads into Lecoq's techniques for training an actor to be physically responsive to images. The course continues to look at techniques for the creation of a psychologically truthful character by examining the Method teachers (Strasberg, Adler and Meisner) as well as techniques for immediate expressivity by introducing the student's to Anne Bogart's Viewpoints. Brecht and Grotowski are also explored. As each approach is introduced, in-class exercises demonstrate some of the techniques used by that particular acting teacher. This is why class size has to be limited so that there is space and time for everyone to participate in the exercises.

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Prerequisites and other requirements

Open only to degree students.

During a check of study plans, the course 311ACT2 can be replaced with the course 311AT.


Hodge, Alison (2009). Twentieth Century Actor Training. (London: Routledge).

Johnstone, Keith. (1981). Impro. (New York: Routledge).

Meisner, Sanford, with Sydney Pollack. (1987). Sanford Meisner On Acting. (New York: Vintage).

Petit, Lenard.(2009). The Michael Chekhov Handbook for the Actor. (London: Routledge).

Zarelli, Phillip. (1995) Acting (Re) Considered: Theories and Practices. (London: Routledge).

Evaluation methods and criteria

Students are expected to regularly attend class and fully participate in the exercises. Student must have, without exception, a minimum of 70% attendance to pass the course (more is expected).

A final grade is calculated is in this way:

40% - In-class participation in exercises, attendance

30% - Written response to readings

15% - Midterm test on material covered in the course

15% - Final test on material covered in the course


The subject is not taught every year. The subject is taught at least once every three academic years.

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