Acting Theories

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311AT0 ZK 3 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 57 to 72 hours of self-study English winter and summer

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Mode of study

Discussion, lecture, in-class exercises, (readings and screenings to be done outside class in preparation for sessions).

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Course contents

Acting Theories 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 categories of acting techniques: techniques for the creation of a psychologically truthful character and techniques for immediate expressivity or 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. This is why class size has to be limited so that there is space and time for everyone to participate in the exercises.

Recommended or required reading

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

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

Assessment methods and criteria

30% - In-class participation in exercises, attendance

30% - Written response to readings

20% - In-class test on material covered in the course

10% - Physical score exercise, performed in class or filmed + sent to teacher

10% - Transfer exercise, performed in class or filmed + sent to teacher



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 107
Room No. 1

(Lažanský palác)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 17:20–18:55 Mary Carmel ANGIOLILLO Room No. 1
Lažanský palác

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans