Acting Theories 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311TA1 ZK 3 2T English winter and summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students gain familiarity with a variety of techniques useful for working with actors. Students understand acting as an art form having many valid approaches, sharing fundamental principles.

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 1 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 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.

Preliminary Schedule:

Session 1-2: Introduction

Session 3-4: Stanislavski

Session 5: Meyerhold

Session 6: Mask / Jacques Lecoq

Session 7: Transfers / Jacques Lecoq

Session 8: Brecht

Session 9: Grotowski + In-class test #1

Written Responses to Readings are due Apr. 21

Session 10: Method Acting

Session 11-12: Schools of Improvisation

Session 13: Review, Additional exercises

Session 14: In-class test #2

Recommended or required reading

Texts: Handouts on the teachers covered are distributed in class. Tests are on these handouts and in-class exercises.

A reader is available for purchase in the FAMU International office, or is on reserve at the FAMU library.

Assessment methods and criteria

Test #1 is April 14, Test #2 is May 19

Written Assignment (due April 21):

Students should select 4 articles from the reader and write 8 short written responses (each response is several sentences) to the readings, answering the question:

„How can I use these ideas in my future work?“ (Late work results in lowered grade.)

Evaluation: Students are expected to regularly attend class and fully participate in the exercises.

A final grade is calculated is in this way:

30% - In-class participation in exercises, attendance

30% - Written response to readings

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



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