Acting Theories 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311TA2 ZK 3 2T English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

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

-To gain a recognition of the different schools for acting training

-To learn and use a vocabulary related to various acting techniques

-To 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, inter-active work on scenes with partners, consultations on scenes with instructor outside class.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Acting Theories 1 or thorough understanding of Stanislavski and Method principles of acting.

Course contents

Acting Theories 2 continues the survey of approaches to the art of acting, Stanislavski’s work is extended with exercises on physical score, and neo-Stanislavski teacher Robert Cohen is considered for how the psychology underlying Stanislavski's system has changed. Michael Chekhov's work on psychological gesture is explored. Anne Bogart's use of Viewpoints for Actor Training is explored through class exercises. A substantial unit on improvisation is included, focusing on story improvisation that makes use of the Hero's Journey as a base.

Preliminary Schedule:

Session 1: Introduction/Stanislavski review

Session 2-3: Robert Cohen

Session 4-5: Michael Chekhov

Session 6-7: Viewpoints

Session 8: Story improvisation

Session 9-10: Hero's Journey improvisation

Session 11: Clown techniques

Session 12: Review, Additional exercises

Session 13: Final Test

Recommended or required reading

Texts: Handouts on the teachers covered are distributed in class. The final test is on these handouts and in-class exercises. Additionally, students need to perform Chekhov's archetypal gesture series solo and participate in group improvisation of hero's journey as part of the final exam.

Readings are assigned (will be available digitally) from Allison Hodge's book Twentieth Century Actor Training.

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Assessment methods and criteria

Students are expected to regularly attend class and fully participate in the exercises. An in-class test on acting principles is held on class on May 12.

A final grade is calculated is in this way:

50% - In-class participation in exercises, attendance

50% - Final exam



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