Acting Theories 2
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Name of lecturer(s)
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.
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.
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.
Available on: https://www.academia.edu/22941156/HODGE_Alison_-_Twentieth_Century_Actor_Training
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
No schedule has been prepared for this course