Working with Actors 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311WAC2 exam 3 4 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 33 to 48 hours of self-study English summer

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This course aims to provide students with tools for working with actors, and practice using them. In part II, students focus on directing actors in scenes.

Students should apply the specific rehearsal techniques practiced in part I of the course and deepen their understanding of these techniques and confidence in using them.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will:

-understand scene structure, building a scene, changing dynamics within a scene

-prepare rehearsal plans for directing actors

-understand of the actor´s process

-describe a range of rehearsal techniques which would create authentic characters and relationships, explore scene dynamics, raise the stakes for the dramatic action, create texture for a scene through the integration of characters into space, exploration of an atmosphere, and variety of tactics used to pursue goals

-demonstrate giving clear directions so as to get optimal work from actors

-gain confidence as a director

Students taking the course in the capacity of actors have similar learning outcomes; instead of demonstrating giving clear directions, they should be able to discern the clarity of directions and instead of gaining confidence as directors, they can gain awareness of directing techniques and gain confidence as actors using a variety of rehearsal tools.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Working with Actors 1


WESTON, Judith. Directing actors : creating memorable performances for film and tv. Hollywood: Michael Wiese Production, 1996. 314 s. ISBN 978-0-941188-24-1.

WESTON, Judith. The Film Director’s Intuition: Script Analysis. Studio City: Michael Wiese Productions, 2003. XXIII, 364 s. ISBN 0-941188-78-7

COHEN, Robert. Acting Power: an introduction to acting. Palo Alto: Mayfield, 1978.

COHEN, Robert. Acting one. Fifth edition. Boston: McGraw Hill, [2008] ©2008. 250 s. ISBN 978-0-07-328854-3.

TRAVIS, Mark W. Directing feature films : the creative collaboration between directors, writers, and actors. 2. ed. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Production, 2002. 402 s. ISBN 0-941188-43-4.

PROFERES, Nicholas T. Film directing fundamentals : from script to screen. Boston: Focal Press, 2001. 242 s. ISBN 0-240-80422-8.


SODERBERGH, Steven: Sex, Lies and Videotape, 1989

WILLIAMS, Tennessee: The Glass Menagerie

STRACZYNSKI, Michael J.: The Changeling, 2008

Evaluation methods and criteria

Attendance, written preparations/rehearsal plans, written reflections following rehearsals.

Course is offered on an exam basis.



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

room 241
Room No. 3

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 18:10–21:25 Mary Carmel ANGIOLILLO Room No. 3
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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