Working with Actors 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311WAC2 ZK 3 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 54 to 69 hours of self-study English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

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.

Mode of study

Seminar / Practical workshop

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Working with Actors 1

Course contents

Working with Actors courses aim to give the students an awareness of the principles underlying the art of acting and practice using them. The students will learn these basic principles through exercises practicing certain principles in isolation and in scene work which combines the principles of acting into the creation of a character in a dramatic situation. This course aims to provide students with tools for working with actors, and practice using them. In part 2, students focus on scenework, preparing and directing actors or fellow-students in scenes. Students should apply the specific rehearsal techniques practiced in part 1 of the course, and deepen their understanding of these techniques and confidence in using them.

Recommended or required reading

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

Assessment methods and criteria

The minimum attendance for passing the class is 75%. Students will be evaluated on their activity and written rehearsal plans and reflections. Running rehearsals for each session with completed plan and reflection will result in grade of A. Each session represents two classes. Missing one session will result in grade being lowered from A to C. Missing two sessions will result in a failing grade.

Attendance - 50%

Rehearsal Plans and Reflections - 50%

Criteria is different for the students taking the course as actors. For actors, it is necessary to attend each session, prepare by memorizing lines and write reflection after each session.


Students need to rehearse outside class time on scenes with actors from DAMU.

Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans