Introduction to Acting
Through improvs and exercises we will analyze the things that make human beings innately dramatic and discover ways to access those attributes in order to create fully developed characters onstage. Additionally, the class will expand the ability to use body and voice more freely while working toward extending awareness and concentration. This is a full participation class – wear sweats and t-shirts and expect to roll around on the ground and have a great time in, as Victor Turner has coined it, “the human seriousness of play.”
Attendance Policy: There are three excused absences, after which your grade will drop a half grade for each absence, and you must be prepared and focused when you come to class. Over the course of the semester class assignments will consist of various exercises (30%), two monologues (40%), a final presentation (20%), and an ongoing notebook (documenting responses to productions attended, text analysis work, and any assignments (10%). In addition to the content and technical execution of the work, you will be graded on your participation, collaboration, and engagement with the materials of the class and each other. Attendance is necessary for participation but is not the equivalent. Expect to put in rehearsal time outside of class.
Note: There is no one text for this course. Monologues will be photocopied and handed out throughout the semester.
This course will honor all reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability that requires specific accommodation, please contact Catherine O’Callaghan, Assistant Dean of Academic Advising & Support, firstname.lastname@example.org. Catherine will convene the ADA committee to review documentation and determine what accommodations are warranted.