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Effective: Summer 2015

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: THTR 20A.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 20B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • By processing intricacies of human behaviors empathetically, students will develop the voice and body as an instrument of expression applicable in multiple public and interactive situations. Additionally, students will gain confidence through the experience of interaction--applicable in both interpersonal and performance circumstances.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of this course, through introduction to the practices of the theatre arts and developed ability to analyze text from multi-cultural sources performance content for self-advancement, students will be able to employ basic foundational acting premises towards confident, embodied performance at an increasingly advanced level from previous sequence course.
Description -
Further development of concepts introduced in THTR 20A, with emphasis to expanding the students' performance potential through probing greater depths of character analysis and text interpretation.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify and incorporate nuances of human conversation by relating psychological prompts to text analysis.
  2. Apply analysis of setting, character, relationship and other vital premises as they relate to the generation of personal interaction and dialogue.
  3. Recognize the critical importance of spontaneity and engendering the appearance of spontaneity to all acting work.
  4. Apply and employ skills of improvisation and theatre games to formal, rehearsed acting work, in the performance of scenes drawn from a broad range of multi-ethnic/multi-cultural sources.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clothing suitable for rehearsal work. A flexible, open-space classroom. Rehearsal furniture and props. Video recording and playback equipment. Tutorial support for student scene work.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Active, practical engagement of acting theories targeted towards developing realistic recreation of personal interaction--ie: Stanislavsky approach and any number of contemporary methodologies based in Stanislavsky approach.
  2. In-depth dialogue text analysis derived a broad scope of culturally diverse dramatic literature for performance.
  3. Incorporation of the premisis of logic of cause and effect in dramatic action and principles of motivation as they relate to human behavior and active life choices.
  4. Improvisations and theatre games based on situational prompts, poetry, word cues, visual suggestions, properties, costume pieces, masks from various cultures
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of student scenes, improvisations and acting projects.
  2. Demonstration of theory and techniques acquired, depth of dramatic characterization, consistency of vocal and bodily execution through prepared performance.
  3. Assessed development of accepted standards of theatre discipline.
  4. Required written assignments, specifically demonstration by the student of involvement in the course material through written critiques by the student of projects and assignments, followed by the instructor's evaluation of both the project and the critique.
Representative Text(s) -
The Michael Chekhov Handbook: For the Actor by Leonard Petit, Routledge, 2009.
Acting: The First Six Lessons by Richard Boleslavsky, New Albany, 2013.
Specific playscripts, tailored to individual student needs, selected by the instructor.

Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field trips.
Through structured lecture, teacher demonstrations and guided student rehearsal, the student will explore and apply the techniques of study to formal, rehearsed work. Students will actively, practically develop an enhancement of a personally developed acting process through exposure to a minimum of of the listed primary outline topics below:
Lab Content -
  1. Cooperative rehearsal of class assignments and projects.
  2. Individual and partner exploration and self-analysis of concepts and exercises introduced in class.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read assigned individual and/or class scripts.
  2. Write personal reflection journal.
  3. Write live performance critique.
  4. Write reflection journal.
  5. Analysis of assigned text readings.