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Effective: Summer 2017

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: THTR 20A.
Advisory: Advisory: THTR 20B or equivalent highly recommended; this course is included in the Acting family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in DRAM 20C.
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 to analyze text and performance content for self-advancement, students will be able to employ basic foundational acting premises towards confident, embodied style or genre specific performance, with relation to other performance.
Description -
Further development of concepts introduced in THTR 20A and 20B with focus on the performance of selected scenes from works of specific periods to acquaint students with the breadth of theatre performance genres.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Develop and practice additional skills in stage characterization as related to the studied period or style.
  2. Employ standard stage speech for application to all types of drama.
  3. Demonstrate skills of acting, vocal and stage movement applying appropriate analysis to the prescribed periods.
    1. Analyze towards performance character, dialogue, and dramatic action in relation to the works in which the student is assigned.
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. Embodying stage characterization for determined period style
    1. Techniques of understanding and portraying character
    2. Development of an individual acting technique and ability to defend it
  2. Incorporating the unifying relationship between stage speech and body control.
    1. Developing verbal articulation capabilities as related to language demands of prescribed genre.
    2. Specific movement and carriage demands of period drama.
    3. Practical engagement of unique challenges vocal/physical presented by identified era.
  3. Performance experience in one or more of the following prescribed cultural periods:
    1. Ancient Civilizations
    2. European Renaissance
    3. 19th Century Romantic drama and Melodrama
    4. 20th Century Realism and Naturalism
    5. Avante Guard Movements of the 19th & 20th Century
    6. Contemporary Theatre including multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and experimental forms
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. 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) -
Play scripts, based on 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 outlined topics.
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 for content, analysis and application.
  2. Write personal reflection journal.
  3. Write live performance critique.