Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
THTR 43EIMPROVISATIONSummer 2013
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/01/2011; 11/14/12

1. Description -
Presentation of the fundamentals and graduating skills of organic performance without script or text. Practical application of the theories of improvisational basic skills, universally translated to virtually all forms of improvisation, towards performance.
Prerequisite: THTR 20A.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Enhance their confidence as actors with applications towards multiple performance facets.
    1. Self-realization of thought clarity and the ability to commit to specific ideas.
  2. Broaden their ability to receive, process and act on new ideas through listening enhancement.
    1. Improve receptivity to ideas from multiple sources and individual perspectives of gender, age, ethnicity, etc.
    2. Cooperative discovery.
  3. Comprehend and incorporate multiple layers of skill acquisition as applied towards improvisational performance.
  4. Identify and apply the standards improvisational performance towards varying improvisational genres--e.g. short form, long form, obstacle games.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clothing suitable for rehearsal work. A flexible, open-space classroom. Rehearsal furniture and props. Video recording and playback equipment.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
A. Synthesize the relationship of impulse identity into 100% performance commitment as it relates primarily to improvisation, but with applications to other performance forms, through numerous "reaction oriented" activities. (Lec)
  • Engage the student in active "listening oriented" activities targeting the notion of cooperatively building ideas through mutual offers. (Lec)
    1. Premise of "Yes and"
    2. Building stories from single thread, inviting multiple inputs
  • Embrace the progressive nature of skill development through activity introduction and re-incorporation. (Lec)
    1. Environment and use of mime
    2. Relationship
    3. Instant characterization
    4. Scene initiation
    5. Scene development
  • Practice for enhancement multiple strategies of varying improvisational styles and genres through fully active participation in activities identified with varying forms. (Lab)
  • 5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
     
    6. Methods of Evaluation -
    1. Demonstrating growth and development in progressive skills incorporation through numerous class and public performances.
    2. Providing verbal and/or written evaluation of peer work incorporating language and skill elements appropriate to course content.
    3. Self-reflective written analysis comparing assigned reading with self development.
    7. Representative Text(s) -
    Edward J. Nevraumont, Nicolas P. Hanson, and Kurt Smeaton, The Ultimate Improv Book: A Complete Guide to Comedy Improvisation, Meriwether Publishing, 2002
    Charna Halpern, Del Close, and Kim Johnson, Truth in Comedy, Meriwether Publishing, 1994
    Johnstone, Keith, Impro, Routledge Publishing, 1987

    8. Disciplines -
    Theatre Arts
     
    9. Method of Instruction -
    Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
    Through structured lecture, teacher demonstrations and guided student rehearsal, the student will explore and apply the techniques of study to formal performance work. Students will actively, practically develop enhanced prowess of the improvisational process through exposure to the listed outline topics.
     
    10. Lab Content -
    1. Individual and partner exploration and self-analysis of concepts and exercises introduced in class.
    2. Attend and analyze live performances.
    3. View and study media materials.

     
    11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
     
    12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    1. Write personal reflection journal.
    2. Write live performance critique.
    3. Read assigned text.
    4. Write essay of self to text comparison.

    13. Need/Justification -
    This course is a required core course for the AA in Theatre Arts.



    Course status: Active
    Last updated: 2014-03-22 15:31:02


    Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines