Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1.5 Lab Hours: 1.5 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: CSUValidation: 07/01/2011

1. Description -
Developing effective marketing strategies for a career in theatre. The actor's process in preparation for theatrical auditions, selection of appropriate audition performance pieces, the presentation of self in various audition settings, and the development of industry standard self-promotion materials. Performance will include at least two prepared monologues, and multiple cold reading and prepared sides with a focus on stage auditioning.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in THTR 81; THTR 43A; not open to students with credit in THTR 43G.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Interpret and absorb the psychology of the audition process from the perspectives of actor, director, casting director, and talent agent.
  2. Develop a working resume, headshot, and other personal marketing materials.
  3. Prepare appropriate audition monologues drawn from published plays.
  4. Analyze and practice the skill of cold reading technique.
  5. Practice preparation skills for various theatrical auditioning formats.
  6. Evaluate and apply the precepts of traditional and "non-traditional" casting issues, as they relate to contemporary employment prospects.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Rehearsal clothing.
  2. Play scripts as required.
  3. A rehearsal studio with an unobstructed, flat floor approximately 30' x 60' for rehearsal and simulated auditions.
  4. Video recording and playback equipment.
  5. College library play collection.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. The business of acting and auditioning, and career options (Lec)
  2. Identify what constitutes professional quality materials: resume, headshot, cover letter, follow-up correspondence (Lec)
    1. Develop a working resume, headshot, and other personal marketing materials.
  3. Auditioning with a monologue. (Lec)
    1. Rehearse and perform monologue choices for audition purposes. (Lab)
  4. Cold reading technique: with reader or partner, instant and prepared. (Lec)
    1. Practice and develop cold reading skills using a variety of scripts. (Lab)
  5. Sides: Active Choices, Specificity, Character Memory (Lec)
    1. Practice learned skills and techniques for greatest efficacy in auditions. (Lab)
  6. Auditioning workshops with guest professionals (Lec)
    1. Investigate industry resources for employment opportunities. (Lab)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Develop first draft and final draft of professionally formatted resume
  2. Develop and acquire a working headshot
  3. Prepare and perform two contrasting monologues
  4. Prepare and perform instant cold readings
  5. Prepare and perform prepared cold readings
7. Representative Text(s) -
Play scripts, anthologies and scene books available in the college library and bookstore assigned on an individual basis.

Shurtleff, Michael, Audition, Walker & Co, 2003.

8. Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field trips, Observation, Critique.
10. 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.
  3. Development of individual required class materials.
  4. Observe industry general audition session.
  5. View and study live performance.
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. Preparation of industry standard resume, cover letter and self-promotional materials
  2. Individually assigned playscripts
  3. Textbook on auditioning techniques and standards
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA in Theatre Arts.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-06-26 12:47:35

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines