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|Description - |
|Advanced practical work in stage directing, leadership roles, and featured performance work necessary for the full development of a theatrical production. Students take active roles in all creative and technical aspects involved in producing a full-scale public performance which consists of a compilation of short plays.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Guide and hone the actor's skill sets, including voice, movement, and script/character interpretation.
- Research, analyze, interpret and effectively communicate the literature and history of a specific time period, cultural or ethnic experience, or historical epoch selected for the quarter's study.
- Perform all required preparatory and design work required for production.
- Participate as a director, featured actor, or other leadership role in a full-scale production.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Standard classroom with white board and audio-visual capabilities.
- Access to appropriate size rehearsal spaces for blocking, voice and movement work.
- Access to the use of furniture and set pieces, props and costumes for rehearsal and production.
- Fully-equipped studio theatre including lighting, sound and projection capabilities.
- Make-up and dressing room facilities.
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Master a variety of activities necessary for the actor in production:
- Utilize one or more of several accepted approaches to acting technique.
- Methodologies may include, but not limited to: Stanislavsky, Trigger Approach, and Improvisation.
- Practice and explore exercises to enhance vocal production skills appropriate to production.
- Develop a vocal warm-up
- Stage projection
- Articulation and clarity
- Create and choreograph appropriate movement techniques related to production.
- Character development and expression
- Stage blocking and composition
- Dance and/or fight choreography
- Study and assimilate the literature and history related to the production selected for the quarter's study
- Time periods may include Classic, Elizabethan, Romantic, Early Realistic, Contemporary, etc.
- A particular movement or cultural expression, including modern African-American drama, women's issues, gay theatre, etc.
- Practice leadership in one or more aspects of production, delving deeply into a particular area, e.g. directing and/or design and technology (stage management, lighting, sound, set, properties, costumes, or stage makeup.)
- Acquire full-scale production experience, working as a director, featured actor, or other leadership role, in a selected production to be produced and performed for the public at the end of the quarter.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Written and oral examinations
- Faculty observation and rigorous verbal critique of all classroom and theatre work undertaken
- Written critique of student writing generated in classwork
- Student's prompt books
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Specific play titles, selected by the instructor, which will change each quarter. |
Plays will consist of published one-acts or commissioned one-act compilations.
|Disciplines - |
|Theatre Arts |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Cooperative learning exercises including group rehearsal.
- Lecture and discussion on research and approach to play production.
- Group projects in design and technical work guided by instructor.
- Public presentations followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
|Lab Content - |
- Comprehensive incorporation of study into practical application through research and preparation of assigned production
- Cooperative rehearsal of class assignments and projects.
- Group work in design, development and creation of technical elements
- Viewing and critiquing of individual and group rehearsal and performance work
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Assigned script
- Complementary research scripts, writings and articles
- Script analysis
- Character biography and necessary research.
- Student's director prompt book including all research projects and design/technical elements required for production.