Acting II is focused on Biomechanics (Meyerhold) and Acting III on Method (Stanislavsky).
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* All acting students are required to keep a journal in order to record observations, class notes, character work, script analysis, etc.
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TIMES: 2:00 - 3:30 pm T/R
THEATRE 101 (GREEN ROOM) )
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment (TR 3:30 - 4:30)
OFFICE PHONE: 474-5253
Continued development of physical, emotional and imaginative awareness. Method Acting and Biomechanics. Text and character analysis, scene and monologue study and presentation. Introduction to improvisation. (Prerequisite: THR121, or permission of the instructor.)
Textbook: 5 Approaches to Acting, David Kaplan
[ READING part I - VI : homework ]
Recommended: Directing Actors, by Judith Weston
Actors on Acting
Grading: Midterm (scene) 25%
Final (scene) 35%
Two Monologues 10% (each) = 20%
Test 1, 2 = 5%, 5%
Tests are on Acting Theory and Terminology (Textbook reading). Scenes: 10 min (2-3 characters) one for Midterm, one for Finals. Journal: min. 3 times a week, 2-3 pp. each time. Scheduled conferences: one before Midterm and one after. Must attend all Theatre UAF productions. Each missed class without a note -- reduced grade.
[ week 1] Introduction and Overview. Textbook -- How-To. Resume & Audition portfolio. Monologue -- Text and Performance. (THR121 reviewed). What is Method Acting? Improvisation for Characterization. Physicalization.
 Resume due. Two Monologues (Drama and Comedy) and their structure (Aristotle). Script breakdown: Objectives and Obstacles. You and Your Role/Character. Meyerhold's formula for actors.
 Drama monologue due. Realism. "Actor's Text": Stage Languages and Audience. Actor's space and Acting areas.
 Acting and Action: System, Method and Biomechanics. Movement: Acting Cycle. Characters and Roles. Inner Conflict and Inner Monologue. Actor's Text = Performance.
 Review: Situations & Circumstances. Choices. Improv for sitcom. Comedy mode.
 Set: Time-Space construction. Self-Directing: Floor plan. Mise-en-scene.
 Comedy Monologue due. Scenes: breakdown. Research and preparaton. Scene selection for Midterm due.
 Rehearsal Methods: Improvisation for character development. TEST 1.
 Subtext & Countertext. Character's "History" and Emotional Recall (Method).
 Audition techniques: Cold reading. Dramatic analysis and interpretation.
 "Myself and the Other": group workshop. Improv for Scene development.
 Space and Time exercises. Self-blocking. Test 2
 Directed project. Finals ("class project")
SUM: Integrating text analysis and techniques for using actor's experience and imagination to approach performance gives this first-edition text unique relevance. Equally useful to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of acting, it addresses problems common to all actors: understanding the text, finding it a viable interpretation, dealing with the language of the play, and using one's body and mind and imagination to create a fully realized performance.
Notes: The syllabus is updated on weekly basis.
Dreams + Hard Work = Miracles * Class archives -- eGroup -- monologues, scenes, resume samples. Acting 1, classes.vtheatre.net/221, Acting 3 and other theatre classes.
Attendence of Theatre UAF productions is required (200 words review).
An online course supplement * Film-North * Anatoly Antohin * eCitations *
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