Syllabus

Thea 441 Acting Studio
Prof: Von H. Washington, Ph.D.
Office: 1110 GTC
Phone: 7-3914
Office Hours: Tue 1-3 p.m.

Acting Studio
Section: 30977
W-F 9 to 10:50 a.m.
Description: An advanced course in the art of acting with emphasis on the individual needs of the student actor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours, only 3 of which are applicable toward the major. Prerequisite: THEA 342 (Acting III).

Rationale: To continue the development and growth of the actor.

Goals: (1) Building a repertoire of audition material (2) Preparation of resumes and pictures (3) Preparation for professional and graduate school auditions (4) Research: Professional theaters and graduate schools (5) Analysis: personal goals and aspirations (6) Participation in U/RTA in-house screening Oct. 24, 3:00 p.m., MFT.

Attendance: Class will begin on time. No one will be admitted five minutes after the hour unless previously excused. Grades will be lowered 1/3 of a letter for each unexcused absence. A total of six absences will result in a failing grade.

Course Work: Acting assignments -- Through exercise, analysis, scenes, reading assignments, and monologues, students will focus on professional and graduate school auditions. Through these assignments, individual students needs will be addressed. Preparation for the in-house U/RTA auditions will be a primary focus. Written Assignments --Students are required to attend all departmental productions. Each student will write a one page, double-spaced, typed critique of each production (Approx 250 words.) Criteria for the paper will be discussed in class. The papers will be due on the first class period following the close of the production. Students will be required to create performance resume and acquire audition photos.

Dress: Students will dress appropriately for the execution of exercises and assigned scenes and monologues; loose fitting, casual clothes, in character for scene and monologue work , or appropriately for am audition. Department costume should be worn for all final scenes.

Text: Acting Professional (5th Edition) by Robert Cohen and Audition by Michael Shurtleff.

Grading: Grades will reflect the following approximate values: Written critiques (15%), textual analysis and discussion (10%), execution of classroom exercises (20%), scene work and monologues (20%) , and instructor’s evaluation of participation, attitude and over all progress (35%). Please note that meeting minimum expectations satisfactorily will result in a grade of C. Work that shows considerable development and growth will receive a B. An A grade is reserved for work that the instructor considers truly meritorious.
Acting Studio / Calendar
Sept.
3 Introductions/Overview/Syllabus

8 Discussion: Observations from a life in the Theatre, Chap. 11 (Shurtleff)
10 Discussion: Some things an Actor Needs to know, Chap. 4 (Shurtleff)

15 Personal Introductions
17 Perform 1st Monologue / Critique

22 Discussion: First six guide posts (Shurtleff)
24 Discussion: Last six guide posts (Shurtleff)

29 Perform 2nd Monologue / Critique
Oct.
1 Perform 2nd Monologue / Critique

6 Discussion: Monologues, Soliloquies, Style (Shurtleff)
8 Discussion: Pace, Romance, Simplicity (Shurtleff)

13 Mid Term Exam (Selected Monologue/Soliloquy)
15 Select Monologue for URTA

20 Discussion: The Way it is (Chap 1 Acting, Cohen)
22 Read Monologues for URTA auditions

24 URTA Auditions: 3:00 p.m. MFT

27 Discuss Auditions
29 Discussion: What you will need (Chap 2 Acting, Cohen)

Nov.
3 Rehearse Monologues (On Book)
5 Discussion: The first Decisions (Chap 3 Acting, Cohen)

10 Rehearse Monologues (Off Book)
12 Discussion: Establishing Yourself (Chap 4 Acting, Cohen)

17 Discuss: On the Move / Other Opportunities (Chap 5 & 6, Cohen)
19 Polish Monologues

24 TBA
26 Thanksgiving Break

Dec.
l Run Monologues / Critiques
3 Run Monologues / Critiques

10 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Final Exam / Turn in Resumes, show photos.

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