Spring 2009 : class list/forum [groups.google.com/group/acting2]

Acting II is focused on Biomechanics (Meyerhold) and Acting III on Method (Stanislavsky).

Use the BioMX webpages to save time in class from my lectures on acting theory. The use of Method Acting and Biomechanics Forums is recommended.

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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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Spring 2009 THR 35507 F01 [01/22 - 05/12]

TIMES: 2:00 - 3:30 pm T/R
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%
Journal 10%
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.

[2] 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.

[3] Drama monologue due. Realism. "Actor's Text": Stage Languages and Audience. Actor's space and Acting areas.

[4] Acting and Action: System, Method and Biomechanics. Movement: Acting Cycle. Characters and Roles. Inner Conflict and Inner Monologue. Actor's Text = Performance.

[5] Review: Situations & Circumstances. Choices. Improv for sitcom. Comedy mode.

[6] Set: Time-Space construction. Self-Directing: Floor plan. Mise-en-scene.

[7] Comedy Monologue due. Scenes: breakdown. Research and preparaton. Scene selection for Midterm due.

[8] Rehearsal Methods: Improvisation for character development. TEST 1.

[9] Subtext & Countertext. Character's "History" and Emotional Recall (Method).

[10] Audition techniques: Cold reading. Dramatic analysis and interpretation.

[11] "Myself and the Other": group workshop. Improv for Scene development.

[12] Space and Time exercises. Self-blocking. Test 2

[13] 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).

rate An online course supplement * Film-North * Anatoly Antohin * eCitations *
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