ACTING II * Spring 2007 * Spring 2008

2009 : acting2 -- eGroup I plan to focus the Acting II 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 required.

Texts and Exams in the Classes Directory

Textbook 2002 Spring: "Actors on Acting"



Main directory: Biomechanics *


Live Students! Please go to: + Log in to Blackboard, choose "THR 190 / Auditions and Portfolio Review" and complete the online Outcomes Assessment form under the "Assignment" tab.



* 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 2002

TIMES: 2.00 - 3:20 pm T,R
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment, T,R
OFFICE PHONE: 474-7754

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: ACTORS on ACTING
Recommended: Directing Actors, by Judith Weston (Directing Class -- required textbook)

Grading: Midterm (scene) 20%
Final (scene) 30%
Journal 10%
Two Monologues 10% (each) = 20%
Test 1, 2 = 10%, 10%

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.


[1] 1/17 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. Chapters. 1-2.

[3] Drama monologue due. Realism. "Actor's Text": Stage Languages and Audience. Actor's space and Acting areas. Ch. 3-4.

[4] Acting and Action: System, Method and Biomechanics. Movement: Acting Cycle. Characters and Roles. Inner Conflict and Inner Monologue. Actor's Text = Performance. Ch. 5.

[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. Ch. 10. 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.

[13] Finals

Notes: The syllabus is updated on weekly basis.

Next: Spring 2004 *

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