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Course Content and Outcome Guide for TA 142

Course Number:
TA 142
Course Title:
Fundamentals of Acting Techniques
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Acquire concentration and relaxation in approaching a role. Improve performance skills with focus on vocal and physical control. Scene study is used. Prerequisites: TA 141 and its prerequisite requirements. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The student will: 

  • Choose and perform character role from dramatic literature and prepare it for performance with a partner
  • Perform scenes for the class as required by the course
  • Attend a live performance and critique it
  • Demonstrate understanding of the preparation of a role

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include:

  1. Scene performance and critique 
  2. Character biography 
  3. In-class activities 
  4. Quizzes over text 
  5. Play critique 
  6. Short assignment performances

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

THEMES:

  1. Appropriate use of relaxation and concentration 
  2. Analysis of script in preparation of a role 
  3. Application of theatre vocabulary 
  4. Critical analysis 
  5. Team work

1.0  BASIS THEATRE VOCABULARY  

1.1            Master stage directions 

1.2            Evaluate performances with a supportive as well as critical eye 

1.3            Determine basic character goals, obstacles, and tactics 

1.4            Demonstrate basic blocking terminology   

2.0  SCRIPT/CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

1.1            Memorize assigned/chosen scenes 

1.2            Develop blocking for scenes 

1.3            Rehearse with partner in preparation for performance 

1.4            Practice cold reading techniques 

3.0  PERFORMANCES

1.1            Portray a developed character 

1.2            Use the voice with projection and articulation 

1.3            Display blocking choices consistent with the script 

1.4            Demonstrate the partnership aspects of a scene (give-and-take) 

1.5            Accept criticism and praise

4.0 PHYSICAL AND VOCAL WORK 

1.1            Demonstrate a physical and vocal warm-up routine 

1.2            Apply projection and articulation techniques in a scene 

1.3            Determine necessary vigorous physical activity and apply rehearsal techniques 

5.0  WRITING

1.1            Write character biographies as assigned 

1.2            Write critical analysis of plays as assigned

SKILLS: