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Course Content and Outcome Guide for TA 144

Course Number:
TA 144
Course Title:
Improvisational Theatre
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Become more in touch with the body and senses as used to express yourself and communicate with others. Includes exercise, theatre games and impromptu scenes to tap the creative potential of the human imagination. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • creatively develop and perform improvisations
  •   demonstrate understanding of rules and framework of improvisations
  •   perform numerous improvisational formats that may include Theatre Sports and/or Harolds
  •   perform a scene from a play using improvisation as the basis

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes:
1. Analysis of script in preparation for a role
2. Team work
3. Critical analysis
4. Appropriate use of warm-up activities
Skills:
1.0 Improvisation from text
1.1 Analysis of character and plot line
1.2 Rehearse and perform scene by improvisation
1.3 Critique other performances using examples
2.0 BEGINNING USE OF IMPROVISATIONAL SKILLS
2.1 Demonstrate rules of improvisation
2.2 Perform improvisational exercises
2.3 Develop ideas to form basis for exercises
3.0 PHYSICAL AND VOCAL WORK (TRUST EXERCISES)
3.1 Use the body and voice to convey character
3.2 Practice exercises to determine time and place
3.3 Demonstrate €œblind walk,€ €œcircle of trust,€ €œfree falling€
4.0 THEATRE SPORTS
4.1 Rehearse and perform mirrors, one-line story, sound ball as methods for warm-up
4.2 Develop competitive exercises such as Story, Story, Die and Freeze Frame
4.3 Practice use of the system of rating improvisations
5.0 HAROLD
5.1 Define a Harold using improvisational terminology
5.2 Rehearse scene-to-scene connections
5.3 Perform a long-form improvisation or Harold
5.4 Critique other Harolds