Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
TA 243
Course Title:
Intermediate Acting Technique
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Course Description

Emphasizes vocal and physical techniques as well as stylized and contemporary acting methodology. Projects are approved by the instructor to strengthen all areas of stage performance. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The student will:

  • Choose roles 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 as required
  • Demonstrate understanding of the preparation of a role

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include:

  • Scene performance and critique
  • Character biography
  • In-class activities
  • Quizzes over text
  • Play critique
  • Short assignment performances

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Appropriate use of relaxation and concentration
  • Analysis of script in preparation of a role
  • Physical and vocal work as applicable to style
  • Critical analysis
  • Team work

Body Work
1.1 Create and practice relaxation/energizing exercises
1.2 Use meditation, yoga, focus exercises to enhance relaxation/delivery
1.3 Practice movement exercises as related to acting style
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
1.1 Use the voice with projection and articulation
1.2 Display blocking choices consistent with the script
1.3 Demonstrate the partnership aspects of a scene (give-and-take)
1.4 Accept criticism and praise
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
1.1 Apply understanding of various styles of acting by scene work
1.2 Perform with clarity classical choices
1.3 Analyze roles with attention to physical and vocal demands