• Course Title: Actor's Workshop

    Course Description: This class is designed to build on and further student knowledge of the creative and artistic process of acting for the theatre obtained in Theatre 1 and Theatre 2 with an increase in rigour. This course will cover rotating topics in multiple theatrical disciplines and will require students to reflect on their learning goals and their impact on the class as an ensemble. Students may have input on learning topics and materials. Students will continue to adopt the rituals and routines of the actor, develop skills and techniques of the actor, and engage in ensemble building behaviors of the actor. This knowledge is best learned through experience, participation, and performance.. Fee is $15 per semester. Prerequisite: Theater I & II
    Enduring Understandings:

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:

    • How does repetition inspire the creative process when developing characters?
    • How do emotions affect an actor's physicality and vocals?
    • How does an actor create dynamic characters and character relationships?
    • How does history influence an actor's analysis of a piece of text or character?
    • How does constructive criticism affect an actor's character development?
    Course Units / Topics of Study:
    Meisner, Method, Monologues (Contemporary/Classical), Duet Acting, Ensemble Acting, Directing, Body Movement, Improvisation, Critique, Text Analysis