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    Course Title: Actor's Workshop

     
    Course Description:

    Prerequisite: Theater I & II

    The emphasis in Actor's Workshop is on experimentation with various theatrical styles, techniques, and approaches to actor training, i.e., play reading, script analysis, intense characterization projects. Fall enrollment permits continued participation for the entire year and the earning of one full credit. The course can be repeated since each semester will pursue scripts and projects compatible with the talent and interest of those in the class. Units will include character monologues, duet acting scenes, group productions, and a wide variety of theatre games.  Attendance or participation in the shows produced by the department during the semester is required.
    Fee is $15.00
     
    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:
    Rasa, Meisner, Method, Monologues (Contemporary/Classical), Duet Acting, Ensemble Acting, Directing, Stage Combat, Dramatic Reading, Body Movement, Improvisation, Critique, Elizabethan, Commedia del Arte, Text Analysis