Theatr 140 - Acting Fundamentals - David Stears
I'm David Stears, full-time faculty, a trained actor and director, originally from New York. I love teaching this class, because it is an opportunity for performers to build a strong foundation in basic skills and concepts, and begin developing their own artistic discipline, and their own technique. I have trained with a variety of teachers, and theatrical traditions. While I don't have any particular guru, but believe that the more tools an actors has at their disposal the better. This will be a fun exploration, and by the end of the class, you will have a couple of monologues under your belt.
Course Description: Introduces principles, practices, and techniques of acting as an artistic discipline.
Exploring a variety of tools, our work will be rooted on modern theatre training, exploring work of Stanislavski, Misner, Hagen, and Adler. Our text is a simple (and inexpensive) primer to give a foundational vocabulary to our work together.
What to Expect in this Course
You can expect to explore the craft and discipline of acting. This includes:
- preparation for performance (physical warmups and vocal warms)
- written assignments (scoring your script and basic script analysis)
- performances. You are expected memorize and perform your monologues, or recording and presenting your work for other people to view. You will be expected to find your own material to perform.
As this will be an ONLINE LIVE course, you are expected to have consistent access to the internet, a working webcam and microphone. It will be helpful if you have a place where you can move around, and can, on occasion, get loud.
Types of Assessments
Students can expect two to four theory worksheets per week. Quizzes will happen every 2-3 weeks and will always cover just the material for those few weeks. Some quizzes will be on Canvas; others in the classroom. There is a lot of overlapping information. What you learn one week carries over to the next week; what you just learned always becomes the catalyst to the next chapter. Music is a series of building blocks. By the time we reach the end of the semester, your stack of blocks will be pretty high.
Types of Assessments
1. Performances (graded)
2. Classwork/Homework assignments (graded)
3. Quizzes (graded)
4. Class Discussions & Canvas Discussions
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder, ISBN: 0-394-74412-8
ACTIONS: The Actors Thesaurus by Calrarone & Llyod-Williams, ISBN: 978-089676252-7
Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen ,ISBN: 0-02-547390-5
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Last updated: 07/26/2021 Sub#: 418