Benigno Valenciano Gonio
B CUSP 197
Develops skills in a variety of studio arts in order to enhance student ability as a performer, arts creator, educator, or in applied areas of creativity. Offered: AWSp.
Curious about how to act, present, and perform in front of people? Ever wonder what it takes? This class is a basic and fun exploration of the techniques of acting! A great way to balance the analytical and academic side of your brain by being creative, not to mention that it is also a super fun way to end your day of classes! An interactive approach towards the investigation,development of basic acting skills through improvisation, monologues, scenework, movement exercises, in-class writing exercises, and experimental ensemble projects. The class will also learn various acting styles used in film and theatre. The exercises in class will strengthen highly marketable skills such as: public speaking, leadership skills, intercultural communication, presentation skills, listening, sales techniques, team-building skills, vocal energy, physical and vocal resonance and presence. Great for students wanting to communicate in public settings in more confident ways! The course will culminate in a class presentation for an invited audience.
Student learning goals
understanding and application of ACTION THEORY. basic understanding of how to generate monologues and scripted scenes through creative, fun writing assignments. Effective Presentation Skills.
basic understanding of OBSTACLES
basic understanding of TACTICS
basic understanding of how ACTIONS, OBSTACLES AND TACTICS make up the foundation of an actor's performance.
basic understanding of presentational skills as well as vocal and physical dynamic presence.
basic understanding of how improvisational theatre games can enhance imagination, concentration, listening skills, confidence, focus, analytical skills, teamwork and spatial awareness.
General method of instruction
Interactive, Improvisational, Experimental and Fun!
Students will need to learn a short monologue or scene rom either television, film or stage play and bring a fun, inclusive attitude to class!
Suggested reading: "TIPS" by Jon Jory
Class assignments and grading
the nature of the assignments will consist mainly of class presentations. grades will be incumbent on the successful completion of class presentations which will consist of:
- Challenging but fun theatre improvisational games. - Short in class writing exercises. - Attending a performance of a professional production in the Seattle area (TBA). - Final Performance for an invited audience (must be present to perform to receive a final grade in the class.)
Participants will be graded on - Focus -Attitude & Open Mindedness -Attendance -Participation -Short in class writing assignments -In class presentations -In class studio rehearsals -Teamwork