Deborah A. Jacoby
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.
In this course, students will begin a fun and exciting introduction to theatre and the fundamentals of acting. Students will participate in games, improvisation, scene study and writing exercises to learn basic theatre terminology and concepts. In building the actor's toolbox, students will learn physical and vocal exercises, analyze and work on monologues and scenes, and nurture a sense of play in which to take risks and foster creativity. This course will culminate in a rehearsed performance of monologues or scenes for an invited audience. As the concept of a working and trusting ensemble is key to success in theatre, class participation will be vital to the learning process.
Student learning goals
Understand core theatre terminology and concepts
Improve listening and communication skills through improvisation and theatre games
Utilize character development techniques for performance of monologues and scenes
Gain confidence in performing, presenting, and taking creative risks
Learn how to work as an ensemble and how to apply theatre skills to practical settings
General method of instruction
In this class you will participate in theatre games and group activities, discussions, creative writing exercises, and work individually and with a scene partner to analyze, rehearse, memorize, and perform both original and scripted text!
No special preparation or background is necessary.
Class assignments and grading
Class participation in activities/games, weekly journal entries, skill-building actor exercises, monologue/scene work, and final group performance project. The class is active with some assigned reading to supplement our work in class.
Grades are not based upon acting talent, but rather effort and growth achieved in class. Your participation and dedication to the work is vital to your success!