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Joseph L Lavy
BIS 213
Bothell Campus

Art Techniques

Develops intermediate skills and applications in one or more studio arts in order to enhance students' abilities as performers, arts

Class description

Course Objective: To develop the student actor’s study of the fundamental principles of performance, including spontaneity/precision, invention, mutuality, and presence.

Our class will engage in rigorous physical, vocal and imaginative exercises aimed at engaging the actor’s body and mind in a complex and unified way. Students will elaborate individual and ensemble acting scores, applying the Method of Physical Action to the interpretation of dramatic text.

Emphasis will be on building a character through detailed physicality and the elaboration of a psychophysical score of action.

Student learning goals

1. Explore various means of unifying the body, imagination and intellect into a creative act;

2. Analyze text for Given Circumstances, Intentions, and Psychophysical Actions;

3. Develop a detailed, character-based performance score according to the internal & external actions and behaviors of a scene from dramatic literature.

General method of instruction

This course is a practicum, therefore participation is mandatory. Acting is a behavioral art which demands physical as well as intellectual effort. Class time will be spent in lecture and discussion but primarily in active development of performance material, under the guidance of the instructor. In this way, the classroom becomes a laboratory or workshop.

Students should be prepared for rigorous physical activity.

Recommended preparation

While not a prerequisite, the instructor recommends first taking B CUSP 197 B: Acting.

Class assignments and grading

Course work will incorporate a combination of performance exercises and projects as well as theoretical readings and a short paper.

You are not expected to achieve a standardized result, however you will be expected to arrive prepared, ready to work and to challenge your limitations. Your attitude, curiosity, comprehension and collaboration are integral to your success in the class. The classroom experience is irreplaceable.

Each day’s work will be considered for grading purposes.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joseph L Lavy
Date: 11/04/2008