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Andrew H Tsao
DRAMA 252
Seattle Campus

Acting

Explores theory and practice of fundamentals of American "method," based on principles of Stanislavsky and their American evolution. Preparation of audition material and scene work within the context of entire play. Prerequisite: DRAMA 251. Offered: WSp.

Class description

For the first phase of this class, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Acting Technique: control of time, space and sound through Variation Practice, based on Andrew Tsao's text. In the second phase of the class students will examine and employ Uta Hagen's Nine Questions to dramatic text as a foundation of analysis, character creation and objective/action/tactic/obstacle discovery.

Student learning goals

One dramatic monologue.

One prepared scene with a scene partner.

An understanding and ability to practice basic acting technique as based on Variation Practice.

And understanding and ability to employ the Nine Questions as acting process towards character creation.

General method of instruction

Lecture, demonstration and sections with teaching assistants.

Recommended preparation

Read Uta Hagen's RESPECT FOR ACTING. Read Andrew Tsao's VARIATION PRACTICE FOR ACTORS.

Class assignments and grading

Memorization, application of lecture concepts, work in sections with TA's.

TA's provide a grading rubric that may include: completed scene work, completed monologue work, response papers to assigned productions, text analysis reports.


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 Andrew H Tsao
Date: 03/14/2014