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Mark F. Jenkins
DRAMA 351
Seattle Campus

Intermediate Acting-Scene Study

Actor-training methodologies of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Michael Chekov, and other physically-based approaches. Increases understanding of psychological motivation, concentration, focus of attention, clarity of physical expressiveness. Perform three scenes. Prerequisite: DRAMA 252; one of DRAMA 210, DRAMA 211, DRAMA 212, or DRAMA 213; one of DRAMA 290, DRAMA 291, or DRAMA 292.

Class description

My class this summer ('06) is called "The Presence of the Actor" and is designed to help each actor to become more "open," more vital, more articulate and more extroverted as a performer. We will address the subliminal messages that an actor gives when making an entrance and how to control what the messages are. This class should provide you with some valuable new skills that will help in auditions (although auditioning per se is not the focus of the course). Learning how to simply "be" on stage is one of the skills addressed. You will probably be able to dominate a room more easily and to enjoy being in front of an audience as yourself to a greater extent than you do now. This curriculum has proven to be of great value for the actor's development and effectiveness.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Most of the work work in this class will be solo. The assignments will include: Entrances and Interview Presenting a non rhyming poem of literary merit Presenting a joke and a song Presenting a blank verse soliloquy Presenting a monologue, classical or contemporary Presenting a self-written piece, three minutes in lenght Presenting a silent piece

Recommended preparation

Begin looking for non-rhyming poems from 30-60 lines Select a song you are fond of Begin looking at monlogues and soliloquies. Begin to think about writing a three minute piece

Class assignments and grading

The first few days will be focused on you making a series of entrances and my interviewing each of you in the presence of the rest of the class. After that you will present the assignments to the class. A sign-up sheet will be availble. You will be expected to use your initiative to make these assignments meaningful and productive for your own development as an actor/performer.

Committment, willingness to experiment, amount of growth, ultimate effectiveness with assigned techniques, attendance.


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 Mark F. Jenkins
Date: 03/27/2006