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.
This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of theatre performance. You will study the concepts of character goals and obstacles, rehearsal process, staging, and performance. Improvisation, exercises, games, scene study, and monologues are some of the tools we may use to aid in your understanding of the subject.
Student learning goals
You will gain an understanding of how to approach open scenes, and scripted scenes or monologues.
Your work in improvisational theatre games and exercises will enhance your concentration, awareness, focus, teamwork skills, and confidence.
You will gain a basic understanding of theatrical terminology and approaches to performing and interpreting theatre.
General method of instruction
You will participate in group exercises, perform in a short Open Scene, work with a partner in a scripted scene (memorized) and/OR perform a monologue (memorized) suitable for an audition piece. Verbal, physical, and analytical skills will be strengthened by participating fully in class exercises, by practicing the performance of scenes with a partner, by receiving constructive criticism, by viewing and evaluating performances, and by preparing individual audition pieces.
No special preparation or background is necessary.
Class assignments and grading
Class Exercises / Games, Optional Reading Quiz every other week, Open Scenes, Independent Project Presentation, Character Analysis for a Scripted Scene Performance or Final Audition Monologue, Extra Credit Project Paper-optional (up to 5 points added to 100-point score).
Grading is not based on innate talent. Instead, my evaluation of your work is based on your effort/participation, progress/growth, and written/performance work. Be aware that the subject of theatre performance invites the observer (me) toward a subjective evaluation. Therefore, it is in your best interest to ensure that I am aware of your participation, growth, and work.