Andrew H Tsao
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.
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.
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.