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Theatre (THEA)

THEA 102 (GA) Fundamentals of Acting (3) Introduction to the art and craft of acting for non-theatre majors.

THEA 102 Fundamentals of Acting (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

THEA 102 aims to introduce the student to basic principles of the art and craft of acting, focusing on HOW and WHY actors do what they do in preparation of and for a performance less than on the attainment of performace skills themselves. Students will become acquainted with acting processes, theatre terminology, script analysis, improvisation, and other fundamentals to give them a more inclusive sense of the totality of the actor's work as craftsperson and artist. In so doing, the student actors must tap their own powers of concentration, observation, creativey, and imagination. A major focus in the course is the development of the ability to analyze one's own work and the work of peers in the class. Problem-solving in solo, paired, and/or large group contexts is a daily requirement in class.

THEA 102 is NOT an acting course designed to develop fine actors; it is a course ABOUT acting. Thus, the course objectives are these:
1. To introduce the concept of acting as a process and craft.
2. To develop an understanding of acting skills, script and character analysis, and theatre/acting terminology.
3. To heighten powers of observation, focus, invention, imagination, and the ability to accurately and positively analyze and critique peer's work.
4. To experience the commitment and discipline that acting requires.
5. To learn how best to score, interpret, and use the script as the fundamental source or criterion for truthful behavior on stage.

Educational strategies: to accomplish the above objectives, a variety of strategies will be employed, including lectures, discussions, readings from the text, instructor critiques of student work(s), experiential activities that require full student commitment and participation, presentation of assignments after significant rehearsal outside of class, and other preparations and teaching strategies as necessary and appropriate. 

General Education: GA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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