In this course, students explore the nature of performance and the collaborative creative process through exploration of core concepts that form the foundation of the art and craft of acting. Focus is placed on the actor’s inner and outer resources including physical and vocal response, concentration, imagination, and sensory awareness. This course also engages the student in character creation through improvisation, performance, and script analysis.
1. Organize and articulate the goals, obstacles, tactics, and expectations of beat change
analysis at an intermediate level of scene scoring based on the Stanislavsky system, by
generating innovative solutions to artistic problems through a variety of creative approaches.
2. Create imaginative and compelling performances, initially through spontaneous and intuitive
approaches, continuing with experimentation and analysis, and building discipline as the
3. Use spoken and symbolic forms of communication to convey character, subtext, plot, and
general circumstances with truth and conviction, using a variety of formats and techniques.
4. Analyze one’s own artistic style and choices based on collaborative feedback, remaining
flexible to the changing dynamics of the collaborative process, and revise one’s performance
based on self-evaluation and the diverse voices of partners, peers, and instructor, as well as
offering constructive and respectful criticism of peer performances and live theater events.
5. Assess, reflect on, and critically analyze the role of theatre and performance in illuminating
the human condition.
6. Identify and apply concepts and theories of enduring and contemporary issues of aesthetics
and creativity, through ensemble trust, emotional commitment, character development,
physical and mental readiness, imagination, and life observation.
7. Incorporate innovation, risk-taking, and creativity into performance choices through
investigation of one’s own sense memory and emotional memory, on an intermediate level,
as an interior source for character imagery and inspiration as well as incorporating divergent
or contradictory perspectives or ideas from partners, peers, and instructor.
8. Pose and address questions related to the confluence of creative
expression with social and cultural contexts of selected stage scripts, respecting diverse
opinions and encouraging the participation of others.