2015-16 College Catalog

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THET-202 Acting II

In this course, the student actor expands on the critical thinking and artistic skills initiated in THET-103, creating a more mature dialogue between theory and practice through extended scenes, deeper character work, strong partnering, and detailed script analysis combined with a disciplined approach to the rehearsal process.







Hours Weekly

3 hours weekly

Course Objectives

1. Organize and articulate, through a variety of creative approaches, an advanced-level script analysis to enhance and clarify performance choices by sub-dividing major beats into smaller units and tying beat elements to the character’s super-objective and the action’s spine.

2. Communicate, through effective partnering, scenes that exhibit strong opposing objectives, complex psychological relationships, creative psycho-physical actions, and suspenseinducing obstacles.

3. Use a variety of vocal techniques and inflections as well as symbolic movements inspired by inner images and experimentation to create expressive delivery of the character’s objectives and actions.

4. Analyze one’s own artistic style and choices, 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, and offer constructive and respectful criticism of peer performances and live theatre events.

5. Identify and apply concepts and theories of enduring and contemporary issues of aesthetics and creativity, through demonstrations of public solitude, heightened urgency, present versus future circumstances, life observation, primary and secondary fourth walls, physical endowment, and substitutions to generate innovative solutions to acting challenges.

6. Incorporate innovation, risk-taking, and creativity into performance choices through investigation of one’s own sense memory and emotional memory on an advanced level combined with the character’s inner images, inner monologues, and inner problems, using divergent or contradictory perspectives or ideas from partners, peers, and instructor.

7. Pose and address questions related to the confluence of creative expression with social and cultural contexts of the script and the imagined character background and history.

8. Assess, reflect on, and critically analyze the role of theatre and performance in illuminating the human condition.