THET-241 Acting for Television
This course will prepare students to present themselves in a professional manner and to perform appropriately in any of the mass media. Voice, appearance, movement, and the technical aspects of mass media performance will be covered through comprehensive exercises and on-camera evaluation
4 hours weekly
1. Organize and articulate beat changes through elementary scoring of monologues and
scenes, incorporating director/actor vocabulary into the rehearsal process.
2. Communicate interpretations of literature to a television audience through imaginative
performances, releasing physical and vocal impulses that arise while playing an action or
responding to another’s reaction, as well as demonstrating active listening.
3. Use spoken and symbolic forms of communication, through a variety of formats mediated
with technology and/or other techniques, to convey concepts creatively through the television
4. Analyze one’s own communication style and choices, and those of others, through
collaborative critique and revision in television performance.
5. Identify and apply critical theories and concepts related to enduring and contemporary
issues of aesthetics and creativity, articulating the differences between acting for theatre and
acting for the camera.
6. Incorporate acting and vocal techniques learned by performing for the camera with artistic
consideration to commercial advertisement, broadcast journalism, and TV comedy/drama,
using innovation, risk-taking, and creativity in analysis and problem-solving methods.
7. Apply knowledge of television performance to raise thought-provoking questions about the
professional field and identifying problems within it as well as possible solutions.
8. Analyze and reflect on personal as well as other students’ performances through a critical
lens and apply feedback in a positive and meaningful way, assessing and critically analyzing
the role of television in illuminating the human condition.