SRJC Course Outlines

5/29/2024 8:02:12 AMTHAR 10A Course Outline as of Fall 1998

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 10ATitle:  INTRO ACTING TECH  
Full Title:  Introduction to Techniques of Acting
Last Reviewed:5/14/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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An intensive study of fundamental acting concepts as exhibited through improvisation, individual, and group performance.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Intro to basic acting skills; an intensive study of fundamental acting concepts as exhibited through improvisation, individual, and group performance.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1988Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1988Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: THTR 151 Acting I SRJC Equivalent Course(s): THAR10A

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The students will:
1.  Develop an understanding and demonstrate control of basic physical
   and vocal acting techniques.
2.  Understand and demonstrate basic techniques of characterization.
3.  Utilize the Stanislavski Approach to acting technique.
4.  Develop and exhibit competence in ensemble acting.
5.  Analyze, rehearse, and perform a scripted text from a modern or
contemporary play.

Topics and Scope
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The students will perform 5 exercises showing the following skills:
1.  The Actor
   A.  The instrument (Body and Voice); Relaxation, Diaphragmatic
       Breathing, Physical and Vocal Flexibility, Speech, Stage
       Movement and Business.
   B.  Inner Resources: Concentraion, Sense Recall/Emotional
       Memory, Personalization, Imaging.
2.  The Text
   A. The Given Circumstances: Who? What? When? Where? Why?
   B. Defining the Role: Character History, Character History,
      Character Personality, Character Behavior, Utilization of the
      Magic "If" from Stanislovski.
   C. Defining the Action: Objective/Action; Beat
   D. Playing the Action: Obstacle, Conflict.
3.  The Rehearsal
   A. Blocking, Stage Postitions, Acting Areas.
   B. Working with the Director, the other Actors.
   C. Procedures for Memorization.
4.  The Performance
   A. The Environment: Its Effect Upon the Actor as Character.
   B. The Props: Endowment  of Objects with Real Significance.
   C. The Characters: Relationship between Actors as Characters.

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1.  Three Acting Exercises (1A, 1B, 2A above) ranging from 3 to 5
   minutes in length.
2. One Monoloque Performance from a modern or contemporary play,
   ranging from 1-2 minutes in length.
3. One Scene Performance from a Modern or Contemporary Play, ranging
  from 5-10 minutes in length.
4. One written Character Analysis (2A-2D above).
5. One play critique  of a Theatre Arts Department production.
6. One in-class test from the text that will include acting vocabulary.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
70 - 80%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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ACTING, THE FIRST SIX LESSONS, Richard Boleslavsky,1994,Theatre Arts Books
AN ACTOR PERFORMS by Mel Shapiro. 1997, Harcourt,Brace & Co
THE STANISLAVSKI SYSTEM by Sonia Moore, 1984, 2Ed, Penguin Books
AUDITION by Michael Shurtleff, 1980, Bantam/Doubleday
THE BEGINNING ACTOR'S COMPANION by Donna Breed and Susan Pate, 1996,3Ed
Kendall Hunt
ACTING WITH BOTH SIDES OF YOUR BRAIN, by Delgado, 1986, Harcourt, Brace
ACTING IS BELIEVING by Charles McGaw, 1996,7ED, Harcourt, Brace
AN ACTOR PREPARES by Constantin Stanislavski, 1984, Theatre Arts Books
ART AND FEAR by David Bayles and Ted Orland, 1993, Capra Press
ACTOR'S BOOK OF SCENES FROM NEW PLAYS by Eric Lane & Nina Shengold, 1988
Penguin Books
PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR THE ACTOR by Millissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn,
Madelaine Olneck, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previto, Scott Zigler, 1986
Random House
Sharrar, 1995, Smith & Kraus

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