Meets requirement | sophomore, junior, senior | one-half credit | one semester
This course develops and expands upon the skills developed in acting and improvisational theater by introducing the student to character techniques, blocking, and an awareness of the actor’s and director’s point of view. This course is focused on the continued development of acting techniques and introduces students to the art of directing. The students will be divided into two tracks during the course of the semester. Track I (Acting) students will focus solely upon the study of acting and will perform three or four scenes and monologues, continue reading plays, and explore theater history. Track 2 (Directing) students will perform two scenes, and, with a focus upon directing, direct the Track 1 (Acting) students in two scenes and monologues (and be eligible to direct the student one-act plays in the spring). Attending live theatre performances and writing play reviews will also be required. Emphasis will be placed on fine-tuning technique and specific problems in staging. The improvisational acting/theatre aspects of the course are also designed to help the students master a more creative and flexible approach to acting. This is a very active class that challenges the imagination of the actors and directors. The use of improvisation as an audition technique will also be used as an indepth study of the audition process from the perspective of both the actor and the director. There is no prerequisite to enroll in this course.