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Blinn College • Brenham • Visual and Performing Arts • Drama - DRAM


Acting I DRAM-1351

  • Fall 2018
  • Section 001 CRN-12105
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/20/2018

Meeting Times


Lecture

  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, Dr. W.W. O'Donnell Performing Arts Center

Contact Information


Professor: Mr. Brad Nies

Office Hours: Mon.-Weds.-Fri. (9:00-9:50 AM/2:00-3:50 PM), Tues.-Thurs. (1:00-3:50 PM)

Description


An introduction to the fundamental principles and tools of acting as used in auditions,rehearsals, and performances. This may include ensemble performing, character and script analysis, and basic theater terminology. This exploration will emphasize the development of the actor’s instrument: voice, body, and imagination

Three class hours. Credit: Three semester hours.

Requisites

Prerequisites:

Corequisites:

Core Curriculum Statement


This course is not a core curriculum course.

Outcomes


1.  Analyze scripts from the viewpoint of the actor.

2.  Analyze, develop, and perform a character.

3.  Demonstrate effective and safe use of the voice and body.

4.  Define and discuss terms and concepts using the vocabulary of theater.

5.  Perform at an appropriately skilled level in ensemble building exercises, scenes and final projects, which may include participation in plays.

Materials


(Brenham Campus): There is no required textbook for this course. Students are expected to wear comfortable dance clothing and jazz or ballet shoes for stage movement. Supplemental Material: Itkin, B. & Aven, R. C. (1994). ACTING: PLANNING AND PREPARING. New York: HarperCollins Publishing.

Course Requirements


Scenes

Students will present four memorized scenes to the class in a professional manner.  Each scene will include a slate, as well as an appropriate ending.  All scenes must be from a play, be at least 10 lines in length, and include a character analysis form.

Major Exams

Students will be expected to complete two exams during the semester.  One exam will be a midterm and the other will be a final.  A complete review will be given for each exam.

Class Participation

Students will be graded on class participation.  In doing so, students will be expected to attend each class, be properly dressed-out, and take an active role in each assignment.

Theatre Experience Report

Students will be expected to attend at least one dramatic production during the semester and will submit a written evaluation detailing the experience.  The venues for this assignment will be limited, and the evaluation will touch upon the play's meaning, visual effectiveness, directorial choices, script or book, acting, and the students' personal feelings of the work.

Evaluation


Criteria

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Scene #1

Scene #1 will be worth 10% of the total grade, or 100 points.

Scene #2

Scene #2 will be worth 10% of the total grade, or 100 points.

Scene #3

Scene #3 will be worth 10% of the total grade, or 100 points.

Scene #4

Scene #4 will be worth 10% of the total grade, or 100 points.

Theatre Experience Report

The Theatre Experience Report will be worth 10% of the total grade, or 100 points.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will be worth 15% of the total grade, or 150 points.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be worth 15% of the total grade, or 150 points.

Class Participation

Class Participation will be worth 20% of the total grade, or 200 points.

Total

100% (1000 points)

Breakdown

Grade Determination:

900-1000 Points = A

800-899 Points   = B

700-799 Points   = C

600-699 Points   = D

599 & Below       = F

Blinn College Policies


All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies


Missed Assignments and Exams

All class work/presentations are due when assigned by the instructor.  No late work will be accepted in this class.  In the event of an excused absence, a student may turn in a late assignment, however, the assignment is due on the day they return to class regardless of the excuse.  If a student misses an assignment due to an unexcused absence, 25 points will be deducted for each class day missed until the work is presented.  When a student is in class and does not turn in an assignment or take part in their group presentation, the student will receive an “F” for that grade.  Late exams must be made up within two weeks following an absence.  It is the student’s responsibility to arrange a time for a make-up exam.

Food or Drinks

Instructors and students are not allowed food and/or drinks in any Blinn College classroom/lab.

Instructor Specific Information

Due to the nature of this course, students are expected to study a variety of dramatic works that may include adult situations and language.  If the student feels uncomfortable with this, he or she may wish to consider other options before enrolling in this course.

In no way is any student allowed to present a scene which has been previously memorized or used in the current Blinn College production(s).

Students will need to be prepared for class sessions. Students are expected to dress for class by wearing sweats, leotards, jazz, ballet, or wrestling shoes, and proper support gear.  Any student not properly attired will be asked to leave class and will have his or her class participation grade deducted.  Since physical movement will be an important part of this course, no one is allowed to wear jeans, dress clothes, or street shoes to class.

Due to the nature of this course, students may be expected to take part in physical contact.  Such contact may include spotting, supporting, lifting, etc.  If the student feels uncomfortable with physical contact, he or she may wish to consider other options before enrolling in this course.

Schedule


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
 

Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture

Minutes

Weekly Hours

Monday, August 27, 2018

 Orientation

75

3

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

 Introduction

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 03, 2018

Labor Day Holiday

75

3

Wednesday ,Sept 05, 2018

 Developing Sensory Power

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 10, 2018

 Discuss Scene #1

75

3

Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018

 The Power of Observation

 JAZZ OR BALLET SHOES DUE

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 17, 2018

 SCENE #1

75

3

Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018

 Continue Scenes

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 24, 2018

 Constantine Stanislavski's Method

75

3

Wednesday, Sept 26, 2018

 Lee Strasberg & Stella Adler

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 01, 2018

 Sanford Meisner

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018

 Review Final Exam

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 08, 2018

 Uta Hagen

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

 Jerzy Growtowski's "Poor Theatre"

75

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

 MIDTERM EXAM

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

 Mirror & Talking/Response Exercises

75

Week Nine

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

 Discuss Scene #2

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018

 Moving Across the Stage Exercise

75

Week Ten

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 29, 2018

 Bertolt Brecht's "Epic Theatre"

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

 SCENE #2

75

Week Eleven

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday Nov 05, 2018

 Continues Scenes

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 07, 2018

 Discuss Scenes #3 & #4

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Nov 12, 2018

 SCENE #3

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

 Continue Scenes

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

 The Ten Commandments of Theatre

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Holiday

75

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Nov 26, 2018

 SCENE #4

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

 Continue Scenes

75

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Dec 03, 2018

 Final Exam Review

75

3

Wednesday, Dec 05, 2018

 THEATRE EXPERIENCE REPORT

75

Week Sixteen - Finals Week

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday Dec 10, 2018

Final (2.7 hours) Counts 3 hours

FINAL EXAM-12:45-3:00 PM

 

3

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018

 

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours

 

48.0