Brenham · Visual and Performing Arts · Drama - DRAM
- Fall 2018
- Section 001 CRN-12105
- 3 Credits
- 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
- Modified 08/20/2018
- Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, Dr. W.W. O'Donnell Performing Arts Center
Professor: Mr. Brad Nies
- Email: [email protected]
- Office: O'Donnell PAC #109
- Phone: (979) 830-4269
Office Hours: Mon.-Weds.-Fri. (9:00-9:50 AM/2:00-3:50 PM), Tues.-Thurs. (1:00-3:50 PM)
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.
Core Curriculum Statement
This course is not a core curriculum course.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Scene #1 will be worth 10% of the total grade, or 100 points.
Scene #2 will be worth 10% of the total grade, or 100 points.
Scene #3 will be worth 10% of the total grade, or 100 points.
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.
The Midterm Exam will be worth 15% of the total grade, or 150 points.
The Final Exam will be worth 15% of the total grade, or 150 points.
Class Participation will be worth 20% of the total grade, or 200 points.
100% (1000 points)
900-1000 Points = A
800-899 Points = B
700-799 Points = C
600-699 Points = D
599 & Below = F
Blinn College Policies
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.
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.