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Brenham · Visual and Performing Arts · Drama - DRAM

Acting I
DRAM-1351

  • Fall 2020
  • Sections 50A CRN-17050, 50B CRN-17051
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/24/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 08/19/2020

Meeting Times

Lecture

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

Traditional with Live Online:

DRAM 1351-50A (Attends Class on Mondays/Remote on Wednesdays)

DRAM 1351-50B (Remote on Mondays/Attends Class Wednesdays)

Contact Information

Professor: Mr. Brad Nies

Office Hours:

For the first eight weeks of this semester, I will be available virtually at the following times:

Mon.-Weds. (9:00-11:30 AM/1:30-3:30 PM), Tues.-Thurs. (9:30-11:50 AM/1:00-3:30 PM), Fri. (9:00-11:50 AM/1:00-4:00 PM)

For the second eight weeks of this semester, I will be available virtually at the following times:

Mon.-Weds. (10:00-11:30 AM/1:30-3:30 PM), Tues.-Thurs. (8:00-11:50 AM/1:00-3:30 PM). Fri. (8:00-11:50 AM/1:00-4:00 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 for stage movement. Supplemental Material: Itkin, B. & Aven, R. C. (1994). ACTING: PLANNING AND PREPARING. New York: HarperCollins Publishing.

Recording Device
Students will need to have a device that will record their scenes.

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 evaluate one dramatic production during the semester and will submit a written evaluation detailing the experience.  This 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 10%

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

Scene #2 10%

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

Scene #3 10%

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

Scene #4 10%

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

Theatre Experience Report 10%

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

Midterm Exam 15%

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

Final Exam 15%

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

Class Participation 20%

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

Total 100%

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.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the Fall semester: Back with Blinn.

Missed Assignments and Exams

All class work/presentations are due when assigned by the instructor. No late work will be accepted in this class. As such, students who do not attend class and/or submit one week's worth of assignments to eCampus (2 Worksheets) by the days they are due will be sent an e-mail through their Buc account requiring them to contact the instructor to discuss their attendance issues. Students who do not attend class and/or submit two week's worth of assignment (2 Worksheets) by the days they are due will be administratively withdrawn from the course.

Food and Drinks

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

Instructor Specific Information

Please note that 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.

Schedule

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DATES ON THIS SCHEDULE ARE TENTATIVE.
YOU MAY SUBMIT YOUR WORK EARLY, BUT NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.
I WILL BE PUTTING WEEKLY REMINDERS FOR THESE ASSIGNMENTS ON ECAMPUS.

Week 1 3 Hours

August 24:       Orientation/ORIENTATION WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

August 26:       Introduction/INTRODUCTION WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 2:  3 Hours

August 31:       Discuss Theatre Experience Report/THEATRE EXPERIENCE REPORT WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

September 2:   Discuss Scene #1/SCENE #1 WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 3:  3 Hours

September 7:   HOLIDAY

September 9:   Developing Sensory Power/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 4:  3 Hours

September 14:  The Power of Observation/SCENE #1 DUE ON ECAMPUS

September 16:  Continue Power of Observation/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 5 3 Hours

September 21:  Discuss Scene #2/SCENE #2 WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

September 23: Discuss Constantine Stanislavski/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 6 3 Hours

September 28:  Discuss Lee Strasberg/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

September 30:  Discuss Stella Adler/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 7:  3 Hours

October 5:        Discuss Scene #3/SCENE #2 DUE ON ECAMPUS

October 7:        Review Midterm Exam/MIDTERM EXAM WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 8:  3 Hours

October 12:      Discuss Sanford Meisner/MIDTERM EXAM DUE ON ECAMPUS

October 14:      Continue Sanford Meisner/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 9:  3 Hours

October 19:       Discuss Scene #4/SCENE #3 DUE ON ECAMPUS

October 21:       Discuss Uta Hagen/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 10 3 Hours

October 26:       Discuss Jerzy Grotowski

October 28:       Continue Jerzy Grotowski/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 11 3 Hours

November 2:      Discuss Bertolt Brecht/SCENE #4 DUE ON ECAMPUS

November 4:      Continue Bertolt Brecht/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 12 3 Hours

November 9:      The Ten Commandments of Theatre

November 11:     Continue Ten Commandments of Theatre/LECTURE WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 13 3 Hours

November 16:      Finish Up All Notes

November 18:      Finish Up All Notes

Week 14 3 Hours

November 23:      Review Final Exam

November 25:      Holiday

Week 15 3 Hours

November 30: LAST DAY TO DROP WITH A "Q"/THEATRE EXPERIENCE REPORT DUE ON ECAMPUS

December 2:   FINAL EXAM REVIEW WORKSHEET DUE ON ECAMPUS

Week 163 Hours

December 7-10:  Finals Schedule-TBA/FINAL EXAM DUE ON ECAMPUS

16 X 3=48 Hours