Brenham · Visual and Performing Arts · Drama - DRAM
- Fall 2020
- Sections 50A CRN-17050, 50B CRN-17051
- 3 Credits
- 08/24/2020 to 12/10/2020
- Modified 08/19/2020
- 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)
Professor: Mr. Brad Nies
- Email: [email protected]
- Office: Virtual Office
- Phone: (979) 830-4269
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)
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 for stage movement. Supplemental Material: Itkin, B. & Aven, R. C. (1994). ACTING: PLANNING AND PREPARING. New York: HarperCollins Publishing.
Students will need to have a device that will record their 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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 16: 3 Hours
December 7-10: Finals Schedule-TBA/FINAL EXAM DUE ON ECAMPUS
16 X 3=48 Hours