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Bryan · Visual and Performing Arts · Drama - DRAM

Acting I

  • Fall 2020
  • Sections 55A CRN-17052, 55B CRN-17053
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/24/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 10/24/2020

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, F125 - Studio Student Center; TRADITIONAL w/LIVE ONLINE via REMOTE ZOOM

Exterior door for class is near the Bus pick-up/drop-off behind the Student Center.

Due, of course, to COVID --we will be practicing social distancing and implementing safety measures that are detailed below.  Please read carefully and follow explicitly.
MONDAYS - Section A attends F-125, Section B attends REMOTELY via ZOOM.
WEDNESDAYS - Section B attends F-125, Section A attends REMOTELY via ZOOM.

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1.). Always ensure you have self-certified through the app before every coming onto Campus.  You must self-certify EVERYTIME you come on campus.  Remember, if you are showing any symptoms, you are NOT to come to campus--you can, of course, always attend remotely if you suspect exposure or symptoms.
2.) Always enter from the exterior double doors of F-125 where you must wear a mask to enter the space and please keep a 6 - 10 foot distance between you and your classmates.  Also, only come to the physical classroom on your assigned day, the other you will attend REMOTELY from you home.
Doors to the classroom will open promptly 10 minutes prior to the start of class ( at 11:50am).  Make every effort to be there prior to the doors opening, wait outside and ready to come in for proper hygiene and check-in. 
3.)  Hand sanitation will be required, as well as forehead temperature checks conducted by the professor upon entry of the classroom.  Masks WILL remain on throughout, along with distribution of Face Shields.  
4.) At all times possible we will then move ourselves and bags to assigned squares of workspace in the Student Center Theatre (and/or Studio) with our bags/belongings and shoes against the walls.  
5.). Due to current guidelines, our course will only meet for 30 minutes periods in each space especially when we are conducted warm ups or exercises that entail anything in excess of normal conversation, so we may be going back and forth between the Theatre and Studio.
6.). At the conclusion of class, please return Face Shields to your hooks, collector your belongings, and sanitize hands at the back of class (near the Tech Booth) where you will also exit.  
IMPORTANT: Due to the changing nature of COVID and it's effects on us, please ensure you check often where the most up to date information, updates, announcements regarding the pandemic's influence will be found.

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Greg Wise

  • Email: In E-campus (preferred): [email protected]
  • Office: H186 (physically not in my office as little as possible, please visit me via Zoom)
  • Phone: 979-209-7244

Please make all contacts regarding this course through the E-CAMPUS EMAIL SYSTEM using the address that ends with "" .  It is very helpful to keep all correspondence about the course within the course structure.  

I will respond in as timely a manner possible;

Weekdays: (Monday - Thursday) I will reply within 24 hours.

Weekends: (Friday - Sunday) I will reply 2 - 3 days.  I do not guarantee checking e-mail correspondence on the weekends. 

Holidays:  Monday, September 7, 2020 - LABOR DAY

                 November 25 - 27, 2020 - THANKSGIVING BREAK

                 NOTE: following Thanksgiving Break, we will not return to Campus, nor will any face to face section meetings resume.  Our 2 remaining class sections will be conducted via LIVE ONLINE at the normal days/times.  

Voice mail is NOT the best means of communication--as it is an online course and we are in the age of COVID, I am physically in my office as little as possible to not at all.  Please use Internal E-CAMPUS EMAIL to correspond with me.

I am also easily accessible via ZOOM Virtual Office Hours where you can call and video chat with me during posted hours.  (See below for Virtual ZOOM office hours.)

Office e-mail: [email protected]

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Topic: Virtual Office Hours MW 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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Office Hours

  • MW: 1:30PM - 2:30PM; TR: 1:30PM - 4:00PM or by appointment.
  • H186; however, all Office Hours will be conducted only via Zoom Appointment, no face to face Office.


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.


ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED BY BLINN COLLEGE TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS (consult the Back with Blinn website where these are listed on what is required:



(Bryan Campus) There are two textbooks required for this course. 

Bruder, Melissa, et al.  THE PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR THE ACTOR. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN: 0394744128 


Williams, Tennessee. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.  New York: New Directions Books.  ISBN:  0811216020Additionally, 


1 quality photo printed headshot and resume. (estimated cost $5 - $10)

Purchase of 2 tickets to the presented on-Campus productions AND a professional or other collegiate theatre production with Instructor approval for Fall 2019:

Bryan Virtual Theatre Productions: 


Digital Theatre or Digital Streaming Show Approved by the Professor (sorry, no musicals, please):

You will need a Desktop or laptop Computer with working camera and microphone accessibility using ZOOM to join the Class when attending REMOTELY. 



  • Availability: Bookstore & online

Access to Desktop or Laptop Computer (not tablet or phone) with access to Camera & Microphone: Access to High Speed Internet

Each student will need a desktop or laptop Computer (not a tablet or cell phone--e-campus platform is not compatible on the aforementioned devices), Software, and Internet Connection that will support the virtual classroom  - including YUJA which is used for videos. 

Also imperative, is access to working and preferably built-in Camera and Microphone with permission granted for not only FlipGrid Videos, but also for Virtual Office Hours visits and Proctored Exams.

It is the ultimate responsibility of the student to ensure these elements are fully functioning – the Academic Technology Technical Support can assist with some technical issues – but there are some elements out of their control (for example, a weak internet signal).  In the event of problems the student has the obligation of (for example) locating a compatible computer.

Information about logging on to eCampus can be found at

There's lots of tips and helpful info, and a great tutorial for using eCampus, at the links found on  It is beyond the scope of a syllabus to duplicate the information that can be found by following these links.  

Students are responsible for knowing and remembering how to logon to the course, select and complete assignments by their due dates, and keep up with the course requirements.

There is a Distance Learning Help Desk available for you where you can reach an e-campus technician when you are having problems technically inside of e-campus:

Click on link area labeled: "TECHNICAL SUPPORT"

Do NOT compose papers or conduct the course modules on your phone.  Not only is it ridiculously time consuming, but again, usually not compatible with some features of the software and you might miss out on some assignments.  Don't take that risk.

If you do not own a computer, please consult the hours of operation of both the Blinn Libraries and Computer Labs:

Course Requirements

Students will present two dramatic scenes to the class in a professional manner.

Students will be expected to complete 70% mastery on at least two major exams.

Students will be graded on class participation.

Students will be expected to attend at least one dramatic production during the semester and will submit a written evaluation detailing the experience.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Scenework 40%

Students will present two prepared and rehearsed scenes with partner(s). 

Monologue and Auditions 20%

Students will prepare monologues during a formal in-class Audition.

Class Participation 20%

Students will participate during vocal and physical warm-ups and 2nd circle concentration work. 

Performance Credits 10%

Students will be expected to attend 2 Theatre productions.

Blinn Virtual Theatre Presentation TBA

Digital Theatre or Live Streaming Approved Production



Written Critiques 10%

Students will write two written critiques over an actors performance in theatre.

Total 100%


900 - 1000 = A

800 - 899 = B

700 - 799 = C

600 - 699 = D

599 & below = F


Class participation/in-class written work    = 200 points

Performance credit (2 plays)                       = 100 points

First Scene                                                   = 200 points

Monologues/Audition                                 = 200 points

Final Scene                                                   = 200 points

2 Critiques (50 points each)                        = 100 points


TOTAL                                                         = 1000 points

Extra credit for additional performances attended (25 points, 2 max)

working ushering/stage crew for production: (10 - 50 points)

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.

Course Policies


1.)  Class Exercises – In-class exercises are a vital portion of this course and your willingness to participate is crucial. Our regiment will take us through voice (Linklater, Lessac, Berry, Rodenburg), movement (Laban, Alexander, Yoga) and imagination (improvisation, Spolin, etc.) exercises, which will prepare us for the work.

2.)  Scene analysis – This is probably the most underestimated and underutilized tool of the actor. As we learn to analyze scenes, you will be required to use this technique and turn in assignments accordingly. There are a hundred different answers to interpreting the intentions of the playwright first and the interpretation of the character by the individual actor second.

3.) 2 Written Performance Critiques - You will be required to see 1 play as required performance credit and write ONE two-page analysis (1st Due Mon, Nov 9th) on the performance of one particular actor (please name them and their character, as well as the title of the play, playwright and where you saw this performed in the critique).  Discuss in turn their characterization choices (physical, vocal, actions), use of action/objective, props/environment, memorization, voice/handle of language, movement and ability to work with other cast members. You are observing and critiquing the performance and the craft of acting. Nowhere in this paper should there be a retelling of the plot or lambasting of the particular performer.  Your SECOND Critique (Due Mon, Nov 30th) will be of one particular actor’s in your chosen Digital Theatre Streaming  2nd theatre production. 

4.)  1st Scene - You will present a prepared scene in class assigned and partnered by the instructor. This scene will be worked in-class, through independent rehearsals and schedule coachings with the instructor and graded according to the following criteria: character analysis, memorization, clear action & objective, voice, movement, costume (from yours, your friends, parents, Goodwill, etc), use of props/environment, and rehearsal. You must commit to rehearsing the scene outside of class time— your inability to do so is a direct reflection on your work. The scene is to be 5 – 10 minutes in length. A written “scene worksheet” entailing character analysis and evaluation of you and your scene partner’s process will be due on the showing date of your scene in class in front of your peers.

5.) Monologues/Audition – 2 contrasting monologues of your choosing and instructors approval will be required within the context of an Audition. This monologue will receive work time in class and in individual coachings outside of class) as well as performance in class and should be treated as an audition, complete with entrance, slate, transitions, pieces, thank you and exit. You will need nice clothes from your wardrobe for this assignment. A typed theatrical resume and quality printed photo (headshot) of you will be due on the showing date of your Audition in class.

6.) FINAL Scene - A final scene demonstrating all that we have covered in this beginning course. The scene must be a minimum of 10 minutes in length. This also includes written “scene worksheet”, coachings, rehearsals, etc. like the initial rounds. All written work will be due upon the presentation of your scene.

7.) Out-of-Class Coachings - These are critical times where you (and your partner(s)) will work outside or within regularly scheduled class period for acting coachings with the instructor. You are expected to come prepared with analysis, memorization, appropriate props and costumes needed to develop your character and scene.

8.) Independent Rehearsals outside of Class.These are scheduled with your scene partner are expected to arrive prepared and on-time.

9.) Performance Credits: Production credits require you to see 2 shows: 1 Blinn Virtual productions, 1 Digital Theatre or streaming production (not a musical).  

Bryan Virtual Performance: TBA

Digital Theatre or Approved Streaming (no musicals)

Dress : Wear comfortable, appropriate and non-confining clothes that you can move in daily to class. You may be required to remove your shoes, as well as sit or squat on the floor for certain in class exercises.

Memorization: Unless otherwise specified, all performances will be memorized.

Decorum: This work requires a trusting and trustworthy, collaborative atmosphere in the classroom. You will be expected to conduct yourself in a manner that shows respect for yourself, all others, and our common process at all times. Persons unable to accomplish this will be asked to leave.  It is also important to note that in a class of this kind, where art is involved, one's moral makeup must be left at the door. What this means is that there may be adult content and language in some of the literature we decide to use and it is not for you to decide that it is inappropriate for this course because of your moral opinion. If you think this will be a problem you should see the professor immediately.

ZOOM Etiquette

Since part of the course is conducted via ZOOM remotely, here are some guidelines that will be expected to be followed, otherwise considered in breech of Classroom Civility.

1.) Students must always be appropriately clothed (shirts on, pants on, etc) during class (just as you would in face to face on-campus). 

2.)  Students are expected to leave their cameras ON the entire course, ready to participate, otherwise you are counted ABSENT.

3.)  Please find an open/clear space and/or table/desk when appropriate according to that day's class activities. 

4.)  Please no conducting class from your bed.  

5.)  Please remove yourself from distractions (people, pets, etc.) so these are not disruptive to you or members of the class.  If using backgrounds 

6.) Student must enter class on time in order to be counted PRESENT or REMOTE in the attendance roster for each class.  If you are late to class once attendance has been taken, you are counted ABSENT for that day.

7.)  Please refrain from all eating of any kind on camera.

8.)  When not actively speaking, please mute your Microphone.

9.)  NOTE: all Breakout Sessions and any "Private Chats" inside of the ZOOM program will be recorded, as well as saved.  

10.)  Please label your Name ID in the room with your first and last name.  No "creative names" please. 


                      Syllabus—DRAM 1351 (55AB) Acting I—FALL 2020

DATE                                             TOPIC/ASSIGNMENT

M Aug 24       Introductions/review syllabus (1.5 Hours)

W Aug 26      Read & Complete online Practical Handbook pp ix - 12, Quiz #1 online Discussion in-clas 2nd Circle/physical & vocal warm-ups (1.5 Hours)


**OPEN AUDITIONS: Wednesday, Aug 26, Student Center Theatre 6PM - 9PM  

(Audition sign-ups on Google Docs)


M  Aug 31     , Exercises, Discussion Practical Handbook pp 13 -39, Quiz #2 online (1.5 Hours) 

*W  Sept 2     Warm-ups and exercises/ *Inventory Due ONLINE in Dropbox (1.5 Hours)



M  Sept 7  Labor Day Holiday - no class (1.5 Hours)      

W  Sept 9    Exercises/Discussion Practical Handbook, pp 40 - 54, Quiz #3 online (1.5 Hours)


*M  Sept 14  *read Streetcar for today's class; Exercises/Discussion Practical Handbook, pp 55- 58, Quiz #4 online (1.5 Hours)

W  Sept 16    Exercises/Discuss A Streetcar Named Desire (1.5 Hours)

                      Character Analysis for Streetcar scene 1 due online in Dropbox


M  Sept 21    Exercises/Discuss  Practical Handbook, Ch 6 & 7, Quiz #5 online;

Discuss Streetcar, Character Analysis for Streetcar scene 10 due ONLINE in Dropbox(1.5 Hours)             

W  Sept 23    Exercises/Discuss Practical Handbook, Ch 8 – 12 Quiz #6 online (1.5 Hours)


M  Sept 28    *Open Scenes & preparing for your scenes, Scene assignments (1.5 Hours)

W  Sept 30     Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)


M  Oct 5         Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)

W  Oct 7        Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours


M  Oct 12        Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)

W  Oct 14        Work Scene #1 in class (1.5 Hours)


*M   Oct 19    Scene #1 in class, scene worksheets due in Dropbox (1.5 Hours)

*W   Oct 21    Scene #1 in class, scene worksheets due in Dropbox (1.5 Hours)  


M  Oct 26        Audition/Monologue in class (1.5 Hours)

W  Oct 28        Monologue work in-class (1.5 Hours)


*M  Nov 2        1st Theatre Actor Critique Due ONLINE in Dropbox - Headshots for Section A taken in-class: Dress appropriately, hair/make-up; Monologue Work in-class (1.5 Hours)

W  Nov 4       Headshots for Section B taken in-class: Dress appropriately, hair/make-up;  Monologue Work in-class (1.5 Hours)


M   Nov 9  Monologue/Auditions private coachings (1.5 Hours)

W  Nov 11      Monologue/Auditions private coachings (1.5 Hours)


*M  Nov 16     Present Monologue/Auditions in-class/headshot & resumes 

W  Nov 18      Final scene assignments given (1.5 Hours)


M Nov 23      Final scene –class coachings (1.5 Hours)

W  Nov 25      HOLIDAY -Thanksgiving Break


M  Nov 30      2nd Theatre Actor Critique in Dropbox,  Final scene--ZOOM coachings (1.5 Hours)

W  Dec 2         Final scene--ZOOM coachings (1.5 Hours)


M Dec 7    12:45PM - 3:00PM FINAL SCENE ZOOM PRESENTATIONS, scene worksheets due in Dropbox(3 HOURS)


48 Total Contact Hours


Monday, August 24, 2020                  - First day of Fall 2019 Classes

Tuesday, August 25, 2020                  - Last Day to Register

Monday, September 7, 2020              - Labor Day Holiday - no classes

Wednesday, September 9, 2020        - Day of Record

Monday, October 19, 2020                - Winter Mini-mester & Spring 2021 Registration Begins

Nov 25 - 27, 2020                              - Thanksgiving Holidays - no classes and no returning to

                                                              campus following Break

Monday, Nov 30, 2020                       - Last Day to Drop with a "Q"

Saturday, Dec 5, 2020                        - Last Day of Classes

TBA                                                     - Final Scene ZOOM Presentations during Finals Week