Clarendon College, Clarendon, Texas, Division of Liberal Arts
SYLLABUS • DRAM 1351 Acting I • 3hrs • Instructor: Bill Huey
Spring 2013 • Harned Sisters Fine Arts Center Stage
Office hours/class schedule • 806-874-4838

GENERAL OBJECTIVES: Instruction in techniques of speech and movement that explores students’ inner and external resources for performance and develops an understanding of the basic acting process, which includes ensemble work, script and character analyses. Development of basic skills and techniques of acting including increased sensory awareness, ensemble performing, character analysis, and script analysis. Emphasis on the mechanics of voice, body, emotion, and analysis as tools for the actor.

To give the student a survey of acting techniques which serve as the basis of theatrical process and the understanding of human thought process. This survey will broaden the students concept of theatre and expand their perception of themselves and others. The course will present the fundamentals of acting, both internal and external. Students will perform in department laboratory a/o mainstage productions.

TEXT: None. Recommended Reading: McGaw, Charles/Clark. Acting is Believing; & A Basic Method, 7th Ed. Harcourt Brace & Co, 1996

Methods of Instruction: Classroom discussion / lecture followed by hands-on demonstration / usage of current subject matter.

After successfully completing this course, students will have learned how to:
1. Speak the language of the theater
2. Work confidently in front of an audience
3. Succeed in simple acting situations
4. Read dramatic texts carefully and deeply
5. Apply analysis techniques to all kinds of material, both theatrical and non-theatrical
6. Carry out work over time through self-discipline
7. Collaborate with others
8. Get over stage fright
9. Figure out a character’s intention, obstacle and tactics
10. Control voice and body so they become useful tools
11. Warm-up
12. Rehearse efficiently and productively
13. Put it all together

The course objectives will be achieved through:
1. Reading of plays from which students select monologue and scenes
2. Observations of living human beings for character creation
3. Exercises and theater games in class
4. Brief written assignments
5. Rehearsal and performance
6. Individual coaching
7. Class discussion and critiques

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Since this is a "skills" course, attendance is considered to be mandatory. There are no “excused absences” in that you will be held responsible for all material covered in each class. In cases of emergencies,all missed material must be made up at the instructor’s convenience and an excess of three (3) missed class sessions may result in a lower grade by one letter..

Grades based on:
Engagement 40
Closure 30
Attendance 10
Written work* 20
* to include critiques,
character & play analysis

Glossary of Acting Terms

NOTE: This is a performance course and will require special preparation and rehearsal with other students. Each student therefore has a responsibility to other classmates for preparation of assignments. Instruction in this class involves close personal interaction and physical contact. Any student who has difficulty with this aspect of the class should see the instructor

Exemplary Educational Objectives
To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts.
To understand those works as expressions of individual & human values within an historical/social context.
To respond critically to works in the arts.
To engage creative process & understand the physical & intellectual demands required of the artist.
To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts.
To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the arts.
To demonstrate knowledge of the infuluence of the arts or interculteral experiences.

WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE: A student who drops a course after the first 12 class days of instruction will receive a grade of “W.” No classes may be dropped after the 12th week of a fall or spring semester or the 5th week of a summer term. To drop a class, the student must obtain the written consent of the instructor. Drop forms are available in the Student Services Office.

CLASSROOM CONDUCT: Failure to comply with lawful direction of a classroom instructor is a disruption for all students enrolled in the class. Cheating violations include, but are not limited to: (1) obtaining an examination by stealing or collusion; (2) discovering the content of an examination before it is given; (3) using an unauthorized source of information during an examination; (4) entering an office or building to obtain unfair advantage; (5) taking an examination for another person; (6) altering grade records; (7) plagiarism. Plagiarism is the using, stating, offering or reporting as one’s own, an idea, expression, or production of another person without proper credit.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT STATEMENT:  It is the policy of Clarendon College to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities.  This college will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity.  It is the student's responsibility to contact the student services office in a timely manner if he/she desires to arrange for accommodations.