Clarendon College, Clarendon, Texas, Division of Liberal Arts
SYLLABUS • DRAM 2351 Acting III • 3hrs • Instructor: Bill Huey
Spring 2013 • Harned Sisters Fine Arts Center Stage
Office hours/class schedule • 806-874-4838

GENERAL OBJECTIVES: Students will sharpen the skills they were introduced to in DRAM 1351 and 1352. They will further hone their skills of close readings, over-all script and character analysis, working individually and as part of an ensemble. Students will develop disciplined approach to enhance the acting tools they possess. Students will perform in major productions

Designed to allow the student actor to strengthen fundamental acting techniques and to develop further methodology for building an honest and believable character through more detailed analysis and ensemble work. Prerequisite: Drama 1352 or consent of Instructor.

TEXT: None. Recommended Reading: Robert Benedetti, The Actor at Work, 8th Edition, Allyn & Bacon, Boston and Stella Adler, The Technique of Acting, Bantam, NY

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. Sharpen their critical skills for analyzing a script
2. Develop disciplined stage movement
3. Enhance vocal control
4. Create individual warming-up routines
5. Collaborate with multiple scene partners in many scenes
6. Work out a detailed character analysis
7. Explore internal methods/characterizations for playing scene
8. Break a scene down into moments and beats
9. Learn intentions (motivations)
10. Put it all together

The course objectives will be achieved through:
1. Reading and study of scripts
2. Improvisation exercises
3. Warm-up exercises
4. Scene work
5. Rehearsal and performance
6. Oral and written critiques
7. Individual coaching

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:
Max. points
Scenes, improvs, critiques 30
Final Exam Scene 40
Attendance/engagement 15
Written work* 15
* 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.