This course is designed to explore the actor's instrument--specifically, the vocal, physical, and imaginative tools necessary for the creative work of the actor. Students will examine the creative process practically and theoretically, through exercises including games, improvisation, text work and scene work. The course explores approaches to and theories about acting that are rooted in the techniques of Konstantin Stanislavsky and other theorists.
This counts as a Theater Arts course for the Theater Major.
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|Course Format: Studio||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Uta Hagen, A CHALLENGE FOR THE ACTOR
Larry Moss, INTENT TO LIVE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Performance of in-class exercises, performance of scenes with partners, written analysis of scenes plus additional written feedback and reflection.
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Acting 1 seeks students who are or who would like to be more adventurous as performing artists. This course seeks students who are willing to expand their imaginations, to explore the boundaries of their physical and psychological senses and who are willing to take risks onstage in the pursuit of a visceral and deeply personal connection with imaginary given circumstances within guided improvisations and scene work with their fellow actors.
This course seeks curious-minded students who want to explore the motivations and inner imagery that animate their own behavior and those of the characters they will be asked to embody in this course.
Theater Majors will be given priority as well as sophomores, however freshmen are welcome to apply. Prior acting experience is an asset but not mandatory. Interested students should request enrollment during the pre-registration period, then stop by the Theater Department Office to fill out the application form. Applicants should plan to attend a brief interview on Friday 11/15 (Time and location TBD) and be prepared to with a short (one-minute) monologue if requested.
The Theater Department organizes a variety of performances for students enrolled in its courses. Field trips to see performances off campus are integrated into course syllabi. Instructors will notify students of all dates at the beginning of the semester and costs for all course field trips are covered (specifically, transportation to and from the performance and tickets). Any potential scheduling conflicts for field trips should be discussed with faculty members. Once students indicate that they are going and tickets are purchased, it is assumed they will attend. (Students backing out of field trips they had said they would attend will be asked to cover the cost of their ticket.) Performances of visitors to Wesleyan's Center for the Arts are integrated into course syllabi and students are required to attend these performances unless otherwise negotiated with instructors. Tickets for performances are available to students at the Box Office in Usdan at the reduced price of $6.00.
Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: TBA
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 14
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|