How to Use This Site
Take notes in class (use your journal, keep it with you all the time). If you don't understand some terminology, go to Glossary. Also, each topic in this syllabus is connected with the appropriate page, but the pages are designed for all levels of acting and directing. If you to miss the class, you won't know how much you should know and you will read it all. Don't miss classes.

If you have a legitimate reason for not being in class, you call in, leave a message or email me.
The Master-File with monologues and scenes is in the Library on reserve (select the pages, copy them and put back).

If you don't show up for rehearsals with your partners, they drop you -- they get the grade, you don't.
For Homework and Journal keeping instructions go to the 221 page.
If you want to see a sample of the test on Acting Theory, please, go to Forms & Samples page.

HOW TO WORK with Yourself
You can print out the entire site and use it as a textbook, or mark the selections you need and print them only. Follow the links in each class and read the pages related to the topics. If you need more information, use the outside links on my pages, or search the Net. The text for monologues and scenes are not posted, but in the library on reserve. You can use the monologues and scenes I have on my site, theyíre copyright free (thatís why I can post them). Donít waste your time on search for a perfect-for-you monologue/scene. Go with the instinct, do the "cold reading" in class; you can change your mind later, when youíll get the feedback from the class. Donít memorize the lines, not till you went through some analysis, dramatic breakdown and develop your idea about the character and movement (floor plan). Donít go through useless read-through in class; we are here to work on your piece, even for cold reading you should have some ideas about the role. Throw them at us, try and test your design!
If you canít make up your mind, Iíll select the text for you. We want to have a good performance, not a great literature presented. (Usually they are together, but if a monologue is above your head, go for something you understand and feel for).

Do you have somebody at home or dorm to perform for? Torture them -- tape-recorder is good, but humans are better. Use them to feed you lines, this way youíll get rid of the papers in your hands sooner.

No-no Things: Nobody needs to know that you forgot your line. We donít care for words, we are into acting. Donít stop. Donít apologize, donít curse yourself outloud. Do it later at home.
No-no: Donít get into this ďtalent stuffĒ -- am I talented, I am no good, bad, do I have a potential, I suck, stink and etc. The class is not an academy award, youíre here to get as much as you can out of yourself. Let the others judge you.

Do it: If you donít like somebodyís performance in class, speak up your mind. You donít have to butcher your classmates; imagine yourself doing their material -- how would you have done it? Thatís a constructive criticism for you! Besides, if you donít speak in class, you do disservice to all, including yourself. You donít learn how to articulate your ideas.

221 Intermediate Acting, Biomechanics

Dramatic Literature Forum

3 Sisters Discussion List, Method Acting & Realism


Theatre UAF

Film Studies, Film Minor

Film Club

Virtual Theatre Project -- get involved!

Student Drama Association -- become a member!

Scene Selection, Plays online:


Importance of Being Earnest

Hamlet -- many roles!

For monologues and scenes see SHOWS directory!

This page will be updated, when I teach this class again.


"Never get caught acting!" Lillian Gish

THR 121-F01


Fall 1999: 09/02-12/18

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays TIMES: 11:45 - 12.45 pm
Theatre 101 : Green Room
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment
OFFICE PHONE: 474-7754
HOME: 455-6149

Acting 121 Web Page ""

Texts: Library on reserve


Midterm 20%
Final 30%
Journal 15%
Monologue 10%
Scenes 10%
Improv 10%
Test 5%

Monologues: 1-2 pp. 5 min. Scenes: 10 min (2-3 characters). Journal: min. 3 times a week, 2-3 pp. each time. One scheduled conferences before Midterm and one after. Each missed class without a note - reduced grade.

[0] Wed. 3/9 Introduction Spectator Composition and Exposition

[1] Fri. 3/9 INTRO

[2] Wed. 8/9 Acting: System and Method. "Character" and Improvization. Monologue. Resume.

[3] 10/9 Actor's text. Resume due. First Monologue presentations.

[4] 13/9 "History." Monologue breakdown: Actor's Text II.

[5] 15/9 "Circumstances"
Improv: Situation.

[6] 17/9 "Setting"
Improv: Character. Scenes selection due.
"Improvisation": Rehearsal Methods and Actor's Home Work

[7] 20/9 "Action": Scenes breakdown due. "Objective and Obstacles". Journals due. Second Monologue presentations and discussions

[8] 22/9 Monologues: Run-though & Scene selection

[9] 24/9 Analysis: Character and Scenes. "Inner Images"

[10] 27/9 Scene Study: Structure and Blocking "The Score"

[11] 29/9 Scene Study: Prop. Overview. Written test on Acting Theory. Improv: Scene Development. Scenes selection for "Twelfth night"

[12] 1/10 Scenes presentations and discussions.

[13] 4/10 BioMechanics.

[14] 6/10 Acting Cycles. Scenes (3 Sisters, 12th Night, Mikado, Hamlet -- see 200X for links to the texts). Second Monologue Graded

[15] 8/10 Biomechanics Improv [See "Alice"]

[16] 11/10 12th Night Scenes Improv.

[17] 13/10 12th Night and Biomechanics.

[18] 15/10 Comedy Study.

[19] 20/10 Comedy, Physical Action.

[20] 22/10 Prop and Comedy.

[21] 25/10 Commedia Style

[22] 27/10 Shakespeare and Stand-Up comedy.

[23] 29/10 Scenes presented. Shakespeare (12th Night) and Chekhov (3 Sisters) assignments.

[24] 1/11 Hands. Masked Actor.

[25] 3/11 Body. Break it down in segments.

[26] 5/11 Head and face.

[27] 8/11 Cast Idea

[28] 10/11 Type Casting

[29] 12/11 Self-Directing: Actor's Homework

[30] 15/11 Blocking: Mise-en-Scene

[31] 17/11 [See "Three Sisters" and take notes, write in your journals]

[32] 19/11 3 Sisters, in class, assigned scenes work.

[33] 22/11 3 Sisters, Scenes & Monologues -- Discussion. Objective, super-objective, role. Virtual Theatre and Actor, Concentration and Method, Film Acting.

[34] 24/11 Scenes presentations before memorization.


[35] 29/11 Shakespeare Scenes in class.

[36] 1/12 Scenes Run-Through.

[37] 3/12 Scenes Memorized.

[38] 6/12 Rehearshals.

[39] 8/12 Run-Through.

[40] 10/12 Scenes on Stage.

[41] 13/12 Last Class

Dec. 15-18 Finals. Journals due II. Scenes for grade. Open for the public.

Check Theatre UAF Master Calendar for our Fall productions. Come to audition!
Theatre Majors must have Theatre UAF Advising Handbook.

Now, go to YOUR CLASS PAGE Students Acting to see who is in class, assigments, how you're doing and etc.

On your first day in class all of you have "A"s! Try to keep up good grades!
@1999 thr w/Anatoly *

"The most important thing in acting is honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made." George Burns

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