TIMES: 5.00 - 6:30 pm T,R
OFFICE HOURS: 4:00 - 5:00 pm, T,R
OFFICE PHONE: 474-7754

Continued development of physical, emotional and imaginative awareness. Method Acting and Biomechanics. Text and character analysis, scene and monologue study and presentation. Introduction to improvisation. (Prerequisite: THR121, or permission of the instructor.)

Textbook: ACTORS on ACTING
Recommended: Directing Actors, by Judith Weston (Directing Class -- required textbook)

Grading: Midterm (scene) 20%
Final (scene) 30%
Journal 10%
Two Monologues 10% (each) = 20%
Test 1, 2 = 10%, 10%

Tests are on Acting Theory and Terminology (Textbook reading). Scenes: 10 min (2-3 characters) one for Midterm, one for Finals. Journal: min. 3 times a week, 2-3 pp. each time. Scheduled conferences: one before Midterm and one after. Must attend all Theatre UAF productions. Each missed class without a note -- reduced grade.


[1] 1/15 Introduction and Overview. Textbook -- How-To. Resume & Audition portfolio. Monologue -- Text and Performance. (THR121 reviewed). What is Method Acting? Improvisation for Characterization.

[2] 1/20 Resume due. Two Monologues (Drama and Comedy) and their structure (Aristotle). Script breakdown: Objectives and Obstacles. You and Your Role/Character. Meyerhold's formula for actors. Chapters. 1-2.

[3] 1/22 Drama monologue due. Realism. Actor's text: Stage Languages and Audience. Actor's space and Acting areas. Ch. 3-4.

[4] 1/27 Acting and Action: System, Method and Biomechanics. Movement: Acting Cycle. Characters and Roles. Inner Conflict and Inner Monologue. Actor's text: performance. Ch. 5.

[5] 1/29 Review: Situations & Circumstances. Choices. Improv for sitcom. Comedy mode. Ch. 6-7.

[6] 2/3 Set: Time-Space construction. Self-Directing: Floor plan. Mise-en-scene. Ch. 8.

[7] 2/5 Comedy Monologue due. Scenes: breakdown. Research and preparaton. Scene selection for Midterm due.

[8] 2/10 Rehearsal Methods: Improvisation for character development. Ch. 10. TEST 1.

[9] 2/12 Subtext. Character's "History" and Emotional Recall.

2/14 Friday Film Festival Workshops.

2/15 Sat. Film Screening and Lectures

[10] 2/17 Audition techniques: Cold reading. Dramatic analysis and interpretation. Ch. 9.

[11] 2/19 "Myself and the Other": group workshop. Improv for Scene development. Ch. 11.

[12] 2/24 Space and Time exercises. Self-blocking. Ch. 12.

[13] 2/26 Video 1


In Acting Two Class the majority are the majors. and Acting One is a prerequisite.


How to get the students on the same level during the first few weeks?


I found that this class is good for introduction of Biomechanics, physical theatre. Method in depth is for Acting Three.

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