Acting

Units

Unit Essential Questions Habits Of Mind Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources Multicultural Dimension Integrated Learning
Scene Study

- How do I intellectually engage with an imaginary circumstance?
- How can I best collaborate with a partner to create onstage and offstage rapport?
- How does my personal experience differ or conincide with that of my character?  How can I use what I know to imagine what might be?

 

- Creating a character
- Indentifying tactics/objectives/given circumstances
- Creating strong and clear relationships between characters
- Developing trust and care with a scene partner
- Memorizing text and creating clear and cohesive blocking

- Develop vocal and physical dexterity and specificity
- Collaborate off-stage; connect on-stage
- Enhance personal presence and self-confidence
- Working through the process of choosing, rehearsaing, and performing a piece of theater

 

- Progress gained against student's stated personal goals
- Hitting process benchmarks including memorization, collaboration with partner, thorough preparation for performance and rehearsal.  
- Ability to take risks based on each students personal comfort level

- Content drawn from throughout the theatrical canon, including but not limited to: modern realism, children's literature, Shakespeare and classical text, absurdism, comedy shorts, devising from non-theatrical literature.

Multiculturalism explored through textual content, theater history, and student initiative.

 

Improvisation

- How do I engage imaginatively and flexibly with the ideas of others?
- How can I best work with other performers to communicate a shared idea or story?
- How can I use my body and voice to most clearly convey story and character?

 

- Learning and implementing improvisational building blocks (always say yes, make your partner look good, commit to the given circumstance)
- Game-based improv. practice and exploration
- Intro to Devising


- Active listening and responding to the scene
- Establish Character, Relationship, Objective, Location
- Respond in the moment, communicate with clarity 
- Gain comfort in performance

Willingness to participate in class and take personal risks.

 

Advanced Acting

How can I engage critically with my practice as a performer?
What is an actor's role in the theatrical process?
Why is theater important?

 

-Drawing from theater theorists such as Brecht, Artaud, Craig and Grotowski, develop an understanding of acting theory and critically assess your own practice against the benchmarks set in theater history.
- Continue to engage in scene study with personal growth in mind.
-Provide leadership for newer students.

- Critically assess ones own practice.
- Engage thoughtfully with the work of others.
- Articulate personal impressions of acting theory and theater as a social and artistic implement.

 - Written explorations of theory.
- Progress against personal performance goals.

 - Selection of articles drawing from major theater theorists.