Movement Techniques for the Theatre

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:
Fall 2020



Course Description:
This course will acquaint the acting student with the many elements of using physical movement to develop a character. Physical movement will be explored in form, emotional embodiment, characterization, and performance in a laboratory environment. This course includes a rehearsal/performance lab. (12 contact hours required)

Course Details


TPP 2110 or consent of instructor.  


Raines Carr
Building X, Office:  X221


Required textbooks/ course materials:

To be determined


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

College-Level Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate works of human culture

H-1      Compare works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music) in various cultures or literary movements

H-2      Analyze artistic expressions (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-3      Communicate informed responses to works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-4      Explain thematic connections among works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)


Theatre Studies Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate dramatic texts, the methods by which dramatic texts are realized in production, and engage in the collaborative communication and processes of theatre production.

Th-1:   Identify aspects of the theatrical production process including performance, directing, design, technical production, marketing, and management.

Th-2:   Analyze dramatic texts and theatrical productions.

Th-3:   Apply performance and/or production practices through work on various theatrical productions.

Th-4:   Demonstrate knowledge of the history, literature, theories, and skills needed for advanced study or a career in theatre arts and entertainment industry.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level Student Learning ObjectivesDiscipline-Specific 
Learning Outcomes
Assessment Methods
Define a physical and intellectual vocabulary in order to describe, analyze, and perform movement techniques H1, H2, Th1, Th2, Th4 Behavioral Observation, Homework, Quizzes, Tests, Projects, Skills Demonstration, Skills Performance, Teacher Observations, Cumulative Final
Display a practical and theoretical understanding of stage movement techniques H1, H2, Th1, Th2, Th4  
Demonstrate basic concepts of stage presence through critiquing historical performances H1, H2, Th1, Th2, Th4  
Develop a sense of awareness, balance, control, and coordination Th1, Th2, Th4  
Perform at an appropriately skilled level in ensemble building exercises, scenes and final projects, which may include participation in plays H1, H2, H3, Th1, Th2, Th3, Th4  
Show proficiency in accepting and incorporating constructive criticism into your own performances Th1, Th3, Th4  
Evaluate and refine personal warm-ups that consists of physical and vocal exercises Th1, Th3, Th4  
Employ the skills and demeanor essential for effective participation through the rehearsal and performance processes Th1, Th3, Th4  


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  1. Assigned readings of text, plays, and outside sources
  2. Class lecture, notes, handouts, and practicum.
  3. Quizzes, exams, and practical assessments.
  4. Attendance at Fine Art production including student productions
  5. Attendance of one (1) event (play or musical) produced by organizations other than Chipola.


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