Acting I

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Course Description:
Study of the acting process as an individual and group creative process, including basic acting techniques, preparation, improvisation, role-playing, text analysis, and character. Emphasis is placed on foundation work in vocal production, physicality and blocking, character development, ensemble and individual scene work, and script and character analysis. The course includes a rehearsal/performance lab. (12 contact hours required)


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Required textbooks/ course materials:

An Actor’s Work. 8th Edition. Konstantin Stanislavski.  Taylor & Francis.  ISBN: 9781138688384.


Assignment/course outline:

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


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

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 acting techniques Th1, Th2, Th4 Behavioral Observation, Homework, Quizzes, Tests, Projects, Skills Demonstration, Skills Performance, Written Assignments, Cumulative Final
Analyze dramatic texts, genres, and theatre history as it relates to stage presence and theatrical performance Th1, Th2, Th4  
Perform at an appropriately skilled level in ensemble building exercises, scenes and final projects, which may include participation in plays Th1, Th2, Th3, Th4  
Show proficiency in accepting and incorporating constructive criticism into your own performances. Th1, Th3, Th4  
Conduct a personal warm-up that consists of physical and vocal exercises for your ongoing development and for use before performance situations 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:

The instructor will introduce students to the acting process as an individual and group creative process, including basic acting techniques, preparation, improvisation, role-playing, text analysis, and character via a combination of lectures, videos, reading assignments, collaboration, in-class participation, and out-of-class assignments.  In addition to classroom time, there will be a rehearsal/performance lab required outside of class.  Each student will be expected to read all assigned material, complete all assignments and participate in classroom experiences. The instructor will provide timely feedback on assignments and hold weekly office hours to address further questions and student needs outside of class time. The final grade will be based on class participation, exams and quizzes, projects, and a cumulative final exam.

Students are expected to:

  • Arrive to class on time
  • Participate in class room experiences and be focused in class
  • Read all assigned readings of text, plays and outside sources
  • Complete all written assignments, quizzes, exams, projects, and the final exam on time
  • Attend a Chipola College production (play or musical)
  • Attend one theatrical production produced by an organization other than Chipola College

Make‑up work is the responsibility of the student, as covered in the instructor’s First Day Handout.

PLAGIARISM is academic dishonesty and may be defined as submitting another’s work as your own.  It includes failure to use quotation marks or other conventional marking around material quoted from any printed or electronic source.  Plagiarism shall also include paraphrasing a specific source without indicating accurately what the source is.  Plagiarism shall further include downloading essays or letting another person compose or rewrite a student's written assignment.  Plagiarism will result in a zero (0) for the assignment.


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