"Introduction to Acting" makes theatre accessible to a wide cross-section of students. Its goal is to teach students how to use their voices and bodies to create engaging, fully realized dramatic characters. Students are exposed to such elements of the actor's craft as improvisation, projection, enunciation, and movement. Although the skills taught in this course are especially applicable to theatre, they can also benefit students personally, academically, and professionally.
Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours 3)
Total Weeks: 15
This course is offered online: No
First, students are taught to view their bodies as acting instruments: Emphasis is placed on vocal exercises, stretches, improvisation, and movement. Attention is also devoted to theatre history, terminology, and the various backstage roles that must be filled in order for a production to be a success. As students become more confident in their abilities, the focus shifts to character development. Students select short monologues to perform for their classmates. They learn how to analyze their roles and create complex, believable characters. Also, they learn how to cope with stage fright and recover if they forget their lines. Finally, the class is divided up into groups, and each group is assigned a scene to memorize, rehearse, and present to the public. Alternatively, the entire class collaborates on a short play.
Students should wear loose, stretchy clothing that facilitates movement.
Note: In keeping with the collaborative nature of theatre, our class will occasionally welcome visitors from the community. At the discretion of the instructor, these individuals may be invited to watch or even to participate in student performances.
-Demonstrate an understanding of basic acting terminology and techniques.
-Discuss the intricacies of character and scene development.
-Appreciate the offstage roles that must be filled in theatrical productions.
-Recognize the major movements in the history of Western theatre.
-Develop substantial, complex dramatic characters through rehearsal.
-Perform with confidence, clarity, and commitment.
-Overcome stage fright and recover from missed lines.
-Collaborate with fellow students on group performances.
-Evaluate scripts based on both their performance requirements and their literary merit.
-Analyze and critique the performances of other actors.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will possess the tools they need to express themselves through acting. They will have enhanced creativity, increased self-confidence, and improved communication skills. In addition, they will be prepared for oral presentations, group discussions, collaborative projects, and many of the other challenges of post-secondary education and the workplace.
Passing Grade: D
Assignments: 85 %
Participation: 15 %
Other Pertinent Information:
This course transfers to SFU as FPA 1THRSTU (3 credits)
Course Offered in Other Programs: Yes (Academic Program, Associate of Arts Degree, Education Assistant)
Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.