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Unformatted text preview: San Jos State University College of Humanities and Arts/Dept. of TV, Radio, Film, and Theatre TA 5: Acting: Section 01, Fall 2009 Instructor: Office Location: Telephone: Email: Office Hours: Dr. Kathie Kratochvil HGH 212 4089244575 [email protected] Monday 10:3011:30 Wednesday 2:004:00 Monday & Wednesday 9:0010:15 AM HGH 226 C1 Humanities and Arts Class Days/Time: Classroom: GE/SJSU Studies Category: Course Fees: Students will need to purchase tickets to two theatre performances, at a minimum cost of $15 per performance, and will need to buy a course reader. Faculty Web Page Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page at: or accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. Course Description SJSU 20062008 Catalog Description: Basic acting class for nontheatre arts majors. Exploration of inner and external resources for performance, analysis of text and character, guidelines for successful rehearsal and performance. Learning to be seen, heard, understood and believed. (3 Units) No Prerequisites. Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 1 Overview: This course is an introductory acting course, which teaches students knowledge, understanding and participation in the art form of acting. Students will be introduced to significant works of drama, film and electronic media through discussion, reading, analysis, rehearsal, performance and reflection. Students will be developing an understanding of the basic skills of acting, and will be encouraged to explore their physical, emotional and intellectual resources while mastering the skills and discipline needed to begin formal scene study. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives GE/SJSU Studies Learning Outcomes (LO): Upon successful completion of this course: LO1 Students will recognize aesthetic qualities and processes that characterize works of the human intellect and imagination. LO2 Students will respond to works of art both analytically (in writing) and affectively (in other forms of personal and artistic expression). LO3 Students will write clearly and effectively. Writing shall be assessed for correctness, clarity, and conciseness. Course Content Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: LO4 Speak the language of the theatre. LO5 Work confidently in front of an audience. LO6 Critically analyze dramatic texts to determine character objectives, tactics, and obstacles within the structure of a scene. LO7 Utilize rehearsal skills including physical and vocal warmups, characterization exercises, and appropriate performance preparation. LO8 Work as an ensemble and collaborate with other actors. LO9 Apply critical and creative thinking to an analysis of theatrical performance in the form of a written critique. Required Texts Course Reader This course requires the purchase of a course reader. Details for purchasing to be provided in first week of class. Other Readings Play scripts and additional reading materials will be distributed during the semester and should be considered as supplements to the Course Reader. Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 2 Students will be required to research play scripts and either purchase these or check these out from libraries. Other Equipment / Material Requirements Class Attire: Comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. Please avoid wearing clothing that is too restrictive or suggestive. Plan to be physically active in this class. Bring to Every Class: Course Reader and other related reading material including scene and monologue scripts, highlighter pen for marking scripts. Library Liaison Paul Kauppila, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, [email protected] Classroom Protocol To study acting is to study the human condition. The instructor reserves the right to address controversial issues as they relate to the acting process. Creating a Learning Community The coursework is designed for students to seek genuine understanding and practical application of concepts, and not for rote memorization of facts. Discussions must be approached openly, honestly, critically, and with integrity. Thoughtful, focused, and sensitive inquiry is expected of all participants. Discussions are required to be respectful even in the midst of debate. We need to be mindful of creating a learning community that makes the class as safe as possible for exploring ideas and experiences. Each of us is responsible for the class becoming a learning community that facilitates truthful, respectful, and compassionate relations among participants and critical investigation of the course themes. Class Participation This is a handson workshop course. In order for the class to work well, active participation by everyone is needed. Participation occurs through consistent, punctual, prepared and interested attendance and involvement in classes. You must be present in order to participate. Roll will be taken at every class. If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get assignment details and class notes from fellow students. Please exchange phone numbers and email addresses with other students early in the semester. Classroom EtiquetteElectronic Devices Cell phones are to be turned off or in silent buzzer mode to receive emergency calls, and not used for text messaging. Headphones, earpieces, Ipods, CD players, and blue tooth devices, etc., need to be put away before arriving for class. Computers are to be used ONLY for note Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 3 taking and inclass assignments (not for emailing or web surfing). Note: Instructor takes this seriously! Dropping and Adding Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, academic renewal, etc. Refer to the current semester's catalog policies section at for any add/drop deadlines, policies, and procedures section and specific registration information. Late drop policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes. Assignments and Grading Policy Grading & Evaluation Semester Point Scale: Assignment Points 1. Participation 5 2. Homework Assignments/ Critical Response Essays 13 3. Quizzes 10 5. Performance Critiques (2) 25 6. Contentless Scene 7 7. Duo Scene 20 8. Monologue (Final) 20 TOTAL 100 points Course Grade Scale A=90100 Points, B=8089 Points, C=7079 Points, D=6069 Points Incomplete Grades: To be eligible to request an incomplete grade in this course, a student must have turned in at least 2/3 of the semester work and received a passing grade of C or better on that work. Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 4 Overview Description of Assignments: The semester grade is based upon 100 points (100%) to be achieved in the following manner: Participation: (5%) To receive participation points, you must attend class. Unlike other University courses, an acting class requires active participation and interaction with classmates during the scheduled class time. If you are not present, you cannot participate in class and thus absences and lateness will inevitably affect your final grade. Homework Assignments (13%) Reading assignments from the course reader and other responses to course work. Please type written assignments in 12 point font and double space. Quizzes (10%) Performance Critiques: (25%) You are required to attend two live theatrical play performances this semester, and write a performance critique on each one. These written critiques are to be a minimum of 750 words and are to be written using the MLA academic writing style, focusing on a particular area of performance using the vocabulary and skills you have learned in class. The focus area for each paper and additional instructions will be discussed in class prior to the due date of each paper. It is expected that the opinions expressed in the written critiques will have a clear and concise thesis statement, followed by thoughtful critical analysis and a careful conclusion, which comprehensively expresses your opinion of the performance. Contentless Scene: (7%) Initial performance scene with a partner in which you create a scene from scripted lines. The instructor will provide scripts. Points Possible Your Points 5 13 10 #1=10 #2=15 7 Duo Scene: (20%) You will rehearse and perform a fully memorized, thoroughly prepared duo scene with a partner. Written Analysis of Duo Scene Character Analysis Final Duo Scene Performance 5 5 10 Monologue Scene: (20%) You will rehearse and perform a fully memorized, thoroughly prepared realistic monologue. This will serve as your term final. Written Analysis of Monologue Scene Character Analysis Final Monologue Scene 5 5 10 Total Semester Points Possible 100 Narrative Description of Course Assignments Written Assignments: Writing assignments are required in this course in order to meet University GE Guidelines. They include written script analysis, written character analysis, performance critiques, and various other shorter assignments. Quizzes: Will be administered in the first 1015 minutes of class on assigned readings in the Course Reader on a regular basis. If you are late for class you will not receive extra time to complete the quiz. There are no makeup quizzes. Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 5 Scene and Monologue Performances: You will be assigned three major performance tasks. Each will require preparation (i.e. rehearsal) outside of class. Rehearsals outside of class will typically be 4 8 hours. However, the more rehearsal time you put in for each performance, the more success you will have. Each performance assignment also requires a written character and scene analysis. The instructor will assign the scripts and partners. Refer to the Course Reader for guidelines and grading rubrics. Please note that if you fail to show up to class when your scene is scheduled, you will fail the assignment and points will be taken from your participation grade. Performance Critiques: You will be required to attend two live theatre performances and write a critical response to each. These 3 page minimum critiques will address different aspects of the theatre experience, and you will have specific guidelines and grading criteria. You are responsible for reserving and purchasing your own tickets for these performances. Attendance at the following two performances are required for this course: PERFORMANCE #1: The Colored Museum By George C. Wolfe, Directed by Ethel Walker October 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 7 PM San Jose State University Theatre (on campus) This play satirizes the black experience in America in the 1980's. Although the play is controversial, its comedy is found through satirical, exaggerated images and stereo-types of black life. Ticket Information: 1. Make sure and get your ticket in advance of the performance you want to see. Don't wait until the last minute! Box Office Numbers: (408) 924-4551 for information and reservations. Order tickets online at PERFORMANCE #2: Groundswell By Ian Bruce, Directed by Kirsten Brandt Oct. 10-Nov. 8 San Jose Repertory Theatre (off campus) The story takes place in a beachfront guest lodge on the jagged edge of the South African diamond coast. This haunting psychological thriller hungers, hopes and promises for a just post-apartheid society while asking: How do we live after apartheid? Where did all the promise and hope go? Who bears responsibility for the sins of the past, and can we move beyond it? Ticket Information: SJSU students receive off their ticket for every performance. With the student discount, tickets range in price from $15 to $40 depending on the seat that you choose. San Jose Rep is located one block from campus at 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 951122603. WARNING: Do not order your tickets online unless you want to pay full price. You will not be able to get a student discount by ordering your ticket online. To get the student discount (1/2 off), you must get your ticket one of the following ways. Do not wait until the last minute as SJ Rep performances often sell out. Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 6 1. 2. 3. By phone: 4083677255 (Mon.Fri. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Make sure and tell them you are a SJSU student. They will hold your ticket for pickup at willcall and you must show your student ID when you pick up your ticket. In person: This is the cheapest way to get your ticket as you will not be charged a handling fee. So, take a short walk over prior to the performance you want to see and get it in person! Bring your student ID and ask for the student off price. By email: Write to: [email protected] and ask them to reserve a student ticket for you at the performance you want to go to. Make sure and ask for the student off discount. They will return your email with a confirmation and instructions for ticket pick up. If they don't, make sure and followup! Extra Credit. Opportunities may be offered during the semester and extra credit cannot exceed 10% of total grade points. You must be doing satisfactory work with a grade of "C" or higher to be eligible for extra credit. Policy for Missed or Late Assignments Assignments are due on the dates specified during the scheduled class time. In order to accommodate unanticipated circumstances that prevent the timely completion of an assignment, up to two "no penalty" one week extensions will be granted to each student for written assignments only over the course of the semester. Work turned in after the due date (original due date or "no penalty one week extension") will be assessed a maximum penalty of 10% of the assignment value per day late. When utilizing the "no penalty" one week extension, please turn the paper in with the words "no penalty extension" clearly handwritten at the top of the paper. If you have an extended absence due to a family or personal emergency, please notify the instructor as soon as possible via email to make arrangements for completing the course. If you are on an athletic team at SJSU, you are still responsible for completing work on time. Please notify the instructor at the beginning of the semester of class dates you may miss (in writing) over the semester due to competing in athletic events for SJSU. Instructor Reserves the Right to... Make changes to any or all of the elements of the course described in this syllabus, including class policies, topics, readings, course requirements, and/or assignments. In the event a change is deemed necessary, the Instructor will provide sufficient notice to the students in order for them to complete the course satisfactorily. University Policies Academic integrity Students should know that the University's Academic Integrity Policy is available at Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 7 University and the University's integrity policy, require you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person's ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified. If you would like to include in your assignment any material you have submitted, or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJSU's Academic Policy F061 requires approval of instructors. Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 9703 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at to establish a record of their disability. Student Technology Resources Computer labs for student use are available in the Academic Success Center located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall and on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. Additional computer labs may be available in your department/college. Computers are also available in the Martin Luther King Library. A wide variety of audiovisual equipment is available for student checkout from Media Services located in IRC 112. These items include digital and VHS camcorders, VHS and Beta video players, 16 mm, slide, overhead, DVD, CD, and audiotape players, sound systems, wireless microphones, projection screens and monitors. Learning Assistance Resource Center The Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) is located in Room 600 in the Student Services Center. It is designed to assist students in the development of their full academic potential and to motivate them to become selfdirected learners. The center provides support services, such as skills assessment, individual or group tutorials, subject advising, learning assistance, summer academic preparation and basic skills development. The LARC website is located at http:/ Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 8 SJSU Writing Center The SJSU Writing Center is located in Room 126 in Clark Hall. It is staffed by professional instructors and upperdivision or graduatelevel writing specialists from each of the seven SJSU colleges. Our writing specialists have met a rigorous GPA requirement, and they are well trained to assist all students at all levels within all disciplines to become better writers. The Writing Center website is located at Peer Mentor Center The Peer Mentor Center is located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall in the Academic Success Center. The Peer Mentor Center is staffed with Peer Mentors who excel in helping students manage university life, tackling problems that range from academic challenges to interpersonal struggles. On the road to graduation, Peer Mentors are navigators, offering "roadside assistance" to peers who feel a bit lost or simply need help mapping out the locations of campus resources. Peer Mentor services are free and available on a drop in basis, no reservation required. The Peer Mentor Center website is located at Theatre Arts 5: Section 01 Course Calendar Fall 2009 Class Meets Mon-Weds. 9:00-10:15 AM, HGH 226 (Subject to Change at the Instructor's Discretion) Class Topic Class Activities Assignment Introduction to the Course Intro to Stage Composition The Actor and the Body Making Purposeful Choices Internal vs. External Motivations Post Card Introductions Two Truths and a Lie Composition: Camera & Photographer Discuss Actors as Observers Assignment, Random Walking Stop N Go Internal vs. External Motivation The Tin Man: make, put in gallery, discussion, into tableau, into group tableau, create focus and levels, add storyline (title, beginning, middle, end), observations Actors as Observers Assignment Date Week 1 Aug. 24 & Aug. 26 GE Learning Outcomes 1,2,3 Week 2 Aug. 31 & Sept. 2 Character in Life Assignment 1,2,3 Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 9 Week 3 Sep. 7 & 9 (No class Mon. Sept. 7thLabor Day) What are the elements of good acting? Stage Composition Week 4 Sep. 14 & 16 (No class Weds. Sept. 16 Instructor Furlough) Theatre Basics Part 1 Week 5 Sept. 21 & 23 Theatre Basics Part 2 Week 6 Sept. 28 & 30 Creating Believable Characters Intro to Stanislavsky's Methods Week 7 Oct. 5 & 7 (No class Weds. Oct. 7th Instructor Furlough) (See The Colored Museum) Voice & Speech Basics Intro to The Colored Museum Review Course Reader The Fear Factor Review Character in Life What Makes for Good Acting: The Actor in You, Michael Schulman Stage Composition: Art Print Tableaux with 5 part story line and transitions, create performreflectanalyze Warmups, Production Process and Staff, Role of the Director, Theatre Spaces and Layout, Proscenium Stage Areas, Body Positions for the Actor, Opening to an Audience, Basic Stage Terminology Exercises: Practice in using stage terminology and positions Basic Blocking Tools, Elements of Visual Arts, Elements of Movement, Terms and Vocabulary for the Actor, Terms for rehearsing a scene, scoring the script, sample script for scoring Present Blocking Scenes Intro to Stanislavski Motivation & Behavior Beyond the Text Actions & Tactics Action Choices Playable Choices The Magic If Objectives Obstacles Character Analysis Screen Acting Tips Quiz on first three sections of course reader on Oct. 5th. Voice & Speech: Making and Shaping Sounds, Diaphragmatic Breathing, Articulation and Pronunciation, Tongue Twisters for Practice, Articulation Exercises, House that Jack Built Readings in Course Reader: Intro Section: Brief History of Acting, Professionalism Review Theatre Basics Section 1,2 Readings in Course Reader: Theatre Basics Section: Basic Blocking Tools, Elements of Visual Arts, Elements of Movement, Terms and Vocabulary for the Actor, Terms for rehearsing a scene, scoring the script, sample script for scoring 1,2 Course Reader: Read Going Beyond the Text: Creating Believable Characters Practice in Blocking: Short Partner Scenes 1,2 Course Reader: 1,2,3 The Basics of Voice and Speech Section, AND Analyzing and Writing about Live Performances Review for Quiz Course Reader: Improvisation Section 1,2,3 Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 10 Week 8 Oct. 12 & 14 (see The Colored Museum) Week 9 Oct. 19 & 21 (No class Mon. Oct. 19Campus Furlough) (see Groundswell) Week 10 Oct. 26 & 28 (see Groundswell) Week 11 Nov. 2 & 4 (see Groundswell) Dramatic Structure Improvisation Contentless Scenes Intro to Groundswell Contentless Scenes Introduction to Contentless ScenesChoose Partners Dramatic Structure Improvisation Rehearse Contentless Scenes Class Discussion on The Colored Museum Intro to Groundswell Perform Contentless Scenes with Class Reflections Course Reader: Contentless Scene Section Rehearse Contentless Scene with Partner Critical Response Paper # 1 Due for The Colored Museum on Weds. Oct. 21st. 1,2,3 1,2 Duo Scenes Week 12 Nov. 9 & 1l (No class Weds. Nov. 11th Veteran's Day) Duo Scenes Intro to Character Development, Character Analysis Introduce Duo Scenes, Assign Partners, Begin Analysis Process Begin Scene Work Rehearse Duo Scenes Discuss Groundswell Course Reader: Duo Scenes Section 1,2 Week 13 Nov. 16 & 18 Week 14 Nov. 23& 25 (No class Mon. Nov. 23 Instructor Furlough) Week 15 Nov. 30 & Dec. 2 Mon. Dec. 7 FINAL EXAM: Mon. Dec. 14 Duo Scenes Monologues Perform Duo Scenes Introduction to Monologues: Assign/Choose Monologue Scenes Rehearse Duo Scenes Write Script Analysis and Character Analysis for Duo Scenes Critical Response Paper # 2 Due for Groundswell on Mon. Nov. 9st. Duo Scene Papers Due Course Reader: Monologues Section of Course Reader Rehearse Monologues 1,2,3 1,2 1,2 Monologues Perform Perform 7:159:30 AM Rehearse Monologues, Instructor does ononone work with students Monologue Performances Monologue Performances Write Script Analysis and Character Analysis for Monologue Monologue scenes papers due 1,2,3 1,2 Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 11 Kratochvil, TA5, Section 01, Fall 2009 Page 12 ...
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