University at Albany
Department of Theatre
Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday1:15-2:35
Class Location: PAC 053
Instructor: Marnie Andrews
Office Phone: 917-701-4424
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 12:00-1:00 & 3:00-4:00, by appt. only
Office Location: PAC 346
Catalog Number: Thr 240Y-0015
Class Number: 9866
Prerequisite: This course does not require previous acting experience and encourages students to take artistic risks as a first step in the department’s acting sequence.
Text: “Rehearsing in the Zone: A practical guide to rehearsing without a director” by
Maria Cominis Glaudini. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
ISBN 978-1-4652-3985-3 (Available U/Albany bookstore)
This syllabus is subject to change with the skills of the class. It is a collaborative art.
Development of an actor’s instrument through the use of voice, body and imagination to create realistic behavior under given circumstances.
Concepts taught include:
Understanding of working theatre language, especially the Play aspect.
Creative work habits
Use of self
Acting as interacting,
Importance of breath control to an actor
Exercises include improvisation, monologues, and scripted scenes.
Cold text reading
Personal responsibility to the creative whole
Objective–you will achieve these goals by:
Addressing your process through an organized approach to the work
Learning to play as you work
Focusing of body relaxation and physical health
Learning the process of creating a character, rather than focusing on the end result.
Grasping the concepts of American and British approaches to the craft of acting.
Understanding the conditions demanded by the scene and taking risks onstage.
Your acting scenes will be assigned in class; find your play in the library or reserve in the Theatre Department office. You MUST read the play from which your scene is taken.
Attendance Policy: Mandatory attendance
You are allowed two excused absences without grade penalty. Your professor must be notified in advance unless there is an emergency.
Class participation is part of your grade: if you miss class, your grade goes down. Also, if you miss a session, it is your responsibility to find out what happened: sometimes due dates or assignment details change, so be sure to check in with a classmate if you miss a class.
Three unexcused absences will result in an automatic failure of the class. Because of the studio nature of this class, assume that absences will affect your grade. It is therefore not listed as a percentage of any one aspect of grading.
An absence is excused through an official doctor’s note or a letter from the dean of students.
A NOTE ON PREPARATION AND BEHAVIOR REQUIREMENTS: Be prepared to work on a scene in class. Just because you performed last class does not mean that you are exempt from presenting again next class. To this end, always have your script.
When you perform, bring any necessary rehearsal props, rehearsal shoes/skirts, etc.
SUNY Theatre Events
Auditions for “Reunions” and “Good Kids” will take place Sept. 1st-3rd. It is wise to audition for these plays, as preparation for this class.
One professional production is also required for my class.
Oct. 9th-11th “REUNIONS: Re-Unions.” 3 one-acts of love revisited
Nov. 5th-14th “Good Kids”
SCHEDULE Subject to change, with consideration of the class’ progress
August 27th Introduction to Acting. Relaxation techniques. Reading aloud. Come to class prepared to move. Purchase textbook asap. Audition preparation. Bring object to next class.
September 1st Object Exercise. Tour the buildingRead through scenes in book. Theatre language definitions.
September 3rd Breath techniques. Improvisations with text and movement. Theatre terms. Open scene
September 8th Scene assignments. Rehearsal procedures. September 15th Working with scenes with Kim Stauffer. Meisner-(hand over script.) September 17th Finish readings of first scene
September 22nd NO CLASS HOLIDAY
September 24th Rehearse scenes with text exercises.
September 29th Testing of theatre terminology. Examine scenes from text
October 1st First half performing scenes
October 6th Second half performing scenes.
October 8th Character choices, Guest Playwright Sybil Rosen Journals due. October 9th-11th “REUNIONS: Re-Unions” ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
October 13th Exercises: Private moments, effective memory.
October 15th Final Performances of Scenes. Turn in Redgrave sheets.
October 20th Breath work. Monologue choices
October 23rd Work in pairs.
October 27th Monologue work
October 29th Journals due. Clarify individual exercises
November 5th-14th “Good Kids” ATTENDANCE REQUIRED.
November 3rd Examine concepts through 2nd scenes
November 5th 2nd scene reading
November 10th Individual exercise work Emotional recall
November 12th 2nd scene exercise work. Private Moment
November 17th Off book. Taking direction
November 19th Off book. 2nd Half. With direction
November 28th THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 1st First Half, Second Scene Performs
December 3rd Second Half, Second Scene Performs
December 8th Summary of Acting tools and Language
TBA EXAM (Journals returned.)
|Grade Scale||Grade Conversion||Grade Scale||Grade Conversion|
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General Education Requirements: this class fulfills the student’s Oral Discourse general education requirement. The Learning Objectives for the Oral Discourse General Education Requirement are as follows: