Acting Theories

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311AT0 exam 3 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 57 to 72 hours of self-study English winter and summer

Subject guarantor

Name of lecturer(s)

Mary Carmel ANGIOLILLO

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Mode of study

Discussion, lecture, in-class exercises, (readings and screenings to be done outside class in preparation for sessions).

Prerequisites and co-requisites

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Course contents

Acting Theories surveys approaches to the art of acting, beginning with Stanislavski’s tools for the creation of psychological character. Approaches stemming from Meyerhold’s emphasis on physical expressivity are also explored, and the course continues to look at approaches which fall within two major categories of acting techniques: techniques for the creation of a psychologically truthful character and techniques for immediate expressivity or training an actor to physically respond to images. As each approach is introduced, in-class exercises demonstrate some of the techniques used by that particular acting teacher. This is why class size has to be limited so that there is space and time for everyone to participate in the exercises.

Recommended or required reading

Hodge, Alison (2009). Twentieth Century Actor Training. (London: Routledge).

Zarelli, Phillip. (1995) Acting (Re) Considered: Theories and Practices. (London: Routledge).

Assessment methods and criteria

Students are expected to regularly attend class and fully participate in the exercises. Student must have a minimum of 70% attendance to pass the course (more is expected).

See detail of assignments below.

If students miss the class on Lecoq, they must prepare the in-class transfer exercise at home and submit a filmed version to the instructor.

If students miss the class on Grotowski, they must prepare the in-class physical score exercise at home and submit a filmed version to the instructor.

A final grade is calculated is in this way:

40% - In-class participation in exercises, attendance includes transfer exercise (5%) and physical score exercise (5%)

30% - Written response to readings

30% - Two in-class tests on material covered in the course

Note

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Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
Tue
room 107
Room No. 1

(Lažanský palác)
ANGIOLILLO M.
17:20–18:55
(parallel1)
Wed
Thu
Fri
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 17:20–18:55 Mary Carmel ANGIOLILLO Room No. 1
Lažanský palác
parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
Tue
Wed
room 241
Room No. 3

(Lažanský palác)
ANGIOLILLO M.
17:20–18:55
(lecture parallel1)
Thu
Fri
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 17:20–18:55 Mary Carmel ANGIOLILLO Room No. 3
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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