Acting Theories 1
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Mary Carmel ANGIOLILLO
Name of lecturer(s)
Mary Carmel ANGIOLILLO
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students gain familiarity with a variety of techniques useful for working with actors. Students understand acting as an art form having many valid approaches, sharing fundamental principles.
Mode of study
In-class exercises, lecture, occasionally examples of acting styles are screened.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
The class is limited to 22 students. It is necessary to come to the information session for the class at the start of the semester, in order to insure your place in the class.
A survey of important approaches to acting. Students will look at theories and techniques from acting teachers such as Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Lecoq, Brecht, Grotowski, the Method Teachers (Strasberg, Adler and Meisner) and Improvisation Gurus (Spolin, Johnstone, Book).
Session One: Introductory, course expectations, introductions
Session Two: Stanislavski (exercises for creative state)
Assignment: „Stanislavski's System: Pathways for the Actor“ in course reader
Session Three: Stanislavski continued (exercises for work on a role)
Assignment: View scenes from Eisenstein's film Ivan the terrible.
Read article on Meyerhold's Biomechanics in course reader.
Session Four: Meyerhold, exercises for immediate expressivity
Assignment: Read article on Jacques Lecoq and the Neutral mask in course reader
Session Five: Jacques Lecoq, exercises for immediate expressivity, transfer exercises
Session Six: Jacques Lcoq continued, exercises in neutral mask
Assignment: „Bertold Brecht: On Whose Behalf do we Act?“ in course reader
Session Seven; Bertolt Brecht
Assignment: Read article on Grotowski in course reader
Session Eight: Grotowski and First test (Objective test on material from course handouts, given in last 20 minutes of class)
Assignment: Read articles on Method Acting in course reader: The Paradox of Lee Strasberg, Sandy Meisner: The Knock on the Door
Session Nine: Method Acting
Assignment: Prepare written responses to 4 articles from the course reader
Session Ten: Schools of Improvisation: Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone
Session Eleven: Schools of Improvisation continued: Stephen Book, Improvisation Technique on Scripted Scenes
Assignment: Turn in written responses to 4 articles from course reader, send by email.
Session Twelve: Additional exercises from the acting approaches covered in the course
Session Thirteen: Additional exercises from the acting approaches covered in the course
Session Fourteen: Review and Final exam
Recommended or required reading
Twentieth Century Actor Training, Ed. Allison Hodge (Routledge, NY 2000)
Acting (RE) Considered, Ed. Phillip Zarrilli (Routledge, 2002)
More than a Method. Eds. Baron, Carson, and Tomasulo (Wayne State University, 2004)
A reader containing articles from the above books is available for purchase in the FAMU International office or for short term loan at the FAMU library.
Assessment methods and criteria
Two tests (33 % ), written response to readings (33%), participation in class exercises (33%). Students must attend 70% of classes to receive credit.
Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:
Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Academy Preparation Program - Cinematography (optional subject)
- Academy Preparation Program - Animated Film (optional subject)
- Academy Preparation Program - Directing (optional subject)
- Academy Preparation Program - Documentary (optional subject)
- Academy Preparation Program - Editing (optional subject)
- Academy Preparation Program - Photography (optional subject)
- Academy Preparation Program - Screenwriting (optional subject)