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Course Syllabus Packet:

Description
Daily Class and Assignment Schedule
Class Policies and Grading

FTT 21001: Acting Process, Fall Semester 2018 (Kresny)


3 credit hours
DeBartolo Performing Arts Ctr. B024TR 11:00-12:15 PM
ckresny@nd.edu

“…To translate the script’s words into the language of the stage where men and
women of flesh and blood move in three dimensions among real objects.”

-Harold Clurman

Description

Acting Process introduces the student to the core techniques of acting for the current stage,
with a focus on script analysis and basic Meissner and Viewpoints techniques. The course
engages both the analytical and the creative mind as students use research and analysis to
support their physical, vocal and imaginative approaches to creating compelling scripted
and improvised scenes. Students will rehearse and prepare scenes outside of class (with a
partner and solo) for in-class performance.

All students must see two live theatrical performances and turn in a reflection for each.

Goals

To expand and invigorate your approach to performance and public address

To experience, understand, and apply essential acting tools and techniques

To analyze performance with an informed perspective

Just to be perfectly clear:

Nine-tenths of success is doing your work and showing up. One tenth is talent.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns and ideas. ckresny@nd.edu
FTT 21001-01 (10798) Acting: Process 2

Date D In class Reading/Writing/Prep


ay DUE NEXT CLASS
8/22 W Orientation Read Uta Hagen “Concept”
Stanislavski, Meissner, Bogart/Landau “Identity” and “Object Exercise 1”
(available on Sakai)
Paying attention. Accept or Block
Craft and rehearse object
exercise, no longer than 1.5
minutes.
Type and turn in writing on each
italicized category.

8/28 M Present object exercises


Read An Actor Prepares –
“Maria’s story”

Write reflection per handout.


8/30 W Status and action
Read Creating a Role excerpt
Write reflection per handout.

9/4 M Repetition Intro and Practice

9/6 W Activity/objective/repetition practice READ: Viewpoints Handout


Fool for Love
True West

9/11 M Viewpoints quiz and intro to practice SOURCEWORK & ONE-


SENTENCE SYNOPSIS

9/13 W Present Sourcework & Synopsis REVISE AS REQUESTED


9/18 M Present new Sourcework & Synopsis/VP Read scene
practice

9/20 W Drafting objectives: sparking action Scene analysis/


Parallel Improv Intro & Set-up Objectives Draft
Scenes assigned
9/25 M Parallel Improv
9/27 W Parallel Improvs continued

10/2 M Character compositions “Clurman Score” handout


(Objectives/Action Draft and Schedule Due) Rehearse scene with TA
Draft score!

10/4 W Scenework
(Objectives/Actions draft returned, Rehearse scene with TA
Develop score
comments)
10/16 M Scenework Type first draft of score to turn
in. Choose moment to present
next class.
FTT 21001-01 (10798) Acting: Process 3

FALL BREAK

10/23 M Open rehearsal for class – Turn in Score Draft Lines are due.

10/25 W Open rehearsal for class- off book Rehearse & Revise
10/30 M Open rehearsal for class Rehearse & Revise

11/1 W Open rehearsal for class Rehearse and revise

11/6 M Perform scenes-final


1/8 W Introduction to Final Solo Project Begin research for solo
Improv, Composition & Scenework project
Choose solo subject and
11/13 M Composition prepare to present choice to
class
11/15 W Present solo subject to class Create one sequence of solo work
11/20 M Perform Solo Sequence Write/Rehearse Solo

THANKSGIVING BREAK
11/27 M Problem solving/rehearsal Write/Rehearse Solo
Turn in draft next Monday
11/29 W Solo work rehearsal/coaching
12/4 M Solo work rehearsal/coaching Write/Rehearse solo
12/6 W Solo work rehearsal/coaching Revise/Rehearse solo

Rehearse solo for final


performance!
12/12 W Perform final Solo Work
4:15-6:15

Texts
Shepard, Sam. True West (Various editions or online
http://solomon.nadr.alexanderstreet.com.proxy.library.nd.edu/)

Shepard, Sam. Fool for Love (Various editions or online


http://solomon.nadr.alexanderstreet.com.proxy.library.nd.edu/)

Handouts/Excerpts Sources
Clurman, Harold. On Directing. New York: Fireside, 1972.

Landau, Tina. “Viewpoints.” Anne Bogart Viewpoints. Lyme: Smith and Kraus, 1995.

Stanislavski, Constantin. An Actor Prepares. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1936.

Stanislavski, Constantin. Creating a Role. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1961.
FTT 21001-01 (10798) Acting: Process 4

(At least) Two Live Theatre Performances

Your choice of the National Theatre Live Broadcasts at the Browning Cinema

Any performance in the FTT Season, PEMCO, Actors from the London Stage
or the DeBartolo Theatre Series , or any other live performance. Not sure?
Check with me.

COURSE POLICIES AND GRADING

Be punctual—and show up for every class. Each absence will lower your grade by
one half of a letter grade. If you have exceptional circumstances—like pneumonia or
family tragedy or sudden film stardom—we’ll arrange a reasonable make-up activity.

Participate vigorously, thoughtfully and respectfully.

Be prepared for the work scheduled for each class period and turn in assignments
on time. Preparation will include out-of-class rehearsals.

A modest but steady amount of reading is assigned. Don’t skip or delay it! (I reserve
the right to pop a quiz on any reading assignment. If you fail the quiz, your grade
will lower by a full letter grade. To repair your grade, you may turn in a three-page
essay on a topic of my choice, MLA standard format.)

Written assignments must be legible (typed) and clearly thoughtful. Avoid


plagiarism of any kind: give credit where you use other people’s work, mark quotes
correctly and remember---it’s your thinking process that is valued here. If you have
a question about your work, or would like to turn in a draft ahead of time, I’ll be
delighted to help you. Papers turned in late lose one half to a full letter grade,
depending on days late. Please observe the Notre Dame Honor Code.

Your grade is based on the rigor of your class participation/preparedness and the
quality of your written work. Here’s how it breaks down:

 1/3 Written work


 1/3 in-class work and participation
 1/3 in-class performances

Additional Note on Grading


Remember that professors do not “give” grades: you earn your grade. Your final grade is
up to you. Meeting course requirements does not equal excellence; I am looking for
uncommon performance and commitment in each assignment. Acting demands rigor,
creativity, and commitment. Students will be evaluated based on individual progress.

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