Advanced Acting

Course Details

Course Number: THEA 3393  Section Number: 201

Spring 2013

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B 118

Days & Times:

TR 11:00 to 12:20



Course Attachments

Spring '13 Syllabus  THEA 3393 Spr 13 Syllabus-20130212-130732.pdf

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
John Dement   
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Course Objectives

To create performers who:

  • demonstrate a passion for the craft of acting,
  • communicate with their director and fellow actors efficiently,
  • integrate physical, vocal and mental techniques to create character,
  • prepare and perform appropriate characters for a variety of acting styles,
  • refine and use the materials and skills needed to get work in the industry, and
  • understand the discipline and commitment required to be a professional actor.

Course Expectations
  • This is a performance class. This is also a creative class. Always arrive on time and be prepared to stay the entire time scheduled for the course. Remember, too, that participation is a part of your grade. If you are not here, you cannot participate. After your first absence, 5 points per absence will be deducted from you participation grade. If you are more than 15 minutes late or leave more than 15 minutes before the end of class, you will be counted absent for that day. Work, non-emergency medical and dental appointments, intramural games, and all other forms of personal engagements do not constitute an excused absence.
  • All outside assignments are due on or prior to the assigned due date at the beginning of class. No late work will be accepted without prior approval or official documentation.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to keep all graded assignments if a grade is questioned.
  • Since acting is about communicating effectively with your audience, correct English and grammar are necessary for all assignments.
  • Classroom etiquette: If you violate any of the following rules, you may be asked to leave and counted absent for the day.
  • Turn off cell phones at the beginning of class.
  • Expect and give respect to the work being done in class at all times.
  • Do not talk while performance work is in progress.
  • Do not enter or leave the classroom during performance work.
  • Choose content for class study based on constructive content, not subject matter.
  • Dishonest work any assignment or exam will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation. Disciplinary action will be taken if the instructor discovers dishonesty or cheating. The instructor reserves the right to drop any student engaging in academic dishonesty from this course. Students dropped from the course by the instructor for failure to attend classes or for academic dishonesty may receive an F for the semester.
  • Students with disabilities or special needs should see the instructor as early in the semester as possible. Please note that in order to qualify for consideration of special accommodations, the student must be registered with Disability Support Services (Room 168 of the Clark Student Center 397-4140) and the instructor must receive a memo on file from that office, along with a Special Accommodations Request form.
  • Each student is expected to read and to adhere to the academic standards laid out in the online Student Handbook.

 


Grading Standards

Scene & Monologue Rehearsals and Performances
Two monologues and two scenes will be rehearsed and performed as graded assignments throughout the semester. These are the most important grades for this class. In addition to a grade for each final performance, each project will include preliminary grades for memorization and preparedness. Think of the final performances as major exams. Without strong supporting documentation, missed scene performances cannot be made up.

 Participation
Since acting is learned by doing, I will record each time you participate during in-class demonstrations or exercises. This willingness to work will be reflected as part of your final grade. You will also be required to rehearse outside of class time. These specific rehearsal times will be recorded by you and your scene partner in your acting journal and will be reflected as part of your final grade.

 Written Work
During the semester, you will have multiple homework assignments. You will turn in documents before each of your performed scenes and monologues. If you do not have this work to turn in, you will not be allowed to perform. You will be responsible for keeping an actor’s journal this semester. Finally, you are required to attend both MSU productions (Sweeney Todd, Feb. 28-Mar. 3 & the 2012-2013 Festival of Student Produced One-Act Plays, Apr. 12-May 4) and turn in written critiques.

 Exams & Quizzes
There will be a mid-term exam and a final exam plus multiple quizzes covering lecture and in-class concepts, reading assignments and vocabulary during the semester. Quizzes will be administered at the instructor’s discretion during the first ten minutes of class and cannot be made up. Without strong supporting documentation, missed exams cannot be made up.

 

Grading Scale/Evaluation Methods:

Monologue & Scenes....................................... 40%
- Lines-off check & Preliminary Run: 10%
- Final Performances: 30%

Participation.................................................. 20%
- In-class: 10%
- Recorded Rehearsal Time: 10%

Written Work.................................................. 25%
- Homework, Journals & Scene Paperwork: 10%
- Critiques 1 & 2: 15%

Exams........................................................... 10%

Quizzes ..........................................................5% 


Final Exam5/7/2013  1:00-3:00 PM

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This is a performance class. This is also a creative class. Always arrive on time and be prepared to stay the entire time scheduled for the course. Remember, too, that participation is a part of your grade. If you are not here, you cannot participate. After your first absence, 5 points per absence will be deducted from you participation grade. If you are more than 15 minutes late or leave more than 15 minutes before the end of class, you will be counted absent for that day. Work, non-emergency medical and dental appointments, intramural games, and all other forms of personal engagements do not constitute an excused absence.

 


Other Policies

Excerpts from the Theatre Student Handbook, 11th ed. pp. 4-5:

  • No smoking, eating, or drinking will take place in the main theatre auditorium or studio theatre at any time.
  • The Theatre Department wing of the Lamar D. Fain Fine Arts Center is without doubt one of the most beautiful, functional, and well-equipped theatre facilities in the world. We maintain the building by picking up after ourselves and by using the facility and equipment carefully.
  • The greenroom will be checked continually; any and all items (shoes, coats, purses, books, etc.) left lying around will be disposed of.
  • An ensemble feeling and genuine esprit de corps are essential for theatre as an art. While differences of opinion and open-minded discussion can lead to better solutions and better productions, bickering, bossing, blaming, complaining, and name-calling are always counterproductive. We must work together, for none of us can do it alone.
  • The Department of Theatre will in no way be responsible for theft or loss of personal property. There are small lockers available for your use underneath the large worktables in the scene shop. The students using the lockers will supply locks.
  • Any props, furniture, costumes, or sound equipment checked out for classroom work must be returned to proper areas, or a hold will be placed on the borrower’s grades and an “F” will be assigned for Rehearsal and Production (or in this case, acting class).

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.