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Acting I - Contemporary
THEA-141

  • Spring 2021
  • Section All
  • 2.5 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 04/02/2021
  • Modified 12/16/2020

Description

Fundamentals of acting, including improvisational techniques; the physical, vocal, and internal development of character; analysis and scoring by beats of a contemporary script. (F,Sp)

Requisites

Prerequisite Courses: None.
Placement Scores: None

Contact Hours       

Lecture

 16

Lab

48

Other

0

Total Hrs

64

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Present a vocal warm-up which includes relaxation, posture, breathing, pitch, resonance, and articulation.
  2. Present a movement warm-up which includes flexibility, strength, and endurance.
  3. Apply the basics of improvisation by creating scenes establishing clear use of who, where, and what and demonstrating spontaneity and cooperation.
  4. Demonstrate inner and outer character preparation through scenework selected by instructor.
  5. Present a brief scene or monologue demonstrating a basic understanding of given circumstances and character objectives.
  6. Write an in-depth autobiography of character for studio production.
  7. Demonstrate dramatic action, acting technique and principles through rehearsal and in-class work.
  8. Write critiques of two professional, community, or college theater productions.

Materials

Other Materials/Resources

Handouts as distributed by instructor(s).

Tools, Equipment or Apparel (Required of the Student)

One pair of non-street shoes

Evaluation

Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.

Criteria

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 20-40%

Preparatory written work for scenes.

Class Participation 35%

Participation in and completion of class assignments, activities, and scene works

Exams or Tests 0-20%
Final Exam
Other 25%

Character autobiography
Theater Production Critique

Papers
Portfolios
Projects 0-20%
Quizzes
Reports/Presentations 30-60%

Scene Presentations

Worksite Experience

Breakdown

College Standard

 

 

 

College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation

Other

Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Institutional Policies

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

Additional Items

Course Specific Information

Recommended supplementary text: Shurtleff, Michael., Audition., Bantam Books, 1978 (paperback).

Detailed Outline of Course Content and Sequencing

WEEK 1: Introductory Games
Performance Games

WEEK 2: 1st Scene- objectives, tactics & obstacles

WEEK 3: 1st Scene

WEEK 4: 2nd Scene- movement

WEEK 5: 2nd Scene- movement

WEEK 6: 3rd Scene- substitutions, inner monologue

WEEK 7: 3rd Scene

WEEK 8: 4th scene- external adjustments, posture, movement, rhythm, and gesture

WEEK 9: 4th Scene

WEEK 10: Rehearsal