Drama Notes

Topics: Actor, Exercise, Obesity Pages: 6 (1555 words) Published: September 1, 2013
Drama 122
Week One
August 19, 2013
Reviewed syllabus and exercises
• Teacher’s name is Douglas Dildine
• Teacher’s contact information
• Required to attend DVC Drama Fall Productions: Zombie Prom and The Children’s Hour • Purchase before shows or get season pass
• Course description
• Scanning exercise is basis of everything an actor does on stage • Take written word and give it life and flesh so audience will believe • If audience doesn’t believe, why should they pay to see your show? • If they an audience doesn’t feel empathy it becomes unbelievable • Journal entries are to be submitted for the class

• Discussed acting exercises: Scanning, Color, PAR, Money, and Breaking up is hard to do • Hypertension is a no no
• NO THINKING

Diablo Valley College – Fall 2013
Drama-122-Section 2536 - Basic Principles of Acting
08/16/13 through 12/18/13
Instructor: Douglas Dildine
Office: PA122
Email: ddildine@dvc.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday – 9:00 am to 9:30 am (by appointment only) Class Meetings: Lecture M/W - 9:30 AM to 10:50 AM. Performing Arts, ARENA THEATER. Last Date to Add: 08/29/13 Last Date to Drop with no 'W': 09/08/13 Last Date to Drop with 'W': 11/22/13 Last Date to Drop with Refund: 08/29/13 Required Attendance: DVC DRAMA fall productions: Zombie Prom; The Children’s Hour Recommended Reading: Scattered Notes on a Littered Desk: Reflections on Acting by Jim Kirkwood, Edited by D. Dildine. Revised 2009. Available in the DVC Bookstore. This course focuses on acting fundamentals with an emphasis on the heightening and focusing of physical and vocal energy, and the beginning elements of scene study. Students will learn how to assess and rechannel their physical hypertension, and apply scene study techniques on stage. Course Content:

Acting Exercises*- the class will study the elements of acting using exercises designed to focus on the essential basics in the craft of organic acting. The class will memorize several short scenes. The instructor will make weekly in-class assignments utilizing this memorized material. Students are required to: 1) keep a Daily Journal on terms, concepts, exercises and lecture notes (weeks 1-6 & 9-12); 2) attend the DVC Drama Season productions produced during this semester and write short papers on related assigned topics. All written submissions will be to Desire-2-Learn (D2L). Students who cannot attend DVC production(s) will be assigned academic paper(s) (3-5 pages) to substitute. Lectures- students will receive lectures on the basics of the acting process - supporting their class assignments, while developing their dramatic instrument - sustaining heightened, focused and economical energy. Vocal & Physical Warm-ups- the class will participate in warm-ups designed to expand their vocal energy and eliminate physical hypertension that might impede their work in class assignments. • Please wear comfortable shoes (no high heels, flip flops or bare feet), loose fitting clothing or clothing that stretches. For full participation in class-work, tennis shoes and pants are recommended. Upon successful completion, students will be able to apply basic acting techniques in preparing and performing staged presentations: A. Demonstrate the ability to communicate non-verbally by identifying and refocusing physical hypertension. B. Develop a heightened vocal energy, and apply it in a memorized scene on stage. C. Use correct terminology when evaluating both scenes in class, and dramatic productions. D. Apply scene study techniques when performing a scene on stage. E. Develop and apply self-assessment skills when performing on stage. Classroom Etiquette Policy:

In order to promote an environment that is conducive to learning, it is vital that we respect others. This respect manifests itself in showing tolerance for differing points of view, using appropriate language (no obscenities), and avoiding behavior such as using cell phones or I-pods,...
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