Fundamentals of Acting Techniques

Course Number: TA 141
Transcript Title: Fund of Acting Techniques
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 17, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test

Prerequisite / Concurrent

Course Description

Introduces basic theatrical techniques. Develops text analysis and performance skills. Develops the beginning level awareness of the physical and vocal skills required of a stage performer. Includes reading and analyzing plays to develop acting skills. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  1. Analyze, deconstruct and reconstruct selected texts in order to prepare for future performance.
  2. Read, perform or view plays of varying cultural backgrounds.
  3. Communicate with self and others in a collaborative manner to achieve mutual goals on schedule to meet deadlines.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grading is based on learning objectives throughout course; scoring sheet-based observations of scene and group work, observations on practical assignments, rubric-based assessments of two written assignments. Students also receive immediate verbal feedback at the time of each performance of scene and group work to allow for discussion and questions.

Course Activities and Design

Activities will be divided into the following categories; Lighting, Sound, Costumes, Props, Set Design and execution, Stage Management. Each category will include tests on terminology and practical knowledge as well as demonstration of ability to run the equipment in that area. Practical training and repetition will be a part of the class. Students will study and analyze a script to develop a scenic plot that includes lighting and set design, as well as costume and appropriate props. Students will also have hands on experience building the set, designing and hanging the lights, developing and running the sound, creating the costumes and props for all productions.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Appropriate use of relaxation and concentration
  2. Analysis of script in preparation of a role
  3. Application of theatre vocabulary
  4. Critical analysis
  5. Team work


    • Master stage directions
    • Evaluate performances with a supportive as well as critical eye
    • Determine basic character goals, obstacles, and tactics
    • Demonstrate basic blocking terminology
    • Memorize assigned/chosen scenes
    • Develop blocking for scenes
    • Rehearse with partner in preparation for performance
    • Practice cold reading techniques
    • Portray a developed character
    • Use the voice with projection and articulation
    • Display blocking choices consistent with the script
    • Demonstrate the partnership aspects of a scene (give-and-take)
    • Accept criticism and praise
    • Demonstrate a physical and vocal warm-up routine
    • Apply projection and articulation techniques in a scene
    • Determine necessary vigorous physical activity and apply rehearsal techniques
    • Write character biographies as assigned
    • Write critical analysis of plays as assigned