Fundamentals of Acting Techniques

Course Number: TA 142
Transcript Title: Fund of Acting Techniques
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
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

Course Description

Acquire concentration and relaxation in approaching a role. Improve performance skills with focus on vocal and physical control. Scene study is used. Prerequisite: TA 141 and its prerequisite requirements. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Choose and perform character role from dramatic literature and prepare it for performance with a partner.
  2. Perform scenes for the class as required by the course.
  3. Attend a live performance and critique it.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the preparation of a role.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include:

  1. Scene performance and critique
  2. Character biography
  3. In-class activities
  4. Quizzes over text
  5. Play critique
  6. Short assignment performances

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.

1.1 Master stage directions
1.2 Evaluate performances with a supportive as well as critical eye
1.3 Determine basic character goals, obstacles, and tactics
1.4 Demonstrate basic blocking terminology

1.1 Memorize assigned/chosen scenes
1.2 Develop blocking for scenes
1.3 Rehearse with partner in preparation for performance
1.4 Practice cold reading techniques

1.1 Portray a developed character
1.2 Use the voice with projection and articulation
1.3 Display blocking choices consistent with the script
1.4 Demonstrate the partnership aspects of a scene (give-and-take)
1.5 Accept criticism and praise

1.1 Demonstrate a physical and vocal warm-up routine
1.2 Apply projection and articulation techniques in a scene
1.3 Determine necessary vigorous physical activity and apply rehearsal techniques

1.1 Write character biographies as assigned
1.2 Write critical analysis of plays as assigned