This course is the second course in the acting curriculum. The focus of this course will be on the identification and study of the varied styles of acting. We learn in Fundamentals of Acting the importance of focus, center, objective driven action, understanding of text, the relationship between the voice and the body, improvisation, transformative tools for character development. In styles we study realistic, non realistic, absurdist, surrealist, poetic realism, and etc. We study movement based styles like Kabuki and Growtowski work. We study voice based expression with the Linklater Vocal Warm Up. We will dive into world theater styles of acting for the theater by watching video of actors training in such areas and engaging in some of the same exercises and assignments they do. We will write about such styles and debate they relevance or lack of relevance and how an actor can adapt to changing styles of performance. Two major projects will be assigned and will focus on the performance of two monologues or a scene from the selection of plays read in class in the style of acting studied.
PREREQUISITE(S): THR102 and sophomore standing.