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THEA250ActingII_Syllabus

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									                                 Eastern Oregon University
                                College of Arts and Sciences
                                      Course Syllabus

Number of Course: THEA 250

Name of Course:     Acting II

Catalog Description: A practical approach to acting technique as required by the demand of
rehearsal. Students learn the vocabulary, discipline, and analytical skills needed to prepare a
role in a full-length play. In addition, a workshop in auditioning develops monologue and cold
reading skills. Prerequisite: Acting I and consent of instructor.

Credit Hours: (4)

Course Instructor:
             KENN WHEELER                              kwheeler@eou.edu
             Office: Loso Hall 104b                    Phone: 541-962-3318
             Office Hours: T - Th 10:00 – 12:00

Time and place of course: M W F 10:00 – 11:50

Text:        Michael Shurtleff’s AUDITION.

Materials:
   Students will need note-taking material.
   Students will need to provide a student journal for writing exercises.
   Students will be required to purchase tickets for a Theatre program production at a rate
      of $5.00 and $8.00 per ticket.
   Students should also plan to wear clothing suitable for physical warm-ups and activities
      that require physical exertion.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to
      1) Demonstrate a continued building of the basic skills needed to be an effective actor.
      2) Demonstrate the analytical skill set used by an actor in effectively developing a
         theatrical character
      3) Demonstrate the ability to create an effective back story and recognize the use of
         such in character development.
      4) Demonstrate the ability to identify the objectives of a character using character
         scoring.
      5) Recognize and identify the successful use of these techniques by actors
         participating in program productions.
      6) Demonstrate an understanding of basic audition techniques described in Michael
         Shurtleff's book called "AUDITION"

Course Requirements:
     Each class will begin with a physical warm-up and will often include activities that
     require physicality. Students will be required to complete several essays using character
     analysis, character history, and scoring techniques presented during course lectures.
     Students will be further required to present one monologue and two scenes
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      implementing these analysis techniques into their character development process. Each
      student will also be required to attend both of the Theatre program’s theatrical
      productions and to write a comprehensive response paper for each. The student will
      learn to use the prepared monologues for an effective audition.

Grading: Final grades will be assigned using the highest number of points earned by any
given student as the high-grade ceiling.

          Class attendance and participation. ......................................................300 pts.
          Dating assignment ..................................................................................50 pts.
          (x2) Response papers on an EOU production (100 ea) ........................200 pts.
          (x3) Character Analysis papers (100 ea) ...............................................300 pts.
          (x3) Character History papers (100 ea) .................................................300 pts.
          (x3) Character Scoring exercises (100 ea) ...........................................300 pts.
          Final presentation .................................................................................300 pts.
          Quizzes on AUDITION .........................................................................250 pts.
                            ................................................................... TOTAL: 2000 pts

The grades will be determined in the following order:
                   96% - 100% = A           72% - 75% = C
                   91% - 95% = A-           68% - 71% = C-
                   88% - 90% = B+           64% - 67% = D+
                   84% - 87% = B            60% - 63% = D
                   80% - 83% = B-           Below 60% = F
                   76% - 79% = C+

Means of Assessment
Students will be assessed...
    through attendance and participation in classroom discussions. (1, 2, 3 & 4)
    through essays that describe a theatrical character's state of being, called "Character
      Analysis." (1 & 2)
    through essays that create a theatrical character's past, called "Character History." (1 &
      3)
    using an "character objective" matrix called a "Character Score." (1 & 4)
    production reviews created after attendance at EOU theatrical productions. (1 & 5)
    through quizzes, with questions taken from Michael Shurtleff's "AUDITION" (6)

Absence and Tardiness Policy: This class meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. You
are expected to attend every class that is scheduled. After *three unexcused absences, you
will no longer be considered a contributing member of the class and will receive a failing grade
for the entire course. Late arrivals will lose 10 points. A late arrival is defines as someone
who comes into class after the instructor has read their name.

*Absences may be determined “excused”. But, such rarities will only include missing class for
school sponsored functions or extreme illnesses, but these must be discussed with the
instructor before the absence or it will be considered unexcused.
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Course Calendar:

Week One
   Assessment of students’ previous experience and comprehension.
   Explanation of syllabus.
   Explanation of Character Analysis, Character History and Character Scoring
   AUDITION Quiz #1 (Prologue and Chapter 1)

Week Two
   Character Analysis due; 1st presentation of monologue
   Choosing of Ambiguous dialogue
   AUDITION Quiz #2 (Guidepost 1)

Week Three
   Character History due; 2nd presentation of monologue
   Rehearsal of Ambiguous dialogue
   AUDITION Quiz #3 (Guidepost 2 – Guidepost 4)

Week Four
   Character Scoring due; 3rd presentation of monologue
   Rehearsal of Ambiguous dialogue
   AUDITION Quiz #4 (Guidepost 5 – Guidepost 8)

Week Five
   Character Analysis due; 1st presentation of Ambiguous dialogue
   Choosing of Scenes
   Attendance at “ALL MY SONS”; February 3 - 5; Lyle Schwarz Theatre
   AUDITION Quiz #5 (Guidepost 9 – Guidepost 11)

Week Six
   Character History due; 2nd presentation of Ambiguous dialogue
   Production review due
   AUDITION Quiz #6 (Guidepost 12 – Chapter 3)

Week Seven
   Character Scoring due; 3rd presentation of Ambiguous dialogue
   Rehearsal of scene.
   Discuss Audition preparation strategies
   AUDITION Quiz #7 (Chapter 4)

Week Eight
   Character Analysis due; 1st presentation of scene
   Discuss Audition preparation strategies
   AUDITION Quiz #8 (Chapter 5 – Chapter 7)

Week Nine
   Character History due; 2nd presentation of scene
   Discuss Audition preparation strategies
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      Attendance at “ASSASSINS”; March 3 – 5 and 10 – 12; Lyle Schwarz Theatre
      AUDITION Quiz #9 (Chapter 8 – Chapter 10)

Week Ten
   Character Scoring due; 3rd presentation of scene
   Discuss Audition preparation strategies
   AUDITION Quiz #10 (Chapter 11 and Epilogue)

Finals Week: Monday 3:00 – 5:00 Final presentation. “ASSASSINS” review due. Dates and
times:

General Education Categories and Outcomes
1)   Content Knowledge: Student will demonstrate increased vocabulary, content, and
     conceptual knowledge in a breadth requirement. This will be demonstrated using
     outcome #2.
2)   Inquiry: Student will demonstrate their understanding of the heuristic of acting, its way of
     knowing and processing the world, its forms of inquiry and ways of solving problems.
     This will be demonstrated using outcome #3.
3)   Creative Process: Students will demonstrate the ability to employ the creative process
     and display a conceptual understanding of their function. This will be demonstrated
     using outcome #4.

University Writing Requirement Outcomes: N/A

Disclaimer: Class schedule/assignments may be altered during the course of the term as
needed.

Attendance/Lateness Policy:
Students are responsible for attending class every time that it is held. Absences will result in a
loss of ten points. The only exception is mandatory university sponsored events and
THEN, ONLY if I know in advance. Work due on a day that you miss will be accepted with a
10% deduction per each period it is late.

Statement of Academic Misconduct:
Eastern Oregon University places a high value upon the integrity of its student scholars. Any
student found guilty of an act of academic misconduct (including but not limited to cheating,
plagiarism or theft of an examination or supplies) may be subject to having his or her grade
reduced in the course in question. It might also require your being placed on probation or
suspended from the university, or being expelled from the university – or a combination of
these. (Please see Section II of the 2002-2003 Student handbook and Planning Calendar:
Campus Citizenship (Academic), p. 32ff: Campus Citizenship (Behavior), p41ff.)

Statement on Americans with Disabilities
If you have a documented disability or suspect that you have a learning problem and need
reasonable accommodations, please contact Disability Services program in Loso Hall.
Telephone: 962-3081.

Syllabus prepared by:              Kenn Wheeler
Date:                              04/02/11

								
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