MOVEMENT 121 – Movement for Actors by suchenfz


									                                       Spring 2009
                                   Golden West College
                    Theater Arts G188 Body Movement for Actors (65908)
                       Monday and Wednesday 2:20 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
                                     Room: Village P

                           Instructor: Martie Ramm (Engle)
                                 Phone: 714-895-8223
                              Office: Communications 101
                                      Office Hours:
                      Monday and Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
                            Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                    or by appointment



To enhance the actor’s physical ability to communicate on stage through the use of basic
movement skills, focusing on physical awareness, movement improvisation, choreography, and
stage combat.

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
    Define the key to the physicality of authentic and believable acting.
    Explore and react to sound and movement in order to create a fresh theatrical experience
      and realize full character creation.
    Demonstrate optimal conditioning of an actor’s body as it relates to theatrical work.
    Have a greater understanding of movement, dance, movement improvisation, stage
      combat, and character development through actual movement exercises.
    Explore the results of breathing, relaxation, good posture, and fitness.

Please Note:
    1. Theater Arts G188 is a movement/acting/stage combat/dance/movement
        improvisation course that can require strenuous physical activity.
    2. Participation in this course will require physical exertion, physical contact, and
        physical interaction with others at each class session.
    3. Students must be able to personally, physically and kinesthetically execute all steps,
        stretches, movements and techniques taught in each class session.
    4. If a student cannot comply with these requirements, student will be required to drop
        or will be dropped from this course.
    5. Students are required to inform instructor in the first class session they attend of
        any physical or health restrictions that might prevent full personal, physical or
        kinesthetic participation in this course. If the instructor feels these restrictions
        would prevent full compliance with the course description and syllabus, student will
        be required to drop or will be dropped from this course.
Dress Code
All students must come prepared to move. Student must wear appropriate clothing (sweats,
exercise clothes, leotards, tights, tennis shoes, dance shoes, etc). No tight or constricting
clothing (such as jeans, khakis, short or long skirts), sandals, flip-flops or any open-toed shoes
are acceptable. It is also recommended that men wear tee shirts with sleeves. Tank tops for men
are discouraged.

If a student is not properly dressed to move/stretch/dance, the student will be asked to sit and will
not receive full credit for participation that day.

Optional Text
     Potter, Nicole. MOVEMENT FOR ACTORS, Allsworth Press, New York

Course Requirements

Total Semester Points – 100 points
       Class Participation – 60 points.
           Enthusiastic attendance and participation in all class work is expected.
       Homework – 16 points (8 assignments @ 2 points each)
           All homework documents must be free of spelling and/or grammatical errors.
              Instructor will not grade and will return to student any homework assignments
              that contain spelling and/or grammatical errors. College level work pertaining to
              spelling, punctuation, and grammar is expected on all assignments.
       Review #1 – 8 points
       Review #2 – 8 points
       Final Examination – 8 points

Semester Grade -- Total Semester Points – 100 points
    If you score between 90-100 points, you will receive an A
    If you score between 80-89 points, you will receive a B
    If you score between 70-79 points, you will receive a C
    If you score between 60-69 points, you will receive a D
    If you score 59 points or below, you will receive an F

Grading for Final examination (worth 8 points of your semester grade)
Quiz will have a 100-point total score.
    If you score between 90-100 points on the quiz, you will receive 8 points
    If you score between 80-89 points on the quiz, you will receive 6 points
    If you score between 70-79 points on the quiz, you will receive 5 points
    If you score between 60-69 points on the quiz, you will receive 4 points
    If you score between 50-59 points on the quiz, you will receive 3 points
    If you score at 49 or below you will receive 0 points

No late work or make-up work will be accepted.

Theatrical Review # 1 and Review # 2                            Due Monday May 11
   (Reviews may be turned in at anytime throughout the semester prior to due date)

        Student is required to personally attend two (2) Golden West College Theater Arts
         department productions then write a minimum two-page review of each production.
        If the Golden West College Theater Arts department is not presenting a production this
         semester, student can review another college or university production or a professional

The Golden West College Theater Arts department productions this semester are:
       “Rashomon” (Drama)                                              March 6 -- 15
       “Beyond Therapy” (Comedy)                                         May 1 -- 10

Written critiques of theatrical productions must:
  1. Follow the review guidelines (handout)
  2. Be written in essay format. Do not write reviews in bullet point format.
  3. Indicate the date the production was viewed, the name of the theater, provide the seat
      location (row, seat and section number) and have the program or ticket stub from the
      performance attached to the review. Student will lose points if the program or ticket stub
      is not attached.
  4. Have titles of plays written in bold or underlined or in italics or in “quotes.” Student
      will lose points if titles are not properly displayed.
  5. Include every point listed under “Facts about the play or musical” and should include
      every point listed under each subsequent heading.
  6. List the character name along with the full name of the actor playing that character. For
      each subsequent mention of a character, please include the last name of the actor playing
      that character in the performance you viewed.
  7. Reflect the personal thoughts of the student and are to be personally written by the
      student. Using quotes or other text from published or internet reviews, publicity
      information, or press releases from the theatrical production reviewed or from other
      theatrical productions, internet sources, films or television versions of the same live
      theatrical production is not allowed. Student is to write their own thoughts using these
  8. Be a minimum of two pages, 12-point font, double-spaced, with no spelling or
      grammatical errors.
  9. Be submitted before deadline. No late work will be accepted.

    Student may submit a review of a live theatrical production they have seen within the 3-
      months prior to the start date of this course.
    Student may not review a high school production, children’s theater productions (where
      the majority of performers are under age 18) or production produced for or by any
      religious organization.
    Student may not review a live theatrical production where they are a member of the cast,
      orchestra, stage or costume crew. Student can only review a production viewed in its
      entirety as a member of the audience. Students who are members of the cast or crew of a
      Golden West College Theater Arts department production this semester should ask
      instructor for an alternate review assignment.

For extra credit (5 points per additional review), you may attend and review no more than two
(2) additional productions.

Information about Golden West College Theater Arts department productions this semester can
be found at

Tickets can be ordered online at

The Theater Arts Department Box Office telephone number is 714-895-8150. If no one is there,
leave a message asking for the tickets to the performance you wish to attend and they will call
you back.

There are opportunities to work as an usher at Golden West College Theater Arts department
productions in exchange for free attendance at the performance in which you work. Please see
instructor for details.

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