Course Abstract Details

THTR-135, Movement for the Actor

Credits: 3

Course Description

THTR-135, Movement for the Actor, allows the actor to develop and create movement skills that can be applied to theatrical performance. The goal of this course is to expose students to physical training for the stage through exercises in movement dynamics, centering, balance, yoga, clown/mime work, stage combat, and contact improvisation. Prerequisite: THTR-110 or permission of the program coordinator. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Fall term.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Students will be able to? 

1. Embody creative expression, by approaching a character physically as well as mentally. (GE 5, PG 4) 

2. Employ strategies for overcoming physical limitations through physical techniques and skills needed for performance. (GE 5, PG 4) 

3. Apply new acting techniques by tapping into unexplored physical areas of expression. (GE 5, PG 4) 

4. Demonstrate increased flexibility, balance, and physical awareness. (GE 5, PG 4) 

5. Demonstrate improved posture, alignment, coordination, and centering. (GE 5, PG 4) 

6. Demonstrate a strengthened and lengthened body through yoga and Alexander techniques. (GE 5, PG 4) 

7. Apply techniques for protecting and caring for ones physical self. (GE 5, PG 4) 

8. Demonstrate a basic understanding of basic hand-to-hand stage combat. (GE 5, PG 4) 

9. Demonstrate a basic understanding of clown/mime work which connects emotion with physicality. (GE 5, PG 4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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