Acting I

2020:
Discipline: Drama
Instructor: Carr
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1640
End: 1755
Field Work: Day 1 - Friday, 27 June | Spain Download Syllabus

This class is designed to help students better understand the preparation necessary
for performance, what makes the art of theatre tick, how to develop their own
unique artistic voice and ways to hone their performance skills. The first section
of the class will be a lecture-based introduction to script analysis, dramaturgy, and
the timeless craft of storytelling. Students will rehearse and perform scenes from
the theatrical canon, beginning to explore actively the creation of character and the
skills requisite to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances” (Meisner). Using
the unique travel opportunities and cultural interactions that Semester at Sea offers
as a catalyst, students will begin to create their own monologues and performance
pieces inspired directly from their experiences on the voyage. Through interviews,
interactions and observations (and drawing inspiration from artists such as Anna
Deveare Smith, the Tectonic Theatre Project, and Culture Clash), students will work
to discover and develop their own individual artistic voices. The class will culminate
in a public performance of the varied works created and rehearsed throughout the
voyage.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1 - Friday, 27 June

Students will begin their night with a pre-show discussion and presentation on Spanish Theatre in order to help them better understand and appreciate their upcoming experience in Bilbao. The group will then travel to a local restaurant and enjoy a pre-show dinner of authentic tapas before moving over to the Teatro Arriaga for a performance of Grupo Las Txirenitas' production of "Mujercitas. The true history." Following the performance, one of the actors will join the group for a discussion as well as a question and answer session before students return to the ship. Academic Objectives: 1. To be exposed to acting styles and exercises that help expand and strengthen personal technique 2. To learn from international theatre artists in order to gain a broader worldview of the art form 3. To compare and contrast the experience of the field lab with the work done in the classroom