|Semester||Spring Semester, 2021|
|Department||Sophomore Class A, Department of English Sophomore Class B, Department of English|
|Course Name||Introduction to Theatre in Practice :Acting, Directing, and Production|
The specific course schedule is To Be Announced. See http://www.wakingdreams.org/nccu/ for updates as well as the class facebook pages and other resources. See below for additional information on course requirements.
Students will present at several major performance, directing, and production assignments which include live presentation in front of classmates and video presentations. For the semester, these include SPOKEN WORD POETRY RECITAL (oral interpretation of literature), IMPROVISATIONAL THEATRE EXERCISES, SOLO ACTING (dramatic monologue), DUET (acting with a partner), SCENE WORK (production), BLOCKING ASSIGNMENT, NEW MEDIA PERFORMANCE (virtual reality and more), PROMPT BOOK PREPARATION, and PRODUCTION PREPARATION, and other short scene preparations. Typically, there are two to three weeks between these major performance assignments (depending upon the nature of the tasks involved). Videos of some of the original creative assignments will be considered for the SPARKSHOW channel as well as included in playlists for the IOOV program.
Preliminary Schedule (Subject to Change).
Students will also be asked to perform critical evaluations of their own performances and those of classmates.
Students are forewarned that the vast majority of acting and performance assignments for this course require students to memorize their lines.
Additionally, students will be asked to participate in critical discussion activities. Students will also present informative talks related to playwrights, actors, and/or directors of note.
While there are no formal written midterm or final examinations for this course, there are performances and other assignments which are considered equivalent to such exams. There may also be occasional pop-quizzes related to weekly readings, lectures, or other course content.
Assignments and Performances:
2. Playwright/Actor/Director research: For the an appropriate approved play, you are to research the playwright, prepare your findings, bring them to class, participate in group discussion of the playwright and hand in your findings.
Student are Expected to:
For a number of the performance assignments, you may work with others. It is very important that all members of a team do their share of the work on time and be prepared on performance or presentation day.
• Punctual attendance is expected. I do take roll every day. It is your responsibility to find out what went on and to make up the work, ask me for handouts, etc. See general course attendance policies.
• Come to class with an open and willing mind. The study of theatre often involves contemplation of controversial material. As students of theatre, it is expected that you will not judge the material but rather attempt to discern the reason behind the expression of ideas.
• Be prepared to participate in class discussions and activities. You must participate fully. While I will not grade on sheer volume, regular and enthusiastic participation is required. The quality of the participation is the most important factor. Quality covers originality or insight demonstrated as well as clarity of communication.
• Read assigned readings by the due date - be prepared to discuss and/or perform.
• Hand in assignments on time. Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the due date.
• All students in the class are expected to foster respect, communicate with civility, cultivate the ideas of others, and encourage participation.
• Comprehend that all class activities are vital to the understanding of theatre and should be studied as thoroughly as lecture and reading material.
Working Together: For a number of the performance assignments, you may work with others. It is very important that all members of a team do their share of the work on time and be prepared on performance or presentation day.
Students should prepare a USB drive (16GB or higher suggested) to hand in periodically with class video assignments on it. The drive will be returned the following week after the assigned files have been copied to the course media drive.
學生學習投入時間 Student Time Investment
每週課堂教學時數： 3 小時 Class Hours per week
每週預習/複習時數： 3 小時 Pre/Study per week (typical, actual time requirements vary)
N/A or TBA
1. Regular attendance
2. Participation in classroom activities
3. Completion of assignments
Oral and Written Examinations. Participation. Fluency. Projects. Note that students receive participation points for each course session, so absences lower final grades. If a student has three unexcused absences then that student will not be allowed to participate in final projects or take the final examination. Five absences (excused or unexcused) lead to automatic failure in the course. Except in unusual cases late assignments will not be accepted. Plagiarism results in an automatic failure of the course.
Students should familiarize themselves with course policies, including those specifically related to Attendance, Participation, and Extra Credit opportunities (if any).
? ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION POLICY: For the most current Attendance and Extra Credit policies, please see the webpages at http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ or the class Facebook group files section. . . Attendance and Participation in this course are required. Students who are tardy or absent will be penalized through lower possible participation points. Attendance is taken regularly and penalties are applied. Typically, students receive on average ten to fifteen participation points each class period (more or less depending upon activities of the week and actual participation). Participation Grade Penalties are as follows: Tardy, -5 participation points; Second Hour Tardy, -10 participation points; Absence, no participation points possible. Use of Cellphone, tablet, computer, or mobile device without specific permission or instruction from the instructor, no participation points possible, -10 to -15 participation points and possibility of device being confiscated for the period (yes, just like elementary school students). Attendance Points and Penalties are as follows: Penalties for tardiness or absence are grade points taken from the course final grade of the semester. Tardy, -1 grade point; Second Hour Tardy, -2 grade points; Unexcused Absence, -3 grade points; Three Unexcused Absences, not allowed to take final exam and zero points for final project; Five Absences, automatically fail course. Note, students who missed the first few course sessions are still penalized for attendance and participation, even if they had not yet registered for the course.
? EXTRA CREDIT POLICY: For the most current Extra Credit policies, please see the webpages at http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ or the class Facebook group files section . . . Students may makeup for points lost due to missed classes or gain additional grade points by completing optional extra credit activities. Extra credit is always optional. However, certain extra credit opportunities are not available to everyone and others are time sensitive. It is to your advantage to sign up for extra credit earlier rather than later to ensure that you are eligible and that the schedule allows for the activity. If you wish to pursue extra credit, do so early. Extra Credit is NOT available within the last two weeks of the semester.
? Days in which students are scheduled to make presentations or in which interactive drama or similar activities are planned count as DOUBLE ATTENDANCE DAYS and all participation and attendance points or penalties are double.
|Textbook & Reference|
Paul Baldwin and John Malone, GUIDE TO ACTING.
John Kenrick, GUIDE TO AMATEUR THEATRICALS.
Charles McGaw, Kenneth Stilson, and Larry Clark, ACTING IS BELIEVING.
Nick O’Brien, STANISLAVSKI IN PRACTICE.
Charlie Todd, CAUSING A SCENE.
And/Or Other Texts as appropriate.
List may be modified at any time. Other texts to be assigned throughout the semester.
|Urls about Course|
|http://www.wakingdreams.org/nccu https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIf4OIhDtbEEcZrXERpyC_A http://www.interactivedramas.info https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwaninteractivedrama https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwan3d https://www.meetup.com/taiwanvirtualreality|