Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
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THE 156 - Shakespeare for the Actor, Experimental

Credits: 3
1 Lecture Hours 2 Studio Hours

This course is aimed at developing the actor’s craft with techniques for speaking the verse and heightened prose texts of Shakespeare’s plays. Work is memorized from sonnets, soliloquies and dramatic scenes both serious and comic.  Both ensemble and individual work will be examined.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Analyze Shakespearean text for meaning and character.
  2. Apply analysis of text to create a role and perform character.
  3. Interpret language for modern audiences.
  4. Demonstrate confidence with speaking and performing heightened and/or stylized language.
  5. Recognize differences between verse and prose passages and apply them to performance choices.
  6. Conduct a basic scansion analysis of iambic pentameter verse.
  7. Perform classical text using both contemporary and period acting techniques.
Listed Topics
  1. Shakespeare’s plays
  2. Scansion
  3. Lexicons and their usage
  4. Soliloquies, sonnets and scenes
  5. Elizabethian staging and performance techniques
Reference Materials
The Complete Works of Shakespeare
Article readings and theatrical scenes to be provided by the instructor

Required materials: pencils, notebook

Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citzenship

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