Syllabus for Adv Drama I - 1st Semester

Advanced Drama I - Progress 1
Class Syllabus

All Students in this class must have the following supplies by the 2nd day of class.

  • Three ring 1" binder/black
  • Three dividers with tabs (can make these out of construction paper)
  • A notebook with lined paper
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WEEK 1 - Welcome 

Day 1 - Introductions / "Meet and Greet" - Community Building - Go over syllabus

Day 2 - Warm-ups - (Group building)
visit blog page: http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/warm-up-games.html

Day 3 - Stage Directions   review - Students will physically walk through the areas and positions
visit blog page: http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/stage-directionsactor-positions.html

Day 4 - Stretching
Visit blog page: http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/stretching-exercises-for-actor-simple.html

             Vocal Warm-ups
visit blog page: http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/vocal-warm-ups.html

Day 5 - Physical Warm-ups
visit blog page: http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/physical-warm-ups.html

Copy of this video is in the Adv Drama Google Clasroom
VIDEO: "The Origins of the Actor": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfPz1c07IsQ
                            A.) Students take notes
                            B.) Discussion and Questions about the video.

WEEK 2  - IMPROV

Day 1
- Review of last week  - vocal warm ups, physical warm-ups, group games, stage directions, and actor positions.

Day  2 - Assessment in the BINDER

DRAW a stage with nine areas labelled
DRAW the actor position chart labelled
WRITE out a series of three vocal warm-up techniques and three physical warm-up techniques to use (that are not our commonly used ones) - 
JOURNAL: Prompts for short answer: 
"Where does tension live in your body most of the time?"(do you have a remedy? why or why not?)
"Do you keep a journal or diary of things happening in your life?" (why or why not)
"If you could get yourself to more active everyday...what would you do to be more active?"
"Do you see yourself as an observant person?"(what is your favorite place to observe the world?)

History of Improv
Visit blog page: http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/history-of-improv.html

Revisit IMPROVISATION - Intro to Viola Spolin
Visit VIDEO at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9gF-lCoBus

GAME: "The Yes Game" - one person says what everyone should "act like" and the whole group does, bell rings and someone else shouts out a suggestion.

Day 3 - IMPROVISATION - (con't) 
Pull up the "The Rules of Improv" - and keep handy for the next few days.
http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/how-to-be-better-improvisor.html


Day 4  - IMPROVISATION (con't)
VOCAB for IMPROV:
Visit: http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/improv-terms.html

Visit bog page: http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/improvisation-part-2-creating-story.html

Day 5 - IMPROVISATION (con't)
WATCH - "Rules of IMPROV" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StESLTnGyHM

Visit blog page: http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/improvisation-part-3-getting-it-moving.html


WEEK 3 - COMMEDIA

Day 1 - Review the history of Commedia Del Art"Rehearsed" improvisation

Characters to explore: The Clown(s), the Lover(s), the Doctor, the Pantolone, the Servant, the Witch, and the Captain (traveller/visitor/fool)

FOR A QUICK VISUAL - Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUnaNTfTzuM
ACTIVITY: (teacher prompts) -Students move around the room as each stock character to music

Definition:   
Lazzi - WATCH from "The Dentist"(TSU): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHFvQzvrwz4
            WATCH from "The Dentist" (TSU): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4zm9VShSvE

Day (2- 4) - Commedia (con't)
MORE Definitions - slapstick, prat falls, slaps, punches, tumbling, chair-work
Students will play through terms and give physical examples in class 

ACTIVITY: Students practice various physical lazzi and work on various character traits
*(use masks, canes, swords, buckets, chairs, and an actual "slapstick" prop)

Day 5 - Commedia-style small performances of various scenarios with lazzi and clowning


WEEK 4 - STANSLAVSKI and THE ACTOR
Copy of handout for this unit is in the Adv Drama Google Classroom
Students will reference the handout when we visit a new concept in "the system"

Day (1 - 3) - Introduction to Konstantin Stanislavski - "The Godfather of Acting"
Visit blog page: http://wgactingtheorists.blogspot.com/p/stans-method-of-physical-actions.html

Method I - Given Circumstances and The Magic "If"
Visit blog page: http://wgactingtheorists.blogspot.com/p/the-method-i-stanislavski-givens-and.html

Day (4 - 5)Stanislavski (con't)

Method II - Truth and Concentration
Visit blog page: http://wgactingtheorists.blogspot.com/p/the-method-ii-stanislovski.html


WEEK 5 - STANISLAVSKI - (con't)

Day (1 - 2) REVIEW - Last week's information
Given Circumstances - visit blog page: http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/given-circumstances.html

The Magic If - (imagination games with the script creating the world of the game)

Method III - Tempo and Rhythm
Visit blog page: http://wgactingtheorists.blogspot.com/p/method-v-tempo-rhythm.html

Day (3 - 5) - Method IV - the Psycho-Physical Action
Visit blog page: http://wgactingtheorists.blogspot.com/p/method-vi-stanislavski-emotional-memory.html

WEEK 6 - PRACTICE the system

Day 1 - TABLE-READ - One act play TWITCH* out loud /whole class (rotating actors)
*Scripts will be distributed in class and collected at the end of the hour

Short post read DISCUSSION of the play (initial response and themes)

ACTIVITY:
  1. SELECT Acting partner(s)
  2. CUT a  1 minute scene from the play
  3. TRANSCRIBE all of the lines in the scene into your notebook by hand. (you may type it later
  4. HIGHLIGHT your lines
Homework: 
READ the script several times out loud/ play both parts

Day 2 - Duet Scene (baseline)
Visit the blog page "Rehearsal":http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/rehearsal.html
  1. READ the script out loud with notebooks ready. (Time the scene!)
  2. Outline the GIVENS for the scene and the characters (work together but write yourself)
  3. Get on your feet and WALK THROUGH the scene.
  4. SCORE the text (write out blocking, any subtext, and mark all stress words
  5. Write out the Magic "if" statements for your character.
  6. REHEARSE the entire scene on your feet once or twice
END OF THE HOUR: Visit blog page "memorization":http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/memorization.html

Homework: 
MEMORIZE all of the lines and physical actions of your character 
MAP all of the Physical Actions of the character for the scene.
SELF-REHEARSE your part of the scene on your own playing with interpretation

Day 3 - REHEARSAL
Students will use the hour to review their scenes with their partner(s)
Use scripts and any notes
Rehearse the scene on their feet with any chairs
Make any adjustments to the blocking
(Within the hour) Run it one time for the teacher fully memorized*
*Will not recieve full pts for the assignment if it is not memorized for today's line test!!!

Day 4 - Performances with discussion (con't)
  1. Students will use the first 10 minutes of class to REHEARSE with partner(s).
  2. Form a performance order on the board
  3. PERFORM for the class. 
PEER CRITIQUE* - (theater and performance review) - must be present to participate
- Worksheets are filled out for each student performance by at least one member of the class.
*Everyone must critique at least one actor to receive full pts for the assignment.


Day 5 - ASSESSMENT for Progress Period 1 
QUIZ: vocabulary / concepts / people
JOURNAL: self critiques/class critiques
BINDER - Scenework 


Progress 2

WEEK 7 - OBJECTIVE, HURDLE, TACTIC

Day 1 - Objective
Visit blog page "Objective":
http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/ojective-want.html

Visit blog page "Conflict":
http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/conflict.html

Day 2 - Tactic
Visit the blog page: "Tactic":
http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/tatics-how-get-what-you-want.html

REVIEW - Objective
Visit blog page "Objective- Quick tips":
http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/objective-review-quick-tips.html

Visit blog page "Super Objective":

Day 3 - FOUR CORNERS
Visit blog page: GAME : "Four Corners":
http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/building-scene-four-corners.html

Day 4Subtext
Visit blog page "Subtext": http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/subtext-whats-under-line.html

Day 5 - Intro to OPEN SCENES
Visit blog page "Open Scenes":
http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/open-scenes-exercise-for-scoring-scripts.html


WEEK 8 - OPEN SCENES

Day (1-4) OPEN SCENES (con't)
Visit blog page and continue with "Open Scenes":
http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/open-scenes-exercise-for-scoring-scripts.html

Visit blog page "Sanford Meisner":
http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/sanford-meisner-theorist.html

Visit the 2nd page "Meinser Technique exercises":
http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/meisner-exercises.html


Day 5 - ASSESSMENT 
QUIZ: vocabulary / concepts / people
JOURNAL: self critiques/class critiques
BINDER - Open scene work


WEEK 9 - MONOLOGUE

Day 1 - RELAXATION TECHNIQUES: (whole class warm-up)

STANISLAVSKI - "Circles of Attention" (with a quick exercise)
Visit blog page :http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/stanslavski.html

MONOLOGUE FILE - SELECTION 
Students READ three monologues in the pile
WRITE a quick analysis of each in their actor's journal.
They must WRITErationale for their decision as to which one is the best for them to perform

Day 2 - MONOLOGUE
Visit the blog page "Rehearsal":http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/rehearsal.html
  1. READ the script out loud with notebooks ready. (Time the scene!)
  2. Outline the GIVENS for the scene and the characters (work together but write yourself)
  3. Get on your feet and WALK THROUGH the scene.
  4. SCORE the text (write out blocking, any subtext, and mark all stress words
  5. Write out the Magic "if" statements for your character.
  6. REHEARSE the entire scene on your feet once or twice
END OF THE HOUR: Visit blog page "memorization":http://wgdramaclass.blogspot.com/p/memorization.html

Homework: 
MEMORIZE all of the lines in the scene 
MAP all of the Physical Actions of the character and memorize them for the scene.
SELF-REHEARSE your part of the scene on your own playing with interpretation

Day 3 - REHEARSAL
Students will use the hour to work on their monologues
Use scripts and any notes
Rehearse the scene on their feet with any chairs
Make any adjustments to the blocking
(Within the hour) Run it one time for the teacher fully memorized*
*Will not recieve full pts for the assignment if it is not memorized for today's line test!!!

Day 4 - Performances with discussion (con't)
  1. Students will warm-up (Vocal and Physical)
  2. Students will go into a quick 5 minute self rehearsal review
  3. Actors sign up on the chalk board
  4. All students have notebooks in the audience
  5. Actors all PERFORM for the class. 
PEER CRITIQUE* - (theater and performance review) - must be present to participate
- Worksheets are filled out for each student performance by at least one member of the class.
*Everyone must critique at least one actor to receive full pts for the assignment.

Day 5 - ASSESSMENT for Progress Period 1 
QUIZ: vocabulary / concepts / people
JOURNAL: self critiques/class critiques
BINDER - Scenework 

WEEK 10 - FULL LENGTH PLAY - Monologue and Scene cutting

Day (1 - 3) - READ - Oleanna by David Mamet
Whole Class table read- (2 chairs up front) actors switching parts at every beat.
WRITE answers to the questions in the "How to Read a Play" Packet
REVIEW TERMS - (Structure, Theme, Imagery, Style, Tension, Symbols...etc.)
Moderated discussion throughout the entire table read
MARK 6 - Mini Monologues (15 sec cuttings)  - 3 for each gender
MARK 1 - Scene (1 min cutting)

Day 4 - Monologue 
TRANSCRIBE the cuttings (Labwork)
In the computer lab / students type out all 7 selections
PRINT and TURN IN - all of the typed copies to teacher

Day 5 - Material Selection
SELECT: Monologue cutting - WRITE a short rationale for why that is the best cutting
SELECT: Scene cutting (& acting partner) - WRITE a short rationale for why that is the best choice
Then the students start working alone.
READ the monologue cutting several times.
WRITE: CHARACTER ANALYSIS worksheet - for the monologue.

Homework: 
MEMORIZE all of the lines of the monologue cutting 
MAP all of the Physical Actions of the character 
SCORE the entire monologue (subtext, blocking, stress words, tempo, volume, rhythm..etc). 
SELF-REHEARSE playing with different interpretations in your scoring (write in pencil).

WEEK 11 - MASTER CLASS - Monologue cuttings

Workshop sessions will utilize some of the skills we have learned so far this semester and will place the work we are doing into more of a "play rehearsal" setting. The student will take coaching from a director. It will allow for repetition, thoughtful play, and hopefully some insight on the moment the actor is trying to portray.

EACH DAY WE WILL RANDOMLY SELECT - Actors may prepare more than one monologue cutting for the week, but they must have at least one prepared to work.

Day 1 - Workshop monologues on stage in a "Masterclass" format - with coaching and performance
complete relaxation, vocal and physical warm-ups before the workshop begins

Day 2 - Workshop monologues on stage in a "Masterclass" format - with coaching and performance
complete relaxation, vocal and physical warm-ups before the workshop begins

Day 3 - Workshop monologues on stage in a "Masterclass" format - with coaching and performance
complete relaxation, vocal and physical warm-ups before the workshop begins

Day 4 - Workshop monologues on stage in a "Masterclass" format - with coaching and performance
complete relaxation, vocal and physical warm-ups before the workshop begins

Day 5 - Assessment 
Complete relaxation, vocal and physical warm-ups before the performances begins
PERFORMANCE - "Showcase/Festival" style
Students perform their short monologue cuttings on stage (videotaped)
All script and preparation work is checked in and placed in BINDER at the end of the showcase

WEEK 12 - VIEW POINTS by Anne Bogart

Day (1 - 5)  - EXERCISES - to work through the various categories of the VIEWPOINTS Theory
View: blog page: http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/viewpoints-by-anne-bogart-and-tina.html

Progress 3-

WEEK 13 - VIEWPOINTS (con't)
Day (1 - 5)  - EXERCISES - to work through the various categories of the VIEWPOINTS Theory
View: blog page: http://wgadvanceddrama.blogspot.com/p/viewpoints-by-anne-bogart-and-tina.html

WEEK 14 - SCENEWORK - Oleanna  by David Mamet
Day 1 Scene cuttings
TRANSCRIBE the cuttings (Labwork)
In the computer lab / students type out your selection
PRINT and TURN IN - three typed copies to teacher (2 for the actors/1 for the teacher)

Day (2 - 3) - REHEARSAL and PLAY - with scenes
run through the scenes with partners and prompts from the teacher using various Viewpoints to enhance the rehearsal of the scene and to help with blocking and staging.
WRITE - all of the blocking for the scene with visual mapping

Homework: 
MEMORIZE all of the lines of the monologue cutting 
MAP all of the Physical Actions of the character 
SCORE the entire scene (subtext, blocking, stress words, tempo, volume, rhythm..etc). 
SELF-REHEARSE playing with different interpretations in your scoring (write in pencil).


Day 4 - REHEARSAL with group
The students use the hour to rehearse with their group and the furniture they will be using.
NOTE: Scene is to be entirely memorized and scoring it to be used in rehearsal with the group
***Line tests may be given in the hour***

Day 5 - ASSESSMENT  - RECORD PERFORMANCES 
VIDEO: Students will team up with another group and video each other's performances

WEEK 15- TBD (Short week / Thanksgiving break)

WEEK 16 - TYPES OF STAGING

FULL LENGTH PLAY - Monologue and Scene cutting

Day (1 - 3) - READ - God of Carnage by Yasmine Reza
Whole Class table read- (4 chairs up front) actors switching parts at every beat.
WRITE answers to the questions in the "How to Read a Play" Packet
REVIEW TERMS - (Structure, Theme, Imagery, Style, Tension, Symbols...etc.)
Moderated discussion throughout the entire table read
MARK 2 - Monologues (1 min)
MARK 3 - Scenes (1 min cutting)

Day 4 SCENES 
TRANSCRIBE the cuttings (Labwork)
In the computer lab / students type out all 7 selections
PRINT and HIGHLIGHT your lines on each script
TURN IN - all of the typed and highlighted copies to teacher

Day 5 - LECTURE - 3 types of staging
-Proscenium, Thrust, and Arena
ACTIVITY: Students get on their feet and run some improvised scenes within the structures of each type of staging and with an audience.
REVIEW: blocking and staging rules and styles

WEEK 17 - SCENEWORK (Con't)

Day 1 - TABLE TALK and ANALYSIS with scene partners
Students get into their scene groups and discuss the options for the scene staging
REVIEW: Three types of staging from last week 
ACTIVITY: Groups find their own space, get on their feet with scripts (and pencils handy) and run the scene in all three types of staging (write down all the stuff that works)

Day (2 - 3)  - REHEARSAL 
Students set the scenes blocking and staging in this rehearsal with some coaching from teacher.
WRITE Each actor records their own blocking in the script
HIGHLIGHT: all of the "cue" lines in a different color

Homework: 
MEMORIZE all of your characters lines of the scene cutting and your cue lines 
MAP all of the Physical Actions of your character 
SCORE the entire scene (subtext, blocking, stress words, tempo, volume, rhythm..etc). 
SELF-REHEARSE playing with different interpretations in your scoring (write in pencil).

Day (4-5) - Assessment 
Complete relaxation, vocal and physical warm-ups before the performances begins
PERFORMANCE - "Showcase/Festival" style
Students perform their short monologue cuttings on stage (videotaped)
All script and preparation work is checked in and placed in BINDER at the end of the showcase

WEEK 18 - PORTFOLIO, RESUMES, HEADSHOTS, and the AUDITION!

The FINAL for the semester  - a completed binder with all materials organized inside as expected. 


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