THEA 292B: Special Techniques in Acting - Intermediate

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2023
Credits: 3
Total Contact Hours: 80
Lecture Hours : 54
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 26
Outside of Class Hours: 108
Prerequisite: THEA 292A or Audition.
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

A more detailed approach in applying the Stanislavski Method to various genres of theatrical literature. A closer examination of how social influences affect the playwright's creative choices through scenes and monologues and short plays. 54 lecture hours, 26 lab hours arranged.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of specific acting styles as they pertain to World Literature.
  • Apply a more personal approach in auditions, scenes, monologues, short plays and cold readings.
  • Apply a more personal analytical approach to various theatrical genres.
  • Use more specific skills when breaking down material and have a deeper understanding of how theatrical genres differ.

Major Course Content

  1. Read selected scenes from various theatrical genres.
  2. Use script analysis techniques to navigate through a scene for specific understanding and meaning.
    1. Given Circumstances - the factual environment, i.e., political, social and economic landscape
    2. A 'beat by beat' work through of a scene
    3. Physical needs and choices applicable to a scene
    4. 'Heightened Reality' of a scene
  3. Improvisation techniques unique for a specific genre.
  4. Vocal techniques unique for a specific genre.
  5. Rehearse and perform selected scenes from a variety of genres.
  6. Examine personal choices when applying technique.
  7. Using personal choices when developing audition material.
  8. Possible showcase of scenes.

Hours Arranged Content

  • Rehearse scenes and monologues from World Literature
    1. Improvisation & vocal techniques
    2. Utilize props and set pieces for a more fully realized environment.
    3. Create and analyze choices when navigating through a scene or monologue.
  • Research the world of the play and how if affects actor choices
    1. Economic environment
    2. Social environment
    3. Political environment
    4. Gender equality/inequality
    5. Use of language

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Various plays

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

A Character Analysis of all scenes and monologues is required. A 2-page critique of a love theatrical performance is required.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Observe social behavior in a variety of settings, rehearse characteristics and perform in class.

Instruction Type(s)

Lab, Lecture, Online Education Lab, Online Education Lecture