This seminar provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the basic skills of acting. No prior acting experience is required. Students who have never acted previously (and those who have) will find it important to study (or review) the basics of concentration, motivation, and improvisation. For students interested in theater, this course is a necessity; students interested in other fields can also benefit from studying the basics of what it means to create a character, perform in a play, recite a poem, or simply be in front of an audience.
The course explores individual and collective creative potential, familiarizes students with the rigors of creating theater, and introduces them to the fundamentals of acting training. Through intensive individual and ensemble exploratory work, students are familiarized with the fundamentals of acting as art, discipline, and craft. Focusing on theater games, improvisation, movement, voice, and text work, the course aims to expand the students’ intellectual and creative potential in the direction of making theater. The areas covered include awareness and concentration, expanding the borders of our imagination, and creating a persona. The course is aimed at enhancing self-confidence, augment oral expression, and boost creativity. Acting teaches poise and presence, vocal, and physical coordination. By taking the class, students will acquire a working vocabulary in the fundamentals of acting, theory of acting, the process of rehearsal, and script analysis.
Students are required to write at least three response papers based on the on-campus theater productions. Grading will be based primarily on written work, class participation, and presentation. Scene work with partners will occur in class in addition to a minimum of 6 out-of-class rehearsal sessions. Students who successfully complete this seminar will receive course credit for THEA 254 and satisfy one half of their Human Thought and Expression area of inquiry requirement.
Adrian Giurgea, the director of Colgate’s Theater Program, received his PhD in Theater from UCLA. He directed over 100 professional and countless other academic productions in Italy, Romania, Russia, Estonia, Israel, and the US; prior to Colgate, he taught acting and directing at UC Berkeley, Hamilton College, University of Utah, San Jose State University, Pomona College, California State University Long Beach, and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.