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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Feb 25, 2018
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

THEA 002A. Acting I

This course is designed as a practical introduction to some of the principles, techniques, and tools of acting. We will use theater games and improvisational exercises (from Stanislavsky, Viola Spolin, Uta Hagen and other sources) to unleash the actor's imagination, expand the boundaries of accepted logic, encourage risk taking, and free the body and voice for the creative process. We will also focus on beginning to analyze text, understanding scene-work and monologues in relation to an entire play, listening and responding to self, others and space, and developing the ability to play actions. Finally, each student will have the opportunity to test our principles of work through one scene with a partner, no longer than ten minutes, to be assigned by the instructor. This scene will be performed in front of the class.
Fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors.
1 credit.
Fall 2017. Bauriedel. Torra.
Spring 2018. Bauriedel
Fall 2018. Torra.
Spring 2019. Torra.
Catalog chapter: Theater  
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Check the Spring 2018 Schedule of Courses