College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience 2013-2014


THE 010A ~ Introduction to Acting
CRN: 91236

Instructor: Sarah Carleton Associate Professor of Theatre More . . .

How does one effectively persuade an audience of a fictional truth? How does an actor transform into a character and communicate it to the audience? What is acting? This course begins to answer these questions. Students participate in exercises to increase self-awareness and to heighten perceptions of human behavior, and learn the basics of script analysis and development of vocal and physical skills through practice and performance. Students read Uta Hagen and attend a minimum of three productions produced by the Theatre Department. Registration is restricted to Theatre majors and minors.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course
Meets: TR 1:00pm-2:15pm

THE 095B ~ Audience and the Critical Eye
CRN: 93640

Instructor: Jeffrey Modereger Professor of Theatre More . . .

Theatre is a form of entertainment where the audience is as important as the actor and the script. In this class we, the audience, study the many facets of live performance by attending productions around the Burlington area. We consider how the play text has been translated into performance by analyzing the choices made by directors, actors, designers, and choreographers. We also consider the kinds of questions the performance asks: What ideas of the play are being communicated? How do those ideas express or connect with our time and place? Is the playwright, director, or choreographer trying to communicate a message, and how have the choices made in the production expressed that message? As the audience, together we engage with the makers of theatre and learn how we are affected by their work. By learning how to be educated audience members, we can better understand what art expects of us. $225.00 lab fee for attending productions.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course
Meets: MW 4:05pm-5:20pm

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