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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 420
Course Title: Advanced Acting and Production Techniques
Number of:
Credit Hours 1-3
Lecture Hours 1-3
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

This course exposes students to the acting, directing and technical processes during the staging of a full-length production. Acting or managerial participation in a main stage production is a course requirement. The week prior to the performance will require evening and weekend rehearsal time required for participation in the class. All students must participate in the set production dates scheduled prior to production dates. This course may be taken for variable credit and up to three times. Prerequisite: Audition.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: Audition.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Occasionally

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The Actor at Work
By Benedetti, Robert (Allyn & Bacon)
Play Directors
By Rodgers, James and Wanda Rogers (John Wiley & Sons, Inc)
The playbook of the play to be produced

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize basic theatre/stage terminology.
  2. Demonstrate specific acting method.
  3. Demonstrate directing techniques.
  4. Identify and employ basic lighting design, scenography and costume design.
  5. Develop necessary skills to produce a play. 
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • The play selection process
  • Pre-production consideration and acting techniques
  • The rehearsal process from the actors and directors point of view
  • Audience development, funding and the Tech Week Process
  • The production and “cooling down” process

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 5

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: April 12, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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