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Administrative Unit: Humanities 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. Prerequisites: Audition.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Audition.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of books like 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 Objectives
  • To introduce the foundations of acting, directing and technical production within the process of producing an actual full production.
  • To enhance appreciation of the art of theatre as a collaborative art form.
    Measurable Learning

  • Recognize basic theatre/stage terminology.
  • Demonstrate specific acting method.
  • Demonstrate directing techniques.
  • Identify and employ basic lighting design, scenography and costume design.
  • Develop necessary skills to produce a play.

    Topical Outline:
  • 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:

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    Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: June 18, 2014
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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