TH-221: Acting II

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: TH-221 Acting II

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): TH-121 Introduction to Acting for the Major or TH-120 Acting I

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

Application of the techniques learned in Acting I: further development of preparation, rehearsal and performance. The creation of believable characterizations through Stanislavski’s concept of actions. Review of Stanislavskian-based actor vocabulary and introduction to character and scene analysis.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Theatre, (Concentration: Acting) Required

A.S. Theatre, (Concentration: Technical Theatre) Elective

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

a. Expand and deepen their physical and vocal expression for the stage.

b. Advance in perceptual skills.

c. Listen effectively and be able to respond spontaneously to stimuli.

d. Integrate class exercises and develop a personal warm-up.

e. Be present on stage with a centered, neutral instrument.

f. Remain focused, sustaining concentration throughout scene work and acting exercises.

g. Distinguish their role in the physical environment of the stage.

h. Combine physical action with psychological motivation.

i. Apply the methods of emotional recall, sense memory and personalization in performance.

j. Support the articulation of character through movement and sound.

k. Utilize appropriate vocabulary in speaking and writing about the stage environment and the actor's process.

l. Write a detailed self-analysis of performance.

m. Analyze text and integrate analysis into performance.

Program-specific outcomes

I. Engage in the creation and execution of works of theatre.

II. Analyze plays perceptively.

Concentration-specific outcomes: Acting

A. Act (i.e., to project one’s self believably in word and action into imaginary circumstances, evoked through improvisation or text).

B. Employ the body and voice as an instrument for communication.

C. Practice a technique for analyzing the tasks required in the performance of dramatic material.

Supplemental Information

Required attire

Clothing that allows for a full range of movement for the work; no hats, heels, or jewelry.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

High & low stakes performance
High & low stakes writing
High & low stakes testing

Jury Requirement

This course is part of the department’s student jury assessment process. At the end of each semester, students present a capstone project, a demonstration of technique, for a panel of theatre faculty. Acting courses present a monologue, scene, or other demonstration of acting technique. Technical theatre courses present a portfolio of course content, or other demonstration of technical theatre technique. The jury provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work and for faculty to celebrate and assess progressive development.

Formal grading of the jury is left to the discretion of the course professor. The department’s course syllabus will identify if a course requires a jury presentation. The professor's course outline will identify how a jury presentation may impact the final course grade. The jury is scheduled outside of regular course meetings.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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