One-Act Plays

Course Purpose:

In the One-Act Plays Module, students will continue to explore works by classical and contemporary playwrights as a context within which to study text, performance and working with fellow actors.

Course Goals and Outcomes:

Some of the specific skills students will develop during the One-Act Plays Module are:

  • Acquiring performance rights
  • Refining memorization technique over longer material
  • Analyzing text
  • Listening and connecting emotionally to multiple scene partners
  • Executing detailed play and character research
  • Creating characters and performances that serve a broader story and production
  • Developing an extensive vocal warm-up process for rehearsal and performance
  • Participating in crew and stage-hand responsibilities
  • Carrying out production meetings and marketing
Course Activities:

Students will work with a variety of exercises to breakdown the script to its basic elements of plot and character. They will use various approaches to creating backstory and subtext for their characters and will be lead through a process designed to fulfill the creative requirements asked of actors on a professional theatre production. In addition they will have assignments based in the technical theatre crafts that they will also need to fulfill.

Course Texts:

Oxford English Dictionary
Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen, David Hyde Pierce, Haskel Frankel
Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Michael J. Gelb

In addition, once the ensemble has been created, specific performance texts will be selected and provided to the student or requested of them to purchase.

Supplies and Equipment:

Supervised access to the theatre and lighting equipment will be provided by the school during the performance of the One-Act Plays. Students are required to bring the following with them to classes: 3” binder with paper and 8 tabs, notebook, pen, pencil, highlighter, and a water bottle.

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