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Fall 2017: Acting II - DRAM 3410

Title

Fall 2017: Acting II - DRAM 3410

When

Tue. Aug 22, 2017 - Tue. Dec 5, 2017 (16 weeks)
Every Tuesday, Thursday from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Where

Drama Building, Rm 205

How do you convince an audience you’re someone else?
How can you be anyone other than the person you’ve been for your entire life?
 
In this class, we will begin to answer this question by first, paradoxically,
encouraging you to learn more about yourself. Through contemplative practices like
mindful awareness and reflective writing, you’ll become better acquainted with your own
hopes, fears, and tendencies. You’ll practice awareness both in class and in your life in
order to gain extensive knowledge about the interactions of your thoughts and your
emotions.
 
You will grow to understand how detailed observation of yourself can lead to
insights about human behavior and, through practice, you’ll develop the ability to
communicate someone else’s behavior to an audience.
You’ll bring awareness and listing to your everyday life and begin to notice how
those around you really act. Based on our in-class readings and practice, you’ll start to
understand their behavior more clearly. We’ll also read about and observe fictional
characters in plays and films. You’ll learn how to analyze their speech and behavior to
create an understanding of these characters’ desires and fears. You’ll build on your
awareness of yourself to empathize with their points-of-view and start to bring life to
these characters in performance.
 
Instructor
Dave Dalton (dnd8b@virginia.edu)