Acting Methods and Styles

by Carson Wright

 

UNIT OBJECTIVE

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of a several different acting methods and styles by completing an exam.

 

CLASS LEVEL

Advanced Drama Class

 

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

While it is possible for students to succeed in this unit without any prior knowledge or skills, it is expected and preferred that students will have some exposure to drama and acting, either in extra-curricular drama classes, or in prior drama classes in Junior High/High School.

 

NATIONAL STANDARDS

 

CREATING

• TH:Cr1.1.HSIII.a
o Synthesize knowledge from a variety of dramatic forms, theatrical conventions, and technologies to create the visual composition of a drama/theatre work

• TH:Cr3.1.HSIII.b
o Synthesize knowledge from a variety of dramatic forms, theatrical conventions, and technologies to create the visual composition of a drama/theatre work.

 

PERFORMANCE

• TH:Pr4.1.HSII.b
o Apply a variety of researched acting techniques as an approach to character choices in a drama/theatre work.

• TH:Pr5.1.HSIII.a

o Use and justify a collection of acting exercises from reliable resources to prepare a believable and sustainable performance.

 

BIG IDEAS

Perspective, Reflection, Critique

 

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

• How do theatre artists comprehend the essence of drama processes and theatre experiences?

• In what ways can research into theatre histories, theories, literature, and performances alter the way a drama process or production is understood?

 

ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS

• Theatre artists critically inquire into the ways others have thought about and created drama processes and productions to inform their own work.

• Theatre artists reflect to understand the impact of drama processes and theatre experiences.

 

Lessons:

 

Day 1: Introduction to the Unit/Stanislavski

Students will be able to demonstrate their current understanding of various acting methods and styles by participating in the “Balderdash” pre-assessment activity.

 

Day 2: Stanislavski System

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the given circumstance, objective, and super objective by completing the Stanislavski System assignment.

 

Day 3: Imagination/Magic If

Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to explore and use their imagination by participation in both group and individual exercises through out the class period.

 

Day 4: Stanislavski System Moves to America

Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of 20th century theatre pioneers by making short, group presentations to the class.

 

Day 5: Sanford Meisner and Quiz

Students will demonstrate their understanding of basic Meisner Technique by completing the “connect, respond, and speak” activity.

 

Day 6: Viola Spolin

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the strength of improvisation exercises by participating in several improvisation games as a class.

 

Day 7: Forum Theatre Workshop (Part 1)

Students will be able to explore some techniques and practices of Augusto Boal by participating in a Forum Theatre workshop.

 

Day 8: Forum Theatre Workshop (Part 2)

Students will be able to explore some techniques and practices of Augusto Boal by participating in a Forum Theatre workshop.

 

Day 9: Forum Theatre Debrief

Students will be able to analyze, describe, and demonstrate their understanding of Augusto Boal’s games and practices by discussing in small groups and writing a reflection response.

 

Day 10: Brecht

Students will be able to accurately demonstrate Brechtian style by creating and performing mini Brechtian scenes.

 

Day 11: Hip-Hop Theatre

Students will be able to articulate the basic tenants of hip hop theatre and culture by participating in the class discussion.

 

Day 12: Practice Day

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of hip-hop theatre and culture by rehearsing and preparing their Shakespeare ad-rap-tations.

 

Day 13: Review Day/Work Day

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of a several different acting methods and styles by reviewing concepts and techniques learned throughout the unit.

 

Day 14: Performance Day

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of hip-hop theatre and culture by performing their Shakespeare ad-rap-tations.

 

Day 15: Final Test

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of a several different acting methods and styles by completing an exam.

 

Acting Methods and Styles Unit of Lessons.Carson Wright