Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Endowment exercise by rehearsing and performing the exercise.


Materials Needed

· Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen
· Random objects
· A medium-size piece of cloth per student


Lesson Directions


Anticipatory Set/Hook

Play the game This is a What?
How to play: Stand in a circle. Whoever goes first will manipulate a random object into something it is not. As they are performing this task, they will say “This is a (recreated object)”. The rest of the group will respond with “a what?”. The originator will repeat the object’s name, with the same response from the group: “a what?”. The originator will identify the object’s name once more and the group will response with an “ohhh, a (recreated object)”. Repeat this process, allowing someone else to change the object into something else, etc.
For example:
A: (while rocking a piece of cloth) This is a baby.
B-Z: a what?
A: (still rocking the cloth) A baby.
B-Z: a what?
A: (rocking) A baby.
B-Z: Ooohhh, a baby.
(Next person)
B: (while rubbing the same piece of cloth on his face) This is a face towel.
A, C-Z: a what?
B: (continuing action) A face towel.
A, C-Z: a what?
B: A face towel.
A, C-Z: Ohhhh, a face towel.



Step 1:
· As a class, read Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting, pages 112-117.
· Throughout the reading, refer back to the hook and periodically asks students
o to summarize what they’ve read
o for examples from productions they’ve seen
o for personal experiences they’ve had

GOAL: Students will have an understanding of
1. the exercise
2. important elements to successfully executing the exercise (e.g. avoid pantomiming, being specific in choices, etc.)


Step 2:
· Pass out a cloth to each student
· Inform them that they are going to reenact their nightly chores (for about 90 secs); however, they must manipulate the piece of cloth into 3 different props they would use during this routine (For example, the cloth becomes a toothbrush, face towel, and blanket)
· Give them 10-15 minutes to decide and rehearse the exercise
NOTE: Encourage students to be detailed in their interactions with the cloth so viewers know exactly what the prop is


Step 3:
· Once students have had sufficient time to practice, begin performing.



Once everyone has performed, discuss their process in doing this exercise (Possible questions: what did this exercise do for you? How did it help you? How do you think it can help the performance overall?, etc.)



Participation: 10pts
Implementation of Exercise: 5pts
Total possible points: 15pts


Implementation of Exercise POINT VALUE
Description of Qualifying Standard Points
Barely understands the exercise and its application to improving one’s acting ability 1
Sufficiently understands the exercise and its application to improving one’s acting ability 3
Understands the exercise and successfully applies it to improve one’s acting ability 5