Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Talking to Yourself and Character Action exercises by teaching the exercise and facilitating a corresponding activity.
· Candy · Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen (preferably one per student)
Review the exercises up until this point with the students. Ask them to identify the exercises and the correlating activities. Toss a candy to those who raise their hand and provide correct answers.
Step 1: · Split the class into two equal groups · Assign the first group the exercise “Talking to Yourself” (pg 119-123) and the second group “Character Action” (pg 139-142) · Pass out the books (Respect for Acting) to each student
Step 2: · Inform groups that they will now be the teacher · As a group, they will read about the exercise they were assigned · Then they will have to conduct the exercise prescribed by Hagen or create another activity that will help teach the principles of the exercise · Give them about 15 minutes to read and prepare
Step 3: · At the conclusion of the 15 minutes, each group will take 3-5 minutes to explain what the exercise is to the rest of the class (i.e. the other group) · Following their explanation, they will take 12-15 minutes to conduct the determined exercise/activity · At the conclusion of their presentation, as the presenting group and the receiving group what they learned, what they liked, what they didn’t like, etc.
Step 4: · Have the groups switch and allow the second group to follow the same pattern of presentation
· Discuss this process of learning and teaching the different exercises (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.) · With the last 5 minutes of the period, have students write on a piece of paper o 3 things they learned from the other groups presentation o 1 thing they can do to improve their craft using the exercise they studied/presented
Participation: 10pts Write up: 5 pts Total possible points: 15 pts