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Uta Hagen's Object Exercises

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Object Exercise by incorporating five of the ten exercises in a contentless scene.
Subject: Acting Skills & Techniques
Class Level: Beginning
Main Concepts: endowment, acting naturally, making entrances, etc.
National Standards:

Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining characters in improvisations and informal or formal productions.

Description:

This unit is based on Uta Hagen's book and acting exercises.  They can be used for all levels of student experience from beginning to advanced.

Author: Meagan Wright

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: The Basic Object Exercise

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s The Basic Object Exercises exercise by rehearsing and performing a 2-minute slice of their life.

Lesson 2: Three Entrances

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Three Entrances exercise by performing this exercise through a contentless scene.

Lesson 3: Immediacy

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Immediacy exercise by performing immediacy in a 1-minute rehearsed search for a personal valuable.

Lesson 4: The Fourth Wall

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s The Fourth Wall exercise by performing a rehearsed telephone conversation, illustrating the function of the secondary fourth wall.

Lesson 5: Endowment

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

Lesson 6: Outdoors

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Outdoors by performing the exercise.

Lesson 7: History Part I

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s History exercise by choosing a historical-figure and researching that specific time period.

Lesson 8: History Part II

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s History exercise by performing a historically-accurate “simple task”.

Lesson 9: Talking to Yourself and Character Action

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.

Lesson 10: Conditioning Forces

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Conditioning Forces exercise by participating in a modified version of the theatre game “Freeze”.

Lesson 11: Rehearsal

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Object Exercise by incorporating five of the ten exercises in a contentless scene.

Lesson 12: Contentless Scene Final Performance

Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Object Exercise by incorporating five of the ten exercises in a contentless scene.

Author's Notes:

NOTE for Teacher: Review pages 81-90 from Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen, to ensure continuity and consistency throughout the unit.

                                                Also consider having students use a journal to record thoughts and impressions throughout the unit.