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Movement 1: Physical Training for the Actor

Course Details

Course Number
2113
Semester
Fall 2017
Professor
Christie Maturo (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

1. Explore techniques to release tension and identify habitual movement patterns

(Theoretical/conceptual knowledge and application, Safety knowledge and practice)

2. Understand the connection between breath and movement

(Theoretical/conceptual knowledge and application)

3. Increase freedom of movement and the ability to move with a sense of ease

(Safety knowledge and practice, Employability)

4. Heighten senses and learn to listen with the whole body

(Employability, Professionalism )    

5. Make spontaneous and genuine responses using the whole body

(Employability, Professionalism)

6. Develop kinesthetic skills as they apply to performance: use of time, weight, space, and direction

(Theoretical/conceptual knowledge and application)

7. Connect physically to images and the imagination

(Theoretical/conceptual knowledge and application)

8. Begin using movement techniques to develop characters

(Employability)

 

 
Course Expectations

Required Text/Materials:

On the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekhov

Yoga Mat

Movement clothes

Notebook

 

Suggested Readings:

Actor Movement Expression of the Physical Being by Vanessa Ewan and Debbie Green

Movement for Actors, edited by Nicole Potter

 

Performance Assignments: (Additional information to come)

1. Etude - This is a personal expression piece incorporating the elements covered in class thus far: use of breath, sense of ease, imagery and observation with sensation.

2. Efforts, Centers, Qualities, Sensations - These are techniques you will learn and apply to character work.

3. Performance final for a character - This will be a creative work expressing the movement elements covered this semester along with physically creating and expressing a dynamic character from a movement perspective.

 

Written Work: (Additional information to come)

1. Self-Assessment - Based on an early inclass exercise, you will write a 1-2 page   paper assessing yourself as a mover.

2. Etude - Documentation of the exploration/creation of this piece

3. ECQS - Self and Character-examination

4. Final Performance - Documentation and reflection on the semester and the creation of the piece


Journals (Bring a notebook to class everyday)

Please come prepared to class every Tuesday with a one-page reflection on your work from the previous week. I refer to these as journal entries because I think of journals as being informal and as a ‘working out of ideas/feelings’ on paper. That is what these one-page weekly reflections should be. Some weeks there will be prompts or additional readings to respond to. Otherwise, feel free to write about how the work is going for you, what you are learning, what you are struggling with, what is frustrating or easy, how you are applying what you are learning, what you hate, what you love, questions, comments, feelings... I want you to use this as a way to think about the work and yourself in it. The paper will always be a reflection on the previous week’s work, so please write yourself notes in your notebook about class and outside rehearsals/projects to assist you in writing these weekly one-pages.  If you handwrite entries, please make photocopies, and turn in the photocopied paper. I want you to keep the originals. No gross notebook paper fringies. No late papers will be accepted.


Fitness Classes (7 classes)

You will attend 7 fitness classes of your choosing from the Redwine Student Wellness Center. A schedule of classes is available at the Wellness Center, online, and outside my office door. Classes are offered at various times throughout the day and are free for all students. They are geared towards students of all fitness levels, and you are encouraged to try different classes with different instructors. At the end of class, please ask your instructor to sign your fitness report which you will turn in when it is complete. This is due by last week of class, though you may turn it in earlier if completed sooner.

 

 

Grading Standards

Grading Guidelines:

1. Weekly Journals                                                      10

2. Fitness Classes 7.5  

3. Warm-ups 7.5

3. Self-Assessment Paper                                                        10

4. Nature Etude (performance/written)                                                20                    

5. Efforts, Centers, Qualities, Sensations (performance/written)        20

6. Stage Combat                                                                          15

7. Final (Performance/Written)                                                          30

                                                                                               ______

Total:                                                                                                120

 

 
Submission Format Policy

.  Participation:

- Demonstrate the willingness to work, learn, and support your classmates without being asked to do so.

- Contribute to class discussions and exercises.  You are not graded on your opinions, but on your willingness to share them in a useful way.

- Work cooperatively with your classmates and scene partners.

- Do not leave the classroom while others are performing, unless there is an emergency situation. Not only is it distracting and disrespectful to your fellow performers, but you can learn just as much (if not more) by watching as you can by performing.

 

.  Written work: All written work must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day it is due.  No late work will be accepted.  Please do not email me your assignments or submit them online. If it is multiple pages, staple it BEFORE you get to class. If it has fringies, get rid of them.  

 

.  Dress: Please come dressed to move.  No jeans or restrictive clothing. No dresses, skirts, or ill-fitting tank-tops. Don't wear anything you are not comfortable wearing while lying on the floor. The only acceptable footwear is sneakers or dance shoes. Wear loose comfortable clothing like you would wear to the gym. Please refrain from wearing clothing that distracts from your work. For example, your SpongeBob pajama pants would be a distraction for anyone trying to watch and appreciate your work.  No belts, hats, or jewelry. If you have long hair, please be prepared to pull it back. If you are not dressed appropriately for class and cannot participate as a result, you will receive an absence for the day.

 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

1.  Attendance:  Two absences are permitted. If you have an absence the day an assignment/performance is due, whether or not you can make up/receive credit for the assignment will be decided upon a case-by-case basis.  If you know you will be absent the day an assignment is due (for example, an absence due to a religious holiday), please inform me as far in advance as possible. Every absence after 2 will result in 10 points being taken off your final grade. Any more than 5 absences and you will fail the class.  At this point, you may be asked to drop/withdraw from the class. Failing to do so may result in an F on your record.

 

2.  Punctuality: Late arrivals interrupt the work process for the entire class.  Each

student is allowed 1 late arrival; additional 2 late arrivals will be counted as an absence.

 
Other Policies

Policies:

1.  Attendance:  Two absences are permitted. If you have an absence the day an assignment/performance is due, whether or not you can make up/receive credit for the assignment will be decided upon a case-by-case basis.  If you know you will be absent the day an assignment is due (for example, an absence due to a religious holiday), please inform me as far in advance as possible. Every absence after 2 will result in 10 points being taken off your final grade. Any more than 5 absences and you will fail the class.  At this point, you may be asked to drop/withdraw from the class. Failing to do so may result in an F on your record.

 

2.  Punctuality: Late arrivals interrupt the work process for the entire class.  Each

student is allowed 1 late arrival; additional 2 late arrivals will be counted as an absence.

 

3.  Cell phones: Please turn all cell phones off before class. Please help model proper theatre etiquette to all other patrons by turning off your cell phone when attending performances.  

 

4.  Participation:

- Demonstrate the willingness to work, learn, and support your classmates without being asked to do so.

- Contribute to class discussions and exercises.  You are not graded on your opinions, but on your willingness to share them in a useful way.

- Work cooperatively with your classmates and scene partners.

- Do not leave the classroom while others are performing, unless there is an emergency situation. Not only is it distracting and disrespectful to your fellow performers, but you can learn just as much (if not more) by watching as you can by performing.

 

5.  Written work: All written work must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day it is due.  No late work will be accepted.  Please do not email me your assignments or submit them online. If it is multiple pages, staple it BEFORE you get to class. If it has fringies, get rid of them.  

 

6.  Dress: Please come dressed to move.  No jeans or restrictive clothing. No dresses, skirts, or ill-fitting tank-tops. Don't wear anything you are not comfortable wearing while lying on the floor. The only acceptable footwear is sneakers or dance shoes. Wear loose comfortable clothing like you would wear to the gym. Please refrain from wearing clothing that distracts from your work. For example, your SpongeBob pajama pants would be a distraction for anyone trying to watch and appreciate your work.  No belts, hats, or jewelry. If you have long hair, please be prepared to pull it back. If you are not dressed appropriately for class and cannot participate as a result, you will receive an absence for the day.

 

7.  Food and Drink: Only water is permitted in the classroom.  Also, please clean up after yourself at the end of class.

 

8. Injuries, Comfort, and Safety:

-Your body is crucial to the longevity of your life as a performer. Please take care of yourself. If you have any pre-existing injuries or limitations, please inform me at the beginning of the semester so all accommodations can be made. Please protect yourself and acknowledge your own limitations as they relate to injuries throughout the course. If you sustain any injuries while in class, please inform me immediately.

-Due to the nature of this course, you will be working closely with other students and myself. Some exercises and techniques require physical contact. If you are uncomfortable at anytime with the activities, please inform me immediately and all reasonable accommodations will be made. By door is always open for you if there are any issues you wish to discuss relating to your safety and/or comfort level.

 

Other MSU Policies

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in

your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and  a listing in "Works Cited") - whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether

intentional or not.

 

Student Honor Creed: "As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

 

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to  protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

 

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

 

Safe Zone Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

 

Writing Policy Requirements

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've earned 60 hours and before 90 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or  English 2113.  Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course.  If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.

 

University Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

 

Concealed Carry in Laboratories:

Participation in laboratory classes (acting, voice, movement) often requires students to wear yoga, movement, or period style clothes/costumes, These types of garments may be thin or form fitting which may make concealed carry of a firearm difficult if not impossible. In addition, students are often required to make physical contact with other students while learning exercises, choreography and/or physical positioning within special technique work. This required physical contact may also make concealment of a firearm difficult. While concealed carry is not prohibited in laboratory style class, students are reminded that intentional display of a firearm may result in criminal and/or civil penalties and unintentional display of a firearm is a violation of university policies and may result in disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion from the program and university. Students should factor the above in their decision as to whether or not to conceal carry in any theatre laboratory class.



 

*The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus, if need be, at any time

throughout the course in order to best meet the needs of the students. You will be notified of any changes as they occur. If assignments change, the method of achieving the final grade will remain the same - your total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible.

 

**By staying enrolled in this class, you are indicating you understand and accept the terms of this syllabus.

 
Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.