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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Theatre Arts


Education; Secondary--Illinois--Lincolnshire; Acting--Study and teaching (Secondary)--Illinois--Lincolnshire


Advanced Acting: A Capstone Course provides a course rational, a review of current literature, both an instructor course handbook and a student course handbook, a discussion regarding course assessment, and finally the author’s personal assessment of the course’s applicability. Each of the handbooks presents a four-unit workshop format course for a class size of 10-20 advanced high school acting students who are culminating a three-year acting curriculum. The four units include: 1. acting exercises and improvisations from A. Boal, R. Benedetti, R. Cohen, and S. Meisner based on M. ShurtlefPs twelve “Guideposts.” 2. scene study and performance applying previously introduced and new exercises and “Guideposts.” 3. monologue study and performance applying previously introduced and new exercises and “Guideposts.” 4. on-camera close-up acting applying the techniques of M. Caine. Following full explanation of course content, philosophy, procedures, and criteria regarding assessment are provided. The final chapter, Assessment of Advanced Acting evaluates the course activities, and assessment procedures. From first semester to second semester changes were made in assessment and in the choice of literature. These changes proved beneficial to both students and instructor, helping to produce a challenging and satisfying curriculum.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [67]-68)


107 pages




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