This live online acting class is for students in 8th–12th grade. As a mini-course, students will take seven weeks to learn how to create characters from the written word, including open scenes and scripts, and brief monologues by Shakespeare. They will learn how to break down a script, understand its meaning, form a character from the words and deliver the performance. Games and exercises will be used to reinforce the elements of acting and a variety of scripts will be provided. Individual and group work will be taught. Beginners and those familiar with the acting tools are welcome. All will appreciate the written word through the theatre’s lens. The class is aligned with the National Standards of the Theatre Arts. The class includes weekly 90 minute meetings on Zoom with a small class size. Class attendance is required, and participation is necessary. Students will present individually and, at times, with a partner or in small groups. Class time is essential for students to participate in discussion and exercises, leading them to awareness and understanding of the written word for the stage. Each class builds on the next, making it necessary for students to come to class prepared and ready for challenge and fun! Even through a virtual experience, students will still come away with an understanding of what stage performance requires.
No text is required for this class. All forms and handouts are provided.
As a teacher, I am very enthusiastic about developing the creativity and talents of young people through theatre. Taking an acting class does not require one to major in musical theatre in college or become a stage actor in community theatre. I believe acting helps to create life-long skills including public speaking, being believable and honest, using the imagination, understanding motivation and tactics, and more. I challenge my students in their work, offer feedback, and generously encourage them.
Who should enroll?
Students in 8th—12th grade should enroll in this class. Any student who has a curiosity about acting and how to perform with a script is welcome! Enthusiasm and willingness to participate are the only prerequisites.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and working microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Digital camera (can be phone with camera), or other means to record individual acting exercises
- Sufficient internet service with good sound and video quality are necessary to participate in class activities.
Evaluation and Feedback:
- All homework will be submitted and formally critiqued through Canvas.
- The National Standards for the Theatre Arts will provide a rubric for some exercises.
- Individual assessment and encouragement will be provided weekly.
- Students will learn to critique others in positive and helpful ways to help them be good actors and good audience members.