643 Acting I

1 semester, ½ credit

Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Prerequisite: 641 Speech

Acting I is a laboratory class where students learn the techniques of acting through on-stage performances. The student will learn to act through the use of the voice, body, imagination, and basic stage movement techniques in a variety of presentations. The performances will include, but not be limited to, pantomime, story telling, improvisational acting, duet acting, group scene work, and monologues. Because of the nature of the class, rehearsal and performance work outside of the class period may be necessary. 

Note: This class may not be taken concurrently with 646 Competitive Speaking.



By the completion of this course, students will be able to...

  1. Develop and write character analyses
  2. Practice and use various vocal techniques for performances
  3. Create believable situations and characters
  4. Perform various theatre game activities
  5. Utilize proper stage movement
  6. Identify and perform the necessary preparations and skills required to secure an acting job
  7. Block, rehearse, memorize, and perform various performances
  8. Identify believable and non-believable acting in their own performances and in the performances of others.



By the completion of this course, students will know...

  1. Auditioning, preparation, and technique
  2. Mind development for the actor
  3. Basic stage movement
  4. How to develop the voice
  5. Various characterization techniques
  6. How to prepare scenework


This course last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Fine Arts Department.