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Welcome to Introduction to Acting!

This course is open for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the acting process. I must confess, however, that I have designed it with the expectation that most of you will have some previous acting experience. If acting is completely new to you, I recommend that you don’t rely on this course alone as your introduction to the subject. If you’ve never acted before, the best introduction you can get is to simply find a place where you can do some acting – a live course or a local theatre group, or something similar. Acting is first and foremost a physical and practical enterprise that can only be truly understood through real life experience.

With that said, most people will have come across acting in some way and whether you love to watch movies or go to the theatre, this course contains concepts and ideas that will explore some of what the actor does behind the scenes, in the rehearsal room and on stage and screen.

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify some basic acting principles and concepts
  • Apply the principles discussed during the course on your own work with a role
  • Reflect on the work of other actors and what makes an organic performance
  • Evaluate a scene from a play from the point of view of the actor
  • Develop a way of working that is focused on what you do rather than on yourself
  • Explore some key elements to a relaxed and spontaneous performance
  • Investigate how you can approach your acting in a structured and creative way

So, let’s begin!

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