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DRA 143 - The Business of Acting

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
An in-depth exploration of the practice of working as an actor. Training within various audition settings, including, but not limited to, work on monologues, working with readers, and preparing for callbacks. Detailed preparation for finding auditions and compiling and submitting materials. Attendance at a theatrical performance encouraged.
Prerequisite: DRA 130  
Competencies
  1. Break down typical industry expectations for actors at auditions.
    1. Establish the procedures utilized by the majority of casting professionals.
    2. Determine what casting professionals deem minimum standards of actor preparation details.
    3. Develop an ability to consistently arrive at audition settings with comprehensive preparation.
  2. Evaluate performance trends and their accompanying auditions processes in major acting markets.
    1. Assess the professional opportunities in at least one significant acting market.
    2. Compare major acting markets with consideration of one’s own acting sensibilities. 
  3. Distinguish effective attributes of monologues in audition settings.
    1. Examine selected monologues from effective playwrights with focus on performance qualities in an audition setting.
    2. Characterize aspects of the monologue as either effective or ineffective within an audition setting.
  4. Perform monologues from the foundational four audition categories with effective audition techniques.
    1. Select effective audition monologues for one’s own repertoire.
    2. Incorporate truthful behavior into solo performances.
    3. Integrate dynamic choices into audition material.
    4. Demonstrate an ability to effectively transition into, between, and out of audition material.
  5. Organize audition material efficiently.
    1. Produce effective audition monologues from well-written plays.
    2. Prepare headshots and resumes for audition submissions.
    3. Construct an easily accessed audition book.
  6. Classify industry expectations in callback settings.
    1. Outline the process of typical callback processes.
    2. Illustrate the industry standard of working with a reader at a callback.
  7. Generate ability to consistently share truthful and dynamic acting in callback settings.
    1. Establish tools for effectively analyzing a scene in a short time period.
    2. Perform audition sides in a cold read format.
  8. Prioritize potential professional opportunities.
    1. Establish standards for evaluating audition opportunities.
    2. Develop an effective system that allows for effective assessment of contract offers.
  9. Assess how effective performances are in the context of the audition process.
    1. Critique audition style performances of peers with objective, constructive, and considerate criticism.
    2. Develop an ability to constructively receive feedback.



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