DRAMA 2336
Voice for the Theatre

Western Texas College
Department of Drama

  1. Basic Course Description for DRAM 2336 Voice for the Theater: Application of the performer's use of the voice as a creative instrument of effective communication. Encourages an awareness of the need for vocal proficiency and employs techniques designed to improve the performer's speaking abilities.
  2. Prerequisites: NONE
  3. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Analyze scripts from the viewpoint of the speaking actor.
    2. Analyze, develop, and perform a character focusing on vocal interpretation.
    3. Demonstrate effective and safe use of the voice and body.
    4. Define and discuss terms and concepts using the vocabulary of theater.
    5. Perform at an appropriately skilled level in ensemble building exercises, scenes and final projects, which may include participation in plays.
  4. Major Course Requirements:
    1. Performance Quizzes:  Students will perform before the class and submit written character and text and vocal analysis.
    2. Midterm and Final: The midterm and final are 5 paragraph essays discussing Stanislavski’s acting method in relation to vocal performances.
    3. Homework:  Students will learn lines, create characters, and write evaluations and assessments outside of class.
  5. Books and other Course Materials:
    1. Audition Michael Shurtleff
    2. Acting, Richard Boleslavsky
    3. The Stanislavski System, Sonia Moore
  6. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. Departmental policy regarding late/make up work: No late or makeup work will be accepted.
  7. Acting I Schedule:
Unit 1: Audition, text analysis, monologue performance, and vocal analysis
Unit 2:  Acting, monologue performance, and vocal analysis analysis
Unit 3: Midterm, Monologue, performance, and vocal analysis
Unit 4: Stanislvski System, scene performance and vocal analysis
Unit 5: Writing about Theatre and Drama, scene performance, and vocal analysis
Unit 6: Final, scene performance, and vocal analysis



Last Modified: August 18, 2015