ADVANCED ACTING 135190 Grades 10-12 Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting (Drama 2) and prior permission of the instructor. A reasonable studio fee and other supplies are required. Students develop and refine acting skills through ensemble work using characterization, as well as a variety of acting methods and philosophies. They continue to explore the principles of effective use of voice and speech. The course emphasizes reading, analyzing, and performing material from a variety of theatrical eras and playwrights, as well as the study of diverse directors and actors. Students learn the skills necessary to be successful in unique performance styles (e.g., duo acting, readers’ theatre), as well as the many ways in which theatrical writing and performance history have influenced, and been influenced by, cultural, social, and political events. The course also emphasizes exploring the elements of technical theatre (e.g., stage management, blocking) and developing effective methods of responding thoughtfully to theatrical performances and productions.