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THEA 2345

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Audition Portfolio
Prerequisite(s) THEA 1603, THEA 1604, THEA 1610, THEA 1611 and THEA 1701
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course includes the selection, preparation and presentation of material for theatre auditions. Students will have experience in prparing resumes and auditions, cold readings and call back interviews. Final performance of an audition for theatre exit panel is required.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course:
  1. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the components of a professional audition, and will assemble a core portfolio using both existing and new work as a basis.
  2. Students will gain the basic skills of assembling a written resume and headshot, preparing a monologue portfolio, and presentation techniques for their work.
  3. Students will learn the basic background for the business side of their performance — from performances and publicity to sound ethical and economic practice in the field.
General Education Outcomes
  1. 1. This course addresses the general educational outcome relating to communication skills as follows:
    1. Students develop their speaking skills by talking about their performance solutions as well as critiquing the work of their classmates.
    2. Students develop their reading and writing skills by researching examples of other resumes, writing their own, and writing an essay on their career goals.
    3. Students develop their listening skills by participation in group critiques and in comprehension of instructor’s lectures.
    4. Students learn the vocabulary of professional personal presentation of their work and themselves through critical assembly of the materials in the portfolio and performances.
  2. This course addresses the general educational outcome of effective individual and group problem-solving and critical thinking as follows:
    1. Students demonstrate problem solving skills by planning and performing a 15 minute showcase of their work.
    2. The students’ individual solutions are critically reviewed by the group as a whole.
  3. This course addresses the general educational outcome of using mathematical concepts and applying the scientific method as follows:
    1. Students analyze their raw data (their monologues) through visual and auditory organization (presentation). Using proportional elements of direction, geometry, color theory, unity, variety, pattern and rhythm, the student will create/make a dynamic presentation of the portfolio as a whole.
    2. Students use the raw data (their performances, personal achievements, and biographical information) to organize an effective method of information storage, retrieval, and transmission through creating and using a resume and a database/filing system.
    3. Students develop their perceptual awareness and enhance their creative potential by visualizing their performance as objects in relation to the environmental matrix of the society/culture.
  4. This course addresses the general educational outcome of organizing information through the use of a systematic approach by inducing the student to organize their performance work through critical evaluation and selection of primary qualities. Choosing and using a specific method of information storage and retrieval followed by subsequent transmission or communication, the student creates a functional resume and a database/filing system.
Course Content
  1. The students will use existing and new monologues from approved plays as a basis for selecting, assembling, and presenting the core of a professional audition which can be added to as their career progresses. The proper preparation and use of monologues will be discussed and implemented throughout the duration of the course.
  2. The student will use their own existing experience, performance record, and biographical history to create the core of a professional resume which can be added to as their career progresses. The design and printing of the resume, and a business card or publicity brochure will be completed during the course.
  3. The student will learn the basic techniques for proper locating, researching and preparing monologues for specific audition requirements including: timed, un-timed, dance, movement, singing and dialect or vocal character.
  4. The student will learn the basic requirements for a professional headshot, and a session with the college photographer will be set up to take basic photographs. Students are encouraged, but not required, to also obtain headshots from a professional headshot photographer.
  5. The student will develop a filing/data management system through selecting, cataloging and organizing examples of their own work. This will be presented as a document, called a “monologue book”, to accompany the portfolio.
  6. The student will be introduced to accepted ethical and economic practices in the field to help serve as a basis for developing their own career plans and goals. This career plan will be presented as a logically argued essay during the course.
  7. The student will be required to plan and perform a 15 minute compilation of what they consider their best work. This performance will include monologues, songs, dancing and scene work with a fellow actor. A public performance will be offered to the college and community population for the purpose of furthering the student’s experience with live performances of their portfolio.
  8. This class will always be taught by a Full-time instructor or professor with a M.F.A. with an emphasis in Acting OR an instructor with at least 10 years experience acting in professional theatre. Student’s will then have the benefit of a professional with advanced knowledge in the field.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The course grade will be determined by the completion and quality of all the work assigned to the student.
The instructor shall assess the student’s competence in the handling of the materials (technical skill), the student’s successful solution and timely completion of the assigned problem (perceptual awareness, innovative solutions, aesthetic sensibility and disciplined work habits) as well as the student’s participation and cooperation in class — including critiques, group projects and regular attendance.
The student will assemble all the semester’s work into a presentable package (portfolio of monologues, resume with career-goals statement and supporting documents from the filing system).
The average of the grades on the individual assignments will be the basis for the semester grade for each student.
The instructor shall give the student written information as to the course description and objectives, absentee policy, a description of the semester’s assignments and their individual percentage value towards determining the overall grade. This information shall be presented in the form of a syllabus given to the student during the first week of class.

Auditions function as the primary means of evaluation of students seeking acceptance into BFA programs in four-year institutions, as well as MFA and post graduate professional programs and conservatories; therefore the quality of the work, assembled and presented by the student, serves as the single most important method of assessment by the various instructors and departments the student shall encounter during their education.
The student builds a portfolio of work in each course, and the most outstanding of the works completed during each course are then included in the student’s professional audition portfolio. New work is added in an on going basis. The overall presentation of the body of work will be a primary tool for the student’s entire career in the field. The introduction to proper techniques and methods of presentation will be invaluable to the student and their ongoing relationships with instructors, departments and institutions.
The final performance of a 15 minute “portfolio presentation” will allow students, faculty and community at large to view the students’ work. Faculty will meet and discuss strengths and weaknesses of the class based on a study of the students’ performance piece. This will occur on a schedule of a minimum of once ever three years.

A departmental file of instructor syllabi and a video documentation of student work is kept. These syllabi and videos are used for yearly assessment, instructional support, public relations, and recruitment. The faculty meets yearly with the department chair to assess each course’s fulfillment of objectives, and to consider improvements in course content and teaching effectiveness. These recommendations shall be documented and implemented for strengthening the course. Department chairs should be sure that this course is only taught by FULL TIME ACTING FACULTY (Acting Faculty is an instructor with a M.F.A in Acting rather than General theatre or Technical Theatre).

Last Revised: Sep. 07, 2011
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