THEA 1314 Lecture 5: 5 - The Actor

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22 Feb 2020
Department
Course
Professor
The Actor
High Art vs Low Art
High art : "fine art"
o Emphasis on the craft
o Considered as a culture and seen as sophisticated
o Training (both from the artist and audience)
o Exclusivity
Low art : "pop culture"
o Emphasis on the coolness
o Wide appeal, mass audience
o No training necessary
o Inclusivity
What Do Actors Do?
Train
o College
o Acting programs / classes
Audition
o All the time
Perform
o If they are lucky
Work
Repeat
Three Challenges of Acting
1. To acquire the vocal and physical skills that stage acting demands
2. To make characters believable
3. To integrate these - to combine skills with credibility
History of Acting
We always want acting that looks and feels "real"
Many different schools of thought and study as to what "real" is
o Ancient theater
Masks
Makeup
Dancing
Singing
Chanting
*style of acting was presentational
o Renaissance
Presentational acting
Vocal abilities needed
o Neoclassicism
Strict adherence to the ancient rules (without masks)
o Romanticism
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