LESSON PLAN

Actor’s Artistry LESSON PLAN

Our basic lesson plan. Guests are responsible for their own teaching styles and many of our events are designed for coaching/tutoring the actor with the objectives below.

OBJECTIVE:

Analyze performance for improvement of your scene work and acting skills.

Analyze your personal goals and desires as an actor.

Creating our own choices on scene direction and your receiving feedback on those choices from current industry professionals.

Gaining valuable Insight into “THE BUSINESS OF ACTING” and decision processes, by asking questions that can help you along your journey as an actor.

Practicing your artistry and learning to relax in stressful situations. Practicing with industry professionals in a nonprofessional setting helps actors overcome fears of performing under pressure.

Essential Questions:

How can we become better actors and improve our work, what are our strengths and weaknesses? How can actors become better business people?

Activities:

Teacher may answer questions about their  background in the entertainment industry giving insight into their experience.

Students will prepare a scene ahead of time of their choice (scene must NOT be from a role that is currently being cast and it must be from something that has aired or been released previously, and therefore is in NO WAY  an  “audition” for any show).  

Teacher may discuss and answer questions regarding the processes involved in the entertainment business.  Some of the topics covered may include:

  • Different types of performances (film vs. tv vs. theatre vs. digital mediums- and within that, comedy vs. drama, etc.)
  • How to make yourself stand out
  • Specific office “quirks” and preferences
  • Using physicality, and using your space
  • Character development
  • Making a good impression
  • Your marketing materials (headshot, resume, postcards, demo reels, voiceover reels, etc.)
  • The role of a manager or agent
  • Understanding who you are (your niche) as a performer
  • Being your own boss, and treating your acting career as a business
  • The importance of studying and doing your research (on the profession, on people you may interact with, on writers, directors, casting people, tv shows, indie films, etc.)

Teacher will answer questions from students regarding their professional aspirations and goals, and other relevant educational questions.

Students will, one at a time, be instructed/tutored by  the teacher or guest regarding their scene and work and answer any questions actors may have that might help them improve their work or their goals.

Students will perform scene it in its entirety at least once for evaluation, the teacher may redirect again if needed and then offer Feedback on the performance. 

Teacher will fill out an evaluation form based upon performance and headshot/resume,and may cite specific ways student can improve their choices and technique and if the headshot adequately represents them.(Some guests may choose to give verbal feedback only)