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Acting I

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 09-27-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-08-2021 - Refund Policy
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Course Description:

An introduction to the theoretical and practical principles of the craft of acting. Includes exercises in breathing, relaxation, voice and diction, concentration, and imagination, as well as improvisations, monologues, and dramatic scenes. Explores psychological and physical techniques, textual analysis, role preparation, and character development.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explain the theoretical and practical principles of the craft of acting.
2. Explore the psychological and physical techniques that merge in an actor's performance.
3. Employ methods for relieving excess tension and self-consciousness, and discuss the nature and control of stage fright.
4. Practice vocal and physical expressiveness.
5. Apply a particular acting methodology to factors that affect performance, such as voice and diction, relaxation, concentration, observation, and imagination.
6. Examine various approaches to role preparation and character development.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:


Why Acting, Why Now?

I am Margo Whitcomb, a veteran actor, director and teacher, of all ages. I want to demystify acting for you; it is essentially the vocal and physicalized delivery of writing. We all do it in a variety of contexts, all day long, whether we identify it as "acting" or not! This class is for everyone whether you have never done any acting or are a veteran.

Employers refer to communication and team player abilities as "soft skills" and consistently indicate they are among the most desirable qualities in prospective employees. In the digitalized age and in this time of so much "distancing" the abilities to connect and tell a story, to communicate effectively, to adapt, to embrace teamwork, to be inclusive with a diverse population have never been more urgent.

Using acting and improvisation skills, students enhance their presentation in the workplace and social circles, learn how the body tells a story, develop vocal and communication techniques and experience other historical moments, characters and lives. By creating a safe space of experimentation and community, students become more deeply in touch with their imaginations and those of others.

This is an experiential class which requires:

  • a strong internet connection
  • consistent attendance for Zoom sessions
  • an appropriate device other than phone for Zoom
  • the purchase of one modest textbook
  • a curious mind and open heart
  • outside of class time practice and reading/writing
  • willingness to play

You will find it a refeshing change from most other conventional course content and delivery. I hope you will join me.Margo Whitcomb



First and foremost, this class is experiential. On our Zoom meetings, we will be DOING. You can imagine the class as one long ice breaker with exercises, projects, presentations that help to develop comfort in speaking, breathing supportively, coping with anxiety being in front of a group, presentation and having fun. We will draw on scripted plays as well as a variety of other materials such as poetry, speeches and custom preferences.

Other components to this class are as follows:

  • Class participation and discussion
  • Reading from the required textThe Art of Actingby Stella Adler
  • Weekly writing assignments/comprehension assessments/discussion
  • Homework will require several hours a week, which will consist in part of rehearsals with others and/or self
  • Mid term exam
  • Final presentation and documentation
  • Assorted mini – presentations


Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center.
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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