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    Otterbein University
  Feb 20, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

INST 3510 - Acting: The Source for Character

Hours: 4
This course invites students to question their assumptions about identity through an in-depth and experiential investigation of the source for character in the theatre. Students will encounter ground-breaking theorists, Constantin Stanislavski, Antonin Artaud and Jerzy Grotowski, providing a historical and philosophical context for their own hands-on experiments with contemporary artists in the field. Students will participate as actors and teachers, informed by their reading, discussions and written reflections. The question at the center of the course is how we define self. Through exercises that involve the mind, the body, time, space, and each other, the classroom will become a laboratory for students’ explorations of the source for character. Students will also examine how our capacity for compassion and our relationship with both local and global communities informs our understanding of the self. The underlying concept is that the self is the result of multiple influences and that these influences can be analyzed and integrated to understand the experience of a coherent self.