EDR3220EN - Acting II: Character Development

Course description

Throughout history humans have acted out stories for each other. Why is this such a fundamental part of who we are? This course focuses on the fundamental skills of the actor. Students learn a variety of theories and techniques focusing primarily on the work of Stanislavski, and study the basics of movement for the actor.

How this course benefits students

Those engaged in creative missional work must understand the complexity of human motivation within the context of cultural expression and framed by a biblical worldview. Students continue to grow as they gain the knowledge and skills for clear and effective creative witness.

Why this course is important

This course emphasizes the important role story-tellers and, in particular, actors play within the context of God’s mission in the world and in our communities. Jesus told stories while he walked on earth, and our calling, as actors, is to continue that ministry.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Ben Roberts, Professor of Theatrical Performance

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The bible is full of stories and moments where people tell stories. The goal in this course is to understand how stories can be told effectively from the point of view of an actor. Whether re-telling biblical stories or imagining new ones the stories must engage the communities from a biblical worldview.

Missionally driven

Being a part of God’s redemptive work in the world by using our abilities and skills to communicate God’s love is at the center of this course. Actors can communicate in unique and powerful ways. Learning to cultivate our talents is part of God’s work in us and a part of what God has called us to be and do in the world around us.

Contextually informed

In this course students learn how each element of acting is interconnected with the others and how our “actions” can only occur within the context of the audience/performer relationship. Every age has brought new developments in the art of acting and also fashions of style. The student's own world and individual communities bring sets of value judgments and presuppositions about what stories are valuable and important; it is an actor's job to explore and understand them.

Interculturally focused

Appreciation for the ‘other’ is inherent to the study of acting, and character building. Students encounter techniques from all over the world and need to navigate the craft of acting with sensitivity and a curious heart.

Practically minded

This course provides the building blocks for creating and enacting believable characters. The exercises and assignments are designed to allow the actor to take clear steps forward.

Experientially transformed

This course provides the space for students to grow in their own journey as actors. Students not only learn the theories behind many of the most important concepts actors need, but are tasked to create their own work.