Intermediate Acting

I.     Course Prefix/Number: THE 202

       Course Name: Intermediate Acting

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

THE 103

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course concentrates on character building and scene study. Content includes development of finer details of characterization and total physical presentation of a role, specialized voice and body exercises, and improvisations, with objective of viewing performance within context of entire dramatic production.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • To apply methods of concentration in advanced theater exercises, scene and monologue work.
  • To utilize imagination in areas of writing and performing.
  • Develop a technique to project a character onstage.
  • Develop and apply a working knowledge of theatre terminology.
  • Utilize the stage environment to demand advanced character building.
  • Use voice and body creatively in theatre exercises, monologues and scene work.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

See separate page from instructor.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture/Discussion
  2. Written Analysis/Oral Feedback
  3. Audition Experience
  4. Workshop scenes, monologues and exercises

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Reading (college level).
  2. Writing (college level)
  3. Oral Presentation.
  4. Critical thinking.
  5. Scene study and rehearsal outside of class time.
  6. Physical and creative risk-taking.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Representative texts such as, The Actor in You by Robert Benedetti, and Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen; handouts and one play selected by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Daily participation in classroom activities.
  2. Presentation of scenes, monologues and exercises.
  3. Written analysis due with exercises.
  4. Completing the assigned reading.
  5. Journals logging class experience.
  6. Audition for OCC productions.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.