Acting is a tricky job to define. From the outside, it looks simple: learn the lines, follow directions, pretend to
be this other person onstage (have you seen this video http:/Avww.youtube.com/watch?v=nyoWmkhRyp8&
in which Sir lan McKellen teaches Ricky Gervais about acting? Not required for the assignment, but worth 4
minutes of your time). But the reality for many actors is that there is a lot more preparation and analysis
that takes place between the first rehearsal and opening night.
One great way to gain some insight into how an actor does his or her job is to, well, ask. And that is just
what is done on the television show “Inside the Actor’s Studio” which airs on the Bravo channel.
This assignment fulfitls/supports the following objectives:
Distinguish characteristics of theatre that differentiate it from other art forms.
Describe the functions of the various theatre personnel and identify various theatrical artists.
Define specific terms relating to the study of theatre.
majorly by observing the sky with a telescope he had built, observations which resulted in his discovery of many astronomical phenomena further proving that the Earth was not the center of the solar system. Statement of purpose (scope of the essay): Following a brief biography of Galileo Galilei, this paper will determine the state of the scientific knowledge prior to Galileo’s astronomical discoveries, explain what Galileo’s contribution to astronomy was, and discuss how his findings subsequently changed humanity’s conception of the universe. Body Topic sentence of paragraph 1: Besides being known as a very influential astronomer, Galileo Galilei was also known for being an Italian scientist and philosopher. Birth date: February 15, 1564; Place of birth: Pisa, Italy. (“Galileo Biography,” 2013) Death date: January 8, 1642; Place of death: Arcetri, Italy. When he died, he was blind and very ill, and was under house arrest for heresy. (“Galileo Biography,” 2013) Galileo first started in a monastery school because he wanted to become a monk, but he eventually left the monastery and attended the University of Pisa to study medicine, like his father wished. However, he never completed his medicine degree and instead found an interest in mathematics and philosophy. (Bellis, 2013; “Galileo Galilei,” 2013) Galileo taught for three years at the University of Pisa, but transferred to the University of Padua when his three-year contract at Pisa ended. (Bellis, 2013) In 1609, Galileo heard rumours of a spyglass having been created by a Dutch spectacle-maker. Galilei decided to create his own spyglass, later renamed a telescope, and eventually made it more powerful than the Dutch spyglass. One night, he pointed his telescope towards the sky and his astronomical discoveries began then. (Bellis, 2013) Topic sentence of paragraph 2: Prior to Galileo’s astronomical contribution, the Catholic Church and the Bible were the principal sources of explanation for most of the phenomena that occurred on Earth and in space. In that time period, the geocentric model, suggested by Claudius Ptolemy at the beginning of the 2nd century A.D., argued that the Earth was in the center of the solar system and that the other planets and the Sun revolved around it. This model was widely accepted and encouraged by the Catholic Church. (Moché, 2009; Redd, 2013) However, a more recent model had been brought forward by Nicholaus Copernicus, in 1543. This model was called the heliocentric model and declared that the Earth was not in the center of the solar system, but rather that this place was occupied by the Sun and that all the planets, including the Earth, rotated around the Sun. (Moché, 2009; Redd, 2013) Galileo Galilei supported the Copernican theory (“Galileo Biography,” 2013), but this theory was considered against the teachings of the Church. As a result, Copernicus’ writings were banned by the Church. (Machamer, 2009; Moché, 2009) Topic sentence for paragraph 3: Galileo Galilei made more than one contribution to the field of astronomy by observing the sky with his telescope, but his major discoveries were the first moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus. His two major discoveries provided pro>