Course Description

Learn about acting through doing it in a supportive environment.

EXPLORE each actor’s unique potential while creating engaging performances.
DEVELOP the physical, vocal, emotional, and intellectual skills.
ENABLE the performer to work freely and joyfully.
CREATE a warm supportive laboratory environment while establishing a standard and style of peer evaluation that contributes to individual growth and discovery.
EXPAND familiarity with the work of playwrights.
ENHANCE an appreciation for performance and performance artists by performing in scenes yourself and supporting your peer as they create.
HAVE FUN doing it!

Each class will include active acting exercises designed to move you forward regardless of your experience or ability. You will work on scenes from plays. There will be multiple presentations in class. The final presentation is open to the public.

Analyze plays as you bring them to life:

You will work on scenes from a variety of plays. Through careful text analysis, you will explore how to bring different materials to life. You will learn to identify the objectives of characters within scenes as well as analyze the historical context of the play and of characters’ lives. In class and in rehearsals you will apply different techniques to diverse playwrights which may include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Julia Cho, Kenneth Lonergan.

Through scene study, you will develop characters, identify objectives, apply performance techniques, and design sets, costumes, and lights for each scene. When they bring a scene to life, you gain an understanding of how to practice, teach and further develop performance techniques.

Most of the focus is on realistic performance but will also include improvisation and voice and bodywork. Performance practices are drawn from artists including Uta Hagen, Robert Lewis, David Ball, and Sonia Moore, among others.

Read and then do! This is an embodied studio class. Each class will involve active exercises and practice. Explore how to speak, move and interact so as to tell the story you want to tell. Active collaboration with other students is challenging and fun. You will give feedback to one another during class. You will rehearse with each other outside of class time. This work develops better communication. The skills learned here translate to every aspect of life where people work together. Through working on different scenes about different people you strengthen your understanding of and curiosity about other people. Empathy is deepened through embodied practice.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Develop collaboration skills with other students: you actively collaborate with groups as well as individual partners. Through rehearsals, in and outside of class, you will actively practice creating performances through collaborations. Inspirational writers include (among others) Augusto Boal and Keith Johnstone.
• Develop communication skills: you will learn about vocal production techniques by reading Patsy Rodenburg (among others). In class, you will practice vocal and public speaking techniques.
• Identify what makes good audition material: audition techniques are developed through “Mock” audition practice. In class, you will learn how to make effective presentations.


This course is open to students of all experience levels and ability.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Constance Crawford
Course Number: 10195