Fall 2015

Action and Character

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-113

Formerly listed as: THDA-13

Moodle site: Course


Peter B. Schmitz (Section 01)


This course examines what happens on stage (‘action’) and ‘how’ that action happens (the character) from the points of view of  both the playwright and the actor.  The course assumes that the creative process of the playwright and the actor are similar.  Therefore the students will write scenes and one short play, which will be rehearsed as homework for presentation in class. A series of acting and playwriting exercises designed to assist in developing craft and giving students a feeling for the creative processes are presented in class. Students will be assigned plays and certain critical texts to support their work in writing and acting. Three two-hour class meetings and a two-hour production workshop per week are scheduled.

Twenty students attending the first class will be admitted. Selection will be based on the instructor’s attempt to achieve a suitable balance between first-year students and upperclassmen and to achieve a broad range of levels of acting experience.  Notice of those admitted will be posted within 24 hours of the first meeting and a waiting list will be available.

Limited to 20 students. Fall and spring semesters.  Visiting Resident Artist Schmitz.

If Overenrolled: 20 students attending the first class will be admitted based upon the instructor’s attempt to balance first-year students and others, gender, and levels of acting experience.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Writing, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017