Fall 2016

Action and Character

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-113

Formerly listed as: THDA-13

Moodle site: Course


Yagil Eliraz (Section 01)


This course examines the creation of dramatic action and character from the points of view of  both the playwright and the actor.  Students learn how to analyze and bring dramatic texts to life through a creative process, using the body, voice and imagination.

Classwork includes regular acting exercises designed to develop craft and to give students an understanding of creative and collaborative processes. Homework includes regular rehearsal assignments and theoretical texts, along with practical research and short writing assignments in various modes.  Two two-hour class meetings per week.  In addition, a lab component (equivalent to two hours per week) puts class study into production context.

Twenty students who attend the first class will be admitted to the course. Pre-registration will be open to a limited number of students on a provisional basis, with additional spaces opened on the first day of class.  Notice of those admitted will be posted within 24 hours of the first meeting.

Limited to 20 students. Final admission with consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Bashford.

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 Speaking, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2018-19: Offered in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
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, Fall 2017