Fall 2022

Action and Character

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-113

Formerly listed as: THDA-13


Ron Bashford (Section 01)


A first college-level course in the fundamentals of acting, with an emphasis on the connections between dramatic action and character. Students learn how to analyze dramatic texts and bring them to life through a collaborative process, and by using body, voice and imagination. Classwork includes regular exercises designed to develop acting craft. Homework includes memorization, regular rehearsals and relevant reading, alongside practical research and short writing in various modes. Assignments progress toward realizing performed scenes. In addition to two two-hour class meetings per week, students participate in the equivalent of a two-hour per week laboratory experience coordinated with the department’s production season.

Limited to 20 students. Eight seats reserved for first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Bashford. Spring semester. The Department.

If Overenrolled: Roster managed for balance of class years and interests; preference to majors, first-years and sophomores


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


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2023
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, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

Note on Pre-Registration and course cap

Submitted by Ron Bashford on Monday, 4/25/2022, at 5:43 PM

This course enrollment will be capped at about 20 students.  Since spots are reserved for first-year students, if you are trying to pre-register for the course, you may have difficulty in the first round.  For the second round of pre-registration and first-year registration, the course will be changed to "instructor permission" but permission decisions will not be made until the add/drop period in the fall, depending on how many first year and other students ultimately end up taking the course.  If you are interested, please DO request permission on AC DATA, and DO show up for the first day of class.  A group of 20 will be chosen from among those who attend the first day of class.  In the meantime, you may need to register for an alternative course.