Fall 2024

Action and Character

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-113


A course in the fundamentals of acting, with an emphasis on the connection between dramatic action and character. Students learn to analyze dramatic texts from the actor's point of view, and bring them to life through a collaborative process, by using body, voice and imagination. Classwork includes regular exercises designed to develop acting craft. Homework includes memorization, regular group rehearsals and relevant reading, alongside practical research and short writing in various modes. Assignments progress toward realizing performed scenes.

Limited to 22 students. Six seats reserved for first-year students. Fall and Spring semesters. The Department.

How to handle overenrollment: Roster managed for balance of class years and interests; preference to majors, first-years and sophomores

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course will involve regular attendance and class participation, class discussion, reading, possible viewing and writing assignments, group work outside of class including rehearsal or other artistic assignments, as well as physical or vocal performance work and/or visual, aural, and physical analysis as applicable. Attendance at performances outside of class may also be required.

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Other years: Offered in 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, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2025