Spring 2025

Performance Perspectives: What is Acting?

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-130


"What is acting? Who is a performer?" This course offers an overview of acting techniques and theories across cultures and historical contexts. Through critical analysis and practical exploration, students gain an understanding of the complexities of performance and its impact in the individual and society. Participants are encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary approaches to acting and performing, challenging themselves to cultivate a nuanced perspective on the role of performance in shaping cultural narratives and identities. With the aim of students developing their unique artistic voices, the course concludes with students sharing prepared pieces. No prior experience in acting required. Two class meetings per week. 

Fall and Spring semesters. Professor Stills.

How to handle overenrollment: THDA majors given priority. Instructor will choose students based on a balance of interests and class years.

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, viewing and possible short 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 rehearsals and performances outside of class may also be required.

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Fall 2024