Fall 2021 - CA 150 D200

Introduction to Acting (3)

Class Number: 7912

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    GCA 4210, GOLDCORP



An approach to the elements of acting for non-theatre performance majors. Work will include development of individual powers of expression - vocal, physical, intellectual, imaginative, and emotional. Students with credit for FPA 150 may not take this course for further credit.


This course focuses on the basics of performance creation as an actor. We will explore stage presence, connecting to our senses, partnership, sources of performative inspiration, acting intentions, and devised theatrical creation through acting techniques, choreographic improvisations, mime exercises, and games.

Students will construct short theatrical performances individually and collectively in small groups. These constructions will include monologues and scenes from contemporary plays.

The instructor will assign readings to be completed outside the class and will facilitate conversations in response to the texts.

Students will keep a journal in which they document their personal reflections, impulses and curiosities in relation to the material explored in class.

Attendance for each class and active engagement with the ensemble is essential and mandatory. This is a class that promotes empathy, inclusivity, learning, and questioning. No previous experience in acting is necessary.


  • Attendance and Participation 30%
  • Journal 20%
  • Solo Construction 20%
  • Group Construction 20%
  • Assignments 10%


  • Classes will be held in-person. Mandatory attendance for all classes. Lateness will result in grade deduction.
  • Students must wear loose clothing to class, suitable for movement (workout or yoga clothes). No shoes, no jeans, no belts or buckles, no jewelry, no strong artificial fragrances, and no large logos on clothes.



A notebook


Various reading assignments will be distributed in class

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.