Spring 2024 - CA 150 D100

Introduction to Acting (3)

Class Number: 6364

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.



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.


What is the body? What is the body in performance?

This class will focus on the body of the performer in space and time, and how it can be utilized
to engage in a deeper kind of story- telling, one that may include the irrational, bizarre and animalistic impulses
of our somatic memories and experiences. While in the studio, we will use vocal and physical
exercises to sensitize our instruments and make them more responsive and expressive. We will do group
exercises to build ensemble. Students will be given a piece of text to use as a source for their work, from which
they will build solo and group performances.


  • Attendance (showing up to class early, or on time, warm and ready to work,         Lates lose 2% per class, Absences without a doctor’s note lose 5% per class) 25%
  • Participation (engaging in class exercises and willingness to work in an ensemble) 25%
  • Journals (a log of reflections on the work done in class, twice per week) 15%
  • Assignments (Given throughout the semester) 15%
  • Performances (2 major performances in front of the class, one at mid-term and one at end of term) 20%


This is a studio class, and most of our work will be done on our feet.

wear loose fitting clothing that you can move in. Refrain from wearing

Please refrain from wearing scents, for those who may be sensitive to those.

Please refrain from using your phone during class.



All students are required to bring a notebook that they can use as a journal for reflections on class activities.


Any other printed material will be provided by the instructor.


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Registrar Notes:


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