OLS 159 Introduction to Acting • 2 Cr.


Introduces the basic techniques and tools used by the actor. Moving from improvisation to scene work, students learn warm ups, theater games, vocal physical and emotional awareness, listening skills, and beginning textual analysis using objectives, obstacles and tactics. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Use your body and voice expressively to communicate when performing a variety of class activities and warm ups for rehearsal, performance, presentation or interview
  • Identify a character's objective and obstacle in a scene or monologue as well as develop an understanding of how tactics are used to achieve objectives
  • Develop tools to work collaboratively with a scene partner or in groups
  • Develop an understanding of necessary job skills for the actor including: preparation, self discipline, hard work, determination in the face of rejection, and self reflection
  • Demonstrate emotional and/or personal connections when performing a monologue, a scene or during class exercises
  • Engage in appropriate and safe, creative risk taking during class activities, monologues, or scenes