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Theatre 2811: The Craft of Acting

 Written by    April 11, 2017

While the name sounds a bit precocious, the class, which counts as a Visual and Performing Arts general education, is one of my favorites, and here’s why:

While we don’t perform Shakespeare, we have used his work to warm up. (x)

  1. No final, and the midterm was 5 questions.
  2. Class size: there are 16 people in my class, and that’s the higher limit for class size.
  3. You don’t have to be a theatre major, or even good at acting. It’s a beginner course, but it gets into acting theory, and you also get your own roles to perfect and perform.
  4. Learning the lines is pretty easy, and you get a lot of time for it.
  5. The class is small and fun enough that you’ll make some good friends, if not class acquaintances. We all have a GroupMe, and it gets so much action that I occasionally have to mute it.
  6. The plays we read are generally interesting, and the discussions we have about them are intelligent and entertaining.
  7. You have a lot of creative liberty; pretty much anything goes.
  8. We play a lot of acting games to warm up, and if you haven’t played them, look them up. Even if you’re no good at acting, improv games and “playing pretend” is just plain fun. It’s like I get up in the morning and walk all the way to the Drake just to goof off for two hours.
  9. I finally met people from outside of my major! I know nursing majors now! Business majors! There is one other engineer in my class, and we’ve only had one discussion about how annoying it is to be an engineering major; with my other friends that’s a daily conversation.
  10. It’s always good to learn how to stand in front of an audience and speak. While acting arguably leaves you more vulnerable than a simple speech or presentation, it’s still good experience.

Here’s the most bland photo you get when you google search “acting” (x)

In all, I’m really glad I chose to take this class for my Visual and Performing Arts GE. So if you’re anything like me and don’t play an instrument and aren’t very good at art, check this class out.

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