This introductory course will sharpen basic skills necessary for all actors (concentration, imagination, observation, physical and vocal awareness, memorization, and risk) and will introduce Constantin Stanislavski’s approach to character analysis and portrayal through various means, including the first steps of Sanford Meisner’s repetition exercises. Scene work will vary from solo performances to scripted work, with a focus on contemporary plays. Coursework will culminate in a public performance. Outside reading, writing, and rehearsing will be required.