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Jo Lacher
B CUSP 197
Bothell Campus

Studio Arts: Dance, Theater, Music, and InterArts Performance

Develops skills in a variety of studio arts in order to enhance student ability as a performer, arts creator, educator, or in applied areas of creativity. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

In this Acting Class, students will participate in team theatre games, improvisation, and other exercises to promote public speaking skills, character development and expand creativity. The class will include introduction to basic/intermediate theatre terminology, dramatic literature format, and information about the business of show business and other information depending on the beginning skill level of the class as a whole. Each student will present a prepared monologue (or scene) for their final exam. The class is appropriate for students considering the performing arts, teaching, or for anyone wishing to build their public presentation and speaking skills. Class attendance will be vital to the learning process. Contact Jo Lacher at 425-352-3807 if you have questions. We will be using the text, "Respect for Acting", by Uta Hagan, for the class.

Student learning goals

At the end of this course, students will be able to: More confidently speak in public

Understand basic theatrical terminology and conventions

Explore and understand character development

Understand the differences between Dramatic and other types of literature

Select material for presentation that is a good fit for their abilities

Collaborate with others in a creative setting

General method of instruction

This is a highly participatory class and much of the classwork will be collaborative in nature. There will be some lecture and some outside reading. Attendance of local theatrical performances is encouraged, but not required.

Recommended preparation

Students need a desire to collaborate and tap into their creative side.

Class assignments and grading

Some outside reading and short writing projects are typical for the class.

Class participation, submission of short assignments, several quizzes, a midterm presentation and a final presentation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jo Lacher
Date: 01/25/2012