Advanced Studies in Acting: Scene Study and Style

Questions of historical style, poetic stage language, and contemporary approaches to heightened realism and nonrealistic acting. A scene lab in which we investigate human embodied truth on a wide spectrum of scale, size, technique and play. Playwrights explored may include Shakespeare, Shaw, Lorca, Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan-Lori Parks, Naomi Izuka, Christopher Chen, Aishah Rahman, Maria Irene Fornes, Chuck Mee, Aleshea Harris, Caryl Churchill and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

THR 201 or other acting class and instructor’s permission. THR 401 can be taken up to two times as long as the instructor or subject matter is different. Please contact Professor Nehassaiu DeGannes at for more information.

Application required. Please apply for this course using the form below.

Students who apply by 12 noon on Sunday, November 27, will hear about enrollment on Monday, November 28th. Applications received after noon on November 27th will be considered if space remains available or opens up in the class.

Course Application

Are you currently pursuing or planning to pursue a certificate in theater and/or music theater?(Required)
Given the collaborative nature of this art form, THR 401 students will dedicate an additional 4-5 hrs/wk (outside of class time) to scene-study rehearsals, reading, writing, theater-going and other group assignments. Are you fully available for this commitment?(Required)
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Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM


Nehassaiu deGannes