Beginning Studies in Acting: Scene Study

An introduction to the craft of acting through scene study monologues and, finally, a longer scene drawn from a play, to develop a method of working on a script. Emphasis will be placed on honesty, spontaneity, and establishing a personal connection with the scene’s substance.

Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Careful preparation of exercises and/or text study of scenes for work in class. Preparation time averages 8 to 10 hours weekly.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Enrollment is by application (see below).

Other information:
Students must attend class regularly and have assignments prepared on the proper day. GRADING: 50% based on performance in assigned scenes, monologues and exercises. This course will meet during the Reading Period. Students are advised that this is the best place to begin their theatrical studies at Princeton, no matter what your previous level of experience. Class of 2020 has spaces reserved in this course.



  • THR 201 is designed as an introduction to acting, and no previous experience is necessary; the course is at its best when there is a wide variety of experience and skill levels working together. Please tell us a little about yourself and why it is you are interested in taking THR 201 next semester:
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C01 - Suzanne Agins

Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.


Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.


Suzanne Agins