Directing and Acting for the Screen

This introductory course will provide a critical opportunity to explore the mutual craft of directing actors and acting for directors, with the goal of creating credible performances on screen. Working in-class as actors and directors, students will learn to interpret the subtext of the frame and learn to stage action for the camera. By critically focusing on professional practice, the nuances of performance and behavior in relation to storytelling will be explored. No prior technical experience is necessary to enroll. Students will, however, be required to engage in acting and directing in equal measure.

Sample reading list:
Sanford Meisner, On Acting
Leonore Dekoven, Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing
Nicholas Proferes, Film Directing: Fundamentals: See Your Film Before Shooting

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Please complete the brief application below by April 20th to apply for the course.



  • This is an introductory course in directing and acting for film/TV, with no technical pre-requisites or previous experience required. The class works well with students who come with a wide array of skills and experience. Please tell us about yourself and give us a sense of why are you interested in this particular course.
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Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm


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