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Theatre, Music, and Acting

  • Analyzes and Discusses Literature and Music
  • Develops Cultural Aptitude
  • Builds Performance Skills

These courses provide the opportunity to read masterworks of the theatre; listen to symphonies, operas, and folk songs; or perform for an audience. Explore the cultural and historic legacies of the performing arts.

Acting Techniques: Finding the One That's Best for You

In a supportive environment, learn the similarities and differences between acting techniques and discover which approach works best for you.

2017 Summer
1 section

Improvisation: Discovering the Actor Within

Using professional acting techniques in a supportive environment, allow your full potential to blossom into more effective personal presentation.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Master Composers of the Romantic Era

Survey the major composers of the romantic movement, including Brahms, Chopin, Dvorák, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Verdi, and Wagner.

2017 Summer
1 section

The History of Jazz: A History of America

Learn about the history of jazz, gain new insight into beloved artists, and discover lesser-known greats of jazz.

2017 Summer
1 section

Acting in "The Zone": Scene Study and Improvisation

Learn to find “the zone” when acting—a state of exceptional, consistent performance—through scene study and improvisation.

2017 Spring
1 section

Arthur Miller: America's Playwright

Reexamine Arthur Miller’s legacy as one of the greatest dramatists of the 20th century.

2017 Spring
1 section

Beginning Acting Boot Camp

Immerse yourself in the world of acting in this engaging, interactive workshop, suitable for first-time actors and budding thespians alike.

2017 Spring
1 section

Classic Mythology in Music

Explore how generations of musical composers have adapted and reworked the myths—and history—of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

2017 Spring
1 section

The Musical World of Franz Joseph Haydn

Explore Haydn’s vibrant contributions to opera, chamber music, oratorio, and the concerto, as well as to the classical music era.

2017 Spring
1 section

The Play's the Thing: Curtain Up on New York's Theatre Scene

Meet with theatre professionals and see five Broadway or Off-Broadway shows to learn what happens before the curtain rises and after it falls.

2017 Spring
3 sections

Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy

In this course, build your own professional five-minute stand-up routine based on whatever subjects you happen to be passionate about.

2017 Summer
1 section

Solo Performance in the 21st Century

This introductory workshop allows you to explore your voice and personal style and incorporate digital media into solo performance.

2017 Spring
1 section

A Taste of Acting: Winter Session

Explore your creative side in this one-day workshop, designed to welcome newcomers to the world of acting.

Introduction to Western Classical Music

Explore the developments of Western classical music from medieval times to the 21st century.

Modern Dance Appreciation: From Merce Cunningham to Pina Bausch

Gain an understanding of the seminal modern dance choreographers who revolutionized dance by emphasizing movement above all else.

Tennessee Williams: His Life and Plays

Explore both Tennessee Williams’s personal life and plays through lectures, readings, and film screenings.

The Life and Music of Igor Stravinsky

Discover Igor Stravinsky the man and his times, explore his influence on the classical music canon, and listen to his essential works.