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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.

A Taste of Acting: Winter Session

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

2019 Winter
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.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

American Musicals of the "Golden Age": From Oklahoma! to Fiorello!

Learn about the “Golden Age” of the American musical, when musical theatre was at the center of popular culture.

2019 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.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

More Chamber Music: The Music of Friends

Listen to selections of great chamber music from throughout history, and explore the works’ composers, patrons, and performance histories.

2019 Spring
1 section

Hammerstein as Mentor to Sondheim

Learn about Oscar Hammerstein’s extraordinary influence on Stephen Sondheim and his work in musical theatre.

2018 Fall
1 section

Johannes Brahms: Classical Romanticist

Listen to the music of Brahms, and learn about the composer, his contemporaries, and his legacy.

2018 Fall
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.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Music She Wrote: Women Composers of the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries

Listen to selections of music composed by women and learn about the historic context of their eras.

2018 Fall
1 section

Norse and Finnish Mythology in Classical Music

Listen to music by some of the many composers who haven taken inspiration from Norse and Finnish mythology.

2018 Fall
1 section

The Joy of Improv

Enjoy creating improvisational comedy in a relaxed, encouraging, and supportive atmosphere.

2018 Fall
1 section

"The Music of Friends": A History of Chamber Music

Listen to selections of great chamber music from throughout history, and explore the works’ composers, patrons, and performance histories.

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.

Jazz in American Culture: A History

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

The Musical World of Johann Sebastian Bach

Explore Bach’s renowned music in its cultural context, and discover why Bach is lauded as a master of Western classical music.