John Abbott College presents ACTion: Dramatic Arts Program for ages 50+

New Acting and Playwriting courses for adults to be offered this fall season

Have you ever wanted to take an acting course or try your hand at playwriting but have been too busy with work and family? John Abbott College presents ACTion, a new and innovative Continuing Education program in Dramatic Arts designed for the 50+ group. The objective is to encourage older adults to discover their potential creativity through practice.

Whether you are working or retired, are a complete beginner or have already developed some skills in the Dramatic Arts, the new program will offer you and your peers a relaxed environment where you will learn new skills to enable you to create theatre in novel and exciting ways and feel completely at ease.

Adults in the 50+ age range are encouraged to discover their creative voices in bringing to light important issues in their communities through dramatic study and production and where your life experiences will inform your practice in this program.

Initially, participants in the program can choose to focus on playwriting, acting, or both. New courses will eventually be added in directing, scene analysis, playing Shakespeare and more.

Students may register online as of July 12, 2019 at 9:00 or, in person (WALK-IN) as of August 27, 2019 at 16:00.

Playwriting I

18 hours | 900-A51-00-01 | Tuition: $195
Tuesdays: 19:00 – 22:00
Sept. 24 – Oct. 29, 2019

Theatre, for the most part, is about telling stories. This course will introduce you to the mechanics of playwriting that will allow you to turn your personal experiences or creative ideas into plays for the stage. You will learn, not only how plays are structured, but how we create and we breathe life into characters through action and dialogue. You will develop your dramatic imagination as well as your unique voice as a writer. This will be achieved via in-class writing exercises, discussion, video presentations of short dramatic scenes, assigned readings etc. Participants will also be required to read an assigned play that we will analyze in class.

Instructor: Christine Davet is an actor and playwright. She has taught courses in screenwriting/scriptwriting at London University’s Birkbeck College and has worked for the UN, Voice of America and CIDA creating Dramas for social change.

Acting I

18 hours | 900-A52-00-01 | Tuition: $195
Thursdays: 19:00 – 22:00
Sept. 26 – Oct. 31, 2019

This introductory course in acting will introduce you to the joys and excitement of performance in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. We will touch on the basic skills, techniques and theories involved in acting and you will gain a basic practical grounding in voice work, speech, movement, improvisation and acting. Participants will be required to choose and prepare a monologue that they will perform towards the end of the course as well as attend a live play in a professional theatre.

Instructor: TBA

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