About Nils Osmar

Nils Osmar was born in Alaska, and grew up in a wilderness area on the southern coast. He now lives in Seattle. He has made his living in the arts for over thirty years, working as a writer, visual artist, teacher, and filmmaker. He currently teaches through the University of Washington's ASUW Experimental College. He is the Director of an independent educational program, Classesandworkshops.com, which offers courses in visual, written and performing arts in Seattle, Washington.



Learn the basics of STAND-UP COMEDY in this fun, supportive, hands-on class

You’ll create original material, explore the business-side of stand-up, and have the opportunity to perform at a comedy club in front of a real audience. 

  • This is your chance to make a dream come true and get a head start if you choose to pursue comedy further. 
  • There are three classes in a classroom and then a performance in a real comedy venue here in Seattle!


This article is intended solely for informational purposes. It is not meant to be taken as, and should not be construed, as medical advice. Any changes to your lifestyle or diet should be done in consultation with your doctor or health care professional.


  • South Campus Center is a part of the University of Washington (Seattle branch).
  • But don’t just go driving around on campus trying to find it. It is located two blocks away from the rest of the campus, down by the ship canal (behind the Health Sciences building).
  • The address is 1601 NE Columbia Road, Seattle, WA 98195
  • We recommend parking in Parking Garage S1.
  • It costs $6 to park in S1 after 4 pm on weekdays, and before noon on Saturdays. It is free to park in S1 all day Sunday, and after noon on Saturdays). 
  • The garage faces up to South Campus center; you can walk right from your parking space into the building.
  • For BUS DIRECTIONS, please contact Metro Transit.

  • Like all U.W. buildings, this building is wheelchair accessible. If you have accessibility concerns, we recommend parking on the MID-LEVEL of the parking garage in front of the building and enter through mid-level doors. Then take the elevator to the third floor.
  • IMPORTANT: The UPPER LEVEL DOORS in SOCC are locked on evenings and weekends. So please park on the MID LEVEL of the S1 garage, not the upper level, and enter through the MID LEVEL doors. (The upper doors may be locked.) Then take the elevator to the third floor.
  • IMPORTANT: Some GPSs may not work for this building, because of the odd way UW buildings are numbered. (Some students have told us their GPSs sent them driving around in circles.) So we recommend printing out these DRIVING DIRECTIONS and bringing them along, just in case. 


  • Take the NE 45th street exit.
  • Turn RIGHT onto NE 45th. Drive for about ten blocks.
  • Turn RIGHT onto 15th Avenue NE. Drive for several blocks.
  • IMPORTANT: Do NOT TURN RIGHT ONTO Pacific Street; drive through it.
  • At the end of 15th NE, turn left onto Boat Street.
  • You’ll see the parking gate ahead of you. On Saturdays, parking costs $6. On Sundays it’s free.
  • Just past the parking gate you’ll see the building and PARKING GARAGE S-1, on your right hand side. (As you’ll see in this map, Garage S-1 fronts up against
  • Park on the MIDDLE LEVEL of the parking garage, not the upper or lower level.
  • (The middle level doors will be open on weekends; the upper and lower level doors may be locked.)


  • Take the NE 45th street exit.
  • Turn LEFT onto NE 45th. Drive for about ten blocks.
  • Turn RIGHT 15th NE. Drive for several blocks.
  • IMPORTANT: Do NOT TURN RIGHT ONTO Pacific Street; drive through it.
  • At the end of 15th NE, turn left onto Boat Street.
  • You’ll see the parking gate ahead of you. On Saturdays, parking costs $6. On Sundays it’s free.
  • Just past the parking gate you’ll see the building and parking garage, on your right hand side. Park on the MIDDLE LEVEL of the parking garage, not the upper or lower level.
  • (The middle level doors will be open on weekends; the upper and lower level doors may be locked.)


  • Directions to South Campus Center coming from the east via State Route 520
  • From State Route 520, take the Montlake Boulevard ext.
  • Turn right and continue north on Montlake Boulevard crossing the drawbridge.
  • Turn left (west) onto NE Pacific Street at the first traffic light after the drawbridge.
  • Continue west on NE Pacific Street to 15th Avenue NE and turn left (south).
  • At the bottom of 15th Avenue NE bear left onto NE Boat Street.  Travel a short distance on Boat St. onto Columbia Road.
  •  The campus gatehouse (Gate #6) will be straight ahead.  Continue to Gate #6 and stop there for directions and a parking permit.
  • Park on the MID-LEVEL of the parking garage and enter through the mid-level doors, not the upper level.

For BUS DIRECTIONS, please contact Metro Transit.


PARK IN PARKING GARAGE S-1. It’s right in front of South Campus Center.

Fees for parking on campus:

  • On evenings (after 5 p.m.), and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon, it costs $6 to park on the U.W. campus. You pay the fee as you drive onto the campus, and get a parking permit to put in your window. Ask to park in  the parking lots listed above if possible (C-12, C-15 and C-17).
  • Parking is FREE on Saturdays after noon.
  • Parking is also FREE on Sundays (all day)


On Saturdays and Sundays, the building is sometimes locked. The mid-level doors will be open. So park on the mid-level, not the upper level.


“The instructor worked hard to make sure that every student had confidence and successful material to approach graduation show. He taught us how to perform jokes, addressed our anxiety, and asked us to trust the process. Everyone did terrific on stage and it was lots of fun doing the show with my fellow classmates.” 

– Wes Warren

“For anyone who has ever wanted – or not wanted – to be on stage, Rekindle School’s class gives you confidence you never knew you had! Honestly I’m going to miss our weekly classes and will sign up for another class as soon as I can.”

– Leah Warshawski

“It is quite a process to go from having a funny thought or idea and transforming it into comedy that can be done as standup. Through instruction and direct feedback, I was able to figure out how to get laughs from my funny thoughts or ideas.  I am not a professional comedian, but now at least I feel like one!” – Kyle Riley

I enrolled in this class because I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Rekindle School classes I have attended…. I can’t wait for the next opportunity to do Stand Up. It is such a great class!!” – George Schnibbe

“I cannot say enough great things about this class. I would 100% recommend this class to anyone who wants to try stand-up.” – Jenny G.


About our Voiceover Acting classes

There’s acting in person, on stage or in front of the camera – and then there’s voice acting.  Voice acting is the art of doing voice-over work on a wide range of features such as TV shows and feature films, animated shorts, commercials, radio plays, documentaries, video games and more.

In voice acting, the actor’s face never appears on screen, but he or she has the opportunity to create a character and make a connection with the audience using only vocals.  An actor might be twenty, forty, or sixty years old, but using your voice you can create a character of any age, nationality or species.

You can use your voice to create characters who are svelte and frumpy, attractive or repulsive, hopeless or sexy, young or old, funny or dramatic. Voice acting is fun, and a great way for actors to improve their general acting skills on and off the screen.   Most students in our voiceover classes are adults. Our online voiceover classes are the perfect way to start learning and improving your voice acting skills.


I’d like to thank you.   After taking your (Beginning Acting and Let’s Make a Movie) classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs.   One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production…  and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production.   The reel we made (in the Let’s Make a Movie class) was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact (that I was) comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs.

Tell  everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it.   It was a slow start, but now I’m living in L.A. and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good. – K. S.  (Hollywood)

Hello Nils, I played Weasel and The Executioner in your movie Liberation… I also took the Let’s Make a Movie class with you few years ago. I hope you are doing great and finding time to make movies.

I just wanted to thank you for having me in your movies and teaching me! I am now a full time actor in LA. Thank you and have a great 2017 full of creative films!

– Deja Soufka Actor/Director

…I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in the early stages of my acting career. It has been a great journey that started in your beginning acting class. I am happy to report that I just met a very awesome goal. I will be a day actor in the TV series Grimm this week. It was your coaching that set and codified the foundation that helped get me where I am today. Thank you so much for your help.   

If you would like to, please feel free to share my story with your other students and on the website. Best wishes and with my sincerest gratitude, Joey Coverson

After just 2 classes with Nils, I auditioned for an independent film against actors with many years experience and I got the part. Nils teaches confidence and he freely shares his knowledge of the acting. – Robert C., Actor (Hollywood)

I really think you are a great instructor, and you seem to have a genuine interest in and enjoy helping people develop their skills. And it was fun! – Pritam (Seattle)

Hey Nils, thanks for the class  –  had a really good time this quarter.   I really came at the class from the direction of directing.   I had successfully directed two plays back in Britain, but I always felt that I was on shaky ground when I tried to give advice to actors that went beyond “okay, say it louder this time.”   There’s nothing that makes you feel a fraud quicker  than standing up in front of lots of people who look to you for advice and not having any to give.

The class definitely helped…  I really enjoyed the improv element of the class. It always felt like just one step away from playing a childish game, which I always enjoy.    It was also great to have a chance to work on a monologue with you, especially in front of a small, friendly audience. Your advice on the ‘business’ side of acting was also very useful.  – Cheers, Mark (Seattle and London)

A week after your class (I) went to my very first audition!   Talk about absolute terror.   I did the same monologue I did in class, and guess what?   I got offered not only one role, but two roles from two different directors,  from that one petrified , shaking monologue, on my very first audition!  I was shocked…I couldn’t have done it without your great class.  Thanks! –  Randy T.   (Seattle)

Hi Nils,   I just wanted to thank you for a great class last night! Clearly, people were a little nervous about getting up to perform their monologues, but you have fostered a very supportive environment which makes it much easier to get up there.   I think you did an excellent job at figuring out how to help each individual to take the next step with their piece,  despite a wide range of skill levels.   I’m looking forward to next week!  –  Marnie M.  (Kirkland)

Hi Nils,  I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me dreams. I left Washington. I am down in California.   I have started a television production company and I auditioned for a Harley Davidson Commercial yesterday as an actor.  Everything is moving at light speed…and in a positive direction. It all started with you in that classroom at the U of W.  – Robert C.,   Hollywood