Acting Fundamentals Series

Most students start with the classes in this series. If you take all SIX, you will earn a Certificate in Acting Fundamentals.  For adults 18 and older.  (PLEASE NOTE: The order the classes are taken in is somewhat flexible. Most students take them in the order shown. But if need be they can be taken out of order.)


  1. ACTING 101
  2. ACTING 102
  3. ACTING 103
  4. ACTING WITH EMOTION 
  5. AUDITIONING
  6. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

  1. ACTING 101: BEGINNING ACTING – In this first four week introductory class, we’ll learn some basics including how to do improv; how to memorize dialogue; and how to begin performing short scenes. If you’re new to acting or have been on a break from it, start with this class.
  2. ACTING 102 – In this class, we’ll focus on understanding the character(s) we’re portraying, connecting with them on a genuine level, discovering their backstories and objectives, and bringing them to life.
  3. ACTING 103 – In this fast-paced four week session, We’ll focus on listening to and responding to our scene partners, “making it real,” and letting go of preconceptions about where the scene is heading.
  4. ACTING WITH EMOTION – Our focus in this four week class is on increasing the range of emotions students can feel and express when acting.
  5. AUDITIONING – Learn about auditions, headshots, resume, reels, agencies, and how to get started acting in Seattle
  6. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE – In this class, we’ll make a movie, starring the students in the class. It’s a good way to get something for your reel. Some students take this class several times, to get several different clips of themselves acting as different characters, for their reels. (This class can also  be applied toward the Acting for the Camera Certificate)

SUBSTITUTIONS: You can substitute the classes below for any of the ones above. Substitutes include:

  1. IMPROV 101
  2. REBOOT YOUR ACTING
  3. MEMORY TRAINING FOR ACTORS
  4. MONOLOGUES FOR ACTORS

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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. Ages 14 and older can sign up.

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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.