We have almost sixty classes starting soon…. here are some you may enjoy:


In this fun four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform short scenes. Whether you’re looking for a class just for fun, or have aspirations to some day act in movies or on stage, all levels are welcome. For students 18 and older. If you’re new to acting, you should start with this class.  You can take it just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals



In this information-packed workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Where to find auditions Seattle area
  • How to identify roles that would be good for YOU to audition for (and roles to avoid)
  • How to increase your odds of actually getting cast
  • How to prepare for an audition
  • The six things you should always bring to every audition
  • Audition etiquette: how to make a good, not bad, first impression
  • How to film your own audition
  • How to identify your type and age range (and why both matter)
  • The differences between stage auditions and camera auditions
  • How to find the “good” acting agencies, and avoid the scams
  • how to get professional-quality headshots taken at an affordable price
  • How to film and audition, then put it online
  • How to tell which “auditions” are scams, and which are legit
  • How to write a good acting resume, whether you’re experienced or a beginner.
  • You’ll also learn an easy and effective way of doing cold reads, and learn the etiquette or auditioning. 

As the class moves along, we’ll do practice exercises and warm-ups to make more comfortable with the auditioning process, and you’ll get honest feedback about how to improve. The instructor has directed for stage and film for over twenty years.  His movies have played in international film festivals. NOTE: You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals

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Class #17407: Auditioning 101
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Sundays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Four meetings: 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12
University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 7

WRITING SHORT STORIES ⟾ Wednesday night class – starts 6/27

OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT! In this enjoyable Seattle writing class,  students will learn about the elements of short story writing;  get practice coming up with stories of their own; and have opportunities to get feedback from the instructor and others.  You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, and how to get your writings published.  The focus in the class is on developing our skills and learning to let the process happen easily and spontaneously. 

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Class 17524: Writing Fiction and Short Stories
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Mondays 6pm-8pm. 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


In this Seattle figure drawing class, you’ll learn how to draw realistic human figures using an easy step-by-step method, even if you’ve never drawn before. 

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced artist, you’re welcome in this class. Beginners will learn some basics that will help you get off to a good start. Experienced artists have also told us they find this class helpful, to bring their figure drawing into better focus.

We’ll start out by drawing some simplified figures based on shapes such as easy-to-draw shapes such as ovals and cylinders; learn about the proportions; then learn how to add shading and details to make our figures look realistic and three-dimensional.  Plus: how to draw hands and feet, how to show the figure in action, and how to draw both male and female figures. 

MATERIALS: You can bring your own art materials, or buy an inexpensive materials kit.  More info about the kit

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Class #29581: Figure Drawing
Tuition: $120 + $10 registration fee
Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm
Three meetings: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12 Spaces left: 10


Looking for Improv classes in Seattle that are fun, fast-paced and energetic? This enjoyable introductory class, taught by an instructor with years of experience, is a great place to start.

You’ll play, laugh, focus and have fun while learning how to let go of preconceptions and let go of worrying about failure. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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Are you an actor, or actor-in-training, who’s interested in learning how to speak believably in a variety of different accents and dialects?

 Let’s say you’re from the midwest, but your character is from the Bronx, or that you’re auditioning for the part of a character from Germany, Russia, Italy or Australia, or a totally different part of the United States? Would you feel comfortable and confident auditioning for the part?

In this class, helpful to both voiceover actors and “regular” actors, you’ll get practice speaking all of these accents and more, along with guidance and helpful tips from the instructor, an established voiceover actor. Note: You can take this class just for fun, or apply it toward our Voiceover Acting Certificate program.


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Class #162288:Accents 101
CORRECTION: The start time for this class was listed as 3-5 pm. This was a typo. It actually meets from 2pm-4pm.
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Sundays, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12 (four meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults and teens (most students are adults)
Max. enrollment: 10. Open spaces: 5


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Class #30829:
Accents and Dialects for Actors
Saturday morning section
Tuition: $155 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 1pm-3pm (4 meetings)
4 classes: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6
University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 18. Spaces left: 16


OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT ▬  Looking for a Seattle acting class for kids which approaches acting professionally and will get young students off to a good start?  In this fun and focused four-week class, held on the Seattle branch of the University of Washington campus:

  • Students will learn the basics of acting for the camera and working on a film set.
  • Students’ performances will be filmed and reviewed in the class.
  • Students will learn about working with and without dialogue; acting choices; eye lines; continuity; and how to work with scene partners.
  • The classroom is run like a film set, introducing students to the professionals who work on set and how to behave on set. 
  • On-Camera Acting for Children (ages 8-12) is both a fun class and a good education.  Past students have commented that they have gained a good understanding for the details of film making.
  • Instructor: Meredith Binder 

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A follow-up for students who have taken Rick’s “Accents and Dialects for Actors” class, and would like to keep learning and practicing, and using their new skills in actual scripted scenes. You can take this class just for fun, or apply it toward our Voiceover Acting Certificate program.

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Class #158542: Accents & Dialects 102 (Sat. class)
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 - Saturdays, 1 pm-3 pm
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 11


Looking for a colored pencil class in Seattle that’s easy, step-by-step, and designed for total beginners?  A class where you can learn how to draw in color using high quality pencils, in beautiful, vibrant hues?  Our Colored Pencil class for beginners is a good place to start.

In this class, you’ll spend the day drawing in color, working from visuals created by the instructor, so you can work at your own pace, consulting with the instructor whenever you need help. Most students find it a fun, relaxing way to learn this interesting medium. Oh, and, the class is held in an art supply store. So you can bring your own materials, or buy the ones recommended by the instructor while you’re in the store.

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Class #21910 - Colored Pencil
Tuition: $99 + $10 registration fee
July 21, Saturday, 10:30M to 4:30pm
Seattle: Artist and Craftsman Store
(University District in Seattle)


Want to learn the basics of independent filmmaking, so you can go out and start making your own movies with confidence? Want to learn the basics of lighting, and how to record high quality audio, so your film will seem more professional? 

This Seattle filmmaking class will teach you the essentials, at a tuition you can afford.  You’ll learn about cameras and camcorders, DSLRs, lights, audio, shot lists, storyboards, lighting setups, and more. Many people take this class along with Let’s Make a  Movie

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“Mixed Media Collage”is a great class for accomplished artists to unlock their creativity, and a wonderful introduction for beginning collage students as well. There is absolutely no experience required! No drawing skills needed at all! No expensive tools to buy! Collage is a perfect way to get your creative feet wet. Note: There is a small materials fee payable to the instructor. Please see class page for more information.

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Mixed Media Collage
Tuition: $99 + $10 registration fee
Please note date correction:
Saturday August 4, 10:30am-4:30pm
Location: Artists and Craftsman Store
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


On-camera acting is different from acting on stage.  In this class, students will learn how to give their best and most effective performances when being filmed; how to walk to a mark without looking at it; how to make the camera their scene partner; and how to make their performance larger or smaller, while staying true to your character and his or her motivation. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in ActingIMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT a Beginning Acting class. If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first.

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Class #89852:
Acting for the Camera
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Thursdays 7 pm-9 pm
Four meetings: 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults 18 and older
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 5


In ACTING 103 (also known as ACTING WITH EMOTION), we’ll do some  improv, group exercises and scene work exploring a range of emotions, including anger, fear, love,  happiness, sadness and more, focusing on expanding our range as actors and moving beyond the pretense of emotion. If you are a beginner, please take Acting 101 and Acting 102 first.  For students 18 and older. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting.

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Class #117354: Weeknight Class
Acting 103: "Acting With Emotion"
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30 pm
Four meetings: 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 14


ACTING 104 is one of our foundational acting classes, building on the techniques and approaches students learned in ACTING 101 and ACTING 102, and ACTING 103 (Acting with Emotion).  The focus is on learning to listen and respond, finding a genuine connection with your characters, and bringing more realism and believability to your performances. It’s for students who would like to move their acting to the next level. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals.

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Class #110130: Acting 104
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Sundays 5:30pm-7:30pm. 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12.
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Parking is FREE on the UW campus on Sundays
For ages: 18 and older. Max.: 12. Open spaces: 11


In this intensive step-by-step class, students will learn how to draw comic book pages and panels, draw simplified figures, and show them in action. You’ll learn about page layout and design; how to draw comic book pages in pencil, then finish them in ink; and how to tell stories effectively with images.  Note: You can either bring your own materials, or buy a materials kit and pick it up in the first class meeting.

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Class #27702: Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels
Please note: For the time being, the instructor has combined this class with Cartooning 101. If you'd like to learn about comic book illustration, please sign up for that class.

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,, which offers courses in visual, written and performing arts in Seattle, Washington.