Fall 2018: Life's a Stage: Performance Skills for Every Day — COLA 1500-043

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Fall 2018: Life's a Stage: Performance Skills for Every Day — COLA 1500-043


Tue. Aug 28, 2018 - Fri. Dec 7, 2018 (15 weeks)
Every Monday from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM


Drama Building, Room 108

Was Shakespeare right when he wrote, "All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players"? This class explores the uses of acting skills in real world situations outside the fields of film and theatre. Students will learn performance techniques for collaboration, active listening, self-awareness, building empathy and speaking with confidence. Exploring basic skills in acting and improvisation, as well as meditation both in and out of the classroom, students will learn performance strategies to manage social and professional environments. No prior performance experience is required.

*1 Credit

Instructor: Dave Dalton (

COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 UVA open to all new first-year students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences, all of whom are also assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For more about COLA, see here