Words, Voice, Movement: Reimagining Performance

Discovery Core Experience: VLPA Course

B CORE 104

60-Second Syllabus: Words, Voice, Movement: Reimagining Performance

About This Course

In Words, Voice, Movement we will work both individually and collectively to create original performances in a supportive and interactive classroom community. This introduction to performance and creative writing will allow you to find a deeper connection to your own words and the words of others, develop your artistic voice, and use movement and physicality to convey ideas. The work we do in class will give you a significant amount of practice expressing yourself in writing and in speaking in front of others–which will translate into skills and tools that are relevant in other classes and workplace contexts. My hope is that you will leave this course with a greater capacity for self-expression and connection to others.

Why Should I Take This Class?

I think students are often intimidated by the idea of acting and performance but let me assure you that we have a lot of fun, and this course is for anyone… even if you have never performed in your life! The work that we do in this class will help you as you learn to present, express your voice through writing, and learn to work with others on a team

Selected Texts & Films

We will read the play “The Laramie Project” over the quarter.

Selected Projects & Activities

In this course, we’ll do two performance projects. One as a group and the other as an individual project. We’ll play improv games in class and have daily writing warm-ups.

Want to Learn More? Check out this video!

Professor Deborah Hathaway (She/Her/Hers)

About Professor Hathaway:

  • B.A. Theatre, Musical Theatre, University of Southern California
  • M.A. Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities, New York University


“I believe the skills we learn in theater can be directly applied to all aspects of life outside the classroom and the stage. Even if the final career goal is not one in theater, I challenge each student to find his or her own meaningful connection to the work.” -Professor Hathaway