Courses and Programs

2013–2014 Academic Year
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Later Life Learning

If you are currently retired (or planning to retire) and would like to expand your mind, challenge your yourself, keep abreast of current developments in the world around you, and learn new skills along with your peers, there is a wide selection of opportunities for you at Programs for 50+. You are also welcome to consider degree and certificate courses (subject to meeting prerequisites and/or admission requirements) in the full Chang School calendar at


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Programs for 50+

Programs for 50+ at The Chang School offers unique non-credit programs to stimulate your personal enrichment, self-actualization, and a continuing connection to society in a community of like-minded people. Expand your learning, redefine your retirement, and be engaged as an older adult learner.

Continue your education through a wide variety of courses and workshops for older adults, including off-campus programming. Choose from classes in dramatic arts, liberal arts, media arts, and Caring Clown.

Join us at our annual 50+ Festival or year-round 50+ Festival Series offering a variety of thought-provoking and entertaining events including workshops and lectures, as well as cultural presentations (e.g., film, theatre, music).

Get involved in a variety of community engagement opportunities for older adults.

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ACT II STUDIO: Acting Skill Development

CSAC 240 — Acting Without Text
CSAC 340 — Applied Zone of Silence I
CSAC 442 — Meisner Technique I: Listening
CSAC 443 — Meisner Technique II: Connection

ACT II STUDIO: Clown and Comedy

CSAC 109 — Introduction to Clown
CSAC 209 — Clown Cabaret

ACT II STUDIO: Creating Theatre

CSAC 133 — Awakening The Creative Spirit

ACT II STUDIO: Directing

CSAC 127 — Directing: An Introduction
CSAC 129 — Directing Practicum I
CSAC 329 — Directing Seminar I: Directing as a Shared Vision
CSAC 525 — Directing Lab I: Continuous Monologue
CSAC 526 — Directing Lab II: Operative Words

ACT II STUDIO: Improvisation

CSAC 182 — Introduction to Improvisation
CSAC 282 — Improvisation I: Fun and Games
CSAC 382 — Improvisation II: Group Mind
CSAC 385 — Character Improv: Come as You Aren't
CSAC 482 — Improvisation III: Character
CSAC 582 — Improvisation IV: Making a Scene
CSAC 583 — Longform I
CSAC 685 — Longform II

ACT II STUDIO: Introductory Acting

CSAC 101 — Introduction to Acting I
CSAC 102 — Introduction to Acting II
CSAC 114 — Introduction to Scene Study

ACT II STUDIO: Lectures/Forums for Theatre Lovers

CSAC 501 — Shaw Festival Preview
CSAC 502 — Stratford Festival Preview
CSAC 506 — Staging Beckett
CSAC 602 — Costume Styles Through the Ages


ACT II STUDIO: Monologue and Scene Study

CSAC 106 — Monologues: The Basics
CSAC 115 — Scene Exploration I
CSAC 215 — Scenes From Canadian and Other Plays
CSAC 306 — Comedy Monologues
CSAC 313 — Readers' Theatre Techniques
CSAC 516 — Advanced Scene Study: Beckett
CSAC 617 — Advanced Scene Study: Modern World Drama

ACT II STUDIO: On-Camera Acting

CSAC 169 — Acting on Camera A to Z
CSAC 269 — Audition on Camera With Improv

ACT II STUDIO: Period Study

CSAC 484 — Introduction to Melodrama
CSAC 584 — Melodrama Scenes
CSAC 585 — Melodrama Performance

ACT II STUDIO: Playwriting

CSAC 151 — Playwriting Basics
CSAC 156 — Playwriting I
CSAC 352 — Playwriting Lab I: Creating Conflict
CSAC 354 — Playwriting Lab III: Spontaneous Writing
CSAC 355 — Playwriting Lab IV: Building Suspense
CSAC 454 — Writing the Monologue
CSAC 557 — Reading Plays: World Drama II

ACT II STUDIO: Shakespeare Study

CSAC 105 — Shakespeare: Yes You Can!
CSAC 206 — Shakespeare Monologue
CSAC 304 — Shakespeare Performance Preparation
CSAC 305 — Shakespeare Performance

ACT II STUDIO: Voice and Movement
For all Voice and Movement courses, please wear comfortable, non-binding clothing you can move in and shoes that you can slip on and off, if possible. Bring a mat or large towel, a notebook, and water. Also, have a short (1 minute max) memorized piece of text to work with.

CSAC 111 — Voice Work Basics
CSAC 322 — Movement Lab I: Grounding and Taking Space
CSAC 323 — Movement Lab II: Fluidity and Expressiveness
CSAC 424 — Transformative Movement Intensive
CSAC 425 — Transformative Movement II

Caring Clown
Through several courses, students are trained in clowning techniques and achieve an understanding of aging and the dementia process. For information about the Caring Clown program, visit the website at

CSCC 200 — Strengthen Your Clown Character
CSCC 201 — Clowning Into the World of the Other
CSCC 202 — Music Therapy and Caring Clown
CSCC 910 — Caring Clown Basics
CSCC 911 — Caring Clown Practicum

Marketing Workshops for Entrepreneurs
These content-rich, results-oriented workshops provide practical tools and strategies to motivate entrepreneurs to achieve their marketing goals. You will leave the workshops with actionable ideas, a new understanding of marketing, and the confidence to create, execute, and evaluate your marketing and communications’ plan.

CSPI 800 — Building Media Relationships
CSPI 801 — Riding the Social Media Wave
CSPI 802 — Building a Dynamic Marketing Strategy
CSPI 803 — Connect Your Way to Success
CSPI 804 — Entrepreneurs, Present Yourself with Confidence
CSPI 805 — Media Communication Skills for Success

Media Arts
Learn the latest in media arts in a supportive environment. Study films and cinema history, attend writing workshops, make your own films, and direct you own movie, with like-minded, creative peers.

CSMA 110 — Sunday Film Club
CSMA 111 — Film Club

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