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Later Life Learning

If you are currently retired (or planning to retire) and would like to expand your mind, challenge 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, as well as workshop opportunities that explore the challenges of the mature worker in today's workforce.

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 442 — Meisner Technique I: Listening
CSAC 443 — Meisner Technique II: Connection
CSAC 444 — Meisner Technique III: Truth

ACT II STUDIO: Clown and Comedy

CSAC 109 — Introduction to Clown
CSAC 180 — The Art of Comedy
CSAC 209 — Clown Cabaret
CSAC 386 — Comedy Performance Preparation
CSAC 387 — Comedy Performance

ACT II STUDIO: Directing

CSAC 127 — Directing: An Introduction
CSAC 129 — Directing Practicum I

ACT II STUDIO: Improvisation

CSAC 182 — Introduction to Improvisation
CSAC 282 — Improvisation I: Fun and Games
CSAC 382 — Improvisation II: Group Mind
CSAC 482 — Improvisation III: Character
CSAC 582 — Improvisation IV: Making a Scene

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

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 314 — Scene Study: Tennessee Williams
CSAC 516 — Advanced Scene Study: Beckett

ACT II STUDIO: On-Camera Acting

CSAC 169 — Acting on Camera A to Z
CSAC 263 — Focus on Film I

ACT II STUDIO: Period Study

ACT II STUDIO: Playwriting

CSAC 151 — Playwriting Basics
CSAC 253 — Rewrites: Beyond Tinkering
CSAC 357 — Playwriting Lab VI: Dialogue
CSAC 358 — Playwriting Lab VII: The Blank Page
CSAC 454 — Writing the Monologue
CSAC 455 — Writing Comedy for the Stage
CSAC 457 — Reading Plays: Contemporary Comedies
CSAC 559 — Reading Plays: Tennessee Williams

ACT II STUDIO: Shakespeare Study

CSAC 105 — Shakespeare: Yes You Can!

ACT II STUDIO: Storytelling

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

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 203 — The Joy of Dance
CSCC 204 — Opening to the Expressive Body
CSCC 910 — Caring Clown Basics
CSCC 911 — Caring Clown Practicum

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 111 — Film Club

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