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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+ and Community Engagement.


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Programs for 50+

Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement 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, music 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 340 — Applied Zone of Silence I
CSAC 341 — Actions for Actors
CSAC 442 — Meisner Technique I: Listening
CSAC 443 — Meisner Technique II: Connection
CSAC 444 — Meisner Technique III: Truth
CSAC 605 — Basic Makeup Skills

ACT II STUDIO: Clown and Comedy

CSAC 109 — Introduction to Clown

ACT II STUDIO: Directing

CSAC 127 — Directing: An Introduction
CSAC 129 — Directing Practicum I
CSAC 328 — Directing Actors: Approaches

ACT II STUDIO: Improvisation

CSAC 182 — Introduction to Improvisation
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

Apart from Mask occupying its own genre of theatre, mask techniques can help an actor become more expressive in standard theatre work by developing a keener sense of gesture, stillness, and specificity. It will also help you to build embodied characters.

CSAC 190 — Introduction To Neutral Mask
CSAC 293 — Mask and Character I: Whole Masks

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 320 — Poetry Cabaret
CSAC 414 — Scene Study: No Boundaries
CSAC 416 — Advanced Scene Study: Trios

ACT II STUDIO: On-Camera Acting

CSAC 169 — Acting on Camera A to Z
CSAC 261 — Acting in Commercials I
CSAC 269 — Audition on Camera With Improv

ACT II STUDIO: Playwriting

CSAC 151 — Playwriting Basics
CSAC 156 — Playwriting I
CSAC 257 — Playwriting II
CSAC 352 — Playwriting Lab I: Creating Conflict
CSAC 356 — Playwriting Lab V: Generating Ideas
CSAC 454 — Writing the Monologue
CSAC 552 — Playwriting III: Plays in Progress
CSAC 652 — Playwriting Clinic
CSAC 659 — Reading Plays: Political Theatre

ACT II STUDIO: Shakespeare Study

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

ACT II STUDIO: Storytelling

CSAC 612 — Forum Theatre 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 112 — Voice Work II
CSAC 421 — Alexander Technique I
CSAC 422 — Alexander Technique 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 207 — Explore Character Through Masks I
CSCC 900 — Caring Clown I
CSCC 910 — Caring Clown II
CSCC 911 — Caring Clown Practicum
CSCC 912 — A Question of Clown Character
CSCC 920 — Caring Clown: Advanced Skills

Health and Wellness

CSHW 100 — Walk 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 111 — Film Club
CSMA 112 — Classic Film Fridays
CSMA 113 — Deeper into Movies
CSMA 114 — Eye on Foreign Films

Music Arts
These courses enable students to gain confidence and develop thier hidden talents in music.

CSMU 100 — Singing Level I
CSMU 102 — Understanding Today's Music
CSMU 103 — Spring Singing Level I
CSMU 105 — Pilot 50+ Choir
CSMU 110 — 50+ Singers
CSMU 111 — 50+ Spring Singers

Personal Interest
From time to time, special lectures, courses, and workshops are offered that are of general personal interest.

CSPI 130 — Behind the Headlines

Course Series

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