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UW Youth & Teen Programs

Young Actors Workshop: Comedy With Hijinks, Slapstick & More

In this course we’ll use the theme of hijinks as a jumping-off place to practice improvisation, scene work and theater games. You’ll learn fun and compelling voice, body and imagination exercises that are also a vital part of stage work. We’ll do daily warm-up sequences that emphasize listening, creative movement, play and spontaneous interaction. You’ll have the chance to work on monologues and group scenes from theater and film, and apply the tools and techniques you’ve learned. You’ll receive direction and constructive feedback as you work to create moments of conflict, celebration and everyday life on the stage. On the final day of class, you'll have the chance to share your work with family and friends.

Note: This is a skill-building course and does not culminate in a performance.

What You'll Learn

  • Strategies that’ll help you hone your listening and reacting skills
  • How to project your voice and communicate with body language
  • How to use movement and your imagination to develop a character and tell a story
  • How to connect as a group to create scenes

Who Should Register

This course is for incoming fourth and fifth graders.


Terence Kelley and Dora Lanier

More Information

This in-person course is taught on the UW Seattle campus.

Students who want a full-day experience can register for two courses — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — which will include a supervised lunch break between courses. Students should bring a lunch.

See the Policies page for details about registration, refunds, waitlists and more. 


Jul 15–Jul 26, 2024

1 p.m.–4 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
Jun 3, 2024