Acting I and Other Instructor Permission Courses

Acting I is among the most popular classes that the Theater Department offers. Because of this high demand, admission to Acting I and to many of our other theater courses is determined through a process of instructor interviews.


For the 2019-20 academic year, the department will be conducting instructor interviews for the following courses: THEA 30: Acting I, THEA 31: Acting II, THEA 35: Acting for Musical Theater, THEA 36: Speaking Voice for the Stage,and THEA 65: Summer Theater Lab.  The performance courses previously listed require instructor permission for registration, meaning that it is not possible to pre-register.

If you are interested in taking any of these courses, please sign up for a different course that you would like to take should you NOT get into a performance course this term. if you are admitted into the performance course for which you have interviewed, you can then drop that additional course.


  • THEA30: Acting I, 2A class schedule, with Christian Kohn
  • THEA31: Acting II, 10A class schedule with James Rice & Keith Coughlin
  • THEA35: Acting for Musical Theater, 10A class schedule with Carol Dunne


  • CLICK HERE to sign up for THEA 30 Acting I with CHRISTIAN KOHN course at 2A (This link will be live on Monday, January 6 at 8:15 a.m.)
  • CLICK HERE to sign up for THEA 31 Acting II with JAMES RICE & KEITH COUGHLIN  at 10A (This link will be live on Monday, January 6 at 8:15 a.m.)
  • CLICK HERE to sign up for THEA 35 Acting for Musical Theater with CAROL DUNNE at 10 (This link will be live on Monday, January 6 at 8:15 a.m.)

NOTE: If all time-slots are taken by the time you try to sign-up please email [email protected] to be added to a waiting list.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The interviews are very informal, running no more than 5-7 minutes in duration. After the interviews, each professor will select students for enrollment and notify them of their status.  Once the students are granted Instructor Permission they will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar alerting them that they should register. 

These are very popular classes. If you are not able to secure a spot this term, we strongly encourage you to interview again. Remember that Acting I is offered frequently throughout the year.



The following courses also require instructor permission for enrollment, but do NOT conduct interviews; admission for these classes may be obtained by emailing the professor to discuss the course and requesting permission to enroll:

THEA 10.08: Creativity and Collaboration, Professors Dan Kotlowitz and Melinda Evans
THEA 27: Movement Fundamentals II, Professor Keith Coughlin
THEA 28: Dance Compositon, Professor John Heginbotham
THEA 29: Dance Theater Performance, Professors John Heginbotham and Rebecca Stenn
THEA 48: Costume Design, Professor Laurie Churba
THEA 54: Directing, Professor Peter Hackett
THEA 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater, Professor Laurie Churba