Seattle acting classes – open for enrollment

Seattle Acting classes - short course descriptions

  • Our Seattle Acting Classes meet on the University of Washington campus. 
  • They are not-for-credit, which means the focus is on learning and having fun, not grades or tests.
  • They are open to everyone 18 or older. 
  • We offer over a dozen classes related to acting and performing.
  • If you’re new to acting, we recommend starting with Acting 101.

Class 10.01 _____ ACTING 101: BEGINNING ACTING


In this enjoyable introductory class, you’ll learn how to:

  • create characters
  • memorize dialogue
  • and use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools.
  • Plus: we’ll do theater games and warm ups, improv and scene work.

Whether you’re looking for a class just for fun, or have aspirations to act in movies or on stage, everyone is welcome. The instructor, a Seattle filmmaker, has directed both feature films and stage plays, and has taught acting since 1995.  You can take this class on Sundays or Tuesdays:

  • Sunday class:  

    Begining Acting - Sunday class
    January 2016 dates: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14
    Sundays, 6 PM-8:30 PM (4 meetings)
    University of Washington campus (Seattle branch)

  • Tuesday class:  

    Sign up now for the WINTER 2016 class:
    Acting 101/Beginning Acting
    Wednesday night class
    Wednesdays, 7 PM-9:30 PM
    1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 (4 week class)
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

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ACTING 102 (INTERMEDIATE ACTING) is a follow-up class for students who’ve taken ACTING 101 (Beginning Acting) or a similar class, and would like to continue learning and developing their foundation acting skills. Exercises include working on emotion, objective, intention, and motivation. You’ll have fun and take the next steps forward in developing your acting skills.

You can take this class on either Tuesdays or Sundays:

Class 10.10 _____ ACTING 103: THE NEXT STEP


ACTING 103: THE NEXT STEP is a follow-up class for students who have taken Beginning Acting and Intermediate Acting (or similar classes) and would like to continue learning and improving their foundation acting skills.  The focus will be on moving our performances to the next level of realism and believability, while performing a wide range of characters.

  • When and where: 

    Acting 103: The Next Step
    Saturdays 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

    12/12 and 12/19 (Two meetings)

    University of Washington campus (Seattle branch)

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Class 10.15 _____ ACTING FOR THE CAMERA


In this fast paced, five week class, students will practice acting in front of a camera, then make a short film intended to create material that is suitable for an actor’s reel. Note: This class is for students with previous acting experience. Please do not sign up unless you have previously taken Acting 101 or a similar class. 

  • Dates and times:  

    Acting for the Camera
    3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 1 pm-3:30 pm
    (Last two meetings will run late!)
    University of Washington campus (Seattle branch)

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Class 10.20 _____ LET’S MAKE A MOVIE


Ever dreamed about acting in a movie, or making a movie of your own?  In this fun, hands-on course, we’ll create and film a short independent movie from scratch. You can participate as an actor, member of the crew, or both.  It’s an acting class, a filmmaking class, and an involving immersive experience. (Most students take this class along with Crash Course in Filmmaking, which meets in the same location earlier in the day.) Fun times!  

  • When and where: 

    Let's Make a Movie
    Saturdays 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
    1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 (5 meetings)
    Last two meetings will run late.
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

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In this information-packed workshop, you’ll learn where to find auditions for acting gigs in the Seattle area; how to find acting jobs; how to prepare; “red flags” to watch out for; what to expect in stage or camera auditions; how to find the “good” acting agencies, and avoid the scams; and more.  Plus, you’ll learn about head shots, reels, resumes, and more.  

  • When and where: 

    Auditioning Workshop
    Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    December 5 only. 1 meeting.

    University of Washington campus (Seattle branch)

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Monologues are fun! Learning how to perform one is an essential step for actors of all levels.  In this class, students will learn how to choose, memorize and perform both comedic and dramatic monologues, have an opportunity to rehearse them with the help and guidance of the instructor, then perform them in class.

Class 10.35 _____ VOICEOVER 101: Voice Acting for Games, Commercials and Animation


Voice acting is fun!  In this Seattle voiceover acting class you’ll learn how to create a range of interesting voices and characters, learn about the business side of voiceover acting, and learn how to have the best odds of making it in the business. Great for those interested in acting in games, animation, and commercials.  

You can take this class on a Saturday or on a weeknight:

Class 10.37_____Voiceover 102: Intermediate level

Voiceover 102 is for the students who have completed Rick May’s Voiceover 101 class. It is a continuance of in-depth instruction of advanced voice work. It continues to cover character development, cartoon voices, video games, announcing techniques and vocal development. Class material extensively covers all the elements of voice work and audition preparation.   More information ➩ Sign up now


When and where:  

Voiceover 102, section 1
Tuesday night class
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 PM
2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15



When and where:  

Voiceover 102, section 2
Saturday morning class
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19
University of Washington campus


Class 10.40 _____ ACCENTS AND DIALECTS


In this Seattle acting class, students will learn how to speak in a wide range of accents and dialects. You’ll learn French, German, Russian, high and low British, and more!  (You won’t learn the languages, but you’ll learn how to sound like you’re from those parts of the world.)  Note: This class is open to actors of all types and levels of experience (voice actors, stage actors, actors for the camera, and total beginners.)  

  • When and where: 

    Accents and Dialects for Actors
    Thursdays, 7-9 PM
    1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
    University of Washington campus (Seattle branch)

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Class 10.50 _____ IMPROV 101


Looking for Improv classes in Seattle that are fun, fast-paced and energetic? This enjoyable introductory class, taught by an instructor with years of experience, is a great place to start. 

You’ll play, laugh, focus and have fun while learning how to let go of preconceptions and let go of worrying about failure.

  • Where and when:   

    Improv for Beginners - Winter 2016 class
    Sat. 12 noon-2:30 p.m.
1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (4 meetings)
    Location: Seattle Center

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Class 10.60 _____ STAND UP COMEDY


In three class sessions followed by a public performance, students will learn to learn to unleash their inner funny with confidence and skill.  Seattle has a booming stand-up comedy community, so there will be lots of opportunity to continue to use what you learn even after the class has concluded.

  • Where and when:   

    Tuesdays 7 PM-9:30 PM
. (Four meetings)
    Winter 2016 dates: 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16
    Meetings 1-3 are at North Seattle College
    Last meeting is at a comedy club.

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Basis Makeup for Actors: Looking Good! is a great class for actors, independent filmmakers, women, men, makeup artists (professional), makeup artists (in training), and the just-curious. It’s particularly useful for actors who may find themselves acting in low budget films without makeup artists, and need to be able to do their own makeup to make sure they’ll look good in the finished movie.



Which class to take first?

Where are your Seattle acting classes held? 

Most of them take place on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Some are at the University Heights Center, or Phinney Neighborhood Center (great locations with ample parking for students). You’ll be given the exact location and driving directions for your class when you sign up.

Are your acting classes sponsored by the University of Washington? Or are they just held on campus?

Our courses are co-sponsored by our program and the ASUW Experimental College (the ASUW is the student government at the University of Washington, under the sponsorship of the U.W.). They are non-credit classes for personal enjoyment and enrichment. They are held on the campus, and registration fees are collected by the University of Washington. But you will not receive University of Washington credit for attending them.

Are these good classes to take if I’m brand new at acting? 


I want to act in the movies. Will your classes help? 

No one can promise you that a single acting class will get you a starring role in Hollywood. (If they do, they’re being silly.) You get there by hard work, commitment and a measure of good luck on the side. But good acting classes can start you moving toward your goals. What our classes will do — what any good acting classes will do — is give you a solid introduction to acting, a good foundation that will help you start developing your skills and moving toward your goals.

Have you had students who’ve gone on to work in Hollywood? 

Yes. We’ve have had students over the years who found work acting in movies, television and commercials (including major national commercials) in Hollywood and other places. We’ve also had students who started out in our classes and went on to act and star in independent films, locally or in other cities. (Some have even set up film production companies of their own, in Seattle and Hollywood, after taking the classes.) Succeeding as an actor takes hard work; our classes are a good place to start.

What if I want to take classes just for fun? (I’m not really into the acting career thing, just doing something fun and different!)

That is totally fine. Not everyone who takes the classes does so with career ambitions. Probably the majority do so just for fun, for personal enrichment. Whether you’re there for professional reasons, or just to do something fun and different, you’ll have fun and learn a lot, and are welcome in the classes.

I want to be able to speak in front of big audiences without freaking out. Will taking acting classes help?

Everyone is different, but many people have reported that acting classes can be helpful. Part of it is that in an acting class, you get a lot of experience getting up in front of a group, so being up in front of people in other situations starts to feel easier and more natural. We’ve had students who were shy about getting up in front of people, who told us they were much more comfortable and confident in that kind of situation after a class or two.

Hi Nils, I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow my dreams. I left Washington. I am down in California. I have started a television production company and I auditioned for a Harley Davidson Commercial yesterday as an actor. Everything is moving at light speed…and in a positive direction. It all started with you in that classroom at the U of W. – Robert C., Hollywood

What’s the difference between your classes? 

Beginning Acting is an overall introduction to acting, and to the acting scene in Seattle. Let’s Make a Movie is a Seattle acting/filmmaking class that gives students an opportunity to focus on participating in, and completing, an acting project (making a short film, that the students are acting in) Intermediate Acting and The Next Step are follow-up classes for students who’ve taken Beginning Acting and would like to keep learning and developing their foundation skills. The Improv class is a fun introduction to script-free acting, making it up as you go along. The Auditioning class provides a helpful overview of what’s involved in finding auditions, having fun in them and approaching them with confidence. They’re all good classes, focusing on different parts of the acting experience. If you are interested in several classes, check out our certificate program.

Which acting classes should I start with? 

If you’re new at acting, or getting back into it after a break, start with Beginning Acting. After that you can take our other courses in any order.

What will we be doing in the Beginning Acting class? 

We’ll start out with some warm-ups, then do some breathing and relaxation exercises and some exercises to help us get comfortable moving and performing onstage in front of others. We’ll learn memorization techniques that make it easier to learn lines, and do both scripted and unscripted scenes. The focus will be on having fun, learning new things, and getting a lot of experience acting.

Do students need to bring anything to class? 

Just bring a pen and pad to take notes. Other than that, just bring yourself, and come prepared to learn a lot, take some enjoyable risks and have fun.

What should I wear to class? 

Just wear something loose and comfortable that you can move freely in. Anything is fine.

Looking for fun, affordable classes and workshops in Seattle, that offer high quality instruction without breaking the bank?

Ready to move a little out of your comfort zone and have fun exploring other characters and situations, and discover what acting’s all about, in a safe supportive environment? Our Seattle acting classes can help! is an art school, acting school, writing school, and film school, all rolled into one. Our classes are non-credit, so they’re open to everyone. Our Seattle acting classes are fun, accessible, and provide hands-on instruction and training in a classroom environment (most classes are held on the University of Washington campus in Seattle). And we’re doing our best to keep them affordable. You can take a class just for fun, or work toward a certificate in Acting Fundamentals. Enrollments are now open for the classes listed on this page.  Our classes cover a range of topics and approaches, related to different aspects of the acting experience. There’s an old saying that “You learn to act by acting.” Our classes are designed to reflect this, and give students in Seattle both exposure to the theory and information they need to develop their acting skills, and an opportunity to perform scenes and exercises in class, in front of other students.

Don’t live in Seattle?

For those who live outside of Seattle, and are looking for something beyond what their local acting schools, colleges and training programs are able to offer, we’re working on developing online versions of our acting classes. Stay tuned!headshots-in-seattle1