Acting 101: Beginning Acting

actLooking for a fun introductory acting class that’s open to beginners?  In this enjoyable beginning-level class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, perform short scenes, and how to use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools.  

Whether you’re taking an acting class just for fun, to get over your stage fright and get more comfortable in front of people, or have professional aspirations to act in television or movies or on stage, everyone is welcome.  Nils Osmar, instructor. 

You can take this class on Wednesday nights in Lake City, or on Sunday nights on the University of Washington campus.  Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee.  Sign up now using the links below:


Sign Me Up!


Acting 101 (Sunday night class)
Sundays July 10-July 31
6pm-8:15pm (4 meetings)
Note: The July 31 meeting runs an extra half hour, till 8:45pm)
University of Washington campus (Seattle)



Sign Me Up!

Acting 101 - Wed. class
Wednesdays 7pm-9:15pm
4 meetings, 7/6-7/27
Note: The July 27 meeting runs for an extra half hour, till 9:45pm)
Lake City Community Center (Seattle)

We’ll do warm­ups and theater games, improv and scene work. You’ll also get information about Seattle’s film and theater scenes, and learn about auditioning opportunities in Seattle. 

NOTE: This class is aimed at adults. If a student is younger than 18, please contact us before enrolling him or her, to make sure the class is a good fit.  NOTE: You can take this class by itself, or as part of a Certificate Program in Acting.

  • The Sunday class meets on the University of Washington campus (Seattle branch).
  • The Wednesday class meets at the Lake City Community Center.
  • For reviews and student comments, scroll down this page.

About the instructor: Beginning Acting is taught by Nils Osmar. Nils’s background includes over twenty years as an actor, playwright, producer and director.  His stageplays have been produced in the Seattle Fringe Festival, New City Theater Directors’ Fests and other venues.  His independent films have played at major international film festivals.  He has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through schools including Shoreline Community College, Antioch University’s Heritage   Institute and  Nils Osmar’s IMDB (professional film credits) page



Are these for-credit or non-credit classes? They are non-credit classes intended for personal enrichment and learning, for the general community. This means there are no grades to worry about.  You can have fun exploring acting and focusing on developing your acting skills in a relaxed environment, without worrying about tests or grades.


Student comments about our BEGINNING ACTING class:

After just 2 classes with Nils, I auditioned for an independent film against actors with many years experience and I got the part. Nils teaches confidence and he freely shares his knowledge of the acting. – Robert C., Actor (Hollywood)

I really think you are a great instructor, and you seem to have a genuine interest in and enjoy helping people develop their skills. And it was fun! – Pritam (Seattle)


Hey Nils, thanks for the class  –  had a really good time this quarter.   I really came at the class from the direction of directing.   I had successfully directed two plays back in Britain, but I always felt that I was on shaky ground when I tried to give advice to actors that went beyond “okay, say it louder this time.”   There’s nothing that makes you feel a fraud quicker  than standing up in front of lots of people who look to you for advice and not having any to give.

The class definitely helped…  I really enjoyed the improv element of the class. It always felt like just one step away from playing a childish game, which I always enjoy.    It was also great to have a chance to work on a monologue with you, especially in front of a small, friendly audience. Your advice on the ‘business’ side of acting was also very useful.  – Cheers, Mark (Seattle and London)

A week after your class (I) went to my very first audition!   Talk about absolute terror.   I did the same monologue I did in class, and guess what?   I got offered not only one role, but two roles from two different directors,  from that one petrified , shaking monologue, on my very first audition!  I was shocked…I couldn’t have done it without your great class.  Thanks! –  Randy T.   (Seattle)


I’d like to thank you.   After taking your (Beginning Acting and Let’s Make a Movie) classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs.   One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production…  and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production.   The reel we made (in the Let’s Make a Movie class) was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact (that I was) comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs.

Tell  everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it.   It was a slow start, but now I’m living in L.A. and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good. – K. S.  (Hollywood)


Hi Nils,   I just wanted to thank you for a great class last night! Clearly, people were a little nervous about getting up to perform their monologues, but you have fostered a very supportive environment which makes it much easier to get up there.   I think you did an excellent job at figuring out how to help each individual to take the next step with their piece,  despite a wide range of skill levels.   I’m looking forward to next week!  –  Marnie M.  (Kirkland)

Hi Nils,  I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me 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

More Acting Classes

  1. Acting 101 – Sunday class 

    Acting 101 (Sunday night class)
    Sundays July 10-July 31
    6pm-8:15pm (4 meetings)
    Note: The July 31 meeting runs an extra half hour, till 8:45pm)
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

  2. Acting 101 – Wednesdays class 

    Acting 101 - Wed. class
    Wednesdays 7pm-9:15pm
    4 meetings, 7/6-7/27
    Note: The July 27 meeting runs for an extra half hour, till 9:45pm)
    Lake City Community Center (Seattle)

  3. Acting 102: Tuesday class 

    Acting 102: Intermediate acting
    4 week CLASS: 7 P.M.-9:15 P.M.

    Wednesdays 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8
Lake City Community Center

  4. Acting 102: Sunday class 

    Acting 102: Intermediate (Sun. class)
    Sundays 7 pm-9:30pm
    4 meetings: 5/15, 5/22, 6/5, 6/12
    (no class on 5/29 due to holiday)
    University of Washington campus

  5. Acting 103: Next Step 

    Acting 103
    Sunday March 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    University of Washington campus

  6. Acting for the Camera 

    Acting for the Camera
    Saturdays 10pm-12 noon
    4 meetings: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25
    The meeting on 6/25 will go all day to give us time to finish filming the class movie.
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

  7. Auditioning 

    Sunday June 26 only
    1 day workshop: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    University of Washington campus

  8. Improv 101   

    Improv for Beginners
    Saturdays 12pm (noon)-2:30pm
    4 meetings: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14
    Seattle Center Armory Building (Seattle)

  9. Let’s Make a Movie! 

    Let's Make a Movie
    Saturdays 3pm-5:30pm (5 meetings)
    Five meetings: July 9-August 6
    Last two meetings will run till 9 pm to give us time to finish filming the movie.
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

  10. Voiceover 101 – Tuesday class  

    Voiceover 101 (Tuesday class)
    Tuesdays, 7-9 PM (5 meetings)

    July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2

    Lake City Community Center

  11. Voiceover 101 – Saturday class 

    Voiceover 101 (Saturday class)
    Saturdays 10am-12 noon
    July 9, 16, 23, 30, and August 6
    Lake City Community Center (Seattle)

  12. Voiceover 102 – Saturday class  

    Voiceover 102 - Tues. class
    Four meetings : 7-9:30 PM
    5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14
    Lake City Community Center

  13. Voiceover 102 – Tuesday class  

    Voiceover 102 Sat. class
    10 AM-12:30 PM (Four meetings)
    6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25
    Lake City Community center (north Seattle)

  14. Accents and Dialects 

    Accents and dialects class
    Thursdays 7-9 PM (5 meetings)
    July 14, 21, 28, 8/4 and 8/11
    Lake City Community Center (Seattle)

  15. Stand-Up Comedy    

    Stand Up Comedy for Beginners
    Tuesdays, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9
    7 pm-9:30pm (four meetings)
    Meetings 1-3 are at North Seattle College
    Last meeting is at a comedy club.

  16. Basic Makeup for Actors: Looking Good  

    Sunday Nov. 22 only, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (1 meeting) UW campus (Seattle)

  17. Monologue Workshop    

    Monologue class for actors
    Thursdays, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
    2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17
    This class meets at the Lake City Community center (north Seattle)

Need an ACTOR HEADSHOT for auditioning? Click here