Intro to Acting for the Screen [In-Person Only]

Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30PM - 8:30PM: April 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, and May 1

Sliding scale tuition; pay what you can.

⚠️ Public safety notice ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

Duration: 2h
Instructor: Mohana Rajagopal


This 8 session, beginners workshop will emphasize on nurturing a safe space for exploration and expression, laying the foundation for students to confidently delve into character development. Through exercises focused on understanding emotions, body language, and vocal modulation, students gradually build the skills necessary to breathe life into diverse characters. As they progress, the confidence gained in these foundational exercises translates seamlessly when they receive scripts, empowering them to approach new roles with assurance, creativity, and a deep understanding of their characters. This is not an a-la-carte series, and we highly suggest that participants plan on attending all classes offered. 

This workshop has a suggested registration fee of $100. However, we do offer a sliding scale, pay-what-you-can option for whoever may need it!

Week 1:
• Introduction to Acting Fundamentals
• Overview of the acting profession and its significance.
• Icebreaker activities and group bonding exercises.
• Understanding stage presence, body language, and vocal projection.
• Introduction to basic acting terminology.
Week 2:
• Character Exploration and Development
• Importance of character analysis in acting.
• Techniques for understanding character motivations, objectives, and obstacles.
• Exercises for developing empathy and connecting with characters.
• Exploration of physical and emotional aspects of character portrayal.

Week 3:
• Scene Work and Interaction
• Basics of scene analysis: breaking down scripts, understanding beats, and identifying
• Practical exercises in scene work, emphasizing collaboration and reacting to scene
• Introduction to improvisation to enhance spontaneity and creativity.
• Feedback sessions for constructive critique and improvement.
Week 4:
• Putting It All Together
• Integrating acting fundamentals into a cohesive performance.
• Rehearsal techniques and tips for effective preparation.
• Final scenes or monologues presentation by students.
• Recap of key concepts and resources for continued learning.

Mohana Rajagopal

Mohana Rajagopal

pronouns: she/her

With a Masters degree from the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my role as an acting teacher. Having directed actors in a London-based production, I understand the intricacies of the craft firsthand. My passion for teaching extends beyond the classroom, as I have successfully guided students through their thesis projects, ensuring their growth and mastery of the art. Additionally, I have actively assisted aspiring actors in honing their audition skills, imparting both practical techniques and a profound love for the transformative power of performance.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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