The Empty Space: Performance, Movement and Theatre


Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters

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How does imagination respond to the emotional self, the physiology of the body and the psychology of the mind? How can we become more expressive and responsive to our inner selves? This program will explore the interior spaces where performances begin and the exterior spaces where performances are realized. Through the understanding and embodiment of somatic concepts such as awareness, intention, centering, authenticity and the interplay of mind and body, students will have the opportunity to explore the creative imagination as it expresses itself from their own life processes, rather than from externally imposed images, standards and expectations.

Students will begin with movement and theatre exercises that center and focus the mind and body in order to open themselves to creative possibilities and performance. Students will also study movement and theatre as a means of physical and psychological focus and flexibility that enable them to more fully utilize their bodies and emotional selves in creating theatrical performance. Students will be invited to explore and enjoy the movement already going on inside their bodies to learn to perceive, interpret and trust the natural intelligence of intrinsic bodily sensations. The class will use experiential techniques derived from several traditions of somatic philosophy. In seminar, students will read a broad variety of texts about creativity, movement, theatre and dramatic literature.

The program will include weekly seminars, workshops in movement and theatre, and film screenings of various movement/theatre and theatre productions. We welcome students of all abilities who bring their excitement, commitment and creativity to the performing arts. 

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

teaching, theatre, performance, movement and expressive arts.
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Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning

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Required Fees

$100 per quarter for tickets to performances and supplies.


Date Revision
December 11th, 2014 Signature requirement removed for So-Sr class standing. Freshman still need to contact faculty for a signature.
November 19th, 2014 This program will accept new winter enrollment with signature.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 50% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 48


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10082
So - Sr (16 credits): 10085

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

A signature is required for Freshman students. Students should contact Cynthia Kennedy (360-867-5009) or Walter Eugene Grodzik (360-867-6076) to discuss prior academic and theatre experience, present interest and commitment. Students will be informed of their acceptance by the end of the end of evaluation week Fall quarter. Sophomore-Senior class standing students do not require a signature.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20053
So - Sr (16 credits): 20054
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 20409

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Accepting New Students

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 30038
So - Sr (16 credits): 30039
So - Sr (1-16 credits): 30214

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