Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

The Acting Workshop

The Acting Workshop is a new research study that takes the form of an introductory acting class.  In weekly meetings, participants will:

  • Learn to act
  • Build physical, vocal, and emotional skills
  • Create original characters
  • Write dialogue & scenes
  • Have the opportunity to see live local theater, and to meet the artists

The program will be taught by professional theater director Amy Dugas Brown, and it will end with the creation and performance of an original one-act play.  The goal of the workshop is to develop a program that will build communication and confidence. 

The workshop will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:00PM.  The class lasts 18 weeks, and participants may additionally be asked to come in to perform basic tests and give us your feedback.  No prior acting experience is necessary.

Participation also requires two research study visits: onr at the beginning and one at the end of the workshop, which will include completeing questionaires and computerized cognitive tests. Participants will be paid $20 at the end of each workshop meeting, plus an additional $50 at the workshop's conclusion. Reimbursements for travel expenses will be provided at each workshop meeting. At the end of the workshop, particiapnts wil be invited for a focus group to offer feed back to us about the workshop.

To learn more about the Acting Workshop, or to find out if you are eligible to participate, call or email Kevin Seelaus:

Principal Investigators: Ruben C. Gur, PhD. & Paul Grant, PhD.


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