Acting focuses on building the skills for storytelling that an actor will bring to a text, but it also gives the student an experience of applying those skills to a specific period style of material. Each year, students work with both contemporary and period styles of material with a focus on each for a semester. A key component of this class is building a keen sense of ensemble and partnership with fellow actors. Different classes may focus on different elements of acting performance, like movement, voice, and text. The work of our acting classes includes the study of playwrights including Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov, John Patrick Shanley, Tony Kushner, Noel Coward, and David Lindsay-Abaire. Freshmen students take "Introduction to Acting". Sophomores and juniors are split between "Intermediate Acting" and "Advanced Acting". Seniors take "Advanced Acting".