Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

FSEM 165   Acting I: The Floating World
RestrictionsNo 2025 2024 2023
DistributionHuman Thought and Expression
Core AreaNone

Faculty Profile for Professor Giurgea

Students will discover a country where there are no rules. Or if there are any rules, they are only there to be broken. Students will be asked to embrace these contradictions. This class will ask students to be prepared to hold two or more opposing ideas in the palms of their hands at the same time. This class will attempt to teach students that the only true way to expand your world is to inhabit an otherness beyond ourselves. There is one simple word for this: empathy. Students discover that the world is so much more than one story: we find in others the ongoing of ourselves. This FSEM, a Basic Acting class, is reassurance that not forgetting how to play is essential, that our knowledge of the world is the equivalent to the set of experiences that we have had, and that our communication is limited by the number of stories we know to tell. Students learn that storytelling and understanding are actually the same thing. Students who successfully complete this seminar will earn credit for THEA 254 and satisfy one half of the human thought and expression areas of inquiry requirement.

Professor Giurgea is a theater director who works everywhere in the world. He teaches acting and directing at Colgate and in many countries nearby and far away