Building a Character


You have the opportunity to take this course as an Auditor or a Participant.

A Participant is able to work and receive feedback from the instructor, while an Auditor is able to observe and learn without needing to be active in front of other students.






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When it comes to building multi-dimensional, interesting characters, where do you start? Often, actors are overwhelmed by all the choices they can make, when discovering a new character.

In this six-week workshop, discover the building blocks and tools you can use to develop strong characters. From incorporating EDP Theory and Animal Work into your scenes, to exploring the physicality of emotions, participants and auditors will get a hands-on look at what it takes to Build a Character.

Building a Character

Using 5 images (animal, nature’s element and 3 adjectives) learn how to modify your body in such a way that your character will have his own feelings and thoughts. You’ll then just enjoy and live his life, feel his feelings and think his thoughts.

Physical Actions

This workshop will explain how emotions are fundamentally physical actions/movements of muscles in the face, limbs and internal organs, and feeling are the mental representation of these actions and also the generator of conscious mind, rationality, imagination and creativity.

Distancing Phenomena

Since the character has his own body (different then yours), the movements triggered by an emotion will produce feelings and thoughts that are different then yours as well. Become then a privileged witness of your character’s feelings and thoughts without being affected by them.

What to Expect:

  • Enhance your ability with physical and emotional characterization.
  • Explore the best ways to start a character.
  • Identify the difference between physical action and thinking as a character.

Weekly Breakdown

Each week will consist of one, 2-hour session:

  • Week 1 – EDP Theory
  • Week 2 – Animal Work
  • Week 3 – Elements
  • Week 4 – Psychological
  • Week 5 – The Interview
  • Week 6 – Scene Work




Acting Instructor |

Since 2006, Gulu has been a professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he teaches acting. Originally from Brazil, from 1985 to 2000, Gulu led a theater company in Rio de Janeiro, the Companhia de Gesto, where they introduced the language of clowns, masks and gesture to Brazilian audiences. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles, where he started a new company, the Ipanema Theater Troupe, with which he earned a number of important city awards, including the Ovation Award, Maddy Award, and LA Weekly Award. Since moving to LA, Gulu has developed a reputation as a director, and has been invited to direct at many world-class venues over the years, including the LA Opera, Broad Stage, Getty Villa and others.




Do I Earn A Certificate Through The USC School Of Dramatic Arts?

Yes, this course is taught by instructors from the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Your certificate will be sent through USC School of Dramatic Arts with your name and the name of the certificate completed. Fight On! (The Trojan Motto).

Who Will I Be Working With?

Your primary instructor is listed in the “Instructor section” above.

How Many Classes Does It Take To Complete The Certificate?

Great question! To earn this certificate, you must complete four 4-week courses. View the “Curriculum tab” to see details about weekly assignments and class topics.

How Long Does The Program Take To Complete?

This program takes 16 weeks to complete, so you can earn the certificate in one semester.

How Often Do The Class Sessions Meet?

Once A Week. Students Meet Once A Week For 4 Weeks. Each Class Session Is 2 Hours In Length. The Date And Time For Each Course Will Be Reflected On The Course Details Page.

Are Class Sessions Online? Are They Live Or Pre-Recorded?

This program includes weekly live class sessions. Students have access to recorded lectures after the class period, as well.

What If I Miss A Class, Or Want To Review The Class?

No problem. You will be able to access all recorded sessions at your convenience. You’ll see this recording once you login and access ‘My Dashboard’ after the class has ended for the day.

What If I Miss The Start Date Of A Class? How Often Are The Courses Offered?

Each course will be offered on a rolling four-week cycle. So you need only wait until the next month.

How Do I Pay? Can I Pay In Parts?

Payment is required prior to the start of the first day of class. To enroll and pay for a class, select the “Register” button on the course details page; then follow steps to complete payment.

Additional information


Auditor, Participant