2021 Fall

Classes are now free of charge with your UMASC Membership.


Reading Plays Aloud Together

Instructor: Barbara Coriell

Thursdays • 8 classes • 9/23-11/18 (No class 11/11) • 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Class size 10-12 students
5 seats remaining
Location: Zoom

This course is for people who enjoy reading plays with others without the worry of auditions, memorizing lines or performing! One of the most enjoyable parts of any play production is the first read-through to see how it sounds. This class will be a read-through of a play every week. A director will be assigned to organize the reading and keep it on track. Readers will change roles, so everyone gets a chance to be the star or the supporting player. Every student will read a part (no “just listening” allowed). To get us started, the first play will be The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney, followed by Other People’s Money by Jerry Sterner and An Act of the Imagination by Bernard Slade.  Please note that some plays may include profanity.

In lieu of tuition, we encourage student to purchase class materials and books. The plays for this course can be purchased, new or used: The Dining Room, Other People’s Money, and  An Act of the Imagination



Barbara Coriell has been active in community theater since high school, when she was cast in a community theater production of the Miracle Worker. Roles performed include M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz and Dr. Bearing in Wit. Plays directed include Night of the Iguana, Pygmalion, Dinner with Friends and Old Wicked Songs. She also completed the 8-day summer workshop in directing at the Yale Drama School. She moved to Maine from Ohio by way of Hawaii and was active with the Dayton Theatre Guild and the Lanikai Mortgage Players.