Each program provides instruction based on the students’ experience. Courses meet from 9 am to 6 pm, five days a week. Class size is limited to maximize individual time and attention.
Summer Acting Training Program – Technique Level
Technique Level classes let beginning performers explore the physical, emotional, and vocal techniques necessary for an energized, focused, creative on-camera performance.
ACT112 – Acting Technique
An introduction to the ideas of Stanislavski and the foundation of acting through script analysis, monologues, exercises, and scene work.
COM110 – Commercial Basics
Acting in commercials is a very specialized and very lucrative skill. This course helps students understand their own particular ranges, and the basics of working with on-camera copy and improvisation.
DAN114 – Stage Combat / Actor’s Movement
A foundational course in body awareness combined with a survey of the basic principles and safety factors of unarmed stage combat. The course includes exercises in balance, simulated strikes, and reactions.
FIL110 – Film & TV Basics
An introduction to the basics of screen acting, including insight into the audition process, how to break down a scene, and the exploration of basic acting technique.
IMP110 – Improvisation
An introduction to improvisational techniques for on-camera performance. Students engage in group scenes, two-person exercises, and solo work, emphasizing spontaneity, listening, committing to choices, agreement, and group dynamics.
SPE110 – Voice I
An exploration of techniques for projecting responsive and flexible sound, and developing clear speech and articulation. Exercises cover posture, articulation, resonance, and the connection between breath and sound.
Summer Acting Training Program – Performance Level
Performance Level offers more experienced actors a challenging workout as they make the transition from stage to screen. The curriculum emphasizes on-camera technique in both single- and multi-camera performance.
Acting in Commercials
Students will develop their acting skills specifically geared for television commercials. Students will leave understanding the clear distinction between “commercial acting” and “acting in commercials”
Stage Combat for the Camera
Experience the basics of on-camera fighting as well as the basic terminology and safety rules of the set. Become familiar with the specific demands on the actor in film and television, as opposed to theater-based combat. Explore how to reveal character through combat that moves the story forward. Gain a better understanding of the nature of fighting on camera from audition to final edit.
Scene Study for Film & TV
Learn the craft required, both artistically and technically to act on-camera. Students will analyze scenes, practice acting in different sized shots, learn how to deal with on-set challenges, and be able to arrive fully prepared without any rehearsal.
Students will work in front of a microphone using copy from television and radio voice-overs. Practice animation, narration, and industrial voice-over work.
Auditioning for the Camera
Students will learn how to successfully audition on-camera, using scenes from television scripts and screenplays. Discussions will cover callbacks, interviews, and evolving media such as self-taping and auditioning on Skype.
Summer Musical Theater Program
The Musical Theater curriculum was developed to address the needs of students with some experience in one or more of the three components that make up Musical Theater: Voice, Dance and Acting. With an emphasis on preparing the Musical Theater audition, the coursework is designed to challenge all students from those just starting out in Musical Theater to those with significant past experience.
DAN240 – Dance and Movement
In this course students will explore an array of dance styles by executing choreography from a selection of ensemble numbers from a variety of musicals. Students, from the complete beginner to the advanced dancer will be challenged. Each Friday students combine dance with vocals in a variety of ensemble numbers.
SPE241 – Vocal Technique
An exploration of techniques for building a healthy and flexible singing voice. Exercises cover posture, breathing, vowels, vocal registers (chest versus head), and how to adapt one’s approach within a variety of styles from classic Broadway to rock musicals. Each Friday students will put Dance and Vocal together to experience singing and dancing ensemble numbers.
ACT242 – Acting
An introduction to the ideas of Stanislavski and the foundation of acting through script analysis, exercises, and scene work.
FIL243 – Musical Theater Scene Study
Students will be cast in scenes from well-known and forgotten musicals. Each will be staged with all dialogue, blocking, and music. Once a week, students will be immersed in a film lab of historical and recent excerpts in order to become well acquainted with the musical theater canon and its most influential performers.
AUD244 – Audition Seminar: Song Performance and Monologues
Auditioning is an art in itself with challenges that are often misunderstood. This course helps students learn how to choose suitable monologues, make appropriate 16 & 32 bar cuts of songs, and effectively present themselves at any musical theater audition.
On Mondays and Wednesday students will learn how to act a song and on Tuesdays and Thursdays we will workshop monologues. Each Friday we put both pieces together get to a feel for an actual musical theater audition.