College Prep 2018
For more than 20 years, the A.C.T. Young Conservatory has provided young people and parents guidance navigating the difficult journey of finding and applying/auditioning for college and/or conservatory acting and musical theater training. Special links with programs throughout the country and an impressive list of YC graduates in all of the top programs make our A.C.T. students the best-qualified and most-sought-after for admission. Today’s college drama field is extremely competitive, saturated with many different options open to young adults looking to continue their journey as artists. High school counselors often are at a loss as to how to advise students interested in arts training beyond high school. Where can a young person go to find answers and help in preparing for the next step?
A.C.T.’s College Prep course helps young people sort through the abundant possibilities, clarifies those that best suit each student, and prepares them for the rigors of the audition and admission process. A.C.T. College Prep 2017, offered in two parts, follows the timeline for upcoming applications and auditions for schools throughout the country.
Summer 2018 / Early Fall 2018
Grades: 11 & 12
College Prep: Part One helps high school juniors and seniors (and their parents) navigate the complicated and often intimidating process of applying to a competitive college theater program. Led by Young Conservatory Director Jill MacLean, this course clarifies the admissions and audition process requirements and discusses the Common Application and how to maximize efficiency. Students will narrow down their top program choices, share résumé and headshots for review, and narrow down their audition material—a key component in successfully showing at auditions—in a supportive environment.
This year we are offering two different opportunities to take the Part One course: a one-week intensive in August or sessions on four consecutive Saturdays in September and October.
*Please note: this is the same curriculum. You only need to participate in one of the offerings to qualify for Part Two.
Session 1: Aug 13–17, Mon–Fri, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session 2: Sat, Sep 29; Oct 6, 13, & 20; 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall 2018 / Winter 2019
Grade: 12 only
College Prep: Part Two focuses on audition preparation and technique in three private coaching sessions with senior A.C.T. artistic faculty, a meeting with the YC Director, and a mock audition and interview. Preparation and rehearsal of material is crucial to succeeding in the world of competitive auditions.
College Prep: Part Two will give students the skills, accountability, and opportunity to finalize selection of repertoire, and to audition and run their material (both musical and/or straight plays) with professionals so they can feel that confident when they enter the audition room.
College Prep: Part One is highly recommended as a prerequisite to Part Two.
Three private sessions to be scheduled with senior A.C.T. faculty, a meeting with the YC Director, and a mock audition/interview panel in January prior to audition season.
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