Summer 2017 Session: High School

High School 4-Week Session 2017

June 12 – July 7
(no class July 4)

 

Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays:
 

9–11 a.m.

The Actor’s Dynamic Voice 

$430


Focusing on one of the most creative and vital tools available to an actor, this class is designed to shape and expand techniques in voice and speech. Working from a foundation of breath, relaxation, and alignment, students will explore pitch, volume, articulation, and resonance to expand the freedom and flexibility of the voice. Instructors emphasize finding and refining each student’s unique voice.

Essential for all serious young actors.

or

Senior Improvisation

$430


Improvisation is a valuable tool for freeing the imagination, gaining confidence in auditions, and deepening emotional connection. Class exercises focus on spontaneity, remaining present, and the power of positive choice. This course is a wonderful resource for developing courage and flexibility on stage.

 

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Musical Theater Workshop  

$430


This course introduces students to vocal production, rhythm, and movement, focusing on the interpretation and phrasing of the song and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session culminates in a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire.

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Acting Technique

$430


This course is designed to give young actors the tools to create believable and vibrant characters. Covering the basic principles of acting technique—including objective/obstacle, circumstance, inner monologue, sense memory, emotional recall, and improvisation—this course includes work with improvisation and dramatic texts, culminating in the presentation of monologues and/or scenes.

This class is a foundation for all future study and can be repeated.

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Creating Physical Character

$430


The two elements in the actor’s tool kit that remain the most essential to good character communication are the actor’s voice and the actor’s body. These are also the two areas that need the most development in young actors. This class is designed to address the power of creating physical character, identifying obstacles, and working to overcome them. Instructors will use a variety of approaches to enhance the young actor’s physical work, including mime, clowning, masks, commedia dell’arte, and physical improvisation.

A must for all serious young actors.

 

2–5 p.m.

Musical Theater Performance Project

   $535


Designed for students with previous training and performance experience, this class will expand on acting, voice, and dance techniques as they apply to actors working in musical theater today. The class emphasizes both ensemble and solo work, and culminates in a performance at the end of the session.

or

Acting Performance Project

$535


Designed for students with previous acting experience and training, this course mirrors the work of a professional theater company as students take a single dramatic work from first read-through to final performance. Students focus on character development and the dynamics of the play’s language, rather than technical production skills.

 

3:30–5:30 p.m.

Acting Shakespeare

$430


Limited to a select group of advanced acting students, this class is an opportunity to deepen skills and technique in character creation by working on material by William Shakespeare. This course immerses students in the creative process as they embrace a full range of the Bard’s characters and sharpen the elements of voice and physical technique.

 

Tuesdays/Thursdays:
 

9–11 a.m.

Directing for the Theater

$350


This class provides a practical introduction to directing
technique and the role of the director in the theater.
As they direct their classmates, students will develop
skills to select material, work with actors, manage
rehearsal dynamics, and build to a final performance.

or

Dance for the Stage 

$350


This course provides students with the technique and
experience to meet the specific challenges and demands
of dancing in musical theater productions. Taught by a
professional stage choreographer, the course is designed
to give students a solid foundation in the movement skills
required by today’s stage musicals. The class culminates
in a presentation of the various styles of dance in musical
theater.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Alexander Technique

$350


An integral part of the advanced acting program at
Juilliard, NYU, and A.C.T., this 100-year-old technique
offers an in-depth exploration of the actor’s primary tool:
oneself. By examining one’s limitations and learning to
consciously eliminate unintentional physical obstacles,
students will explore greater depths of honesty,
physicality, and genuine character development in acting.
The course will include application of the Alexander
Technique to monologue and scene work.

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Preparing for Auditions

$350


This course offers a guide to entering the professional
world of acting. In addition to covering the basics of
auditioning—from preparing a dynamic presentation of
contrasting monologues to compiling photos and resumes
and becoming comfortable in a variety of audition
settings—this class will explore such professionalism,
rehearsal decorum, cold readings, prepared readings,
and how to develop techniques to sustain your place in
a competitive arts world.

Only the most serious actors should select this class.

1:30–3:30 p.m.

On-Camera Acting Workshop

$350


This introductory exploration of acting for the camera
features an examination of the camera space itself—
how to comprehend it, visualize oneself in it, energize
the space, and relate to other actors in the absence of
a live audience.

or

Acting Technique 

$350


This course is designed to give young actors the tools to
create believable and vibrant characters. Covering the
basic principles of acting technique—including objective/
obstacle, circumstance, inner monologue, sense memory,
emotional recall, and improvisation—this course includes
work with improvisation and dramatic texts, culminating in
the presentation of monologues and/or scenes.

This class is a foundation for all future study and
can be repeated.
 

2–5 p.m.

Devised Performance Project

$430


Working in ensemble format, this performance class
encourages students to devise a theater piece collectively
to be presented at the end of the session. The work will
involve improvisation, writing, and physical character
creation. Students will use both original and published
texts in creating the theater piece.

This project is for adventurous and creative spirits.
 

3:30–5:30 p.m.

Advanced Physical Character

$350


This class is designed for those who have previously
taken the Creating Physical Character course.
The course will combine skill-based creative exercises
as well as character work in both scripted and non-
scripted story. If you enjoyed the imaginative work in
Creating Physical Character
, this course is for you!

 

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