High School (Grades 9–12) 4-Week Session

June 10–July 5, 2019

(no class Thursday, July 4)

Summer Session 2019
Classes Are Closed


Check out other YC programs below.

 

The following classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:

 

Time Course Grades Tuition

 

9–11 a.m.

Voice & Speech for the Actor

9–12

$430

9–11 a.m.

Improvisation

9–12

$430

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Acting Technique

9–12

$430

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Musical Theater Technique

9–12

$430

1:30–3:30 p.m

Physical Character

9–12

$430

1:30–3:30 p.m

Intro to Shakespeare

9–12

$430

2–5 p.m.

Musical Theater Performance Project

9–12

$535

2:30–5:30 p.m.

Acting Performance Project

9–12

$535

3:30–5:30 p.m

Stage Combat: Storytelling Through Action

9–12

$430


 

All courses conclude with a performance project that will be presented to family and friends.


The following classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 

(Last class on July 2)

 

Time Course Grades Tuition

 

9–11 a.m.

Directing for the Theater

9–12

$310

9–11 a.m.

Musical Theater Dance

9–12

$310

9–11 a.m.

College Prep, Part One

11–12

$550

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Preparing for Monologue Auditions

9–12

$310

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Alexander Technique

9–12

$275

1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

On-Camera Acting

9–12

$350

1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Acting Technique

9–12

$310

2–5 p.m.

Musical Theater: Finding Great Audition Material

9–12

$395

2–5 p.m.

Acting Performance Project

9–12

$380

 

All courses conclude with a performance project that will be presented to family and friends.

 

Partial and full scholarships may be available for classes. To request a scholarship application, please email youngconservatory@act-sf.org.

 

Course Descriptions

Acting Performance Project

Designed for students with previous acting experience and training, this intensive course allows students to apply objective, character, obstacle, physicality, ensemble and other basic acting tools to a performance piece. Previous performance projects have consisted of carefully curated scenes & monologues, short plays or original devised pieces that embrace the unique make-up of that particular class of students. Students focus on character development and the dynamics of the play’s language, rather than technical production skills. This class culminates in an open class presentation.

 

Acting Technique

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, and improvisation—this course includes work with improvisation and dramatic texts, culminating in the presentation of monologues and/or scenes.

 

Alexander Technique

A popular component of most modern advanced actor training programs, Alexander Technique helps actors to identify and lose the harmful habits they have built up over a lifetime of stress and learn to move more freely. This class is great for serious young actors who are ready to feel more comfortable in their own body, and to familiarize themselves with one of the most proven actor training tools in practice today.

 

Cabaret Project

Designed for students with previous musical theater training and performance experience, this class will expand on acting, voice, and staging 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.

 

College Prep, Part One (HS Junior & Senior)

A.C.T. College Prep 2017-18, Part One, offers an overview of programs around the United States, those found in a liberal arts environment, leading to a bachelor’s degree as well as those with more performance-oriented curricula, leading to a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree. Part One focuses on self-assessment, application requirements including The Common App, and identifying suitable degree programs. Culling of appropriate audition selections and materials are explored, interview and audition preparation is examined.

 

Directing for the Theater

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.

 

Improvisation

Improvisation is a valuable tool for freeing the imagination, gaining confidence in auditions, and deepening emotional connection. Class will also include imaginative and physical character creation. Class exercises focus on spontaneity, remaining present, and the power of positive choice. This course is a wonderful tool for developing courage and flexibility onstage.

 

Intro to Shakespeare

Come and explore the wonderful world of Shakespeare in a fun and comfortable environment. All levels of experience/exposure to classical text are welcome. Students will learn how to analyze and perform Shakespeare scenes and monologues.

 

Musical Theater Dance

This course provides students with the technique and experience to meet the specific challenges and demands of dancing in musical theater productions. This 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.

 

Musical Theater Performance Project

This M/W/F class is the ultimate musical theater performance experience, allowing time for participants to explore acting, voice, and staging/movement/dance techniques as they apply to the Broadway musical theater industry today. Held in one of our larger mirrored studios, extra focus will be placed on movement and choreographic elements of the musical theater performance, a hallmark of Broadway. The class emphasizes both ensemble and solo work, and culminates in a performance at the end of the session, and music will be selected from a wide range of the musical theater canon.

 

Musical Theater Technique & Musical Theater: Finding Great Audition Repertoire

This class introduces students to meaningful song performance. Students will explore vocal production, rhythm, lyric and music interpretation, phrasing, 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. For the Tue/Thu Finding Great Audition Repertoire focus, students and coaches will work together to find several songs that are especially suited to highlight strengths so that students can feel confident about upcoming auditions.

 

On-Camera Acting

Want to know the difference between acting on the stage and acting on-camera? Through simple scenes and exercises, this introductory exploration of acting for the camera will explore the fundamentals of good acting, learn practicable on-camera technique, and acquire a basic, realistic understanding of the film and television industry.

 

Physical Character

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.

 

Preparing for Monologue Auditions

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.

 

Singing and Dancing

Basic singing and dancing skills are introduced, with focus on accommodating a variety of experience levels. Tools will be applied to a variety of music-theater genres, and will be applied in the intensive’s culminating Story Theater class.

 

Stage Combat: Storytelling through Action

Limited to 12 students. In this class, students will focus the basic techniques of storytelling through safe and exciting fight choreography in the context of scene work. Through physicalizing conflict on the stage, as well as scene study, participants will learn the fundamental skills of unarmed, or hand-to-hand stage combat. Stage combat is a strong addition to any actor’s training, as any current and previous training in acting, voice, and movement will be integrated in this course. Other aspects include the development of strength and flexibility, eye/hand coordination, understanding and applications of principles of safety in working with a partner, and learning how to advance a character’s journey, pulling from contemporary and classical texts. The class culminates in an in-class presentation of short stage combat scenes for all participants.

 

Story Theater

Designed to combine all of the elements of the Junior Intensives into a culminating event, Story Theater is an opportunity for students to work in ensemble format in creating a story in performance, calling on the physical, vocal and creative tools of the actor. Friends and family will be invited to a casual presentation on the final day of this class.

 

Voice and Speech for the Actor

Focusing on one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools, this class is designed to shape and expand voice and speech techniques. With a foundation of breath, relaxation, and alignment, students will explore pitch, volume, articulation, and resonance to expand the freedom and flexibility of the voice. These components will be applied to contemporary scene work.

A "must" for all serious young actors.

 


 

Refund Policy

Summer Sessions Only:

  • Courses with insufficient enrollment will be canceled and all tuition and fees paid will be refunded in full.
  • Refund requests for any other reason must be made in writing and will be honored if received at least two (2) weeks prior to the first class session. Class tuition will be refunded minus the non-refundable registration and library fees. Please email your refund request to youngconservatory@act-sf.org
  • Refunds of any kind cannot be processed after the above-stated deadline. You may, however, request to transfer into a different class session. per availability.
  • Please allow 10 working days for your refund to be processed.

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