Summer Classes 2020—YC Online!

July 6–August 14

Summer classes meet 1, 2, 3, or 5 days per week at various times, for 1-, 2-, or 4-week intensive sessions.


Class Descriptions
1-Week Acting Intensive (MS, HS)

The 1-Week Acting Intensive  is designed to give young actors a foundational knowledge of acting principles, improvisation, and text performance. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, vocal production, and movement
  • Improvisation games
  • Character development through key tools including objective, obstacle, actions, physicality
  • Scene and monologue performance
     

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects, monologues, and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Middle School Session: August 3–7, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m (break from 12–1 p.m.) via Zoom

High School Session: August 10–14, Monda through Friday at 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m (break from 12–1 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen-time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $225

1-Week Musical Theater Intensive (MS, HS)

Dive into the world of musical theater performance with the 1-Week Musical Theater Intensive. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamentals of singing such as breath control, articulation, and vocal technique
  • Introduction to dance and improving confidence in movement abilities
  • Song and character interpretation and performance
     

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects, songs, and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills! 

Middle School Session: August 10–14, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (break from 12–1 p.m.) via Zoom

High School Session: August 3–7, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (break from 12–1 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen-time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $225

1-Week Theater Intensive (JR)

Start some drama at home with the 1-Week Theater Intensive, a series of fun and educational acting, musical theater, and story theater activities for young actors. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, dramatic reading and vocal production
  • The importance of play with improvisation and physical character
  • Basic singing, dancing skills, and movement to get them on their feet
     

Classes will meet  online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min),separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable theater skills!

Session 1: August 3–7, Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (break from 11 a.m–12 p.m.) via Zoom

Session 2: August 10–14, Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (break from 11 a.m–12 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen time: 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $255

2-Week Acting Intensive (JR, MS)

Mix up your routine and expand your acting toolbox with our 2-Week Acting Intensive. This intensive is designed to give young actors a foundational knowledge of acting principles and practice working with dramatic texts. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, dramatic reading, vocal production, and movement
  • Improvisation games
  • Character motivation in goals, obstacles, and actions
  • Scene and monologue performance
     

Classes will meet  online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min),separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects, monologues, and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Junior Session: July 6–17, Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (break from 11 a.m–12 p.m.) via Zoom

Middle School Session: July 20–31, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (break from 12–1 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen-time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $450

2-Week Acting Intensive: Clowning and Comedy (JR)

What does it mean to be funny? We’ve rolled all of the gems of the comedic actor’s toolkit to get you moving and using your imagination. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Improvisation games
  • Different types of physical theater such as miming, commedia dell’arte, and clowning
  • Physical storytelling and character creation
     

Classes will meet  online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Session Dates: July 20–31, Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (break from 11 a.m–12 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $450

2-Week Acting Intensive: On-Camera (MS)

Interested in acting in film and television? Now’s your chance to get in front of the camera in the 2-Week Acting Intensive: On Camera. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamental acting tools including objective, obstacle, actions, tactics, and point of view
  • Theatrical skills such as scene analysis, vocal production, and physical awareness
  • On-camera acting techniques versus stage techniques
  • Audition preparation and filming yourself
  • The business and industry of film, television, and commercial acting

  • Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and filmed scenes. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Session Dates: July 6–17, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (Break from 12–1 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen-time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $450

2-Week Musical Theater Intensive (JR, MS)

Unleash your passion for musical theatre within the comfort of your home in our 2-Week Musical Theater Intensive. This intensive introduces students to meaningful song performance and combining voice and movement to create character. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamentals of singing such as breath control, articulation, and vocal technique
  • Dance and improving confidence in movement abilities
  • Song interpretation and performance
     

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and songs rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills!

Junior Session: July 20–July 31, Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (break from 11 a.m–12 p.m.) via Zoom

Middle School Session: July 6–17, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (break from 12–1 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $450

2-Week Musical Theater Intensive: Contemporary Broadway (MS)

From Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Heathers to Beetlejuice, The Greatest Showman, and Be More Chill, actors will delve into the songs of iconic contemporary musicals. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Using hit solos and group numbers from these shows, actors will explore:

  • Vocal technique such as breath control, articulation, rhythm, and vocal production
  • Choreography and character embodiment
  • Song interpretation and phrasing
     

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and songs rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills!

Session Dates: July 20–31, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (break from 12–1 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen-time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $450

2-Week Musical Theater Intensive: Diving Into Disney (JR)

Now’s your chance to discover the entire world of Disney: Frozen, Moana, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog, and more! Our professional theater faculty will select material from favorite Disney musicals that highlights each student’s strengths. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Vocal technique such as breath control, articulation, rhythm, and vocal production
  • Movement and an introduction to choreography
  • Song interpretation and making a well-loved character your own
     

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, gather around the computer!) to present projects and songs rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills!

Session Dates: July 6–July 17, Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (break from 11 a.m–12 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen-time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $450

2-Week Advanced Musical Theater Intensive: Preparing the Role* (HS)

This advanced intensive offers serious high school actors the chance to take their musical theater performance and audition skills to a new level. Through one-on-one, small group, full group and guest panels led by professional theater artists and A.C.T. staff, participants will review foundational knowledge and vocabulary, and understand the techniques professional actors use when auditioning for a specific role. Topics will include: 

  • Vocal technique such as breath control, articulation, rhythm, and vocal production
  • Sight singing or learning music quickly
  • Song interpretation and portraying character physically and vocally
  • Researching specific shows and characters & best resources for musical theater performers
  • Performing over a digital platform and self-tapes

Classes will meet from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. online in 60- or 90-minute blocks, separated by breaks. There will be some assignments and memorization in between sessions. The intensive will culminate in a public sharing of callback audition videos created by the students. 

*Audition video required for admission. Please submit adution by July 5. Email youngconservatory@act-sf.org to request an audition or learn more.

Session Dates: July 20–31, Monday through Friday at 11–4 p.m. (breaks from 12:30–1:30 p.m., 2:30–3 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screentime of 3.5 hours, with activities design to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $650

4-Week “à la carte” Intensives (HS)

Students can choose from a wide variety of 90-minute courses that meet online Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday. Creating their own schedule of as many or as few classes as they want, high school students get the ultimate 4-Week intensive personalized to their interests. A perfect crash course for those preparing for college theater programs!

Acting and Audition Technique

This course offers a guide to entering the professional world of acting, including actor tools as well as insight into the role of actors and theater in society today. In addition to covering the basic principles of acting technique—including objective/obstacle, circumstance, inner monologue, sense memory, and improvisation—this course explores the world of auditioning and industry professionalism. As part of the industry Q&A's, this class will touch on the current political issues through facilitated discussions with guest speakers about how auditions, casting and season selection function in the climate of today's theater industry. From preparing a dynamic presentation of contrasting monologues to compiling headshots, resumes, and other auditioning materials, students will gain the skills to be comfortable in a variety of audition settings and learn how to develop techniques to sustain their place in a competitive arts world.

Class Dates: July 6–31, Mon/Wed/Fri at 3–4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $325
 

College Prep with YC Director Jill MacLean

The College Prep Intensive is for rising Juniors and Seniors planning to apply to a competitive BA or BFA program in Acting and/or Musical Theater in Fall 2021 or 2022. Applying to a theater program is complicated and time-consuming, and both students (and parents!) need a support team to help navigate the stressful process. 

  • How do you know which programs are the best fit for you?
  • What are best practices for creating a timeline/tracking system to keep up with the multiple requirements involving the Common App, Acceptd, transcripts, test scores, financial aid applications, and more?
  • How do you identify audition material that will highlight your strengths and get you noticed? 
  • How can you prepare a quality pre-screen video by the deadline(s) without losing your mind (or breaking the bank)?
  • How can you empower yourself to battle performance/audition anxiety in order to prepare a professional and confident audition package?

Students will receive some individual coaching, in addition to working in pairs and in small or large group configurations throughout the course, and should expect to complete assignments related to their particular program interests in between sessions. Industry guest artists, theater professionals, and parents who have gone through the process will be included in panels, and students will prepare a mock audition tape of two contrasting pieces that are well suited for them as a culminating project. Additionally, students who complete this course will come away with a list of safety, target, and reach schools that are personalized to their needs and interests, and a timeline for meeting deadlines. Limited to 12 students.

Class Dates: July 6–July 31, Mon/Wed/Fri from 12:30–2 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $550
 

Improvisation & Clowning (NEW!)

Dive into the world clowning and collaborative theater. Actors will utilize the skills of improvisation, physical theater, and character creation while being introduced to the art of clowning and commedia dell’arte. Actors will focus on spontaneity, remaining present, imaginative play, and the power of positive choice. This intensive will culminate in a Zoom performance for families with characters and scenes created in class. This course is a wonderful tool for developing courage and flexibility onstage and in life.

Class Dates:  July 7–30, Tue/Thu from 12:30–2 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $225
 

Musical Theater Workshop

This intensive 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. Students will develop fundamentals of the singing instrument—including breath, alignment, resonance, and articulation—to enhance their musical performance. The course will give students a solid foundation in musical theater choreography and embodying a character through movement . The session culminates in a Zoom presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire. 

Class Dates: July 6–31, Mon/Wed/Fri from 10–11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $325
 

On-Camera Acting and the Film/Television Industry (NEW!)

As Netflix, HBO, and other media channels revolutionize the television and film industry with increasingly complex and riveting scripts, we are seeing more crossover than ever between stage and tv/film actors, making it necessary for young actors to have training in the unique protocols of the on-camera industry. Through scenes and exercises, this exploratory course of acting for the camera will explore/review fundamental acting vocabulary, teach practicable on-camera technique, and provide students with a practical understanding of this exciting field. This course will culminate in a public online presentation featuring on-camera work performed by students and a Q&A.

Class Dates:  July 7–30, Tues/Thu from 10–11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $225
 

Voice & Dialects

Focusing on one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools, this class is designed to shape and expand voice and speech techniques, as well as introduce the fundamentals of working on a dialect. 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. Students will learn to develop an ear to distinguish dialect sounds, and work on one to two dialects in class. These components will be applied to contemporary scene work. A “must” for all serious young actors.

Class Dates: July 7–30, Tue/Thu at 3–4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $225

1-Day Master Classes (HS) (NEW!)

Join the YC Saturday afternoons for our series of 1-day Master Classes. Each week, industry professionals will teach a specialized class in their field for one day only. Students can choose to attend as many master classes as they would like. Have fun while learning a new skill and meeting new theater artists!

MASTER CLASS PACKAGE

Register for all four master classes for $350 (value: $395), for a savings of $45.

Class Dates: July 11, 18, 25, and August 1 at 1 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $350 (saving over 10%)
 

Monologue Deep Dive

Build your confidence in finding, preparing, and performing monologues – your calling card as an actor. Through discussions, coaching, and exercises, students will leave the master class with tools for finding the perfect monologue, and analyzing and preparing text so they can rehearse and deliver dynamite audition pieces with confidence.

Class Date: Saturday, July 11 only, at 1–3:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $90
 

What’s Your Story? with Sierra Gonzalez

In this master class participants will explore how story telling can be shared in various modes of artistic performance, including: spoken word, monologue, prose, rap, etc. Students will be given specific writing prompts to get their minds and narratives flowing. From those prompts, they will develop pieces that express their lived experiences in a simple and creative way. Participants will also learn how they can utilize “performance amplifiers” (i.e their camera, music, lighting, other sounds and tones, etc.) to give their story a performative and creative edge. At the end of the master class students will have an original piece that they can share. This master class is excellent for both beginner and advanced writer/performers.

Class Date: Saturday, July 18 only, at 1-4 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $90
 

Self-Taped Auditions

Actors are increasingly asked by theater and film producers to submit self-taped video auditions. This master class is a fast-paced, one-day course designed to equip today’s actor with the essential skill of self-taping for auditions. The course will cover current industry standards for self-tapes, practical tools for integrating the technical demands of taping along with acting craft, as well as hands-on methods to approaching camera work. The curriculum will prepare students from diverse camera acting backgrounds with the knowledge and resources to immediately begin producing effective self-tapes for the acting business. If possible, students should come prepared to use a smartphone for video recording. This class is useful for actors with little to no experience self-taping, as well as those with some experience who want to strengthen their skills. 

Class Date: Saturday, July 25 only, at 1–4 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $125
 

Casting, Callbacks, & Cold Reading Workshop

This master class offers a guide to entering the professional world of acting. In addition to covering the basics of auditioning, this class will explore professionalism in the theater industry, demystify the world of casting and casting directors, and how to develop techniques to sustain your place in a competitive arts world. A panel of guest artists and a casting director will comprise a portion of this special master class.

Class Date: Saturday, August 1 only, at 1–3:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $90
 


Musical Theater Audition Master Class (HS) (NEW!)

with Amy Rogers, head of Pace University BFA Musical Theatre Program


Ms. Rogers will work with each student on audition technique and song interpretation in this special one-day Master Class. Students may choose to register as a Participant or Observer. If a student registers as a Participant, they present a 16-bar audition cut, and receive one-on-one coaching to break down their song material and improve their audition song. If a student registers as an Observer, they will watch the class and can participate in the Q&A discussions, which can include musical theater technique as well as BFA college auditions and the theater industry. 

Session Dates: Thursday, July 30, 1–4 p.m. (Pacific Time), online via Zoom

Student participants must be ages 15-18; Observers of all ages welcome.

Participant Tuition: $85 (ages 15–18, in order of registration, 8 students max.)
Observer Tuition: $35 (ages 8–19)

About the Master Class Instructor:
Amy Rogers (Pace University BFA Musical Theatre Program Director) created and developed the BFA Musical Theatre degree program at Pace University. The Musical Theater program at Pace began in 2002 and started with six majors; over the span of seven years, Rogers along with her professional faculty, has created a world-class BFA Musical Theater program with 100 majors.

Rogers's professional/academic directing credits include: The original workshops of Factory Girls (Mahoney, Irons, Coleman); Quanah (Larry Gatlin/Tony Dodge); Darling (Ryan Scott Oliver/B.T Rybeck); College: The Musical (Fornarola, Elmgreen); The R&B Musical Warm, But I’m a Cheerleader (conceptual director); Hoods and Hoofers (Rob Lindsay Nassif); and LUCK! (Brad Ross and Mark Waldrop). Full productions include Elegies, Ragtime, Carousel, Wild Party (Lippa), The Most Happy Fella, Flora The Red Menace, Little Women, My Name is Alice, Urinetown, Violet, Pippin, Into The Woods, Funny Girl, and A Grand Night for Singing. Rogers has taught master classes at numerous universities and summer programs and is an audition and repertoire coach in New York City. Rogers has assisted critically-acclaimed director Lonny Price on the Pre-Broadway workshop of 110 in The Shade starring Audra McDonald, the Emmy Award–winning Passion for Live at Lincoln Center on PBS (Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Michael Cerveris), Candide with the New York Philharmonic (Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth), Anyone Can Whistle at the Ravinia Festival, and both Kismet (Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie) and Can-Can with Encores! at City Center.

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