Each program provides instruction based on the students’ experience. Courses meet from approximately 9 am to 6 pm, five days a week. Class size is limited to maximize individual time and attention.
Optional Master Class: Musical Theater
Students participating in the June session of the Summer Acting Training Program have the option of taking a Musical Theater Master Class. Taught by casting director Jay Binder, who has run the casting for more than fifty Broadway shows, this intense workshop focuses on vocal technique, interpretation, and musical performance. Classes are small and each student receives plenty of one-on-one coaching.
Summer Acting Level 1
Level 1 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 1/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 And 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 Level 2
Level 2 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.
- COM201 Commercial Course
An introduction to the basic demands and professional expectations of commercial auditions, with opportunities to practice scripted auditions, one-line auditions, shooting MOS, working with food, handling props and working to time.
- DAN224 Stage Combat 2/Michael Chekhov Technique
An advanced exploration of the techniques of safe stage combat with exercises in body centering, strikes, and reactions. The Michael Chekhov Technique incorporates psycho-physical exercises, character work, and ensemble improvisation.
- FIL212 Scene Study
A deep dive into stagecraft and the guiding principles for adapting stagecraft to on-camera work. Students will learn how to prepare scenes and show up to a professional set camera-ready.
- SPE210 Voice Shakespeare Workshop
This course explores breath, articulation, resonance, and pitch through exercises using blank verse and Shakespearean texts
- SPE211 Voice-Over/Microphone Technique
This introduction to voice-over work covers internal preparation, inflection, inner dialogue and subtext, as well as the more technical aspects of working in a recording studio.
Summer Musical Theater
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 & 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 & 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.