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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Acting Intensive

young actors female and male dancing Grades 9–12

Typical Day

This four-week precollege program offers a concentrated summer training experience in the art and craft of acting. The hands-on, conservatory-style curriculum gives students a chance to learn some of the most important and influential acting practices of the modern theatre. The actors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in scene work and exercises that develop the crucial skills of building characters, playing objectives, controlling self-awareness, and expressing interior emotions both physically and vocally. The core curriculum draws from Stanislavsky Technique. Through contemporary scene study, monologue work, and improvisation, students will leave this program with a clear understanding of how to analyze a script, create a character, find strong objectives, and play clear actions. Students discover not only how to express themselves individually but also how to work as an ensemble, gaining valuable leadership skills while having fun and making friends. This program offers the opportunity to work with professional theatre artists who are devoted to nurturing the next generation of actors.

  • Master classes are given every Friday. Stage combat, directing, acting for the camera, and more have been offered in previous summers.
  • Additional training will include audition technique (focusing on the college audition), improvisation, voice, movement, and relaxation techniques.
  • The training will culminate in a fully staged performance of contemporary scenes and monologues in Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center, giving students an opportunity to share their work with family and friends.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Acting Intensive can be combined with the Vocal Intensive, Code Breakers and App Designers (new!), or Shakespeare Workshop to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

June 30–July 25
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,165 for the first registration
$1,948.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

About the Instructor

Denise Bessette (Lead Instructor) returns for her fifth summer in the Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts acting programs. She is a co-founder and artistic producer of Hudson Stage Company and has co-produced all of its mainstage productions and staged reading series. Her TV and film work includes Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Seinfeld, and LA Law. She is an adjunct acting faculty member at Pace University in Pleasantville and teaches throughout Westchester.

Linda Gelman is a producer and founding member of Chicago City Limits. In addition to being an improviser, she has worked as an actress, singer, and dancer in plays, musicals, and cabaret shows, and on TV. She has taught improvisation for many years to adults and children both at Chicago City Limits and at schools, colleges, and arts institutions.

Posted Dec. 11, 2013

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