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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2015 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 includes audition technique (focusing on the college audition), improvisation, voice, movement, and relaxation techniques.
  • The training culminates 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 Shakespeare Workshop, Vocal Intensive, Code Breakers and App Designers, Journalism Institute, or the Summer Percussion Seminar to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

June 29–July 24
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,200 for the first registration
$1,980 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 8, 2015)

About the Instructors

Denise Bessette (lead instructor) www.denisebessette.com returns for her sixth 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 performer of Chicago City Limits. In addition to being an improviser, she has performed as an actress, singer, and dancer in plays, musicals, cabaret shows, and on TV. She has taught improvisation for many years to adults and children at Chicago City Limits and at schools, colleges, and arts institutions. In addition, she teaches corporate teambuilding, creativity, and public speaking to business clients.

Posted Dec. 8, 2014

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