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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2016 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Acting Intensive

Grades 9–12

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Typical Day
Location: Dance Bldg., Room 1026 (Studio F)

This four-week precollege program offers a concentrated summer training experience in the craft of acting, taught by experienced professionals. The hands-on, conservatory-style curriculum gives students a chance to learn acting techniques used in modern theatre, television, and film. The actors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in contemporary scene work, monologues, and improvisational theatre exercises that develop the crucial skills of building characters, heightening self-awareness, and exploring a wide emotional range. Vocal and physical exercises are integrated into the daily program. Students will leave this program with a mature and 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 and learning mutual respect 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.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Acting Intensive can be combined with the Shakespeare Workshop, Vocal Intensive, Minecraft™ Animators and Modders (updated!), or Modern Journalism (updated!) to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

June 27–July 22
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,100 for the first registration
$1,890 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 6, 2016)

About the Instructors

Denise Bessette (lead instructor) 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 a lecturer in the college’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts and teaches throughout Westchester County.

Linda Gelman is a producer and founding performer in 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, 2015

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Summer Precollege Programs:

How to Register
Parent & Student Testimonials

Program Descriptions:

Acting Intensive
Architecture Intensive
Code Breakers & App Designers
Creative Vocal Lab
Creative Writing Institute
Filmmaking Institute
Minecraft™ Animators &

Modern Journalism
Neu Curators
Photography Institute
Project Fashion Designer
Shakespeare Workshop
Songwriting Workshop
STEM Scholars
Summer Percussion Seminar
3-D Video Game &
Makers Lab Creations

Visual Arts Institute
Vocal Intensive

Program Options:

Early Drop-Off Option
Extended-Day Option

Summer Youth Programs
(grades 4–8)

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