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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2015 Youth Programs in the Arts:
Young Actors

Students on stage

Grades 4–8

Typical Day

Explore and develop your creative potential in acting, and immerse yourself in the exciting world of theatre. Experiment with the building blocks of performance through daily classes in improvisation, monologues, and scenes in rehearsals that culminate in a final performance. Voice and movement warm-ups and voice-over acting are also a part of the exploration. Experience the importance of collaboration and ensemble work in the preparation of a performance. Working with members of the Young Actors faculty, learn fundamental acting techniques, styles, and skills. Script choices are made from age-appropriate youth theatre repertoire. Young Actors from previous summers are welcome—all new material will be used.

To broaden skills and exposure to the arts, Young Actors can be combined with Video Game Creators and Animators, Code Breakers and App Designers, Young Artists, Young Architects, Youth Musical Theatre, Young Photographers, Shakespeare Workshop, Young Filmmakers, Songwriting Workshop, and/or Vocal Intensive to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Session II: July 13–24
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,200 for the first registration
$1,080 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 8, 2015)

About the Instructors

Jane Beller (lead instructor) is a New York–based actress and former casting director who has lived and worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Paris. She studied with many teachers and loves sharing their techniques. She can currently be heard on many radio, promo, and TV commercials, and was recently seen in Harold Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska with the Hudson Stage Company.

Kim Sykes (acting instructor) has performed in New York at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and La Mama and regionally at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; Stageworks, Hudson; and Crossroads Theatre. She was a member of the First Amendment Comedy and Improvisational Company. Her film credits include the features Herman USA, The Crow, and Pariah, and her numerous television appearances include Person of Interest, The Unusuals, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, West Wing, and Spin City.

Posted Dec. 10, 2014

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