Explore professional, conservatory-style training in acting!
Study the craft of acting taught by experienced professionals! In this hands-on, conservatory-style intensive, you will learn a variety of acting techniques that develop the crucial skills of building characters, heightening self-awareness, and exploring a wide emotional range.
Discover not only how to express yourself individually, but also how to work collaboratively, as an ensemble, gaining leadership skills and learning mutual respect while having fun!
In addition, movement, voice and speech, and text analysis allows you to immerse yourself in scene work, monologues, and improvisation. Guest artists will be invited to teach master classes to expand the learning experience. The Intensive culminates in a performance showcasing your work and accomplishments with family and friends.
The group begins each day with physical warm-ups, movement, and vocal exercises.
In two smaller groups, students then rotate between the two instructors for improvisation exercises and rehearsing scenes and monologues. The emphasis in scene class is on developing strong acting technique, script analysis, building a character, clarity of intention, and fluid physical/vocal expression.
In improv, students work on making creative choices and reacting to one another in natural and compelling ways to support their character and scene work.
Each group rotates together for the day, continuing rehearsal of scenes and monologues, and improv forms. The groups change from day to day as the work progresses, Scene partners also change so that all actors have an opportunity to collaborate with a variety of partners.
Master Classes are a highlight and bonus of the program, where the students get the chance to work with professional visiting guest artists.
These classes include learning audition techniques for on-camera work, and a creative movement workshop that encourages expressive exploration.
Interested in Undergraduate Theatre Programs at Purchase College?
Check out the acting BFA program (recently chosen as a top 25 Acting College by Backstage), the theatre and performance BA program, and the theatre design/technology BFA program in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts.
June 29 – July 10
Monday – Friday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$550 for the first registration
$495 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by June 5, 2020)
For a well-rounded summer, combine with Interior Design Intensive, Acting on Camera Boot Camp, Musical Theatre Boot Camp, YouTube® Content Creators, and/or Battle Royale/Fortnite®. Discount for enrolling in multiple programs.
During the intensive, students will be assigned monologues and two-character scenes that are age appropriate and feature them in roles that are both challenging and rewarding, from a balance of contemporary, American classic, and classical material. The final scenes and improvisations are selected by the staff from those that have already been rehearsed and based on the strength of their work prior to the last week.
The focus of the performance is on process and the work of the students, and on their creativity and skills attained throughout the program.
Students will leave with a confident sense of themselves, and a solid technique and approach to future work.