Grades 9–12

Learn acting techniques and prepare for filmed and/or recorded auditions. Through daily on-camera work, learn to perform for the camera and gain an awareness of how the camera affects your performance. Discover how TV/film auditions differ from stage auditions and what to expect and how to prepare for them. Investigate the many pathways to performance in film/TV work. The skills you study in Acting on Camera will support your work in any theatrical medium!

  • Participate in master classes and workshops.
  • A culminating event will showcase the skills acquired for family and friends on the final afternoon of the program.
  • All sessions will be taped. Copies of your work will be edited and sent to you after the program has finished. A digital link and/or physical copy will be provided.

Typical Day

After introductions, we will begin with some brief acting exercises that will cover speech, movement and creative expression which will enhance the students’ understanding of all of the elements involved in the acting process when playing a character on camera.

We will spend the week, starting with the first day, discussing and working through the acting process and various aspects of acting on camera. We will cover: 

  • Creating a character
  • Television and film roles and scenes
  • Commercials and voiceover
  • Vocal and dialect work
  • How to prepare for auditions
  • Improvisation, posture and movement

As the week progresses, we will rehearse, work on and videotape scenes from episodic television series and movies. We will provide scripts to students and ask them to read scenes with each other and/or with the instructors or teaching assistants. We will rehearse and work with the students to become skilled and experienced in acting on camera.

The last half hour of every day will be reserved for a Q&A with the instructors and the students on the acting process and “the business”.

Our last day will be dedicated to the continuation of work on a new or any of the more difficult scenes we already worked on. We will view tapes from earlier in the week and compare them to work at the end of the week for comment and comparison. Family and friends are invited to watch clips from the scenes we worked on during the final afternoon of the program.

All sessions will be taped. Copies of the students’ work will be edited and sent to each student by Purchase after the program has finished. A digital link and/or physical copy will be provided.

Session III: August 5-9 (one week)
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
$890 for the first registration
$800 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 10, 2019)

For a well-rounded summer, combine with Acting Intensive, Musical Theatre Boot Camp, Filmmaking Institute, Songwriting Workshop, Vocal Intensive, Modern Journalism, Virtual and Augmented Reality Adventures!, and /or Architecture Intensive. Discount for enrolling in multiple programs.

Interested in Undergraduate Acting Programs at Purchase College?
Check out the acting BFA program, the theatre and performance BA program, and the theatre design/technology BFA program in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

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