TEEN AND YOUNG ADULTS
The Teens and Young Adults Program, for students in Grades 7 through 12, is an intensive acting program that emphasizes the use of Lee Strasberg’s Method Acting technique on scene and monologue work. This program encourages students to utilize their knowledge of relaxation, sensory, improvisation, and imaginative work on professional productions and auditions. Our students are able to take their Method Acting class and an elective or just their Method Acting class in either the morning or afternoon. The elective classes consist of Acting for Film & TV, Acting for Musical Theatre, and Improv & Building a Character. The program runs on Saturdays from 9 AM to 3:30 PM with a 30 minute lunch from 12:30 PM to 1 PM.
Method Acting nurtures the teen actor’s creativity through exercises designed by Lee Strasberg and applied at a level commensurate with teenage experience. Students train in this technique to develop the actor’s ability to respond with real behavior to imaginary circumstances. The first part of each class begins with Lee Strasberg’s relaxation technique and then moves to sense memory exercises. The second part of each class is devoted to improvisation, scene work, and monologues. The sensory exercises and monologue/scene work continue to become more challenging with each Young Actor’s progress, length of study, and experience. Three hours. May be taken as a morning or afternoon session only or with an elective.
This class provides our actors the opportunity to tailor their work for the camera. Commercials, auditions, scene work, and other exercises highlight the different technical skills and adjustments required to cultivate a film performance. Cold readings, scene work, monologues and commercial copy are introduced, practiced, and critiqued to better understand how to apply Lee Strasberg’s Method to all on-camera media. Three hours. Elective for full-day curriculum, cannot be taken without a Method Acting class.
This class is designed for the student who has a specific interest in musical theatre performance. Relevant dance terminology and practical dance technique application will be taught. Vocal technique will be taught primarily in a group format, with individual technical work offered on a limited basis. The semester will culminate in an informal performance of vocal solos, small ensembles, as well as a large ensemble selection to be given at the end of the semester. These pieces will include choreography as well when it is appropriate for a given selection.
September 14 - December 7th (Closed November 30th for Thanksgiving Break)