Electives  

The Academy’s Summer Electives are designed to provide students with a unique and customizable educational experience allowing for additional focus in specialized areas of actor training. Electives generally meet four hours per week for five consecutive weeks. Course content and meeting times may vary depending on campus. Two Electives are included for Seven-Week students and one Elective course is included for Five-Week students. Additional Electives are $350 each (maximum of 4 total Electives).


New York Campus Electives

Audition Monologues

Students will learn how to select and prepare appropriate audition material for conservatory/college auditions, graduate school (MFA/MA programs) and professional auditions.

Auditioning for the Camera

Students will learn and develop necessary skills for auditioning for film and television, including how to analyze sides, adapt to direction and feedback, and what to expect in the audition room when working with casting professionals.

The Business of Acting

Students will be introduced to the business skills required for working in the profession, including résumés, headshots, auditions, agents, casting directors, unions and other aspects related to the development of a professional actor’s career in film, television and theatre. 

Dance for the Actor

Students will learn the basic principles of theatre-dance, focusing on increasing flexibility, spontaneity, creativity, and acquiring specific skills needed to tell a story physically through movement.

Improvisation

In this course, students will gain an experiential understanding of improvisational acting and develop strong moment-to-moment skills that are essential to spontaneity and creativity in scripted work. Through theatre games and exercise-work, students will develop tools to increase their listening/responding skills and to become more trusting of their own impulses.

Musical Theatre

Students will learn how to select and prepare song material of varying styles (traditional, contemporary, rock/folk/pop music), select appropriate cuts for auditions and what to expect in the audition room. Emphasis is placed on guiding the actor to select the very best material to market their unique self and to begin (or continue) to build an audition book of repertoire.

Stage Combat

This course trains students in the basic skills of stage combat, focusing on unarmed combat and emphasizing safety, dynamics and believability. Students will learn various skills including slapping, punching and falling.

Writing & Creating Your Own Work

Today’s working actor often knows how to create and produce their own work. This course will provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of how to get your own unique project off the ground, including the business skills necessary for navigating issues regarding copyright, budgeting, producing and managing a collaborative production.

Shakespeare (New York Campus Exclusive)

Students will learn how to approach and analyze Shakespeare’s heightened text, with a primary focus on connection and bringing this language to life truthfully and spontaneously. Students will also gain a better understanding of how to select the most appropriate monologue material for auditions.

Los Angeles Campus Electives

Audition Monologues

Students will learn how to select and prepare appropriate audition material for conservatory/college auditions, graduate school (MFA/MA programs) and professional auditions.

Auditioning for the Camera

Students will learn and develop necessary skills for auditioning for film and television, including how to analyze sides, adapt to direction and feedback, and what to expect in the audition room when working with casting professionals.

The Business of Acting

Students will be introduced to the business skills required for working in the profession, including résumés, headshots, auditions, agents, casting directors, unions and other aspects related to the development of a professional actor’s career in film, television and theatre. 

Dance for the Actor

Students will learn the basic principles of theatre-dance, focusing on increasing flexibility, spontaneity, creativity, and acquiring specific skills needed to tell a story physically through movement.

Improvisation

In this course, students will gain an experiential understanding of improvisational acting and develop strong moment-to-moment skills that are essential to spontaneity and creativity in scripted work. Through theatre games and exercise-work, students will develop tools to increase their listening/responding skills and to become more trusting of their own impulses.

Musical Theatre

Students will learn how to synthesize the primary skills needed for working in Musical Theatre – singing, acting and dancing – by working collaboratively in rehearsal and bringing songs of various styles to life onstage.

Stage Combat

This course trains students in the basic skills of stage combat, focusing on unarmed combat and emphasizing safety, dynamics and believability. Students will learn various skills including slapping, punching and falling.

Writing & Creating Your Own Work

Today’s working actor often knows how to create and produce their own work. This course will provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of how to get your own unique project off the ground, including the business skills necessary for navigating issues regarding copyright, budgeting, producing and managing a collaborative production.

Alexander Technique (Los Angeles Campus Exclusive)

This course will introduce students to Alexander Technique, a method that refines body awareness in order to optimize postural support and reduce physical tension.

June 26 - July 28, 2017
Audition Monologues
Auditioning for the Camera
The Business of Acting
Dance for the Actor
Improvisation
Musical Theatre
Stage Combat
Writing & Creating Your Own Work
Alexander Technique (LA Only)
Shakespeare (NY Only)

Available for:
Seven-Week Program
Five-Week Program

Program Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00AM - 1:00PM or 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Placement in the morning or the afternoon sessions is announced 1-2 weeks before the program begins and is at the discretion of the Director of Instruction. The Academy’s Director of Instruction and Director of Summer Programs work to create the ideal class balance. Programs are assigned to accommodate students’ background similarities, acting maturity and objectives.