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. One Elective course is included for Five-Week students. Additional Electives are $250 each (maximum of 4 total Electives).
Students will learn how to select and prepare appropriate audition material for conservatory/college auditions, graduate school (MFA/MA programs) and professional auditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Write an original one-person performance piece! This playwriting into performance class will guide you through developing dynamic story telling skills, working with a professional dramaturg/director to find your own unique voice as a solo story teller, as well as participating in a virtual classroom with other creative artists sharing the process. Whether performing your own writing on stage, in a short film format, or online - this DIY skill set is so relevant for the current entertainment market!
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.
Expanding upon techniques learned in Voice for the Actor, this elective provides an opportunity to explore how to approach and work with texts in the major dialects of English.
July 20 - August 21, 2020
Auditioning for the Camera
Singing for the Actor
The Business of Acting
Writing & Creating Your Own Work