Summer Programs

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    "Summer Acting Intensive for Stage".
    The registration deadline is June 1, 2016.

Summer On-Stage Acting Intensive

  • Program Overview

    Program Dates: June 27– July 22, 2016 

    The School of Drama offers an exciting four-week Summer Stage Acting Intensive in the heart of New York City for students who are either rising juniors or seniors in high school or are at least 15 years of age. Led by professional faculty and teaching artists involved in New York City theater, this program enables students to develop acting techniques and skills through training, coaching, workshops, and artistic engagement in a collaborative environment.

    Core Curriculum

    Classes cover fundamental acting techniques including voice, speech, movement, monologue presentation, and activated script analysis through scene study. Students also have the opportunity to customize their experience with three distinctive tracks:

    New and Devised Work

    In this track, students will have the exciting opportunity to work with faculty to develop their own piece over the duration of the intensive. Through the embodied exploration of current and historical events, students will explore and create new ideas, presentation styles and non-traditional theatrical locations, and engage with multidisciplinary theater making. Students will also have a rare and exciting opportunity to approach and rehearse new plays in collaboration with the Off-Broadway theater company Naked Angels. Through the company's 3T student writing program, actors will learn from professional teaching artists how to originate a role and perform cold readings. Students can also participate in public staged readings of the 3T student playwrights' work. Students can present their work throughout the four-week intensive.

    Classical Theater

    In this track, students will engage with classical text and expand their technique and classical repertoire. Through Activated Script Analysis, Social and Political Contextualization, Scansion workshop, Verse Technique and Movement and Stage Combat classes, students will grow in their craft as deep and thoughtful actors ready to bring relevant performance to the classical masters. This track culminates in a presentation of classical scenes at the end of week four. 

    Music and Theater

    In this track, actors of musical theater will have the opportunity to develop their skills as actors and vocalists simultaneously. Through Musical Theater Scene Study, Movement and Story, Repertoire Development, and Acting through the Voice, students will develop in their technique training and deepen their work as thoughtful actors ready to take on the modern world of musical theater. This track culminates with a presentation at the end of week four.   

    Students who fulfill program requirements earn four college credits at the School of Drama and receive a letter of completion.

  • Prerequisites

    Students must be either rising juniors or seniors in high school or at least 15 years of age by June 27, 2016.

    Students must prepare a one- to three-minute classical monologue and a one- to three-minute contemporary monologue for the first day of the program.

    Explore, Learn, and Grow

    Upon successfully completing this program, students will be able to

    • Demonstrate concentration, imagination, and focus
    • Show a heightened awareness of voice and body
    • Make choices during the rehearsal process that indicate a clear understanding of actions and how they help actors achieve objectives
    • Work with a partner in moment-to-moment listening, observing, and responding
    • Analyze and perform from contemporary and classical texts in monologues and scene study
    • Invest themselves emotionally in texts and given circumstances
    • Originate a role and prepare and present cold reads
    • Demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to apply a capacity for imaginative learning

    Portfolio

    By the end of the Summer Acting Intensive, students will have had the following experiences:

    • Prepared a classical and a contemporary monologue for presentation in college auditions
    • Attended a Broadway matinee
    • Explored and rehearsed scene work in their chosen track

    Students will also have acquired the following assets:

    • A new professional headshot
    • A professionally edited and formatted acting résumé

    Sample Daily Schedule

    DEVISED AND NEW WORK sample schedule:
    9:00-10:00 a.m. - Movement (Class)
    10:00-12:00 noon - Acting Technique (Class)
    12:00-12:55 p.m. - Lunch
    1:00-3:00 p.m. - Devising Performance (Class)
    3:00-5:00 p.m. - Naked Angels New Work Rehearsal (Rehearsal)
    7:00 p.m. - Contemporary Monologue Coaching Session (Private)

    CLASSICAL THEATER Sample Schedule:
    9:00-10:00 a.m. - Movement (Class)
    10:00-12:00 noon - Acting Technique (Class)
    12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
    1:00-3:00 p.m. - Classical Scene Study (Class)
    3:00-5:00 p.m. - Stage Combat (Class)
    7:00 p.m. - Monologue Coaching Session (Private)

    MUSIC AND THEATER Sample Schedule:
    9:00-10:00 a.m. - Movement (Class)
    10:00-12:00 noon - Acting Technique (Class)
    12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
    1:00-3:00 p.m. - Acting the Song (Class)
    3:00-5:00 p.m. - Musical Scene Study (Class)
    7:00 p.m. - Voice Lesson (Private)

    Housing and Meals

    Lunch will be provided Monday to Friday to all New School for Drama Summer Acting Intensive students.

    New School housing is available for an additional fee. Students living in university housing receive breakfast and dinner on weekdays and weekend meals in addition to lunch at School of Drama.

    Registration for the program does not guarantee housing. Apply now for housing.

    Costs

    Tuition and weekday lunch: $4,777

    University Services Fee: $130

    Optional on-campus housing (including weekday breakfast and dinner and full weekend meals): $2,330

    International Students: Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are asked to complete the forms needed for travel to New York City. The I-20 application should be completed as soon as possible before the date of arrival on campus. You can complete the forms on the following website: newschool.edu/studentservices/international/scholars.

    Payment Methods
    Students who are accepted to the program through their Acceptd application will be contacted by the program director with instructions on how to pay their tuition. The full fee for attendance is due by June 1, 2016.

    Methods of payment include:

    Payment by credit card: Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Include your credit card number and the expiration date on the registration form.

    Note: Credit and debit cards often have limits on the amount that can be charged. Your bank may deny approval for a credit card payment if the card is issued by a non-U.S. bank. To ensure a smooth registration process, check with your bank before submitting your credit card information. Also make sure that the expiration date of the card is more than two months after the date you submit payment.

    Payment by check: Foreign checks are not accepted. Checks submitted for payment must be drawn on a U.S. bank, with a U.S. bank routing number and account number MICR encoded on the check.

    Payment by money order: International money orders, such as American Express, denominated in U.S. dollars are accepted.

    Mail your payment to Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Summer Acting Intensive, School of Drama, 151 Bank Street, room 203. 

    Cash payment: Payment in cash can be made in person only. Bring your payment and completed registration form to
    Stephanie Cunningham at the Drama Summer Acting Intensive, School of Drama, 151 Bank Street, room 203.

    Note: If your payment is not received by June 1, 2016, your spot will be given to a student on the waitlist.

    Cancellations and Refunds

    Withdrawal from any course must be made in writing to Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Summer Acting Intensive, School of Drama, 151 Bank Street, room 203b, New York, NY 10014, or faxed to 212.242.5018, Attention: Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Summer Acting Intensive. In order for you to qualify for a refund of tuition, your written cancellation must be received before the deadlines indicated below. (Housing refunds are processed separately; visit Summer Housing for details.)

    Before May 1, 2016: full refund of tuition
    Before May 15, 2016: refund of tuition less 20% penalty
    June 1, 2015 or later: no tuition refund

    School of Drama reserves the right to cancel courses. If a course is canceled, you will be notified and asked whether you wish to transfer to a different course or receive a full refund of tuition and housing fees.

    Costs

    Tuition and weekday lunch: $4,777

    University Services Fee: $130

    Optional on-campus housing (including weekday breakfast and dinner and full weekend meals): $2,330

    International Students

    Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are asked to complete the forms needed for travel to New York City. The I-20 application should be completed as soon as possible before the date of arrival on campus. You can complete the forms on the following website: newschool.edu/studentservices/international/scholars.

    Payment Methods

    Students who are accepted to the program via their Acceptd application will be contacted by the program director with instructions on how to pay their tuition. The full fee for attendance is due by June 1st 2016.

    Methods of payment include credit card, checks, money order or cash.

    Payment by credit card

    Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Include your credit card number and the expiration date on the registration form.

    Note

    Credit and debit cards often have limits on the amount that can be charged. Your bank may deny approval for a credit card payment if the card is issued by a non-U.S. bank. To ensure a smooth registration process, check with your bank before submitting your credit card information. Also make sure that the expiration date of the card is more than two months after the date you submit payment.

    Payment by check

    Foreign checks are not accepted. Checks submitted for payment must be drawn on a U.S. bank, with a U.S. bank routing number and account number MICR encoded on the check.

    Payment by money order

    International money orders, such as American Express, denominated in U.S. dollars are accepted.

    All check payments may be mailed to Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Summer Acting Intensive, School of Drama, 151 Bank Street, room 203. Or you can fax the registration form to the attention of Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Summer Acting Intensive, at 212.242.5018

    Cash payment

    Payment in cash can be made in person only. Bring your payment and completed registration form to
    Stephanie Cunningham at the Drama Summer Acting Intensive, School of Drama, 151 Bank Street, room 203.

    Please Note

    If payment is not received by June 1st 2016 a spot will be given to a student on the waitlist. 

    Cancellations and Refunds

    Withdrawal from any course must be made in writing to Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Summer Acting Intensive, School of Drama, 151 Bank Street, room 203b, New York, NY 10014, or faxed to 212.242.5018, Attention: Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Summer Acting Intensive. In order for you to qualify for a refund of tuition, your written cancellation must be received before the deadlines indicated below. (Housing refunds are processed separately; visit Summer Housing for details.)

    Before May 1, 2016: full refund of tuition
    Before May 15, 2016: refund of tuition less 20% penalty
    June 1, 2015 or later: no tuition refund

    School of Drama reserves the right to cancel courses. If a course is canceled, you will be notified and asked whether you wish to transfer to a different course or receive a full refund of tuition and housing fees.

    Questions

    Email Stephanie C. Cunningham of the Drama Summer Acting Intensive, with any questions. We love talking to young actors about their goals and are happy to answer application questions.

    For more information, email DramaSummerPrograms@NewSchool.edu.

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