Summer Acting Intensive

Program Overview

Program Dates: July 6– July 31, 2015

The New School for Drama now offers an exciting four-week Summer 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.

Classes cover fundamental acting techniques including voice, speech, movement, monologue presentation, and contemporary and classical activated script analysis through scene study. Students also have the opportunity to customize their experience with a variety of elective workshops, such as Preparing for an Audition, Theatrical Clown, Breath Training, Improv & Play, and Gesture as Storytelling.

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. They may also participate in public staged readings of the student playwrights' work.

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


Students must be either rising juniors or seniors in high school or at least 15 years of age by July 6, 2015.

Students must prepare a one- to two-minute classical monologue and a one- to two-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


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
  • Originated a role in a reading of a new work by a Naked Angels student playwright
  • Explored and rehearsed scene work in both classical (Shakespearean, Jacobean, or Restoration) and contemporary plays taught by a New School for Drama faculty member

Students will also have acquired the following assets:

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

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00–9:45 a.m. Movement warm-up

10:00–10:55 a.m. Scene study (contemporary or classical)

11:00–11:55 a.m. Voice or speech

12:00–12:55 p.m. Catered lunch

1:00–1:55 p.m. Elective workshop (technique training)

2:00–3:55 p.m. Private monologue coaching or scene rehearsal

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 The New School for Drama.

Registration for the program does not guarantee housing. Apply now for housing. (link to summer housing - /student-housing/summer/)


Tuition and weekday lunch: $4,550

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:

 Payment Methods

Deposit Option: Before February 1, 2015, you can reserve your spot in the intensive by submitting a $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit. The balance of tuition along with the university fee ($4,180) is due by June 1, 2015.

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.

Paper registration: Payment can be made with a credit card, a domestic check, a 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.

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 along with your completed registration form to Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Summer Acting Intensive, The New School for 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, The New School for Drama, 151 Bank Street, room 203.

Cancellations and Refunds

Withdrawal from any course must be made in writing to Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Summer Acting Intensive, The New School for 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, 2015: full refund of tuition
Before June 1, 2015: refund of tuition less 20% penalty
June 1, 2015 or later: no tuition refund

The New School for 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.


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

Register Now!

REGISTER NOW by downloading the Summer Acting Intensive Registration Form (PDF)
The registration deadline is June 1, 2015.

APPLY FOR HOUSING NOW by downloading the Summer Acting Housing Application and Agreement (PDF)
Housing is available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on housing at The New School, click here.

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