Summer Institute : Theater : Classes

The Program

All Theater students receive the following core training:

Acting Studio Stanislavski, Uta Hagen and Declan Donnellan’s techniques are used in this studio to explore the art of acting. Learn to honor impulses, break scenes into beats, to activate text, navigate obstacles, develop full and complex characters, and work on scripts.

Voice and Speech Discover methods for speaking your truth with clarity, courage and power using exercises that challenge you technically, emotionally and artistically.

Movement Learn to perform with your whole body. Even more, gain techniques for using your body in dynamic relation to the playing space and to fellow actors.

Dance Develop techniques and choreography across jazz, tap and ballet; create original pieces that encourage openness and physical freedom.

Work Generator Assemble and embolden a small, strong ensemble of actors to create work collaboratively. This class empowers actors to find their unique artistic voice and harness the power of their innate imagination and creativity. The work done in Work Generator builds on the skills acquired across all other core classes. Each ensemble originates at least one original piece of theater.

Audition Technique Gain techniques for revealing your artistry and maintaining consistency in the most intimidating auditions. Explore material selection and audition expectations, and engage in confidence building exercises.

TRACKS: Theater students will select either an Acting track or Musical Theater track in addition to their core classes.

› Acting
Acting track includes all core classes and:

Shakespeare Delve into Shakespeare’s words and worlds and make them your own. You’ll explore several of Shakespeare’s plays, learning how to analyze and deliver blank verse, onomatopoeia and more while connecting to characters to tell complex and enduring stories.

› Musical Theater
Musical Theater track includes all core classes and:

Voice Unleash the power of your singing voice. Develop and strengthen your vocal technique and advance your musicality through training from the University’s vocal faculty. Students will also learn song performance in a class modeled after UArts’ Musical Theater in Performance curriculum.


Note: Evening and Weekend activities are part of this program’s curriculum. Commuter students are expected to participate in all non-optional activities including evening performances and rehearsals, and Saturday master classes.

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