Application opens in January 2020
July 6 - July 31, 2020 (4 weeks)
Join us in Center City Philadelphia, one of the nation’s largest theater destinations, for four weeks of transformative study. You’ll choose one of three tracks: Acting, Musical Theater Performance, or Directing, Playwriting + Production. Modeled after the renowned UArts undergraduate experience, this program trains artists looking for individualized and hybrid opportunities to write, direct, design, and produce in addition to being on stage.
Through a rigorous college-level curriculum, you’ll develop skills in crafting character and scene work, grasp the potential of your voice as an instrument, and develop a vibrant stage presence. You’ll also explore track-specific courses that address your individual needs and other course options that span a wide range of theatrical disciplines.
Receive training from our distinguished faculty and participate in master classes with award-winning theater artists. Our faculty are currently working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in film/TV and in major regional theaters. Trips to Philadelphia theaters and a day trip to New York City to attend a Broadway production enhance your experience.
Leave with audition-ready materials and preparation, detailed feedback from your instructors and three college credits. The program closes with a showcase for friends, family and peers. Rising seniors have the opportunity to audition for fall 2021 undergraduate admission.
You’ll receive the following core training.
Practical approaches to crafting character and scene work are combined with techniques designed to build physical and emotional stamina, and to encourage the spirit of play and risk that are necessary for developing a vibrant and engaging stage presence.
Focusing on the journey rather than the destination, this course expands your definitions of what theater can be and how it can be made.
You’ll learn the technique of auditioning, explored from both sides of “the table.”
You’ll focus your training by selecting a track of study: Acting; Musical Theater; or Directing, Playwriting and Production. Tracks allow you to deepen your study with major-specific courses, some of which are listed below.
Acting: Musical Theater Dance, Musical Theater Performance
Musical Theater: Improvisation, Shakespeare
Directing, Playwriting and Production: Directing, Playwriting
Electives & Master Classes
Further your exploration through a wide range of electives and workshops with visiting artists from Philadelphia’s and New York’s professional theater markets. You will choose your electives once you've arrived on campus.
Elective topics might include Arts Management, Clown, Design, Disobedient Theater, Movement, Playwriting, Rasaboxes, Rock and Pop, Script Analysis, The Singing Instrument, Songwriting, Stage Management, Viewpoints, and Vocal Ensemble.
Previous visiting artists have included
Jonathan Larson Award–winning composer Cesar Alvarez;
Tony Award–nominated actors Forrest McClendon and Rob McClure;
Barrymore Award–winning artists Alex Bechtel, Ben Dibble and Justin Jain; and
internationally renowned Pig Iron Theatre Company.
Courses in the Summer Institute Theater program are taught by theater professionals, actors, and specialty artists. The majority of our faculty teach in the degree programs at UArts. Our expert faculty is comprised of seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of actors, playwrights, directors, and artists.
2020 Theater Sample Schedule