Summer Institute : Theater : Acting Curriculum

The Goods

You will expand your skills as an actor while you learn how to collaborate and develop skills in script analysis, character development and impulse work. You will learn how to use your voice, body, heart and mind to tell a story. Students who focus on Acting will participate in the following courses:

  • Stage Combat
  • Mask Work
  • Commedia

The Extras

Master Classes with Tony winners and nominees

Field Trips to Theater companies and Professional performances in both Philadelphia’s thriving cultural community and NYC. Many of these experiences include backstage tours and meet-the-actors sessions

Fast track your college application by developing audition pieces, completing your performance resume and posing for professional head shots. Rising high school seniors will also have the opportunity to audition before University faculty and Admissions counselors for admission to the Fall 2015 undergraduate theater program.

The Show

At the end of the four weeks you will have the opportunity to perform for friends and family in the University’s Arts Bank Theater, a professional 220-seat theater and/or the Black Box Theater in the University’s new state of the art Caplan Center for the Performing Arts. The Showcase performance will allow you to share and display the talent and skills you have developed and honed during the program.

The Takeaway

You will emerge from the program with an in-depth understanding of what it’s like to study theater in college and what it means to pursue a professional life in the theater. You will be exposed to new methods and techniques and leave with honed skills, self-confidence and connections to a community of peers and mentors. You will also collaborate with your peers in the creation of brand new pieces of theater. Walk away with a recording of your final performance as well an audition piece, resume and head shot for future college admissions. University Admissions counselors will talk with you about building the best college application possible, which can include letters of reference from your summer faculty, your honed audition and your transcript with three college elective credits.