Summer Institute : Theater : Core Curriculum

The Goods
You will learn to explore, innovate, collaborate, problem-solve and push the boundaries of your creative expression in this four-week intensive program modeled after the world-class undergraduate theater programs at UArts. This experience will transition you from the high school stage to the college stage by offering an in-depth look at the training of University theater students and their preparation for the professional world in the performing arts.

 

Students will choose one track of focus:

 

Acting Musical Theater

Core Curriculum

The courses in the theatre program are designed to both build the fundamentals that make powerful and transformative performers and explore and celebrate the imagination and innovation that makes actors riveting and alive. Strengthening your voice, body, and mind-heart connection, will lay the foundation for script work, song performance and character development.  And, on trend with what is happening in professional theatre today, you, along with your peers and mentors, will even get to create new work yourself.

All classes are taught by working professional theatre directors and actors who have a talent and a passion for teaching.  A showcase at the end of the program will celebrate and reveal what you have learned and give you the chance to share your new skills and talents with your family.

  • Acting Studio
    In acting studio we will use script analysis and the Stanislavski method of acting to have you working truthfully, deeply and collaboratively.  Actor and playwright James Ijames and director Amy Dugas Brown will teach you how to honor your impulses, break scenes down into beats, work with action and intention and objective, navigate obstacles, as well as develop full and complex characters.
  • Audition Techniques
    Learn how to share your artistry with others in ways that will get you noticed and remembered.  A professional casting director will prepare students for both college and professional auditions.  You will start building your arsenal of audition monologues and learn how to handle sides auditions. Resumes and headshots will be discussed.  You will begin the journey of learning how to market yourself effectively and get work as a professional actor.
  • Dance
    As important as movement work, is learning how to express yourself through choreography.  Dance classes will cover jazz, tumbling and Broadway style dance and teach choreography that challenges all levels.
  • Improvisation
    Nothing unlocks your impulse and frees an actor’s creativity like improvisation.  These classes, based on long form improv, get you learning to be in the moment, to really listen to your fellow actors and make big and bold choices.
  • Mask
    Actors need to be in touch with their impulses and open and supple enough to use them.  Mask work unlocks and imagination. In this course taught by mask maker, director and teacher Aaron Cromie, you will work with character masks, commedia dell’arte masks and venture into the world of clowning.  All this work will free you when you work out of masks with scripts in your acting studio classes.
  • Movement
    Movement classes will teach you to use your whole body while you act.  Never again feel like your only acting from the waist up.  Justin Jain will teach you Suzuki, Viewpoints and Laban and will have you acting from your feet to your fingertips, all alive with character, truth and intention.
  • Performing a Song
    In these daily classes you will unleash the power of your voice.  You will learn vocal techniques to improve your singing from Brian Kremer (Kremer Vocal Designs) and award-winning musical theatre actor Rachel Camp.  You will also learn how to connect to a lyric and use music to tell a story.  You will apply all you learn in Acting Studio to activate a song and enliven a character through music.
  • Voice + Speech
    Learn how to speak vividly and with distinction! Speaking on stage requires more nuance, precision and energy than speaking in real life.  Speech diva D’Arcy Webb will have you mastering words in no time.  Students will have the opportunity to both work with scripts, poetry and even have the opportunity to write their own truth and then speak it aloud with passion, intention and clarity.
  • Work Generator
    An exciting trend in theatre today is that all theatre artists are part of the creative process.  In other words, the script isn’t always set by the time the actors show up.  Sometimes the actors create the script and experience along with the directors and writers.  Together with other students and the professional theatre makers that teach you, you will create brand new pieces of theatre in Work Generator.
  • Electives
    In addition, you will be able to choose from three electives to round out your experience: Clown, Singer/Songwriter, Playwrighting

Master Classes, Productions + Companies

Master Classes

  • Work with Tony-nominee Rob McClure in an eye-opening performance workshop.  Rob, who was Chaplin in Chaplin and the recent star of Jason Robert Brown’s new Broadway-bound musical Honeymoon in Vegas will join us for a day of musical exploration.  www.robmcclure.com
  • Work with international theatre makers Sarah Sanford and Dito Van Reigersberg from Pig Iron Theatre Company as they teach you how to use your whole body and mind, as well as your fellow actors, to tell a riveting story. http://www.pigiron.org/
  • Work with Barrymore-award winning Ben Dibble who has played Candide in Candide, Leo Frank in Parade, Leo Bloom in The Producers, Henry V in Henry V and dozens more as he teaches you how to find your unique voice as a performer.
  • Work with nationally-renowned director and director of the Brind School Joanna Settle in a workshop on directing.  She will be joining us immediately after opening the world-premiere of the new musical Family Album by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, which she is directing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
  •  In addition to these master classes, you will travel to see three shows:
    • How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying at the Walnut Street Theatre
    • Herringbone, at Flashpoint Theatre
    • A Broadway show, TBD

Productions
Three shows will come to UArts to share an exclusive performance with you and spend time afterward talking and working with you:

Theater Companies:

The Show
The program will culminate in a main-stage production as well as several short new works and one-acts designed to showcase the talent ans skills you have developed and honed during the program.  The final production is a major part of the Summer Institute experience and gives you real-life experience participating in a production in a professional venue in front of an audience.  On the final Saturday of the program, parents and friends are invited to our university theaters and galleries to celebrate your talents and acheivements. Please note that production rehearsals are in the evening and commuter students are required to attend evening rehearsals.

 

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THEATER 2014 SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Course information below is for the 2014 program. Information for the 2015 program coming soon.

You will have a unique schedule based on your area of interest. All students are also expected to attend field trips, rehearsals and guest performances on Saturdays. Commuters please take note of mandatory class times  as you consider your transit schedule.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

7am -
9am

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Brunch

Brunch

9am – 11am

Movement

Voice + Speech

Improv

Voice + Speech

Master Class with Pig Iron

Visiting Artist

-

11am – 12pm

Improv

Acting Seminar

Voice + Speech

 Improvisation Seminar

Master Class with Pig Iron

Playwriting or Broadway Dance

-

12pm –  1pm

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Optional Field Trip

1pm – 3pm

Acting

Dance

Acting

Dance

Acting

Playwriting or Broadway Dance

Optional Field Trip

3pm – 4:30pm

Vocal Performance

Mask

Vocal Performance

Mask

Vocal Performance

Free Time

Optional Field Trip

4:30pm -
5:30pm

Work Generator

Work Generator

Work Generator

Work Generator

Work Generator

Free Time

Dinner

5:30pm -
7:30pm

Free Time

Work Generator

Herringbone at Flashpoint

Work Generator

Free Time

Activities with CAS

Activities with CAS


 

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