Neighborhood Playhouse

The Six-Week Summer Acting Intensive

The Summer Acting Intensive is a six-week program based on the foundation of the full-time Two Year Certificate Acting Program curriculum. Like the Two Year Program, the Summer Intensive is built on the foundations of the Meisner Technique. Coursework includes acting, voice and speech, acting for camera, and dance.

Classes are held Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 6:30pm, totaling 34 class hours per week. The program is designed for students with varying levels of experience and training; often, we have students of all ages come from across the United States and the world.

Many students who complete the Six Week Summer Acting Intensive program wish to continue their studies in the full-time Two Year Certificate Acting Program and apply to do so. While acceptance to the full-time program is not guaranteed by attendance of the Summer Six Week Intensive, it’s a wonderful way for the school to get to know the student and vice versa, and we tend to look favorably on applicants who have completed the program.

Six-Week Curriculum

Curriculum Summer Six Week
Total Length: 6 Weeks | Full-Time | (34+ hrs/week | 204 hours)

6WK Summer Intensive + Musical Theatre Audition Technique Elective
Total Length: 6 Weeks | Full-time | (38 hrs/week | 228 hours)

6WK Summer Intensive + Shakespeare for the Modern Actor Elective
Total Length: 6 Weeks | Full-time | (38 hrs/week | 228 hours)

Meisner Acting Techniques I (15hrs/week | 90 hours)

Students are guided through a system of exercises developed by Sanford Meisner here at The Neighborhood Playhouse including: improvisation, repetition, independent activity, and scene work. The work is designed to develop the actor’s concentration and strengthen the actor’s instrument to be both responsive and expressive within the imaginary circumstances. The technique creates a more specific, skilled, and authentic actor with an organic, spontaneous, and disciplined instrument.

Acting for Film & Television (4 hrs/week | 24 hours)

Prepares students to translate their acting through the lens of the camera and meet the professional demands of the industry. Students will work on monologues, scenes, and audition materials. The work will be filmed, reviewed and critiqued so that students learn to spontaneously internalize direction. Topics covered include voiceovers, auditioning, technical vocabulary, and performance techniques.

Voice and Speech I (7.5 hrs/week | 45 hours)

This class focuses on developing an expressive, flexible, and resonant voice with stamina and range. Students are instructed in the phonetic alphabet and diction with the goal of mastering Standard American Speech and eliminating any regional or foreign accent. The goal is for each student to develop a neutral, organic voice for theatre, film, and television.

Jazz Dance (4.5 hrs/week | 27 hours)

Training in movement and techniques applicable to contemporary musical theatre. Emphasis on learning the basic vocabulary and choreography of giants in this American movement style including Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, and Agnes de Mille.

Physical Theatre (3hrs/week | 18 hours)

Investigation of the actor’s body through mime and other physical theatre techniques. This course uses improvisation to access movement as character. The goal is to understand the underlying relationships of carriage, gesture and space, developing strength, endurance, limberness and articulation of the spine.

Elective courses

+ Musical Theatre Audition Technique (4 hrs/week | 24 hours)

This course is designed to help you ace your musical theater auditions. It will focus first on identifying material that is vocally and dramatically compatible with each student, and then move into character analysis, exploring content and context, culminating in a mock audition with a New York City industry professional. Emphasis is placed on performing classic traditional and contemporary Broadway repertoire. Students of all levels can benefit from this course.

+ Shakespeare for the Modern Actor (4 hrs/week | 24 hours)

In this unique class students will be immersed in the demands of Shakespeare’s text and the particulars and challenges of classical technique for the modern actor. Through close study of Shakespeare's language, warm-ups, group-work, and monologues we reveal the tools to unlocking Shakespeare. By the completion of the course each student will have an audition-ready Shakespeare monologue which they will present to an industry professional for feedback.