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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. The 2020 Summer Intensive runs from June 1st through July 10th, 2020. Orientation (required) is May 28th, 2020.

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.

*Funding Now available for the 2020 Summer Intenstive*

New funding options are now available through Sallie Mae's Career Training Smart Option Student Loan. These funds are now available to students enrolled in the Summer Intensive.

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Application Deadline for the 2020 Summer Intensive

Wednesday April 15th, 2020


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

Summer Six Week + *NEW* Acting on Pitch Singing Elective
Total Length: 6 Weeks | Full-Time (38 hrs/week | 224 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.

Acting on Pitch (4hrs/week | 20hrs)

We are thrilled to offer this NEW Summer Elective Course offering taught by Ms. Sandy Faison and accompanied by Larry Pressgrove. This is not a traditional singing class. This is a singing class for actors wishing to further their performance ability through learning to act on pitch. You do not have to be an accomplished singer to participate, all levels of experience are welcome, but a basic knowledge of singing is strongly recommended. Participants will work on a song that is either well known to them, in the hope of gaining deeper understanding, or a new song they have always wanted to work on for an audition. Either way, students will learn to make a personal connection to the material with the ultimate goal of sharing something personal through music. The goal of this class is to help prepare you to shine, both as an actor and as a singer, at auditions. *You must either be enrolled in the 2020 Summer Six Week Intensive to register and attend this elective course. LIMITED enrollment, max 16 people. 


Click here to download 2020 Six Week Summer Acting Intensive Program Overview PDF