Pre-College Acting 5-Week Studio Program
July 9, 2017 - August 13, 2017
Acting Studio introduces you to a pre-professional theater intensive and reflects the training in the Emerson BFA Acting Program. The five-week program, which qualifies for four college credits, offers and introduction to acting training including classes in voice, movement, improvisation, scene study, auditioning technique, ensemble theater-making, and stage combat. Classes are taught exclusively by Emerson's Acting faculty, with additional specialty master classes offered by local professionals.
- Typical Day: Morning rotation of voice, movement, improvisation, and stage combat classes; Afternoon rotation of scene study, ensemble theatre making, and auditioning classes; Evening events or rehearsals scheduled 2-3 times per week.
- Master Classes: Weekly master classes taught by local theater professionals. The 2016 line-up included Action Theatre, Shakespeare, Auto-biographical Theatre, and Theatre of the Oppressed.
- Studio Talks: Informal evening studio talks and panels, including a pizza night with Emerson's Acting alumni and an open conversation with our Performing Arts Admissions Coordinator about auditioning and admissions.
- Field Trips: Artistic field trips that help students discover Boston's theater scene and incredible cultural offerings. Faculty and teaching assistants accompany students to performances at venues such as ArtsEmerson, Broadway in Boston, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Improv Boston, and others.
- Audition Preparation: To help you prepare for college auditions, we offer a class specifically geared towards auditioning and monologues. In the final week of the program, we set up an audition experience designed to mirror Emerson's admissions auditions. You may use this as a practice opportunity and receive valuable feedback, or rising seniors can elect to count the audition as their official Emerson audition.
As a student in the Acting Studio program you will:
- Increase self-awareness in both body and voice, discovering how to freely and expressively embody your instrument within the context of acting and any communication.
- Develop listening skills, personal presence, and an attentive sense of play.
- Synthesize and integrate the tools of the actor into your work on a contemporary, culturally diverse canon of plays.
- Learn how to identify and evaluate potential audition material, and how to work on monologues, forging an active connection to text.
- Learn how to safely perform staged combat as an actor on stage, and how to take care of one another while risk-taking.
- Discover the awesome responsibility of being an ensemble member, and how to generate creative material with one another through deep listening, improvisation, and igniting brave imagination.
This program is offered for credit or noncredit.
Acting Studio Presentation
The Studio culminates in an ensemble-created theatre piece for friends, family, faculty, and peers. The Acting Studio presentation is scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Get an idea of what your schedule will be like as a Pre-College Acting Studio student:
Schedule is subject to change.
Program Dates and Costs
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 9–August 13, 2017
Acting Studio Presentation: August 12, 2017
Move-out day (for on-campus students): August 13, 2017–by noon
Acting Studio is offered as a noncredit or credit program.
Musical Theatre Program Costs per student:
- Acting Studio Non-credit Tuition: $4701
- Acting Studio Credit Tuition: $5500
- Residential Room and Board Fee: $2870
- Non-refundable program application fee: $60
Lunch, Monday through Friday is included in the tuition cost. The residential option includes room, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.
Who Should Apply
Students entering grades 11 and 12 during the 2017–2018 academic year and who are between the ages of 16 and 18 as of July 10, 2017. We welcome students who have the desire and maturity to work as part of a creative ensemble in a pre-professional setting, and who enjoy witnessing and supporting the growth of others as much as their own.
Each candidate for the Acting Studio Program must submit the required online application, a non-refundable $60 application fee, and the following documents:
- Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe:
- 1) what you hope to achieve during the Pre-College Program
- 2) an event you feel has prepared you for Emerson's pre-college experience.
- Essay: In one or two thoughtful pages, please describe both your strengths and weaknesses as an actor and a creative person. Then, what do you imagine yourself learning and exploring in the Acting studio, and what do you hope to have discovered by the end of the program?
- Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
- Photo and résumé of your theatrical experience
Applicants to the Acting Studio Credit Option must also submit:
- Transcript: Official secondary school transcripts
- Official Test Scores: PSAT, SAT or ACT score
The priority application deadline for Acting Studio is March 13, 2017.
International Student Applicants
The final deadline for international student applicants is April 28, 2017. Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.
We will accept applications through May 22, 2017. Admission to Emerson College's Arts and Communication Pre-College Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Admission decisions are made frequently.
Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of this program at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments.
Note: pre-college programs are not eligible for Emerson college's tuition benefits.