Arts and Communication Pre-College Studio Programs
Acting Studio offers rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to train in an intensive pre-college acting program. Applicants selected for the program participate in rigorous acting, voice and speech, movement and scene study classes to learn the art of acting for the stage. During the five-week program, students refine and perform audition pieces and theatrical scenes. Students who complete the program will have an opportunity to showcase the acting skills they have learned.
Please note: This program is designed for students who want an accelerated acting training experience, have respect for the rehearsal process, and understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom. Students entering grades 11 and 12 during the 2014-2015 academic year (who are between the ages of 16 and 18 as of July 5, 2014) and who have the desire and maturity to receive constructive criticism about their work and give helpful feedback to others during the program are encouraged to apply.
Acting Studio focuses on developing and strengthening performance skills and knowledge of acting for the stage. Students who participate in this program:
- Expand vocal, physical, and emotional range to develop complex and dynamic characters
- Practice actor preparation skills, including relaxation, trust, discipline, and sense of play
- Analyze scripts to determine a character’s intentions, actions, subtext, expectations, obstacles, tactics, and objectives
- Discover, prepare and build a repertoire of monologues suitable for auditions
- Create and revise original solo-performance pieces in a constructive workshop environment
- Receive individual coaching
- Build confident stage presence and excellent audition techniques
Students will have an opportunity to perform in a final showcase performance, scheduled for Saturday, August 9, 2014. The final performance gives students a chance to demonstrate acting skills they have accumulated throughout the program.
Program Dates and Costs
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 5–August 9, 2014
Showcase: August 9, 2014
Move-out day for on-campus students: August 10, 2014–by noon
Acting Program Costs per student:
- Residential: $7,120
- Commuter: $4,025
Lunch, Monday through Friday is included. The residential option includes room, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.
Non-refundable application fee: $30
Acting Program Priority Application Deadline: March 14, 2014
Who May Apply
The Pre-College Studio Acting Program is designed for students who want an accelerated acting training experience, have respect for the rehearsal process, and understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom. Students entering grades 11 and 12 during the 2014-2015 academic year (who are between the ages of 16 and 18 as of July 5, 2014) and who have the desire and maturity to receive constructive criticism about their work and give helpful feedback to others during the program are encouraged to apply.
Each candidate for the Acting Studio Program must submit the required application form (completed and signed), a non-refundable $30 application fee, and the following required documents.
- Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe: 1) what you hope to achieve during the studio program, and 2) an event you feel has prepared you for the pre-college program.
- Essay: In one page, discuss a theater production and/or actor that you believe is most influential or inspirational to your stage work.
- Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work, in a sealed envelope with the teacher’s signature across the back seal. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
- Photo and résumé of your theatrical experience
An audition is not necessary for candidates who apply to the Acting Studio Program. However, all applicants who are accepted into the program will be required to perform two contrasting monologues at a skills assessment during the first week of the program. At the assessment, program instructors will evaluate each student’s acting skills. Each student must perform—from memory—one classical and one contemporary monologue. Each monologue should be no longer than two minutes.
We will accept applications through June 16, 2014. 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.
The priority application deadline for Acting Studio is March 14, 2014.
International Student Applicants
International student applicants must provide additional application materials. Read international student information for applicants to pre-college programs.
Acting Studio Classes
In the Movement class students study a wide range of movement techniques with a focus on relaxation, release and alignment as a foundation for their vocal and acting work. Students learn about and practice various styles of movement (Grotowski & Lecoq exercises; Laban; Alexander Technique; Vinyasa Yoga), as well as methods to observe, research and employ the wide variety of human physical behavior they will embody on the stage. Special attention is paid to the students’ recognition and understanding of the correlation between voice and movement.
Voice and Speech
In the Voice and Speech class students study a variety of vocal methods and techniques aimed at strengthening and expanding the range of their vocal abilities and options as performers. These skills include an understanding of breath, phonation, resonance and articulation, as well as dynamic variations in pitch, pause, power and presence. Students learn to analyze play texts and make specific vocal choices to meet the demands of classical and modern plays with heightened text. Special focus is given to the integration of voice and physical characterization.
Monologue and Scene Study for Auditions
The Monologue and Scene Study for Auditions class is designed to develop and improve acting skills through in-depth script analysis, scene, and monologue work. Emphasis is placed on discovering and performing the dramatic action that drives the text. Students gain insights on how to select audition monologues that are suited to their age, acting range, and skills. They develop strategies to remain positive, focused, and professional throughout the process and strengthen their vocal, physical and characterization skills to meet the needs of their selected monologues and scene work.
This course is designed to develop and improve acting skills through in-depth script analysis and monologue work. Emphasis is placed on discovering and performing the dramatic action that drives the text. Students also gain insights on how to select audition monologues that are suited to their age, acting range, and skills. They develop strategies to remain positive, focused, and professional throughout the process and strengthen their vocal, physical and characterization skills to meet the needs of their selected monologues.
This course is designed to develop and strengthen acting skills through in-depth script analysis and scene work. Stage behavior, and speaking and listening on stage are essential components of the course. Students study the underlying principles of acting methodology by rehearsing scenes from classical and modern plays. Emphasis is placed on discovering and performing the dramatic action that drives the text.
Script Analysis/Dramatic Literature
In the Script Analysis/Dramatic Literature, class students read and analyze two contemporary American plays from the perspective of both the actor and the director. Students work with a unique series of clear steps that are important and useful in an actor and director’s preparation for performance. These steps are offered as a guide to an investigative thought process that can complement work in voice and movement, combined with instincts and talent. As well, these steps will help guide in devising a director’s “handle” on a script.
Theatre Lab Theatre Lab is an evening course that serves as an opportunity for students to experiment with what they have learned during the day by either continuing to develop scenes or monologues that have been assigned or apply their skills to new or created material. Each week will focus on a different theatrical performance style or genre. The course will emphasize creative openness and flexibility, as well as constructive peer feedback.
Crafting Performance Pieces
Breaking down the craft of playwriting into its component parts, this course gives student actors the experience they need to write their own texts and participate in a script workshop environment. Skills will be developed through in-class examinations of how playwrights utilize character, dialogue, exposition, plot, and theatricality in their scripts. Students also write their own pieces, hear them read in class, and workshop and develop them with the assistance of their peers. Focus will be placed on both solo and multi-character forms, and the myriad ways a text can be written to inspire other artists and come fully alive in performance.
Acting Studio Master Classes
On Saturday mornings students participate in a master class with a specific topic. Various teachers and industry professionals provide additional information about acting technique and performance.
Schedule is subject to change.
9:00 am–5:00 pm & 7:00–9:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday evenings: rehearsal and homework time as assigned by instructors.
9:00 am–12:00 pm
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.