Arts and Communication Pre-College Studio Programs
Acting Studio introduces motivated high school rising juniors and seniors to a pre-professional theater intensive. During the five-week program, the intensive focuses on introducing training found in the Department of Performing Arts Acting Programs, including classes in voice, movement for actors, improvisation, acting, auditioning techniques, ensemble theater-making, and specialty master classes. Students may earn four college credits.
The program culminates in an informal showing of an ensemble-created theater piece. The Acting Studio presentation is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015.
Emerson College Acting Program faculty and local professional theater artists teach the Acting Studio courses.
Among other activities, students who participate in this program will:
- Take regular voice, movement, improvisation, acting and ensemble theater-making classes each week, and specialty classes including stage combat, acting for the camera, monologues and auditioning.
- Discover aspects of the business of acting including headshots, resumes and audition protocol
- Prepare for classes and participate in master classes from visiting artists
- Attend production/artistic field trips and have leisure time in and around Boston
- Become familiar with the dedicated protocol, faculty, expectations and standards of the BA and BFA Acting Programs at Emerson.
- Rising high school seniors may officially audition for future consideration for admittance into Emerson College's BA and BFA Acting programs.
- Gain skills in movement for actors, improvisation, voice, acting, auditioning/monologue work, stage combat, and ensemble theater making.
- Discover aspects of themselves, their imaginations, and the creative process
- Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the concept of teamwork in a rehearsal and classroom environment
- Develop effective focus and concentration for the creative process
- Explore cultural aspects of the arts scene in the Boston area
- Develop effective communication skills both in and out of the classroom and rehearsal
- Examine available options for an effective future in an undergraduate theater program
- Utilize skills necessary for effective auditioning and interviewing for college acting programs
This program is offered for credit or noncredit.
Acting Studio Presentation
Students will have an opportunity to perform in a presentation, scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015.
Program Dates and Costs
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 5–August 8, 2015
Presentation: August 8, 2015
Move-out day for on-campus students: August 9, 2015–by noon
Acting Studio Program Costs Per Student:
Credit Option (Upon successful completion of the five-week credit program, students earn four credits.)*
*Note: Each applicant for the credit option must submit official secondary school transcripts and an official PSAT, SAT or ACT score.
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 15, 2015
Who Should Apply
Students entering grades 11 and 12 during the 2015–2016 academic year and who are between the ages of 16 and 18 as of July 5, 2015 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 or two pages, discuss a theater production and/or actor that you believe has most influenced or inspired you and your stage work.
- 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
We will accept applications through June 15, 2015. 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 15, 2015.
International Student Applicants
International student applicants must provide additional application materials. Read international student information for applicants to pre-college programs.
Schedule is subject to change.
9:00 am–5:00 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.