Summer Acting and Performance Institute
The UCLA Summer Acting and Performance Institute is a three-week intensive program for high school students in grades 9-12 who seek discipline and training required for participation in a university theater program or a career in performing arts. This program includes performance-training classes, guest workshops, field trips and a final performance project.
College credit: The program carries eight quarter units of UC credit.
Schedule: Students are engaged in activities and classes from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., seven days a week. Housing is now mandatory for this Institute.
Dates: Dates will be announced in January.
Applications open in February
Each morning begins promptly with tai-chi exercises, followed by acting and movement classes. Other classes may include, but are not limited to: classical acting, combat, acting for the camera and playwriting.
In the afternoon, the performance workshop provides students with practical experience in the rehearsal and performance process. Students are involved in all aspects of the creative process – conceptualizing, writing and transforming ideas into dramatic action. There will be a final showcase for invited guests.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in scheduled workshops and field trips. These may include, but are not limited to: a trip to the Geffen Playhouse, a mask workshop, an industry talk and a resume workshop.
Register online at: http://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/ActingandPerformance
Students are engaged in activities and classes from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., seven days a week. Housing is now mandatory for this Institute.
Dates will be announced in January.
On the first two days of class, students will attend a program orientation in Macgowan Hall at 9:00 a.m.
Each morning begins promptly with tai-chi exercises, followed by acting and movement classes. Other classes may include, but are not limited to, Playwriting, Acting for the Camera, Combat, Classical Acting, and Mask Work.
In the afternoon, the performance workshop provides the student with the practical experience of the rehearsal and performance process. Students are expected to be involved in all aspects of the creative process – conceptualizing, writing and transforming ideas into dramatic action – while guided by an instructor/director. The performance project fosters a mature approach to theatrical responsibility, commitment and issues of collaboration resulting in a final showcase by the students for invited guests.
Excursions / Workshops
Students will have an opportunity to participate in scheduled workshops and field trips that allow behind-the-scenes understanding of live theater. The workshops and field trips expose students to the wide range of opportunities in theater, film and television and help students make more informed decisions about potential college programs.
Past workshops have included Commedia dell’arte mask work, acting for the camera, stage combat, and professional puppet work. Past field trips have included visits to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty, and opportunities to see professional performances of premiere plays and observe final dress rehearsals.
Final Performance / Strike
The final performance will be presented to invited family and friends both in the afternoon and the evening. Strike is mandatory and absences will affect grading.
Please keep in mind that this program does not teach audition technique, nor does it focus on the film industry. There may be elements of these in special workshops, but the focus is on theater performance.
Perry Daniel received her MFA in Acting from UCLA. Favorite past roles include Arlecchino in Il Sogno d'Arlecchino, Valentina from Goldoni's The Housekeeper, and Cyllene in the Getty Villa's production of The Trackers. She has written for Nick Jr.'s The Wonder Pets and is a proud member of Clowns Without Borders. As an instructor, Perry has developed and taught movement based acting curriculum in both New York and Los Angeles. She began her education outreach work in NYC with The 52nd Street Project, a non-profit theater company committed to creative work with the youth in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Perry wrote and directed Tall Tales at the Geffen Playhouse, followed by a two month tour of LAUSD elementary schools. She currently lectures at UCLA and is program coordinator for the Theater department's ArtsBridge chapter, a national organization dedicated to arts education. This is Perry's 5th summer teaching for the Summer Acting and Performance Institute. Her previous workshops have included puppetry, mask, improv, Commedia and ensemble development.
Vik Adam is an actor, voiceover artist, director, producer, and writer. As an educator, he's taught acting, voice, and movement based studies from elementary to undergraduate levels. He was Program Director for Junior Players, Dallas' oldest non profit youth arts organization, and during his tenure worked closely with various school districts and recreation centers to implement free after school visual and performing arts based programming with working actors and artists teaching. In addition to this, he annually co-produced PUPFest (a young playwright's festival) with Kitchen Dog Theater as well as the third show in the Shakespeare Dallas Summer season which included a critically acclaimed Bollywood version of A Midsummer Night's Dream which he also sound designed and dramaturged. As a teacher, Vikas is constantly updating his curriculum and employs improvisation, movement, ensemble, and character building exercises with an emphasis on thinking outside of the box' and building discipline and self-confidence. Audiobook credits include: Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game Alive: The Audioplay and Earth Afire (Earphone Award); International bestselling epic The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye; S.E. Hinton's Some of Tim's Stories; Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (screenwriter of Sinister); The City of Devi by NY Times notable Manil Suri. Favorite past theatre roles include Alceste in The Misanthrope, Orlando in As You Like It, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Ariel in The Tempest. Vikas has a BFA in Theater from Syracuse University and a MFA in Acting from UCLA.
Theater Program Coordinator
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: (310) 206-6679
Each applicant must submit:
- 500 word essay (Tell us about your dream Theater Institute – not one that exists, make- it up. What classes does it have? What do you learn? Imagine that anything is possible. What do you hope to gain from this Theater Institute.)
- A letter of reference from a high school instructor verifying the applicant’s ability to successfully participate in a disciplined and rigorous theater program.
- A CV is encouraged, but not required
Program participants earn 8 quarter units of UC credit on a letter grading basis.
- Students will be officially enrolled in Theater 20, Theater 28A and Theater 50.
- The grades will be recorded on an official University of California transcript.
- Please note that strike attendance on the last Friday of classes, August 1st, is mandatory. Non-attendance will adversely affect grades.
Please see the following link for more information: http://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/ActingandPerformance
Class will take place in Macgowan Hall. Macgowan Hall is located beside the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, in the northeast corner of the UCLA campus.
To ensure that you are dressed appropriately for classroom work, please wear comfortable clothing that will allow for maximum movement in all classes. Please observe the following:
- Wear: sweat pants, sweatshirts, loose t-shirts, stretch pants, sneakers or other alternative movement shoes, etc
- Do Not Wear: tight jeans, short skirts, low-cut pants, midriff tops, platform shoes, heels, skimply sandals, flip flops, or jewelry (watches are okay)
- Also Bring: one pair of black pants, one long sleeve all-black top (no logos), one pair of black shoes (jazz, tai-chi, dance sneakers, etc).