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Summer Acting and Performance Institute


The UCLA Summer Acting and Performance Institute is a six-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: Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dates: June 22 – July 31, 2015

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 on Thursday, July 30 for invited guests.

Throughout the six weeks, 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

Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

June 22–July 31, 2014

On the first two days of class, students will attend a program orientation in Macgowan Hall at 9:00 a.m.

Morning Schedule
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.

Afternoon Schedule
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
During 6th week, the students will spend the entire day rehearsing for their final projects, which will be presented on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The final performance will be presented to invited family and friends both in the afternoon and the evening. Strike on Friday, August 1st, 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.

Julia Castelaz
Theater Program Coordinator

The Institute is Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Please be prepared to stay late for field trips, special workshops or rehearsals. Students will be given advanced notice for any classes that go later than 4:00pm. The final performance will be on Thursday, July 30. There will be an afternoon and an evening performance.

Application Process
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
Applications will open in Feburary 2015. More information coming soon!

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

The Summer Acting and Performance Institute does not provide housing or supervision after hours, although housing is available through the UCLA Housing Office. For housing information, please contact the UCLA Housing Office directly at uclahousing@housing.ucla.edu or (310) 206-7011.

  • Housing is available in the UCLA Residence Halls for students age 16 and older. You can view various housing options and rates at http://map.ais.ucla.edu. You will need UCLA Logon ID and Password in order to access the online housing application.
  • Students younger than 16 are not allowed to live on campus independently during a 6-week summer session. For this reason, students can consider residing at UCLA through Summer Discovery (http://www.summerdiscovery.com/), a group offering supervised housing for students enrolled in six-week courses or programs.
  • For students who purchase a housing contract, we strongly recommend that you consider a meal plan that will best fit the program schedule. It is suggested that students living in the residence halls purchase meal plans that provide breakfast and dinner. Lunch should be purchased at one of the many campus eating establishments located near Macgowan Hall.

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).

Find out more and register at summer.ucla.edu/institutes/