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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, movement-based techniques, guest workshops, field trips and a final performance project.

Admission to the program is by digital audition and instructor consent. As part of the application process, each applicant must submit a letter of reference from a high school instructor verifying the applicant's ability to successfully participate in a disciplined and rigorous theater program. In addition to the letter of reference, we encourage each applicant to submit a resume, if available. Both the letter of reference and the resume can be uploaded during the application process. 

*Please note, all levels are encouraged to apply.

The program carries UC credit.

Students are engaged in activities and classes along with breaks throughout the day from 9:00 a.m.- 9:30 p.m., seven days a week.

This program offers two different sessions:

Session A: June 25-July 15, 2023
Session B: July 16-August 5, 2023


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: www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/ActingandPerformance