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Summer Teen Programs

Acting for the Camera Intensive (Sold Out)

This program has sold out and has a long waitlist. To join the waitlist, please complete the Camper Application for all ages. Here is a guide to joining the waitlist.

This three-week practical course for seasoned and beginning actors is an intensive and fun experience both in front of and behind the camera. You will learn the intimate nature of acting on camera (versus stage) and the demands of film and TV production on the actor.

The course begins with taping prepared monologues, which faculty will critique. Then you will learn to use relaxation and imagination exercises as well as improvisation techniques to prepare to shoot scenes. Faculty will guide you toward the realistic acting style required by the truth and intimacy of the close-up lens. You will explore how to use script analysis, beats, actions, and character development. You will use these techniques when auditioning for student-directed short films.

This film program is taught in tandem with the Filmmaking Intensive. Filmmaking Intensive students will work with you to develop scene and character interpretations for their short films.

Bring your open mind and your adventurous spirit!

Our film workshops do not require any type of prior skill level to get into the program. Instructors will work with your child at the level that they are at. Your child will improve and learn new skills whether they are a beginner or have been acting or creating films for years.

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Comfortable work clothes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Notepad and pens/pencils and/or a laptop
  • Rain jacket/poncho

In addition please bring:

  • An open mind
  • A healthy dose of courage
  • A can-do attitude

Find the full schedule and materials list here.

The three-week acting intensive begins with students providing a monologue to perform on the first day. Throughout the first week, students learn acting techniques that will assist them in auditions and roles. In week two, students are chosen to act in the Filmmaking Intensive films and begin to work with directors on set. Their last week of camp is filled with acting exercises and more techniques.

The acting for the camera environment can be a delicate and personal space of expression. Students should be able to appreciate the sensitivity of this space and work within this environment.

Age: 13-18

July 3-24, 2021
Three-week session

Final Screening information to be announced.

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

Enrollment limited to 8 students.
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students.


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