Summer High School
Online Drama Programs

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Tisch Summer High School Residential Program will not be taking place in New York City. The courses in this program will be offered remotely or online with asynchronous and synchronous components. Below is the updated program information. Students accepted to this program will also receive communication via email. 

Hone your craft by training with master faculty who will help you develop as a professional theatre artist.

The Summer High School Program is a condensed version of the professional training in the undergraduate Drama program, where the emphasis is on the process, not the product, and you'll be challenged to learn and grow as artists.  

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Program Overview

Each week you will have 28 hours of conservatory training at either the Atlantic Acting School, the Experimental Theatre Wing, the Meisner Studio, the New Studio on Broadway, the Stonestreet Screen Acting Studios, or in the Production and Design Studio. You will also take a weekly Introduction to New York Theatre seminar with professional actors, directors, designers, stage managers, and faculty as guests.

Core Curriculum

Program Overview

Remote Format for Studio Training

The Department of Undergraduate Drama has adapted its curriculum in order to deliver the exceptional training via the online format. Students will interact with master teachers who are also working professionals. Each studio has experience teaching over this medium and has strategies that will take full advantage of this new form of education in studio classes.

Students will engage in studio training over Zoom. Below is an overview of the summer program; please reference details for each specific studio in their respective sections on this Web page.

Requirements

Students must have access to an internet-connected space that allows some full-body movement. This space need NOT be a studio space; students may successfully participate in the course in a variety of home-based environments. Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability. Students should also have access to a smartphone or other digital recording device to record and upload video.

Schedule

The 4-point studio schedule is as follows:

  • Monday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 5:15 p.m., Theatre in NY 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. EDT
  • Friday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT

Classes will be held during studio hours only. There will also be opportunities for one on one coaching.

On Thursday, students will have a 2-point class called Theatre in New York. This class is an opportunity for students to meet and ask questions of leaders in the field of theatre. Due to the unique situation in which we find ourselves, many well-known artists are available and offering their time for this type of interaction. Drama will pursue practitioners at the highest levels of the work.

Shows/Performances

Many theatre companies have opened their archives offering the viewing of past shows. We will select four shows that the program will see as a group and discuss in studio. 

Final Events

On Thursday August 6, there will be an all-department gathering. This will be a virtual culmination of the program, during which we will recognize and celebrate the work that has been created over the duration of the month. 

On the final day, Friday August 7, parents will be invited to virtually attend and observe studio classes.

Atlantic Acting School

THEA-UT 468.001 | 4 units

Held this year via the software platform Zoom, Atlantic is tailoring its instruction to best serve students through distance learning. We lean in to Script Analysis and maximize the use of the software options to fine tune Moment work and bring us together as a remote ensemble. Each day, students will build their grounding in the truthful storytelling and collaboration that drives Atlantic in this intensive pre-college program.

In addition to daily live ensemble instruction via the software platform Zoom, instruction will be complimented by:

  • Recorded lessons, or parts of class, that can be shared and reviewed during the 4 weeks. 

  • Preparing recorded scenes or exercises to share with the class or watch privately as the instructor. 

  • Some classes will be shortened during the 4 weeks to work one-on-one or in small groups as determined by individual instructors.

Though the medium has changed, the standard of training we hold ourselves to at Atlantic remains the same. This rigorous program challenges students to embody Atlantic’s Acting Technique, Practical Aesthetics – as outlined in A Practical Handbook for the Actor.

Students are instructed in a disciplined approach in these courses: Script Analysis, Moment Lab, Performance Technique, and a voice class which introduces Chuck Jones’ work. The voice class compliments the scene study and explicitly reinforces the actor’s connection to his or her physical instrument.  Additional Coursework includes:  Shakespeare, Performance Technique, On-Camera Technique,  Devising, Games/Improv, Audition Technique with a professional Casting Director, and guest classes with industry professionals.

The Atlantic Technique: Simple, honest and straightforward, Practical Aesthetics is both an acting technique and a philosophy. The technique gives actors an empowering set of analytical and physical tools. The actor learns to analyze scenes for tangible, physically-playable objectives, and to use their imagination, voice, body and sense of play to bring the character and the story to life. The philosophy teaches self-reliance, professional work habits, and mutual support and respect between artists. 

The Atlantic Theater Company is an award-winning Off-Broadway theatre that produces great plays simply and truthfully by utilizing an artistic ensemble. Since its inception in 1985, Atlantic has produced more than 150 plays including The Band’s Visit and Spring Awakening, garnering 22 Tony Awards, 25 Obie Awards, 21 Lucille Lortel Awards, 11 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, 4 Theater World Awards, 4 Drama League Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, the Atlantic has the only conservatory program in the world that offers in-depth training in Mamet and Macy’s unique and influential approach to acting: The Atlantic Technique: Practical Aesthetics.

Experimental Theatre Wing

THEA-UT 480 | 4 units

Students at ETW will engage in a curriculum expressly adapted for this summer’s online adventure. ETW’s training covers a wide range of approaches to acting, dance, self-scripting, and vocal performance. Rather than impose a single aesthetic frame, the ETW curriculum provides students with fundamental performance skills, while helping them discover and shape their own artistic visions. Summer studio training consists of acting (physical-based training, character-based studies, scene study, improvisation), speech and vocal performance (focusing on freeing the voice and finding each student’s unique quality), movement (heightening body awareness with training in improvisation, and hip-hop), and self-scripting classes where students have the opportunity to create original work. This summer ETW will pay particular attention to solo pieces and monologue work, as well as explore the inherent humor and improvisational possibilities that the Zoom platform provides. Our goal is to facilitate the development of young artists who have the skill, vision, courage, and will–as well as the personal and social consciousness–to create vital new theatre art.

ETW was created in 1975 at New York University by a group of artists and teachers to develop an actor training curriculum based on innovative approaches to physically based acting. It is ETW’s mission to provide students with an actor training and production program that will prepare them technically, conceptually, and personally to meet the far-ranging demands of contemporary and traditional theatre.

Students will take the following classes*:

Movement - This class is designed to expand awareness of the body while refining strength, alignment and endurance.  Working on developing skills to incorporate awareness of one’s own physicality.

Hip-Hop - This course covers the foundational steps, moves and techniques of the “Locking” dance form.

Voice and Singing - This class encourages curiosity to explore one’s own voice through musical and theatrical improvisation as well as varied approaches to singing with and without accompaniment.

Voice and Speech - This class activates speaking as a driving dramatic force, incorporating elements of voice production, speech formation, and text analysis, 

Acting - This class explores physical based acting work as it applies to contemporary scripts.  Focus will be on monologues with a wide range of discovery – understanding what suits each student, as well as basic scene study work.

Improvisation - This class explores theater improvisation approaches and games, developing listening skills, physical based impulse and the actor as creator.  With an emphasis on comedy.

Self-Scripting - This class introduces students to a creative writing practice that centers the performer and their own voice as the entry point into the writing and staging their own work.

*Note: They will not be of equal duration.

The Experimental Theatre Wing is a unique, physically-based acting program with an international reputation for developing creative artists, courageous actors at ease in their bodies, who are alive to new ideas. The professional training program combines the physical impulse-based acting techniques of Jerzy Grotowski with the psychological character work of Stanislavski. In addition, the primary curriculum emphasizes movement and includes Viewpoints (a method for separating, examining, and experimenting with the elements of acting), contact improvisation, extended vocal technique, singing, and various approaches to creating original work. ETW is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive training program that enables them to shape their own artistic visions and to perform in a wide range of theatrical styles. ETW faculty members are vibrant professionals in the forefront of creating contemporary theatre, dance, and music.

Meisner

THEA-UT 470 | 4 units

The Meisner Summer High School Program has adapted its curriculum to the online platform with a combination of classes in real time, recorded warm ups, and acting and physical work done off camera. The program provides students with a unique opportunity to work on and practice The Meisner Technique in the Acting class, various exercises in Voice and Speech, find an understanding of real play in Clown, and freedom as related to text in Movement classes based in the teachings of Tadashi Suzuki and Lloyd Williamson. The fundamentals of the Meisner technique are introduced and engaged through exercises and scenes designed to directly connect the actor’s imagination with their feelings. Meisner’s technique is based on the principle of “The Reality of Doing”: That the actor never pretends in the imaginary world, but is caused to do the very things the character is doing.

COURSES

Voice and Speech

This class is an introduction to voice and speech in a contemporary conservatory setting. The voice is a muscle and takes time to relax, train, and master. Over the course of the month, we will be looking at tools, tips, and techniques that will be applicable over the course of your continued training. 

Suzuki Movement and Text

Using ideas and physical exercises based in Suzuki movement, this class is designed to connect text to the body in order to make for a more effective and robust actor. Using contemporary and Shakespearean texts. Students will work with text and create movement related to that text. It is expected you will become stronger physically, increase your focus, be better equipped to deal with on-stage stress, and learn how to relax physically in difficult circumstances.

Acting

This course will introduce students to what it really means to train as an actor. From Meisner’s perspective an actor is paid to do one thing and that is to create organic, truthful behavior through a series of exercises taken from the first year of The Meisner Technique along with film/tv scenes and monologue work.

Clown

This class will investigate each student’s relationship to their clown. This is a unique and individual journey. We will explore each artist’s specific relationship to the comedic world, and what it is to experience heightened circumstances in the body.  Through exercises and games we will attempt to stretch the emotional imagination of each performer and grow their ability to listen.  We will cultivate curiosity and vulnerability. The emphasis will be on developing a greater sense of pleasure and play through performance, and on sharing this unique pleasure in a generous way. We will conduct this class remotely, via the Zoom platform. Through assigned projects, solo work, and group exercises via the Zoom platform, students will develop a sense of play and look for ways to find games within a performance structure.  

Movement for the Actor

In this class we work to free the actor’s instrument of the body and release habits of tension and extraneous behavior. Drawing from the work of Loyd Williamson, Allan Wayne, Michael Chekov, Yoga, and Gaga Dance, this class helps students become more articulate in their bodies and better able to process their internal lives into clear, compelling, behavior. We will work to increase strength and flexibility in a daily warm up and regular, rigorous lengthening exercises.  Special emphasis will be placed on awareness, permission, and release in order to allow for unapologetic, expansive, creative physical behavior. 

New Studio Summer Music Theatre Program

THEA-UT 475 | 4 units

Students will take classes in Acting, Vocal Music and performance, Speech and Dance. Dance classes will explore the dynamic range from Ballet, Broadway Styles and Contemporary popular dance vernaculars, such as Hip-Hop and Salsa, as they are used in the Music theatre.  Vocal Music and performance will explore healthy, vocal production, breathing and properly supported sound, the ability to act on the lyric and the wide range of musical styles reflected in today’s contemporary Musical theatre. Acting and Speech courses will explore fundamentals of Acting through exercises and scene study. All of these courses will be taught with an emphasis on the Music theatre as a collaborative ensemble art form requiring proficiency in Music, Dance and Acting, first and foremost. 

COURSES

Vocal Performances 

Students will be introduced to performances and performance examples and videos, through zoom screen sharing capabilities, and class discussions. They will also engage physical performance coachings of assigned repertoire wherein custom tracks will be created by an employed accompanist (all pdf sheet music and mp3 tracks would be shared via google drive) and the students will practice and prepare in advance of a scheduled coaching time. 

Music Theory

Students will engage in musical collaborations that extend beyond the visual and aural. In addition to still being an arena for fostering vocal technique, class will incorporate a bit more fundamental music theory work - a deeper exploration of the "why" of singing. Most importantly, students will learn the salient values of ensemble singing.

Acting

Much is being asked of us, in this moment. There is an opportunity here, to become more present, more engaged, to reach out with more energy, and with more care. Acting thrives in the realm of the imagination. An actor who can truly imagine themself in the skin of another, is an actor who will take us on a powerful journey and give us more to see and to experience. In this Acting Intensive, students will utilize methodologies pioneered by Uta Hagen and Earle Gister. Our primary work, however, will focus on Michael Chekhov technique, for it is entirely focused on igniting the actor's imagination. The class’ aim is to help you fill the virtual space, so that when you emerge, you are an even more powerful actor, with an even greater capacity to make your presence known and your voice, heard.

Movement

Movement curriculum for the NSB 2020 Summer High School Program, while conducted online, will be a physically rigorous, inventive, and expansive exploration of one of the fundamental requirements burgeoning professional artists must learn: How to bravely use their bodies and imaginations to connect to the deepest needs of a character, and express those driving needs fully. The work progression will guide the students through learning about and creating gestural movement and devising need-driven individual and group choreography. The movement trajectory will culminate in the creation and performance of a full-class master work that the class will create: as a collective, lifting their bodies in the expression of a shared journey through humanity.

Dance

Students will have daily virtual training in ballet, contemporary, and musical theater dance. Classes will seek to replicate much of the sequencing of in-person dance training starting with body conditioning exercises and moving toward replicating choreography. 

Musical Theatre History

The goal of this class is to acquaint students with the history that shaped the musicals that shaped history. In order to give a more comprehensive overview of 2,000 years of world history, the class would meet twice a week for a total of eight sessions. Each session will use a well-known musical as a launchpad to explore the socio-cultural context and significance of musicals historically. Students will have video-watching assignments that represent the canon.

Production and Design Summer Workshop

THEA-UT 465 | 4 units

The Production and Design Workshop offered through the Department of Undergraduate Drama is for the student who wants to pursue a career in the design, technical, management and other production areas of the performing arts.

Production & Design students will study design and management as we explore stagecraft skills. Our workshop will examine how each area contributes to storytelling in the theatre and how production decisions are made. Our focus is on the collaborative process at the heart of theatre-making. Taking advantage of our network, students will digitally experience Broadway and Off-Broadway production, virtually visit theatres, museums, shops, and shops. With those experiences in mind, we will discuss different styles of production and divergent storytelling techniques. Guest speakers will include designers, technicians and managers from the New York performing arts community.

Skill-building classes will introduce scenery and costume crafts, lighting and sound technology, drafting, drawing, and painting. We will leverage digital tools to investigate environment, scale and proportion. Management classes will introduce the principles and practices of stage and production management. The workshop will conclude with the creation and presentation of an original theatre piece, combining skills gained in all areas of management, design and technical theatre. Finally, we will work with the students to develop their resumes and portfolios to best showcase their talents.

Learn more about specific courses in the Production and Design Workshop.

Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop

THEA-UT 485 | 4 units

Applications for Stonestreet are no longer being accepted.

The Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop (SSAW) is a unique and comprehensive program that has pioneered the art and craft of screen acting since its inception in 1990. The emphasis of the workshop is on becoming imaginative and creative actors who are both believable and interesting cinematically in any genre while embracing a wide variety of characters and material from different periods and cultures.

While screen acting can utilize many of the same techniques and tools of theater acting, there are significant differences with regard to subtext, how the current technology can be used in creative and non-limiting ways, as well as with creating organic and compelling characters that often appear in a medium or long shot but also under the magnifying glass of the close-up.  Ultimately students are guided from audition to rehearsal to performance with the hopes of inspiring with ideas and stories that are meaningful to both the actor and the audience. Workshop classes include: Screen Acting & Character, Muliti-Camera Screen Acting, Sit-coms, Improv & Comedy on Film, Commercials & the Business, the History of Screen Acting, Voice-overs and Voice on Screen, and Introduction to Audition & Performance.

Syllabi for the following courses are available upon request.

Directing the Actor, Alana Barrett-Adkins

The purpose of this class is to explore the working relationship between the film actor, the camera, and film director. Actors will have the opportunity to work “on set” with faculty / directors on different material, genres, and characters, always working with different director approaches.  Actors will learn on camera technique and how to deliver true cinematic performance to bring the world of a scene to life through character, and finding their each actor’s unique approach to each moment in a film.

Legit Screen Audition, Gil Zabarsky

Students will be briefed via email on how to prepare for each class. Luckily, our remote curriculum does not really need to change that much, but the way in which students prepare needs to be different, simply to put them in the best possible position to succeed. For an audition-based class like this specifically, they will have to set their own cameras at a specific angle and height from the ground, in a well-lit room, with a non-distracting background, and the ability to see them in a medium-close-up static frame. They must be prepared to record all of their auditions. I will walk them through different methods of doing this. They will need to select readers ahead of time from the class, email those readers their copy of the sides, and be ready to place their readers, via the Zoom app, on the right edge of their monitor, to simulate an off-camera legit audition eyeline.

Screen Improv and Comedy Salon, Patrick Keene

Using improvisation, students will develop imaginative ideas and stories to establish individual comedic characters with unique points of view. The goal of the class is two-fold: one, to widen the actor’s toolbox with improv techniques that will be useful in audition and screen work settings, and two, to facilitate creating comedic material and generate characters for screen, stand-up, self-made content, potentially setting the groundwork for a pilot and/or sizzle reel.

Stonestreet Screen Acting & Production High School Summer Syllabus, Cormac Bluestone 

This class is composed of Screen Acting and Production basics, including but not limited to shot composition, camera rules, camera technique, and director responsibilities. Discussion around directing will be broken down into cinematography, lighting, and editing. 

Producing Your Career, Rebecca Yarsin

Our goal is to create an environment over the semester that allows actors and hyphenates to be clear on who they are and where they see would like to see themselves in the field and industry, bridging the gap between education and real world auditioning, producing and working. Ultimately by the time we are through there be a clear vision and narrative that can continue to grow and evolve along with a growing toolbox with regard to working in and being part and parcel of creating the field they want to be in.  This is inclusive of audition materials, best practices, and producing skills from budgeting to creating the environments and having the communication skills necessary to effectuate their goals.  We will continue to try to open up their eyes to more than just just how others might see ones work and characters, but also what will continue to nurture oneself in both physical and more spiritual ways.  Using goals and actable steps toward these goals we will fine tune materials and how to show up fully as for their work and profession. The art of interviewing to examples and use current casting sites, resumes, photos, websites, reels, agents, casting directors, managers, DGA, WGA, festivals, grants, building your network and circular of colleagues to breaking the status quo in casting and producing will be some of the elements touched on.

Create Your Own Material, Gabriel Frye-Behar

This class will include a writing overview, and the development of an outline or script. These scripts will be revised, and eventually rehearsed. The coursework develops into directing and acting these works with the camera, and then forming class-wide discussions around the works produced.

New York Theatre

THEA-UT 860 | 2 units

All students will be registered in this course.

This weekly theatre studies seminar is taught by NYU faculty. This class is an opportunity for students to meet and ask questions of leaders in the field of theatre. Due to the unique situation in which we find ourselves, many well-known artists are available and offering their time for this type of interaction. Drama will pursue practitioners at the highest levels of the work.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dates

Program Dates

Summer 2020

Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, August 8, 2020

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2020

Total Program Cost: $9,806

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,958

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $848

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Admissions

Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

The summer 2020 application is closed.

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.

Interviews with Faculty and Students

  • Tisch Summer High School Drama Studios

    What is it like to be a Drama student in the Tisch Summer High School Program? Tisch Special Programs interviewed Shanga Parker, head of Movement to find out. Shanga holds three roles in the Department of Undergraduate Drama: Associate Chair for Professional Training and Performance, Head of Movement in the Meisner Studio, and Head of the Department of Drama Summer High School Program.

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  • Tisch Summer High School: Experimental Theatre Wing

    What is it like to train with the Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) in the Department of Undergraduate Drama? Tisch Special Programs interviewed Arisa Olazabal, program alumnae, and Rosemary Quinn, director of ETW and head of the summer high school ETW program, to find out.

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  • New Studio Summer Music Theatre Program

    What is it like to train with the New Studio Music Theatre Program in the Department of Undergraduate Drama? Tisch Special Programs caught up with Alston Slatton, program alumnus, and Kenneth Noel Mitchell, Associate Chair of External Outreach and Head of Acting for the New Studio to find out.

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  • Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop

    What is it like to train with Stonestreet Studios in the Department of Undergraduate Drama? Tisch Special Programs interviewed Alyssa Rallo Bennett, the artistic founder and director of Stonestreet Studios, and program alumnae Molly Johnson to find out.

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